Whistler Road Report & Conditions
During the winter months, snow can be heavy on Highway 99, which is also known as the Sea to Sky Highway. Please check weather conditions before you leave and be prepared. If renting a vehicle ask about all-wheel drive options for better handling in the snow. Better yet, hop on one of the many shuttle buses (either from the airport or downtown Vancouver) and let someone else do the driving.
Once you arrive in Whistler, you won’t need a car. If you stay in the
Village, everything is within walking distance and many of the hotels
offer a complimentary shuttle service to get you to the lifts. Whistler’s transit system makes frequent scheduled stops throughout the Whistler Valley from 5:30 AM to 3:00 AM, 365 days a year. Call 1.800.WHISTLER (1.800.944.7853) for more information about the best transportation options for you.
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
Travel from the United States to Whistler
Find out about passport requirements and border crossings before you leave.
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.