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Department of Highways films
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[Bridge Patrol and Ferry Patrol]

Unedited footage. Shows the work of the Bridge Patrol and Ferry Patrol to ensure safety and smooth traffic flow on bridges and at BC Ferry terminals. Includes footage shot on Second Narrows Bridge, the Stanley Park highway, Oak Street Bridge, Lions Gate Bridge, Richmond freeway, and Tsawwassen ferry terminal.

[Cascade highway] : [footage]

Unedited footage. Shows construction work on the Cascade Section of the Southern Trans-Provincial Highway, between Christina Lake and Rossland. Also includes footage of a couple in a convertible driving to Rossland on a narrow, unpaved and dusty road.

Deas Island tunnel

Industrial film. The planning and construction of the Deas Island Tunnel, and its official opening in July 1959 by Queen Elizabeth.

Department of Highways films

  • GR-3357
  • Series
  • [ca. 1935-1960s]; predominantly 1950s-1960s

The series comprises motion picture film materal shot by and for the Dept. of Highways, mainly in the 1950s and 1960s. There are also a few brief items from ca.1935-1940s, presumably shot for the Dept. of Public Works. Most of the material consists of unedited (or rough-edited) footage documenting highway and bridge construction and maintenance around the province, along with a few items about ferry services. The series also contains a few complete film productions, including prints of "Deas Island Tunnel", "Highway on the Sea", "Men, Mountains and the Challenge", and "Rogers Pass", some of which were produced for Highways by the Photographic Branch of the Dept. of Recreation and Conservation.

British Columbia. Dept. of Highways

[Dept. of Highways] : [miscellaneous footage]

Unedited footage. 1. Test or construction of a bridge on the Fraser River, ca. 1937. 2 & 3. Ships sailing through the open swingspan of the same bridge. 4. Victoria's Inner Harbour, with the Parliament Buildings lit up at night. 5. Daylight moon over dome of Parliament Buildings; Empress Hotel decorated for Royal Visit. (Kodachrome) 6. Boat launching. (Kodachrome) 7. Cariboo Highway near and in Fraser Canyon; Alexandra Bridge at Spuzzum. (Kodachrome)

[Fraser Canyon slides]

Unedited footage. Shows construction crew assembling a Bailey bridge at washout site; washout damage to railroad bridge and line, road and culverts; bulldozer clearing debris; slide area and damage on hillside.

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