British Columbia provincial highway 23

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British Columbia provincial highway 23 is a north-south highway that straddles the Trans-Canada Highway in the province's high country region. Its section north of Revelstoke is the western part of the original routing of Highway 1 along the Columbia River prior to its re-alignment through Rogers Pass, and it is the main access to the Mica Dam facility on Kinbasket Lake, which is actually a reservoir of Mica Dam. Its southern part provides an early connection to the heart of the Okanagan region of the province for travellers on the Trans-Canada westbound from Calgary. Highway 23 was initially opened in 1964, and it was re-aligned through the latter half of the 1960s.

Route details

Highway 23, which is 250 km long, begins in the south at Nakusp, where it meets Highway 6. Highway 23 starts off travelling north along the eastern shore of Upper Arrow Lake for 49 km to its junction with Highway 31 at Galena Bay. A ferry vessel carries Highway 23 across the Upper Arrow Lake to a location known as Shelter Bay. North of Shelter Bay, Highway 23 follows the west bank of the Columbia River for 49 km to where it meets the Trans-Canada Highway. Highway 23 follows the Trans-Canada east through the city of Revelstoke for 1 km, finally turning north after leaving Revelstoke.

North of Revelstoke, Highway 23 entirely follows the east bank of the Columbia River for 151 km, except for a winding section that goes counter-clockwise around the widest part of Downie Creek, to its northern end at the Mica Dam facility.


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