Who built our highways? Japanese Canadian Roadcamp Historic Sites
While not well-known, able-bodied Japanese Canadian men 18-45 years were sent to roadcamps as slave labour to build BC highways during the Internment. Their wives and children were held de-facto hostage in nearby Internment Camps.
The stretch of the Hope-Princeton Highway 3 from Hope to Princeton was built with picks and shovels by Japanese Canadian men. Their families were housed in the nearby Tashme Internment Camp.
The stretch of Highway 1 between Revelstoke and Sicamous was also built by Japanese Canadian Internees. And the stretch of Highway 5 near Yellowhead Blue-River near Mount Robson. Highway Legacy Signs have been erected along the pull-outs of these highways to pay homage to this history (2017-2018).
Hope, British Columbia
Hope-Princeton Highway Road Camps. Japanese Canadian History
Sign that commemorates Road Camps along Highway 1 during the Japanese Canadian Internment.
Mount Robson, British Columbia
The Japanese Canadian Yellowhead-Blue River Highway Project at Mount Robson Visitor Centre
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