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From Trunk Roads to Freeways – Lower Mainland Highways Maps 1930-1967

February 27, 2014

This selection of maps shows the evolution of main highways in the lower mainland, from trunk roads to freeways.   The pattern of highways south of the Fraser River was first established when Ebenezer Brown built his own road southward from his wharf on Fraser River to the hillside.  The government adopted his route and also his location for a government wharf. 


1930 BC Highway & Travel Map – Vancouver and District

Pacific Highway and Yale Road concrete paved to Fraser River Bridge. The road from Ladner to its junction with the Semiahmoo Road south was long called the Ladner and Semiahmoo Road, here called Semiahmoo Road.

1930 BC Highway & Travel Map - Vancouver

 


1939 BC Highway & Travel Map – Lower Mainland

Pacific Highway joins Trans-Canada Highway at Fry’s Corner, next meeting Peace Arch Highway on way to Patullo Bridge.  There was only a ferry at Ladner.  The funnelling of traffic to Brownsville and New Westminster was long sought after, for the business it brought.

1939 BC Highway & Travel Map - Lower Mainland

 

1944 BC Lower Mainland Travel Map

Not much change in main roads through the 1940’s.  The junction where the Trans-Canada Highway met the Peace Arch Highway was called White House Corner, after a business there. Near the old South Port Mann post office.  It was a choke point for traffic from the States and the upper Valley. 

1944 BC Lower Mainland Travel Map

 

1958~ Approaches to Vancouver – Esso Road Map

This is an interesting map for the number of railway stops from the BCER line that is not shown.  Still no “Surrey,”  even at this scale. Highways now numbered.  Deas Island throughway sketched in. Highway 99 on this map is labelled Pacific Highway.

1958~ Approaches to Vancouver - Esso Road Map

 

1966 Vancouver Area Highways – BA map

Freeways now on the map, the 499 and the 401. At this time the old roads still retain the Highway 1 and Highway 99 designations.

1966 Vancouver Area Highways - BA map


1967  Visitors map – Surrey portion

This map could have been included in the previous post – it is the lower right corner of a tourist map. The highways are well marked by name and number.  Guildford Shopping mall featured.

1967 Surrey visitors map


1967 Centennial Trail through North Surrey – Dominion Map Co.

This series closes with the appearance of the first “green” route, harking back to the early days when much travel was on foot.   The Centennial Trail was one of those projects to celebrate the centenary of confederation in 1967.  It has since been superseded by the Trans-Canada Trail, but no longer passes this way. It is a pity the route did not follow the river eastward – there was always a road following the line of the CNR – and thence through Surrey Bend, a natural area, where volunteers were developing nature trails.  In any event it was a worthy addition to the Dominion Map Company’s Fraser Valley map.

1967 Centennial Trail map - North Surrey

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