CAA Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Trans-Canada Highway

Person sitting sitting beside a road winding through a mountain scene
May 30, 2012

OTTAWA –  This summer, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the first road trip across Canada from coast to coast, and on the 50th anniversary of the completion of the iconic Trans-Canada Highway, award-winning journalist and author Mark Richardson will drive from St. John’s, NL, to Victoria, BC, documenting the significance of these important milestones in Canadian automobile history.

Beginning today, Richardson will record his own stories of the highway as he retraces many of the original and iconic routes travelled during the Trans-Canada’s remarkable past. Richardson will update readers on his journey through his blog, Trans-Canada Trek, recounting the historic tales of the early drivers who competed to be the first to cross the country, navigating without maps through fields and swamps – sometimes even on railway tracks – to reach the Pacific Ocean.

“CAA is excited to be the lead sponsor of such a unique journey,” said Jeff Walker, Vice-President of Public Affairs, CAA National. “We look forward to following Mark’s historical trek throughout the summer from coast to coast. I truly cannot think of a more fitting way to celebrate the road that has connected us and the generations before us.” 

As is customary, Richardson will begin and end his Trans-Canada Trek by dipping his wheels in both the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean, travelling through all ten provinces in the days between. CAA clubs across the country will support Richardson for the duration of the trip, organizing local events to commemorate the journey. Richardson’s 12 year-old son will accompany him for the second half of the trip and help to celebrate his birthday on July 30th during their stay in Revelstoke, BC. Mark was born July 30, 1962 – the same day, and even at the same hour, that the Trans-Canada Highway was first opened, near Revelstoke, to cross-country traffic.

Richardson’s daily reports about his adventure will be tracked online at and, or by following @WheelsMark or @CAA on Twitter. His weekly video blogs can also be viewed on TheCAAChannel on YouTube.


About Mark Richardson
Mark, formerly the editor of the Toronto Star’s Wheels section and its website, is now the editor of the MFuel automotive supplements in Maclean’s magazine. He is a veteran of North American road trips and has driven to every province, territory and state on the continent. His daily accounts of a family drive in an RV last July from Toronto to Tofino became the third most popular blog that month on, behind only that newspaper’s coverage of the Blue Jays and the Raptors. For this summer’s 10-week road trip, he will be driving a yellow 2012 Chevrolet Camaro convertible provided by General Motors, and will be sponsored by the Canadian Automobile Association; once home, he intends to write a book about the experience to be released at CAA’s 2013 Annual General Meeting.


To book an interview with Mark Richardson or the CAA, or for more information, please contact:

Regional: National:
Gary Howard
CAA Atlantic
Office: 506-649-6288
Mobile: 506-654-6554
[email protected]
Alayne Crawford
CAA National Office
[email protected]


Mark Richardson’s 2012 Trans-Canada Trek Itinerary


Monday, June 4:           Official start to journey. Dip wheels in Atlantic at St. John’s.

Friday, June 8:              Arrive Port Aux Basques

Saturday, June 9:          Ferry to Nova Scotia, stay in Cape Breton

Monday, June 11:          Ferry to PEI

Thursday, June 14:        Cross Confederation bridge to New Brunswick, head back east to Halifax

Tuesday, June 19:         Dip Wheels in Atlantic at Halifax, stay night at Amherst

Wednesday, June 20:    Stay night at Moncton

Thursday, June 21:        Stay night at St. John

Friday, June 22:            Stay night at Fredericton

Saturday, June 23:        Stay night at Grand Falls

Sunday, June 24:          Enter Quebec, stay night at Riviere du Loup

Monday, June 25:          Stay night at Quebec City

Wednesday, June 27:    Stay night at Montreal

Thursday, June 28:        Stay night at Ottawa

Friday, June 29:            Home to Cobourg

Tuesday, July 3:            Drive up Hwy. 7 to Ottawa, stay night at Ottawa

Wednesday, July 4:       Head north on Hwy. 17, stay night at Rapides des Joachims

Thursday, July 5:           Stay night at Sudbury

Friday, July 6:               Return south to Cobourg

Tuesday, July 10:          Drive north, now with 12-year-old son. Stay night in Sudbury

Thursday, July 12:         Stay night at Sault Ste. Marie

Friday, July 13:             Stay night at Wawa

Saturday, July 14:         Stay night at Marathon

Sunday, July 15:           Stay night at Thunder Bay

Monday, July 16:           Stay night at Dryden

Tuesday, July 17:          Stay night at Kenora

Wednesday, July 18:     Stay night at Winnipeg

Friday, July 20:             Stay night at Brandon

Saturday, July 21:         Stay night at Regina

Sunday, July 22:           Stay night at Moose Jaw

Monday, July 23:           Stay night at Swift Current

Tuesday, July 24:          Stay night at Medicine Hat

Wednesday, July 25:     Stay night at Calgary

Saturday, July 28:         Stay night at Banff

Sunday, July 29:           Stay night at Golden

Monday, July 30:           Birthday! At the Rogers’ Pass. Stay night at Revelstoke

Friday, Aug. 3:              Arrive in Vancouver, dip wheels in Pacific

Sunday, Aug. 5:            Ferry to Nanaimo

Monday, Aug. 6:           Stay night in Port Alberni

Wednesday, Aug. 8       Arrive in Victoria, dip wheels in Pacific again