Mile Zero

Mile Zero, Victoria: Address, Mile Zero Reviews: 4/5

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RobertMJThompson
Victoria, Canada696 contributions
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
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, Canada93 contributions
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, UK1,053 contributions
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, Canada12,354 contributions
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
Victoria275 contributions
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.302 contributions
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, Canada141 contributions
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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chickandbeast
Southgate, Canada8,499 contributions
Jun. 2018 • Couples
When I passed this marker on the highway I didnt know its significance so how cool I was there. It is the beginning or end of the great Trans Canada Highway Mile Zero Douglas British Columbia.
Written 10 September 2018
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Dale H
Osoyoos, Canada450 contributions
Aug. 2018 • Couples
A beautiful park literally yards from the Pacific Ocean. Depending which direction you are travelling it is either the beginning of the trans-Canada highway or the end. Parking on the street right next to the park. Note also the tribute to Terry Fox just a few feet away. No picnic tables in this particular area of this park but lots just up the road in Beacon Hill Park. This park also contains a splash park for the kids or the dog (or you if you wish).
Written 30 August 2018
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