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Chapter 18: Transport and Communications: Past and Present

18.26: The Trans-Canada Highway West of Brandon

A flurry of road building occurred in Manitoba during the 1920s. In the south, many roads follow east/west or north/south lines determined by the DLS. However, roads cannot be completely independent of topography and are forced to digress from north/south or east/west.

The main east/west highway through Manitoba is the Trans-Canada Highway seen here west of Brandon where it follows a southwest route 1 across the Assiniboine Spillway 2. Further west it runs east/west along section lines 3 before swinging south 4, bypassing Alexander 5 and avoiding an old course of the Assiniboine 6. At the time the photo was taken, the Trans-Canada Highway was still an undivided highway.[i] In the east it is joined west of Kemnay 7 by highway 1A 8 out from Brandon, off the photo to the east.

Also seen are several existing and abandoned railway lines: the main CP line 9 runs through Alexander, and a spur line 10 leads southwest crossing the CN line 11. Note also the correction of almost 1 mile (1.6 km) at the boundary between townships 10 and 11 12.

Figure 18.26: The Trans-Canada Highway West of Brandon

Figure 18.26: The Trans-Canada Highway West of Brandon

Figure 18.26

Vertical air photograph: A21666-84

Flight height: 22,420 feet a.s.l.; lens focal length: 85.611 mm

Scale: 1:81,200 (approx.)

Date: July 21, 1970

Location: Townships 9, 10, and 11; Ranges 20 and 21WI

Map sheets: 1:250,000 62F Virden

                    1:50,000 62F/16 Alexander 


[i] The Trans-Canada Highway was officially opened in 1962 but the calibre of the highway varied from place to place. For details see Francis, D. A Road for Canada, The Illustrated Story of the Trans-Canada Highway.Vancouver: Stantin Atkins and Dosil Publishers, 2006.