British Columbia

Free Wi-Fi coming to 8 rest areas along B.C. highways

Upgrade is part of improvements to pit stops for travellers including a new rest area at Loon Lake on Highway 97C in the Okanagan.

New pit stop also opens at Loon Lake between Merritt and Kelowna

Wi-Fi is coming to eight rest areas along B.C. highways. (CBC)

Eight rest areas across B.C. are going to be hooked up to free Wi-Fi this year.

The new internet access is meant to "make the traveling experience better" for locals and tourists, according to the Ministry of Transportation.

Pit stops with Wi-Fi will be at:

  • Hunter Creek on Highway 1 (11 kilometres west of Hope)
  • Bradner on Highway 1 (53 kilometres east of Vancouver)
  • Cole Road on Highway 1 (73 kilometres east of Vancouver)
  • The Last Spike on Highway 1 (24 kilometres east of Sicamous)
  • Slim Creek on Highway 16 (120 kilometres east of Prince George)
  • Mount Terry Fox on Highway 16 (Six kilometres east of Tête Jaune)
  • Boulder Creek on Highway 16 (53 kilometres west of Hazelton)

A new rest area at the Loon Lake interchange between Merritt and Kelowna on Highway 97C is also now open with running water, flush toilets and picnic tables. A statement said electric car-charging stations are in the works.

Funding for the new pit stop and Wi-Fi connections is coming from the ministry's rest area improvement program. A statement said more than $10 million has been invested in pit stops across the province since 2015.