British Columbia

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British Columbia (short: BC) is the Westernmost province of Canada, between the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.

The capital city is Victoria situated on the Vancouver Island, while Vancouver is the largest city and the third metropole of Canada.

The legality of hitchhiking is described in BC's Motor Vehicle Act. According to section 182 (3), "A person must not be on a roadway to solicit a ride, employment or business from an occupant of a vehicle." However, the Act defines roadways to mean "the portion of the highway that is improved, designed or ordinarily used for vehicular traffic, but does not include the shoulder, and if a highway includes 2 or more separate roadways, the term "roadway" refers to any one roadway separately and not to all of them collectively (...)", albeit there are a number of highways which entirely bar pedestrian use (see external links). While this indicates that hitchhiking should be legal when standing on the shoulder of a highway, law enforcement may not be aware of the details of this legislation.

In practice however, hitchhiking is very popular and very easy in most parts of BC. As long as you don't stand in a spot where you endanger yourself or others, local law enforcement will usually just pass you by without paying you any attention whatsoever.




TODO: to be moved to separate articles


From Lake Louise continuing on Highway 1 eastbound

The streets split after Lake Louise - see that on google map. That will be a bit tricky. Highway 1 continues strait if you continue eastbound.

There is no town until GOLDEN. Field is only a hotel and a roadhouse - as far as I remember. A little town on the left side, away from the Highway. Gas station Golden right at the highway, its quite big, you should get all your supplies you need there. Hitchhiking from there is ok too.


Highly recommendable, small and beautiful mountain town, beautiful river and small lake to swim in with the locals on hot summers day. Hiking in the national park of Revelstoke is recommendable, too. There are easy and difficult trails. Take the car up there (many curves). If you're camping in town, be aware that there are numerous black bears that roam the town at night, so stash your food away from your camp.

Westbound: Go across the bridge, as there is more room for cars to pull over.


May take about 15 minutes if you are heading out of Hope going eastbound.

Hitchhiking from Revelstoke eastbound

That one is tricky, cause the gas station is kind of out of the way from the highway. Better asking people at the gas station if they are going south. Try to hitch from the side of the town, before the bridge. Maybe there is a better spot before the gas station, but that needs to be explored by foot.

The Okanagan Valley

Easy to get rides throughout, especially north/south along the 97, and easy to get temporary work anytime from June through October. The Okanagan is home to a large fruit and wine industry, often allowing for day-to-day temporary jobs that pay daily, with many orchard owners allowing you to camp in their orchard or providing basic picker's shacks.

To hitch to Vancouver from Kelowna, take a city bus to the Westbank neighborhood, and wait on Main Street, as far west as one can walk before the road becomes an expressway. A sign will help clarify your direction, as many cars are headed south.

Border Crossing to the United States

Crossing to Montana

Crossing to Idaho

Crossing to Washington

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Provinces and Territories of Canada

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