First Automobile Journey Across Canada
Ransom E Olds, the inventor of the Oldsmobile, sold the Oldsmobile Company in 1904. Olds felt he could build a better automobile and started the R E Olds Motor Car Company in 1905. To avoid lawsuits, he changed the name to REO Motor Car Company. In 1908 REO Motor Car Company was bought by General Motors.
On August 27, 1912 Thomas Wilby and Jack Haney were setting out to become the first motorists to cross Canada. They backed the wheels of the REO Motor Car 5 passenger touring car into the waters off Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, scooped up a flaskful of Atlantic water and with the yell “All on board for Vancouver!” took off even though there is only 16 kilometres of paved road in the entire country.