Highway 101
Sunshine Coast Highway
Highway 101 highlighted in red.
Route information
Length156 km[1] (97 mi)
Existed1962–present
Major junctions
South end Langdale Ferry Terminal
  Earls CoveSaltery Bay ferry
North endLund
Location
DistrictsSechelt
Major citiesPowell River
TownsGibsons
Highway system
British Columbia provincial highways
Hwy 99 Hwy 113

British Columbia Highway 101, also known as the Sunshine Coast Highway, is the main north-south thoroughfare on the Sunshine Coast, British Columbia, Canada.

Highway 101, which first opened in 1962, is divided into two separate land segments, with a ferry link in between. The highway is maintained by Capilano Highway Services.[2] Despite its location on the mainland, the highway is unique for not being connected to the rest of the British Columbia highway system. Access to the highway can only be obtained by taking ferries from Horseshoe Bay to the south end in Gibsons or Comox to Powell River. Highway 101 between Langdale and Powell River is designated as a feeder route of the Canadian National Highway System.[3]

Route description

Highway 101 at Gibsons
Highway 101 at Gibsons

The total distance of Highway 101, including the ferry link, is approximately 156 kilometres (97 mi). The highway begins in the south at the BC Ferries terminal at Langdale, which connects the Sunshine Coast to Vancouver via a ferry route across Howe Sound to Horseshoe Bay. The southern land section of Highway 101 is 80 kilometres (50 mi) long, and includes from south to north, the communities of Gibsons, Roberts Creek, Sechelt, Halfmoon Bay and Pender Harbour. The ferry link across the Jervis Inlet lasts 9.5 nautical miles (17.6 km) between Earls Cove to the south and Saltery Bay to the north.[4] The 59-kilometre-long (37 mi) northern land section of Highway 101 includes, from southeast to northwest, the hamlets of Stillwater and Lang Bay, the city of Powell River, the Tla'amin Nation and the community of Lund, at the northern terminus of the highway.

Fixed link proposals

The provincial government has conducted several feasibility studies on connecting Highway 101 to the Sunshine Coast, as well as replacing the Earls Cove–Saltery Bay ferry. A study launched by the BC Liberal government in 2015 identified four proposals costing between $2.1 billion and $4.4 billion:[5]

All four options were considered feasible, with positive cost to benefit ratios for the two bridge options. The study was inconclusive and recommended further analysis of the four options.[6] The NDP government announced in February 2017 that the study would not move forward due to technical and financial issues.[5]

Major intersections

Milestone marker in Lund designating a terminus of the highway.
Milestone marker in Lund designating a terminus of the highway.

From south to north:

Regional DistrictLocationkm[1]miDestinationsNotes
Sunshine CoastLangdale0.000.00 Langdale Ferry Terminal – BC Ferries to Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal ( Hwy 1 east / Hwy 99)
0.930.58Marine Drive (Hwy 912:2566 south) / Port Mellon Highway (Hwy 912:2565 north) – Gibsons, Port Mellon
Gibsons4.072.53Reed Road
4.893.04Gibsons Way, School RoadHwy 101 branches west
6.103.79Pratt Road, Payne Road
Roberts Creek15.409.57Roberts Creek Road
Sechelt41.2525.63Field Road
Sechelt First Nation25.8016.03Ti'Ta Way
Sechelt26.2616.32Dolphin Street, Wharf Avenue
28.8417.92Norwest Bay Road
Madeira Park58.0936.10Madeira Park Road (Hwy 912:2573 north)
Earls Cove80.2949.89Earls Cove ferry terminal
Jervis Inlet Earls Cove – Saltery Bay Ferry
Approximately 17.6 km (9.5 nmi)[4]
Powell RiverSaltery Bay97.8960.83Saltery Bay ferry terminal
Powell River125.1177.74Joyce Avenue
128.6779.95 Wharf Street (Hwy 911:2576 west) / Westview Avenue – FerriesAccess to Texada Island and Comox via ferry
129.6180.54Alberni Street, Abbotsford Street
133.6683.05Arbutus Avenue, Marine Avenue
Lund156.3697.16 Lund Water Taxi – Passenger Ferry to Savary Island
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
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References

  1. ^ a b Landmark Kilometre Inventory (PDF). British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (Report). Cypher Consulting. July 2017. pp. 590–597.
  2. ^ "Highway Maintenance". Capilano Highway Services. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  3. ^ National Highway System (PDF). Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (Report). Government of British Columbia. p. 3. Retrieved December 7, 2017.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b "BC Ferries Schedules: Sechelt - Powell River (Earls Cove-Saltery Bay)". BC Ferries. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Watson, Bridgette (December 7, 2017). "Province scraps plan for fixed link to Sunshine Coast". CBC News. Retrieved August 3, 2021.

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