New Brunswick is known to many as the drive-through province. The nick-name came after our most recent highway renewal project upgraded our single-lane portion of the Trans-Canada Highway into it’s current twinned design, a safer highway to travel but also one that bypasses the many beautiful towns and villages that have long been defining traits of New Brunswick.
I remember when the new section of the highway that passes my hometown of Fredericton first opened. A friend and I hoped in the car and headed north towards the town of Nackawic to check out the new stretch. We had taken that same drive dozens of times but the new road changed things forever. While the trip was quicker by a few minutes, it was now lacking the visual landmarks, communities, and rural landscape that had long since defined the area. And from the new highway, next to no evidence of these communities exists. Trees as far as the eye can see.
The locals all across the province in areas affected by this drastic change in highway planning took to calling their home province The Drive-Through Province as a dig to the government that helped to make our roads safer by bypassing the dozens of communities that once fed and fuelled its many travelers.