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Mile Zero

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Mile Zero

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RobertMJThompson wrote a review Mar. 2020
Victoria, Canada683 contributions153 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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OnTravelsAgain wrote a review Sep. 2019
Chester, United Kingdom1,607 contributions410 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Knitter wrote a review Aug. 2019
Toronto, Canada93 contributions20 helpful votes
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).
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Alan B wrote a review Jun. 2019
Newport, United Kingdom1,014 contributions155 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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PookyCake wrote a review Apr. 2019
Victoria, Canada11,128 contributions971 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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