This Week in Historical past: 1927 A Solar author drives the brand new Cariboo Freeway

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They didn’t remorse it, as a result of Walker discovered the Lytton-Lillooet-Cache Creek drive “probably the most interesting 100 mile aspect journey to be present in America.” However he puzzled if many individuals would drive it when a extra direct path to Kamloops — a highway from Lytton to Boston Bar and Ashcroft — opened in 1928.

The Lytton-Ashcroft part is now Hwy. 1; the outdated Lillooet to Cache Creek highway is now Hwy. 99. Each are spectacular, and simply accessible right now by automotive.


The Cariboo highway linked up with inside highways to create an entire new B.C. driving expertise. On July 10, 1931, the Solar did a characteristic on a “5-Day Loop Journey” by way of British Columbia, Washington and Oregon.

It suggested readers to move east to the B.C. inside on the Cariboo Freeway, then by way of Kamloops to the Okanagan. Crossing into the U.S. at Osoyoos, the motive force may drive south by way of the U.S. Okanogan (sure, they spell it in a different way) to Goldendale after which west to Portland, Ore.

From Portland you could possibly drive north on the Pacific freeway by way of Seattle to Vancouver. However the Solar suggested that it may be higher to take per week for the journey, “to do the fantastic surroundings justice.”


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Map of a “5 day loop” drive round British Columbia, Washington and Oregon within the July 10, 1931 Vancouver Solar. /PNG
Vancouver Sun story on the Cariboo Highway on July 2, 1927. For John Mackie [PNG Merlin Archive]
Vancouver Solar story on the Cariboo Freeway on July 2, 1927. /PNG
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July 18, 1936. “Vacationer Information to B.C. Roads” map in The Vancouver Solar. /PNG
Vancouver Sun June 4 1931  page 21. Travel ad for Cariboo Trail.  For John Mackie travel writing [PNG Merlin Archive]
Vancouver Solar June four 1931 web page 21. Journey advert for Cariboo Path. /Vancouver Solar