CB Channels used in Canada

Discussion in 'Canadian Truckers Forum' started by ParkRanger, Apr 11, 2009.

  1. ParkRanger

    ParkRanger Light Load Member

    Aug 4, 2008
    Raleigh, NC
    I recently had the pleasure of delivering a few loads to Canada and noticed the CB was real quiet until a driver told me that East of Quebec I should use Channel 1. How about West of Quebec and other areas in Canada?
  2. disorder

    disorder Light Load Member

    Dec 11, 2008
    Nanaimo, BC
    I've only used 1 and 19 out here on the westcoast. might switch to another channel if me another driver wanna bs for awhile to keep 1 and 19 open. thats about it.
  3. bulldozerbert

    bulldozerbert Medium Load Member

    Oct 5, 2008
    In Ontario we use 19, unless your running with someone, then we go to another , like disorder said.
  4. tdb

    tdb Light Load Member

    Dec 18, 2008
    From experience and from asking around, I've found the following:

    Generally, English speakers run 19 from Alberta to Ontario.

    In Ontario, English speakers run 19. I sometimes find French speakers on 12, but I don't really go looking for them. The East Indian drivers are on 7 (a.k.a. the "multicultural channel"), especially in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area). I've never been able to find Eastern European drivers riding any specific channel.

    In Quebec, English speakers are on 19 from the Ontario border to Montreal. East of Montreal and into the east coast (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador), English speakers usually gravitate to channel 1. If you hear French on channel 1, it's New Brunswickers switching between languages (New Brunswick's the only truly bilingual province in Canada).

    On the west coast, it's channel 1 from the Pacific Ocean to Kamloops/Kelowna area (about half-way across BC). East of Kamloops, most drivers turn to 19 (I say most, some remain on 1 till Alberta).

    Often pick-ups with CBs run 16, especially in my area. Channel 16's a pun on 4x4 drive trains (4x4=16).

    As you've noticed, this is strictly a Canadian trend. If you're in the Maritimes and cross into Maine, immediately switch back to 19. Why the east and west coast areas run channel 1 is a question that I can't get answered. I sometimes think it might have something to do with reception in coastal areas, but don't have any science to back it up. My best guess is that it's just an arbitrary regional trend, like running 19. I'm told CBers used to have dedicated channels for certain highways, and even north/south lanes used to run different channels than east/west lanes.

    PS: Since you're running Quebec, I'll throw this into this thread just in case: if you're running Quebec and get stopped by a scale attendant with an attitude who refuses to speak English to you, here's some advice: Canada has two official languages, English and French. Any individual is entitled under the human rights code in Canada to receive correspondence from the Canadian government and any of its branches in the official language of their preference, either English of French. Since the scale attendant is a government representative of the ministry of transportation, they must abide by your request to receive communication in the language of your preference, presumably English. State that you are entitled to receive communication from the government in the language of your preference, state that your preferred language is English, and if they refuse to comply by either speaking English or getting a translator, take their officer number, time, date, location of the scale house, and ask to speak to their supervisor about filing a human rights violation (and don't bluff here, mean it). This is a serious offense for a government official and your complaint will be successful.
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2009
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  5. Wildkat

    Wildkat <strong>Arctic Mistress</strong>

    Feb 24, 2008
    Somewhere North of 60
    With regards to CB radios, if you are going to run north of Edmonton, in Alberta or in mid to northern BC, the Yukon or NWT you will find CB's deathly quiet. Nobody uses them. most of us don't even have them...I don't. We all use VHF radios. Most of us then run on LADD1 or LADD2. Scales in the Yukon & BC usually use LADD2, & In Alberta & NWT LADD1.
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  6. ParkRanger

    ParkRanger Light Load Member

    Aug 4, 2008
    Raleigh, NC
    Thanks for all the info. I'll be up there Tuesday to put your advice to use. How about turning up the heater? I'll be leaving 70F and have been visiting 0C but would like something warmer ;)
  7. Wildkat

    Wildkat <strong>Arctic Mistress</strong>

    Feb 24, 2008
    Somewhere North of 60
    Spring has finally arrived in MY...Western Canada...neck of the woods. It's been nearly 70F all weekend. The snow has had a major meltdown...finally! That's very nearly air conditioner weather for us!

    As far as the heater goes...it's all what you get used to...mine is shut off at anything above freezing, but then that's T-shirt weather for me! Nights are still cool, usually around 35-40F.

    Just be aware...we do have sudden violent spring storms, they could be of the rain...or snow variety!

  8. ParkRanger

    ParkRanger Light Load Member

    Aug 4, 2008
    Raleigh, NC
    Too bad I'll be east (Quebec) and it's supposed to snow. But I'll still enjoy the ride!
  9. FlamesFan

    FlamesFan Bobtail Member

    Mar 23, 2009
    Calgary, AB
    East of the Fontaine Tunnel go channel 4..between there and kamloops go 19 and west of kamloops go 1. Not a lot of guys go CB anymore out west, they use VHF.
  10. RickG

    RickG Road Train Member

    Jul 22, 2008
    Owensboro , KY
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