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Usia2014
Calgary, Canada1,814 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
We stopped here to see the Terry Fox statue and the “Mile 0” (Trans Canada Highway marker) while visiting Beacon Hill Park. It was a sunny and beautiful day with only a few other people waiting to take pictures of the sign. If you are ever planning a road trip across Canada, this is a great place to either start your journey or to end here.
Written 10 May 2023
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Richard
New York City, NY26 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
On Nov 25, 2022, I booked a four-night stay in July 2023 at Mile-Zero.
Today, Jan 19, 2023, nearly two months later, I received an email canceling my reservation. I did not request the cancelation.
I called the hotel and they told me that it was a computer error to take my initial reservation and that now they were not taking reservations for the 2023 season due to "personal reasons."
This is an outrageous way to do business.
Fortunately, I was able to cover myself in another hotel.
Written 19 January 2023
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RobertMJThompson
Victoria, Canada768 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
There has been a lot of new work done to Dallas Road, which passes the park at the intersection of Douglas St. Parking is available on streets nearby. You can make this part of your walk along the shoreline. The Terry Fox monument is a prominent and only feature of the park. No benches or tables so if you wish a picnic stop, bring your blanket.
Written 22 March 2020
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OnTravelsAgain
Chester, UK1,653 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
I wanted to visit this as we know parts of the TCH very well and had not been before. As others say, a little underwhelming, but then after all it is just a sign.

I would not make a special trip, but if you are passing, worth stopping off.
Written 3 September 2019
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Knitter
Toronto, Canada90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Mile Zero is significant because of what it is (the far end of the Trans-Canada Highway). More importantly, it is inspiring because of its connection to Terry Fox and his Marathon of Hope. It's in a grassy park, so there's plenty of room. I went multiple times and never found it crowded (lots of chances to take pictures if you like). There is also a statue of Terry Fox nearby.

This is a must-see in Canada, and definitely if you're in Victoria. I would recommend it for anyone, but particularly for school-aged children/youth/teens as the Terry Fox story is a big topic of study in most schools (especially elementary). Seeing Mile Zero and the statue make the lessons mean so much more.

This is a perfect place for all to pause and think about an inspiring and remarkable Canadian hero.

Note that Mile Zero is at a bit of a distance from the main areas of Victoria, so you might want to visit it as part of a tour (such as a hop on hop off bus).
Written 21 August 2019
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Alan B
Newport, UK1,147 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
Right on the edge of Beacon Park "Mile Zero" is, of itself, of little interest but it was the start of Terry Fox's trans Canada Run. A fitting tribute to the athlete is just behind the marker.
Written 23 June 2019
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PookyCake
Victoria, Canada14,357 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Solo
Ah, the Mile Zero marker! This is one of those attractions/landmarks I’ve passed by countless times but never really took the time to fully appreciate it or its significance. Like many things we Canadians do, this marker is fairly understated – far from being grandiose – but it denotes a highly important moment in the country’s history: The start (or termination) of the Trans-Canada Highway. Most other places would probably have flashy lights or gaudy monuments to signify such a feat, but not here. A simple sign and weathered plaque will do. After all, the marker just signifies the start (or finish) of some 8,000 kilometers of highway – the longest continuous stretch in the world!

Of course, if we’re being a bit imaginative, we can also say that “Mile Zero” has another, more philosophical and substantive, meaning. It signifies the hope embodied by Terry Fox’s “Marathon of Hope” (1980), on the one hand, and denotes the terminus, on the other hand, of Stephen Fonyo’s epic “Journey For Lives” marathon and (1984-85). The “hope” of Fox was to run across Canada, in an effort to raise funds for cancer research, and conclude his marathon at Victoria’s “Mile Zero”; however, his cancer returned and forced him to abandon his efforts at Thunder Bay. Four years later, Mr. Fonyo, who’d also lost a leg to cancer, picked up the ram’s horn and ran with it clear across the country – from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Victoria, BC – and finished his own saga at the Mile Zero marker. There is a statue of Fox and a monument to Fonyo, rightly so, adjacent to the Trans-Canada Highway “Mile Zero” marker.

From a historical perspective, then, this modest marker is deeply important not just for the sheer efforts of those involved in creating the Trans-Canada highway but also because of what it speaks to in terms of our individual and communal perseverance as a nation. And while I wouldn’t necessarily suggest making it a point to visit this landmark on its own, it nevertheless complements any journey to Beacon Hill Park.
Written 30 April 2019
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ianjc
Saanichton, Canada269 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
If you are driving, it's a no-brainer. Park and have a look at the start (or finish) of Highway 1. If you're on foot, and energetic, sure. In any case, Beacon Hill park is a must-see in Victoria. A lovely urban park, especially in spring or summer.
Written 8 March 2019
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Terry S
Saltspring Is.294 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Friends
The beginning of the Trans Canada Highway. It starts at the corner of Dallas Road and Douglas St. at the edge of Beacon Hill Park. A statue of Terry Fox reminds us of his dream to run cross Canada for cancer awareness which was cut short due to the return of Cancer.
Written 30 October 2018
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hugz2302
Victoria, Canada139 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Friends
you need to feel the soil beneath your feet. walk the walk and see the ocean and the nature over head and afoot. wonderful history here.
Written 23 September 2018
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