It’s actually happening. What started out as a crazy idea at a nuclear industry conference a few months ago is about to become reality in a few short hours.
Some background, for the uninitiated: there are several engineering schools in Canada. Geographically, the school the farthest west is the University of Victoria (UVic), and the school the farthest east is the Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN).
You would expect that universities situated the farthest apart geographically wouldn’t interact much. For the most part, you’d be right. However, MUN and UVic both have a fairly unique mandatory engineering co-op program. As students will go to where the jobs are for co-op work terms, MUN and UVic students tend to cross paths quite a bit on co-op, particularly in northern Alberta.
At a nuclear industry conference in early 2013, a few UVic and MUN students met. As the night wound down, it was noted offhand that Victoria and St. John’s were technically speaking on the same stretch of highway: Victoria holds the western terminus of the Trans-Canada Highway, and St John’s holds the eastern terminus. This got a few people thinking.
A plan was hatched: a road trip tradition should be established. Schools should alternate in their responsibility to send at least one vehicle across the full east-west length of the Trans-Canada Highway, to visit the other school. This mission is to be attempted only using the most worthless of vehicles: a price cap was tentatively chosen of $500. As both cities are situated on the ocean, a sizable amount of seawater was to be carried across in an open vessel.
A few months later, it was noticed by a few UVic students that a 1994 Ford Aerostar was for sale on Used Victoria for the agreeable price of $350. It was purchased, and the first Trans-Canada Cup Run was born.
We depart from the Mile Zero Marker on Douglas Street at 1pm on August 22nd. This blog will catalog our adventures as we make our way across the country. We invite you to follow along with us.