Visitors to British Columbia

Winter road conditions across most of B.C. often include snow and ice. Rapid changes in elevation and weather can make the province's highway conditions unpredictable. You may start a trip in sunshine but face stretches of slush, ice, heavy snowfall or compact snow along the way.

Between October 1 and March 31, passenger vehicles are required to have winter tires and commercial vehicles are required to carry chains on almost all sections of highways with exceptions for the Lower Mainland, Greater Victoria and other select stretches.

Winter tires and chains or other traction devices can significantly enhance your vehicle's traction in snow, slush and icy conditions.

If you are travelling from out of province, you may have already installed winter tires based on your local road conditions, but you need to understand B.C.'s Acts and Regulations around winter tires and chains.

Keep in mind, cities, municipalities and private roads (such as ski hills) may have their own bylaws or rules around the use of winter tires, chains or traction devices that may differ from provincial highway regulations.

Renting a Vehicle?

If you are renting a vehicle and travelling outside the Greater Vancouver or Greater Victoria areas, it's a good idea to request a vehicle with winter tires.