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B.C. Road Trip Time Machine takes you back to the '60s

The British Columbia Ministry of Transportation is helping people relive the 60s — from behind the wheel.

Project filmed all 9,000 kilometres of B.C.'s roads on 16 mm film

The B.C. Road Trip Time Machine is a collection of videos that were shot by the provincial government in 1966 on a dashboard camera. (B.C. Ministry of Transportation/Flickr)

The British Columbia Ministry of Transportation is helping people relive the '60s — from behind the wheel.

The project is called B.C. Road Trip Time Machine and it's a collection of old footage from all over the province shot from the dashboard of a car.

It is part of the ministry's photolog program which filmed all 9,000 kilometres of the province's roads on 16 mm film, from Fort St. John all the way down to the tip of Vancouver Island, in order to monitor and analyze road conditions.

"Basically the program took one single image every 85 feet and lopped it on to a film and they sent it off to headquarters here in Victoria and all of the engineers and all of the planners were able to look at the footage and were able to decide where in the province we needed to work on the roads and improve the safety," said Kristen Reimer, a social media supervisor for the Ministry of Transportation.

The government has been doing this for nearly 50 years and continues to do it to this day.

"The footage that we dug out of storage is from '66," said Reimer. It was the farthest back we were able to get and we were keen on seeing more of it and we thought people might be interested too so we've been sharing it online."

Highway 97 - U.S. Border to Penticton

Highway 1 & Port Mann Bridge 1966

Trans Canada Highway - Victoria to Duncan

To hear the full interview, listen to the audio labelled Relive a 1960s drive through the Okanagan.


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