Whistler's Highway 99

Whistler Road Report & Conditions

Whistler is just two hours north of Vancouver by road, a scenic drive along the recently upgraded Sea to Sky Highway (Highway 99) through the Coast Mountains. As with any mountain road the highway is subject to changing weather conditions, which in winter may include heavy snow. Check current road conditions before you leave, be prepared for the drive or explore alternative ways to get to Whistler without driving.

Important Notices

  • Winter Tires Required on the Sea to Sky Highway from October 1 to April 30 - for safe handling in winter conditions motorists are required to have winter tires installed and/or carry chains that meet the standards required on the Sea to Sky Highway. If stopped at a checkpoint, drivers without the required equipment may be turned back.
  • Winter Tires and Chain Up Information for British Columbia from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

Live Weather and Road Conditions

Traveling from the United States to Whistler

Whistler is just a short drive from the United States border. If you are planning to enter from the United States, find out about passport requirements and border crossings before you leave.

Live Border Crossing Conditions

Winter Driving

During winter months, snow can be heavy on the highway. Be prepared for winter driving:

  • Check the road conditions before you leave
  • Renting a vehicle? Ask about all-wheel drive options for better handling in the snow
  • Learn more about winter driving and preparing your car for winter with Transport Canada

Prefer not to drive? Learn about other ways to get to Whistler.

Highway Regulations in British Columbia

Highways in British Columbia are safe and modernized. Canadian highway regulations may differ from where you are from. Please note:

  • The speed limit is generally 80 kilometres per hour (watch for speed limit signs near construction areas)
  • Speed limits are in metric
  • Seat belts are mandatory
  • Use headlights even in daylight
  • Roads can be slippery even in the summer months
  • Infant car seats are required for children weighing up to 9 kg / 20 pounds

Wildlife on the Road

Animal collisions pose a risk to wildlife, people and their property. Help reduce the number of deaths and injurious accidents by following these guidelines:

  • Drive defensively and concentrate on the road at all times. Watch the sides of the road for wildlife attempting to cross, especially where visibility is poor (at bends in the road, or where the forest comes close to the road).
  • Use extra caution at night; bears are dark animals and are very difficult to see in the dark, or even at dusk and dawn. Bears and other animals are often found foraging roadside during spring when newly sprouting clover (especially along newly constructed highways) provides good feeding.
  • Watch for signs that have been posted in high wildlife collision zones and slow down.
  • Never stop to view wildlife. This stresses wildlife and creates unsafe road conditions due to traffic congestion.
  • If you are involved in a collision, call the police if there are any human injuries or significant damage to your vehicle. Inspect your vehicle to see if it is safe to continue driving.
  • Call the local wildlife agency if there is a dead or injured animal to report. In BC, call the Conservation Officer Service at 1.877.952.7277.

Learn more about wildlife on the road.

Whistler from Vancouver or Vancouver International Airport

There are a number of ways to get to Whistler from downtown Vancouver and Vancouver International Airport (YVR) without a vehicle:

Transport in Whistler

Having a vehicle is not necessary when you are on vacation in Whistler. If you stay in the Village, everything is within walking distance, there is a robust public transit system and many hotels offer a complimentary shuttle service to get you to the lifts.

Call 1.800.WHISTLER (1.800.944.7853) for more information about the best transportation options for you.

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Call 1.800.WHISTLER (944.7853) to speak with a local travel consultant