Free Wi-Fi in highway rest areas coming to British Columbia

Aug 16 2017, 1:15 am

Good news if you’re always draining that data. You’ll soon be able to get free Wi-Fi at rest areas across British Columbia, as part of a deal between TELUS and ICBC.

Free Wi-Fi has already gone live in the Britton Creek rest area at the summit of the Coquihalla Highway and at the Glacier View rest area on Highway 16, north of Smithers.

As well, the following rest areas will get free Wi-Fi by the end of 2017:

  • Taylor River, Highway 4 – 37 km west of Port Alberni
  • Galena Bay, Highway 23 – 49 km north of Nakusp
  • Mount Terry Fox, Highway 16 – 6 km east of Tete Jaune
  • Loon Lake, Highway 97C – 40 km east of Merritt

Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Claire Trevena said she hopes the free Wi-Fi “helps motorists leave the phone alone while driving.”

It will also “give them the opportunity to check DriveBC and other sites at a rest area,” she said in a release.

According to the release, free Wi-Fi in more rest areas is planned, and rest-area signs will give drivers a heads up that free Wi-Fi is available.

Free Wi-Fi indicated on rest-area sign (Province of BC)

Free Wi-Fi indicated on rest-area sign (Province of BC)

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