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The Yellowhead Highway is a major east-west highway connecting the four western Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. Although part of the Trans-Canada Highway system, the highway should not be confused with the more southerly originally designated Trans-Canada Highway. In the 1980s the green and white Trans-Canada logo began to be used to designate the roadway. The main Yellowhead Highway is designated as Highway 16 for its entire length.
In the west, the highway begins at Masset, British Columbia , heading south along Graham Island for 101 km to Skidegate . It then connects via a 172 km-long ferry route to Prince Rupert, then passes southeastward for 724 km through to Prince George, then goes another 268 km through to TÍte Jaune Cache , enters Alberta through the Rocky Mountains near Jasper (100 km from TÍte Jaune Cache), and passes through Edmonton another 366 km later, and Saskatoon 532 km later, before meeting the Trans Canada Highway at Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, 697 km from Saskatoon. Officially the eastern end of the Yellowhead Highway is at The Forks in Winnipeg. The total length of the Yellowhead Highway, including ferries, is 2,960 km.
A spur of the Yellowhead Highway, Highway 5, connects the main highway at TÍte Jaune Cache, British Columbia midway between the Alberta-British Columbia border and Prince George to Kamloops, British Columbia on the Trans-Canada Highway.
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