British Columbia Highway 2

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Highway 2
Dawson Creek-Tupper Highway
Route information
Length: 42 km[1] (26 mi)
Existed: 1941 – present
Major junctions
West end: BC 97 in Dawson Creek
  BC 49 in Dawson Creek
BC 52 near Tupper
East end: Hwy 43 near Tupper
Major cities: Dawson Creek
Villages: Pouce Coupe
Highway system

British Columbia provincial highways

BC 1A BC 3

Highway 2, known locally as the Tupper Highway, is one of the two short connections from Dawson Creek to the border between B.C. and Alberta. The actual '2' designation has a more complex history than that of the highway that carries it today. When Highway 2 was first designated in 1941, it followed the present-day route of the Cariboo Highway between Cache Creek and Prince George. In 1952, Highway 2 was extended along the John Hart Highway all the way through Dawson Creek to the border between B.C. and Alberta at Tupper. In 1953, the section of Highway 2 between Cache Creek and Dawson Creek was given the designation of '97', and the designations of 2 and 97 co-existed until 1962,[2] when the '2' designation was removed from the Cariboo and John Hart Highways.

Route details[edit]

Highway 2 of the present day is 42 km (26 mi) long. It starts in Dawson Creek at its junction with Highway 97, and proceeds southeast for 39 km (24 mi) past the small settlement of Pouce Coupe, to its junction with Highway 52 near Tupper. Highway 2 connects with Alberta Highway 43 at the provincial border, 3 km (2 mi) southeast of Tupper.[3]

Major intersections[edit]

From west to east:[3]

Regional district Location km[1] mi Destinations Notes
Peace River Dawson Creek 0.00 0.00 BC 97 – Chetwynd, Prince George, Fort St. John, Whitehorse BC 97 north is the Alaska Highway; BC 97 south is the John Hart Highway
1.81 1.12 10th Street To Alaska Highway Mile zero monument
2.08 1.29 BC 49 east – Spirit River
8th Street
Roundabout; BC 2 branches south
4.50 2.80 To BC 97 / 7th Street BC 2 turns east; Dawson Creek bypass; dangerous goods route
9.20 5.72 Rolla Road – Rolla, Spirit River Bypass route to BC 49; BC 2 turns south
Pouce Coupe 12.17 7.56 50th Avenue, 50th Street BC 2 branches east
39.55 24.58 BC 52 west – Tumbler Ridge
41.62 25.86 British ColumbiaAlberta border
Continues as Hwy 43 east – Grande Prairie, Edmonton
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b Landmark Kilometre Inventory (PDF). British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (Report). Cypher Consulting. July 2016. pp. 74–77. 
  2. ^ Shell Oil Company; The H.M. Gousha Company (1956). British Columbia - Alberta Map (Map). The H.M. Gousha Company. 
  3. ^ a b British Columbia Road Atlas (Map) (2007 ed.). Oshawa, ON: MapArt Publishing Corp. p. 25. ISBN 1-55368-018-9. 

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