Talk:Trans-Canada Highway

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Shouldnt this be Trans-Canada Highway, which is the official name of it?

Show multiple routes?[edit]

Since the trans-canada actually seems to follow a couple routes in some parts of the country this article may need some division between following these different paths. But it also needs a route explained that travels through TO, Montreal, Quebec City etc. I will probably add this during the summer as I travel it. Anyone have suggestions on how to organize it?

If this article were written properly (which it likely won't be anytime soon, as it has only received relatively minor changes since 2010 despite being woefully incomplete)? It would have to be split into regions, much like New York City starts with a main article and splits into boroughs. Glancing at this after expanding the 1150km Windsor-Quebec corridor I'm pretty much shaking my head... no, a treatment of everything from Victoria to St. John's at even the "overview" level currently in the Windsor-QC itinerary would create something too large to be manageable as a single unit. The descriptions would have to be dumbed down to the level of "Montréal, smoked meat, bagels, Habs game, hein?" and skip directly to Ottawa or Québec City with an equally minimal description just to get through it all... for an entire nation.
The only way I can see this being manageable is for this page to be an overview, then break out the mainline West (TC 1, Victoria-Winnipeg), Ontario (17/417/QC40, Kenora to Montréal), Québec (mainline 40/20 to NB), Maritimes and Newfoundland (mainline, NB2 NS104/105 NL1 bypassing PEI). These four pages would be the core route; there are also multiple routes that branch from this as a loop or spur.
  1. West (north alternate, TC 16)
  2. Ontario 11 (south alternate, 11/71 Fort Frances)
  3. Ontario 11 (north alternate, 11 Cochrane)
  4. Ontario 7 (south alternate, 7/12/69 Peterborough)
  5. Québec (north alternate, 117 road to Rouyn)
  6. PEI (NB/PEI/NS north alternate, to pick up 1 Charlottetown)
Total would be eleven pages (one overview, four mainline sections, half a dozen alternates for individual pieces) - ten if the two ON 11 loops are listed together. The total length of Trans-Canada Highway should be about six times the text that's in Windsor-Quebec corridor - most of it mainline TCH - so four main sections plus the overview fits. K7L (talk) 04:27, 4 November 2012 (CET)
Take a look at Route 66 for a comparison. It lists only a handful of the absolute highlights and classic stops per state, leaving all the rest to city articles. The level of detail currently given in Windsor-Quebec corridor would be excessive. -- D. Guillaume (talk) 05:29, 4 November 2012 (CET)
Even with the shortened descriptions Route 66 is geographically less than half as long as the mainline Trans-Canada Highway, covering three time zones instead of six. It also doesn't have the lengthy alternate routes (just a few short pieces where the road was re-aligned over the years). TC has one branch through Regina and Calgary (1) and another through Saskatoon and Edmonton (16), each spanning four western provinces. Those branches alone (Winnipeg-Victoria and Winnipeg-northernBC) could likely be an itinerary each, crossing three time zones (CT, MT, PT... same as US66). Take all of it and you'd have almost simply created Canada as an itinerary (or at least Canada minus Toronto-Windsor, Halifax, the high Arctic and a few sparsely-populated areas off the beaten track) as the idea is that this passes through every province in the land in some form.
wikipedia:Trans-Canada Highway is one page only because it does not list landmarks at all (except for a few illustrations) and any km/mileage info is split out into the individual constituent highway articles (such as BC 1 or NB 2). It's in better shape than this page, although it would be marginal for having enough info to be an itinerary. K7L (talk) 17:20, 4 November 2012 (CET)

TCH 16[edit]

Should we have a Highway 16 splitoff? I know most of the route pretty well and I could make a dandy itinerary of it I believe. What do you think? (WT-en) edmontonenthusiast [ee] .T.A.L.K. 15:23, 23 December 2008 (EST).

Yellowhead Highway is a valid topic should someone ever bother to create it. K7L (talk) 17:10, 12 April 2014 (UTC)


Is there any way to show more cities on the map? Should the map, perhaps, be divided into three maps or so?

I guess the other thing this article really needs is some nice photos. Then it could probably be a Guide. Ikan Kekek (talk) 11:48, 21 June 2014 (UTC)

It would also be great if alternate routes could be detailed the way the Main Line is. Ikan Kekek (talk) 11:51, 21 June 2014 (UTC)

A fine grey dog's breakfast[edit]

Here's what appears to have replaced Greyhound on the Vancouver-Calgary-Winnipeg-Sudbury-Ottawa segments of the Trans-Canada mainline:

A dog's breakfast, indeed. Best to leave sleeping (or dead) grey dogs lay? K7L (talk) 03:44, 1 November 2018 (UTC)