Category:Canadian Highway Association

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English: The Canadian Highway Association was founded in 1911 to lobby federal and provincial governments to construct a transcontinental road across Canada. Several dozen members of the newly-formed CHA met in Alberni, on Vancouver Island, with a convoy of 50 cars from the Victoria Automobile Club, in order to demonstrate the need for a highway linking the provinces from Pacific to Atlantic. The president of the Victoria Automobile Club, Albert E. Todd, donated a gold medal to be awarded to the first driver to make it from ocean to ocean entirely on Canadian roads, and the lobbying drivers staked a signpost at Alberni next to the Pacific Ocean that declared itself to be a "Canadian Highway". The Trans-Canada Highway was not completed for another 50 years, officially opening to traffic on July 31, 1962.