CELPIP Reading for Information Trans Canada Highway

CELPIP Reading for Information Trans Canada Highway

This Reading Module has 12 questions similar to the kinds of questions that you can expect to find on an actual CELPIP Test. Practice Celpip Test Reading for Information “Trans Canada Highway” with answers.

Time: 10 minutes

Part 1

Directions: Read the following information article.

A. The Trans-Canada Highway (French: Route Transcanadienne) is a transcontinental federal-provincial highway system that travels through all ten provinces of Canada from the Pacific Ocean on the west to the Atlantic on the east. The main route spans 7,821 kilometres (4,860 mi) across the country, one of the longest routes of its type in the world. The highway system is recognizable by its distinctive white-on-green maple leaf route markers, although there are small variations in the markers in some provinces.

B. Throughout much of Canada, there are at least two routes designated as part of the Trans-Canada Highway (TCH). For example, in the western provinces, both the main Trans- Canada route and the Yellowhead Highway are part of the Trans-Canada system. Although the TCH, being strictly a transcontinental route, does not enter any of Canada’s three northern territories or run to the Canada–US border, the Trans-Canada Highway forms part of Canada’s overall National Highway System (NHS), providing connections to the Northwest Territories, Yukon and the border, although the NHS (apart from the TCH sections) is unsigned.

C. Canada’s national highway system is not under federal jurisdiction, as decisions about highway and freeway construction are entirely under the jurisdiction of the individual provinces. Route numbering on the Trans-Canada Highway is also handled by the provinces. The Western provinces have coordinated their highway numbers so that the main Trans-Canada route is designated Highway 1 and the Yellowhead route is designated Highway 16 throughout. East of Manitoba the highway numbers change at each provincial boundary, or within a province as the TCH piggybacks along separate provincial highways (which often continue as non-TCH routes outside the designated sections) en route. In addition, Ontario and Quebec use standard provincial highway shields to number the highway within their boundaries, but post numberless Trans-Canada Highway shields alongside them to identify it. As the Trans-Canada route was composed of sections from pre-existing provincial highways, it is unlikely that the Trans-Canada Highway will ever have a uniform designation across the whole country.

D. Although there does not appear to be any nationally sanctioned “starting point” for the entire Trans-Canada Highway system, St. John’s has adopted this designation for the section of highway running in the city by using the term “Mile One” for its sports stadium and convention centre complex, Mile One Centre. Likewise, the Victoria terminus of the Trans-Canada Highway, located at the foot of Douglas Street and Dallas Road at Beacon Hill Park, is marked by a “mile zero” monument. The Trans-Canada Highway has been posted in kilometres since 1977, when all Canadian roads switched to metric.

E. Not in any of the paragraphs

Part 2

Directions: Decide which paragraph (A, B, C, or D) contains the information in each of the following statements. If the information is not discussed in any of the paragraphs, choose “E”.

1. St. John’s considers “Mile One” as the starting point of the highway.

A      B      C      D      E

2. The highway can be identified by white and green signs.

A      B      C      D      E

3. The Trans-Canada Highway is made of up sections of provincial highway.

A      B      C      D      E

4. The provinces themselves make decisions about their part of the highway.

A      B      C      D      E

5. The Trans-Canada Highway changed from miles to kilometres in 1977.

A      B      C      D      E

6. Canada’s three territories do not contain any sections of the Trans-Canada Highway.

A      B      C      D      E

7. The Trans-Canada Highway follows the same route as the Canadian Pacific Railway.

A      B      C      D      E

8. The Trans-Canada Highway is part of Canada’s overall highway network.

A      B      C      D      E

9. The Trans-Canada Highway spans the continent from east to west.

A      B      C      D      E

CELPIP Reading for Information Trans Canada Highway Answers

1. D

2. A

3. C

4. C

5. D

6. B

7. E

8. B

9. A


Transcontinental (goes across the whole continent)
Spans (covers)
Route markers (signs)
Strictly (only)
Jurisdiction (legal power)
Piggyback (ride on someone’s back; the Trans-Canada Highway uses provincial highways)
En route (on the way)
Highway shield (sign logo)
Sanctioned (approved)
Convention centre (large building for holding events)
Terminus (final point)

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