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New time travel video shows Highway 3 from Princeton to Osoyoos in 1966

One of the last buildings standing in Old Keremeos can be seen in this 1966 Ministry of Transportation 'Road Trip Time Machine' video.
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May 03, 2021 - 6:31 AM

Tran B.C. has released a new video in its ‘Road Trip Time Machine’ series with a 55-year-old look at Highway 3 from Princeton to Osoyoos.

In 1966, the Highway 3 corridor was the fastest route into the interior of British Columbia, and the Okanagan.

That fact is noticeable in this 1966 video, which shows a surprising amount of summer traffic along the highway.

Times have changed, as witnessed by the disappearance of several gas stations along the route that are still visible in the video.

There’s no bypass around Keremeos. The village looked a bit busier back in 1966.

You’ll also get a glimpse of one of the last buildings still standing at the site of Old Keremeos, where Bear’s Fruit Stand now exists.

Further east, Twin Lakes Golf Course was a hayfield in 1966.

The video covers Highway 3 from Princeton to Keremeos, then follows Highway 3 A to the junction of Highway 97.

From there, the video backtracks to Keremeos where it follows Highway 3 over the Richter Pass to Osoyoos.

The B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has released a series of videos compiled from ‘photologs,’ a ministry tool created to capture road condition information around the province for engineers to study without having to leave their offices.

The videos were collected by rigging a camera onto the dash of a car that took images every 80 feet. The images were then run together as a film.

The ministry’s video collection can be viewed here.


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