Mile 0 – Victoria, British Columbia - Atlas Obscura

Mile 0

A monument stands at one of the starting lines of the Trans-Canada Highway, formerly the longest uninterrupted highway in the world. 

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Located in picturesque Beacon Hill Park in British Columbia’s capital, Mile 0 is one of the symbolic starting points of the Trans-Canada Highway on the Pacific Coast.

The highway, conceived in the late 1940s and constructed between 1950 and 1971, was the longest uninterrupted highway in the world at the time of its completion. Spanning a whopping 4,860 miles (7,821 kilometers), it runs across all 10 of Canada’s provinces, crossing the likes of the Rocky Mountains and the wide-open prairies of central Canada. 

There is no officially recognized starting point or “mile zero,” St. John’s, Newfoundland, also has a “mile zero” of their own, being the Atlantic end of the route. Located nearby is a statue of runner Terry Fox, who attempted to run the length of Trans-Canada Highway to raise money for cancer research, before succumbing to the disease himself at around the midpoint of his trek.

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