Highway 99, otherwise known as the Sea To Sky Highway, is a stretch of road that spans from Vancouver to Pemberton. Its views are world renowned. The twists and turns take drivers along the Howe Sound, right beside the ocean. This stretch gives way to the mountains, where the peaks of the Tantalus Range grace the horizon line. On the way, drivers are invited to stop at viewpoints or other points of interest such as Shannon Falls or the Britannia Beach Mine. Despite its beauty, it is a mountain highway and consequently, requires more forethought in order to travel safely. Here is what you need to know about driving to Whistler along the Sea To Sky Highway at various points in the year.
From October 1 to March 31, snow tires (M+S) are required to travel the Sea To Sky Highway. This is to ensure the safety of yourself and those around you. What's more, if there is snow on the road, it is very challenging to drive the hilly landscape with improper tires. If you are arriving at Vancouver International Airport, take a bus, limo, or cab. Many rental car companies do not offer snow tires on their rental vehicles.
Highway 99 is a variable speed corridor. This means that the speed limit changes in conjunction with the conditions. Posted frequently on the highway are changeable speed limit signs, so be wary as you travel for changing conditions and speed limits.
Before you travel, visit DriveBC for all the latest conditions and highway cams.
In Canada, if the road has two lanes going in the same direction, we drive on the right and pass on the left. This is important as it prevents unsafe actions and irritation from other drivers.
Snow plows are giant vehicles that remove snow from the road. In addition, they spray de-icer on the road. Snow plows move all the snow to the right-hand side of the road. NEVER pass a snowplow on the right-hand side. If you are going to pass, do so at a smart time, respectful of speed, and on the left. Also, make sure to not follow these vehicles too closely.
Driving to Whistler is part of the experience. To make sure you and your party arrive safely, inform yourself of proper mountain highway driving practices. If you require further assistance in booking a rental vehicle or bus, let us at Whistler Reservations assist you.