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Old 11-19-2013, 06:10 PM   #1
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A question for our northern neighbors...

Just finished watching the show "Highway thru Hell" very interesting. COQ is somewhere in BC? Is this highway near Escape or does one travel it going there?
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Old 11-19-2013, 06:17 PM   #2
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The Coquihalla Highway goes from about Kamloops to Hope, BC. as shown on this map:


There are a number of sections of the highway with long steep grades. It is quite scenic, but definitely not a slow moving highway (except for some of the steep uphill sections).
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Old 11-19-2013, 06:29 PM   #3
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If you are travelling from Calgary to Vancouver, the Coquihalla is definitely the fastest, with some nice scenery. In winter it can get tough going with snow. The #1 Trans Canada Highway west of Kamloops, the only route until the Coq was built, I think is still the most scenic and pleasant drive, though I have not now gone that way in a long, long time.
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Cool, earlier today I was looking at the route from Ma to Chilliwack if I took the Trans-Canada highway, Rt 5 is what it tells me to take off of 1. As I'd be going that way without a trailer it sounds like fun. I'll have to look up that show.
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Old 11-19-2013, 07:40 PM   #5
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So it is literally north of Chilliwack, cool. The tv show portrayed the weather as horrible in the winter.
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Old 11-19-2013, 07:56 PM   #6
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The show is "reality", but it is of course selected reality, showing the worst moments of a six-month winter. I've been through that road in every season, and in the winter with a car, a minivan, and a motorhome (never done the winter with the trailer...). When they say don't drive it, don't... but otherwise it's a great road.
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Old 11-19-2013, 08:02 PM   #7
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We drive the Coq every 2 months or so and turn off and join the "Connector" or (97c) in Merrit to head to BCs interior. The winters can be rather dangerous due to heavy fog, ice and snow. Very good chance of a broken windshield due to the sanding (gravel) of the highway.
97c or the "Connector", as it is often referred to, actually has a higher summit than the Coq.
People drive both the Coq. and 97c highway way too fast in all conditions.
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Old 11-19-2013, 08:07 PM   #8
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As noted, the Coquihalla is a fast moving, scenic mountain highway, but it has limited places to stop and look at the scenery. Depending on where you are coming from, Hwy 3 aka Hope-Princeton Hwy, is an alternative route. It is south of the Coquihalla, it is scenic, a bit slower and has lots of places to stop and enjoy the view. It also has a few steep grades.
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Old 11-19-2013, 08:21 PM   #9
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We check this site out before heading out any direction in the winter.
The Southern interior, Highway 5 is the Coq.
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