British Columbia Highway 95

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Highway 95
Yahk–Kingsgate Highway
Kootenay–Columbia Highway
Route information
Length: 329 km[1] (204 mi)
Existed: 1957 – present
Major junctions
South end: US 95 at Canada-US border
  BC 3 in Yahk
BC 95A in Cranbrook
BC 3 / BC 93 near Fort Steele
BC 95A near Wasa
BC 93 in Radium Hot Springs
North end: BC 1 in Golden
Highway system

British Columbia provincial highways

BC 93 BC 95A

Highway 95 is a north-south highway in the southeastern corner of British Columbia, opened in 1957. The highway connects with U.S. Highway 95, from which the highway takes its number, at the Canada-U.S. border at Kingsgate, just north of Eastport, Idaho.[2] The section between the Canada-U.S. border and the Crowsnest Highway is known as the Yahk–Kingsgate Highway while the section between the Crowsnest Highway and Golden is known as the Kootenay–Columbia Highway.[3]

Highway 95 is one of the most overlapped highways in the province, i.e., it shares most of its route with other numbered highways.

Route details[edit]

The 329 km (204 mi) long Highway 95 begins at the international border in a small community called Kingsgate, and follows the Moyie River northeast for 11 km (7 mi) to the town of Yahk, where it merges onto the Crowsnest Highway (Highway 3). Highway 95 follows the Crowsnest Highway northeast for 72 km (45 mi) to the city of Cranbrook, where Highway 95A, designated in 1968 and following the original alignment of Highway 95 for 54 km (34 mi) through Kimberley and Ta Ta Creek, begins. From Cranbrook, it is another 7 km (4 mi) east to the Fort Steele junction, where Highway 3 hands Highway 95 off to Highway 93.[2]

From the Fort Steele junction, Highway 95 follows Highway 93 north for 31 km (19 mi) through the community of Wasa, to where Highway 95A's east junction is located. From the Highway 95A junction, Highway 93/95 follows the Kootenay River upstream for 45 km (28 mi), through Skookumchuck to the town of Canal Flats, at the southern end of Columbia Lake. North of Canal Flats, Highway 93/95 travels for 58 km (36 mi) along the Columbia River, through the communities of Fairmont Hot Springs, Windermere and Invermere to the town of Radium Hot Springs, where Highway 93 diverges east. Highway 95 continues to follow the Columbia River north for 105 km (65 mi), through the locations of Edgewater, Brisco, Spillimacheen and Parson, to where it terminates at its junction with the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1) at Golden.[2]

Major intersections[edit]

From south to north:[4]

Regional district Location km[1] mi Destinations Notes
Continues as US 95 south – Coeur d'Alene
Central Kootenay Kingsgate 0.00 0.00 Canada – United States border
Yahk 11.30 7.02 BC 3 west – Creston, Castlegar South end of BC 3 concurrency
East Kootenay Cranbrook 79.78 49.57 King Street, 9th Avenue S
81.51 50.65 Theatre Road, Victoria Avenue
83.62 51.96 BC 95A north – Airport, Kimberley Cranbrook Interchange
89.05 55.33 BC 3 east / BC 93 south – Fernie, Lethbridge, Kalispell Fort Steele Interchange
BC 95 branches north; north end of BC 3 concurrency; south end of BC 93 concurrency
Fort Steele 96.05 59.68 Fort Steele Bridge across the Kootenay River
Wasa 115.58 71.82 Wasa Lake Park Drive
120.71 75.01 Wasa Bridge across the Kootenay River
120.84 75.09 BC 95A south – Kimberley BC 93/95 concurrency branches north
133.28 82.82 Springbrook Bridge across the Kootenay River
Canal Flats 161.80 100.54 Canal Flats Bridge across the Kootenay River
185.79 115.44 Fairmont Bridge across the Columbia River
Fairmont Hot Springs 187.21 116.33 Riverview Road, Fairmont Resort Road
Windermere 204.64 127.16 The Bench Road
Invermere 210.29 130.67 Athalmer Road, Black Forest Trail Access to Panorama Mountain
Radium Hot Springs 223.45 138.85 BC 93 north – Kootenay National Park, Banff, Lake Louise North end of BC 93 concurrency
Edgewater 233.06 144.82 Hewitt Road
Columbia-Shuswap Parson 291.55 181.16 Parson River Crossing (road)
Golden 326.69 203.00 9th Street S
328.88 204.36 BC 1 – Kamloops, Revelstoke, Banff, Calgary
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. 109–112; 405–410; 414–418. 
  2. ^ a b c Tourism British Columbia. Super, Natural British Columbia Road Map & Parks Guide (Map) (2010-2011 ed.). Davenport Maps Ltd. §§ J-11, K-11, K-12, L-11, L-12. 
  3. ^ "Official Numbered Routes in British Columbia". Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. Province of British Columbia. June 8, 2015. Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  4. ^ British Columbia Road Atlas (Map) (2007 ed.). Oshawa, ON: MapArt Publishing Corp. p. 41, 61-62, 74. ISBN 1-55368-018-9.