British Columbia Highway 5

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Regional Director strictness:

  • Fraser Valley
  • Thompson - Nicola
  • Fraser -Fort George

The Highway 5 is divided into two sections, the Coquihalla Highway and the Southern Yellowhead Highway. It forms a connection between Highway 1 and Highway 16, which form the northern or southern route of the Trans - Canada Highway. In contrast to the usual highway marking signs in British Columbia in blue and coat of arms above the marking is carried out by a special sign: black font against the background of a yellow head ( Yellowhead Highway). The total length of the highway is 711 km.


Coquihalla Highway

The Highway 5 has its beginning in southern British Columbia, seven kilometers east of Hope, he branches off from Highway 3 at Exit 170 off. It runs in a northerly direction along the Coquihalla Rivers. After about 42 km, the summit of the Coquihalla Pass (1244 m above sea level. NN ) is reached. At kilometer 48 is the former toll station. The Highway 5 was the only toll highway in British Columbia, the mandatory toll was abolished on 28 September 2008. The highway now follows the Coldwater River to Merritt. There he crosses Highway 97C, the important connection to the Okanagan Valley. This highway is part of the shortest route from Kelowna to Vancouver and is therefore also called the Okanagan Connector. The highway now follows a northeasterly direction, the Wall opera Provincial Park Highway 97D leads into the Highway 5. In the end leads back to Highway 5 Highway 1 a (west of Kamloops, exit 362), which leads in this section together with Highway 97.

Southern Yellowhead Highway

To the east, follows Highway 5 to the two just mentioned up through Kamloops through. When leaving the Highways 1 and 97 east lead, Highway 5 continues to the north, the separation takes place at exit 374 He now follows the course of the Thompson River. At Little Fort Highway 24 branches off. The highway follows further north, from Clearwater runs of Frasier and therefore Highway 5 towards the east, then north again to run. In Tête Jaune Cache ( tête jaune = engl. Yellowhead = dt yellow head ) opens Highway 5 then onto Highway 16, the actual Yellowhead Highway.


Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park

9 km east of Hope is the Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park. The park is crossed by the Kettle Valley Trail. The trail follows the route of the former Kettle Valley Railway and crosses in the park twice the Coquihalla River. Here, the river crossings are between two railway tunnels, of which there are a total of five in the park.

Coquihalla pass

Approx. 50 km north of Hope is found the eponymous pass. The summit is at 1244 meters above sea level. To the north of the pass there was the former toll station.

Coldwater River Provincial Park

The park is part of a First Nation reserve south of Merritt. Both the Coquihalla River and the Coldwater River have their sources in this park. Designated hiking trails there are none, but there is a campsite about eight kilometers located off the highway.

Wall opera Lake Provincial Park and Lac Le Jeune Provincial Park

The Wall opera Lake Provincial Park and the Lac Le Jeune Provincial Park are located in close proximity to the highway, about 50 km north of Merritt. The parks are ideal for fishing, preferably rainbow trout can be caught there.

Wells Gray Provincial Park

Wells Gray Provincial Park encompasses approximately 5400 km ² large area in the area of ​​Wells Gray -Clearwater volcanic field. The park is accessible via its single access, the Wells Gray corridor that branches in Clearwater to the north of the Yellowhead Highway.