Designated Winter Tire & Chain Routes

Winter tires or chains are required on most routes in British Columbia from October 1 to April 30. For select highways not located through mountain passes and/or high snowfall areas, tire and chain requirements end March 31. 

These routes are marked with regulatory signs posted on numbered and un-numbered highways throughout the province. We reserve the right to restrict travel at any time of the year depending on road conditions.

These signs are enforced by the police, ministry or other enforcement officials. Motorists who are not compliant may be turned away and fined.

Winter Tire and Chain-up Routes Sign

Winter Tire and Chain-up Routes Sign for passenger and recreational vehicles

The following maps show designated routes where winter tires and chains are required between October 1 to March 31 and where those dates may be extended to between October 1 to April 30.

South Coast Region map of winter tires and chains requirements

Southern Interior Region map of winter tire and chains requirements

Northern Region map of winter tires and chains requirements

Why Some Routes do not Require Winter Tires

B.C. 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.

Driving in the Lower Mainland and Southeastern Vancouver Island

Due to a more temperate winter climate in the Lower Mainland and southeastern Vancouver Island,  drivers are not required to use winter tires in many areas along the coast. See the South Coast Map for places where winter tires are needed, like the Malahat. Remember, you are responsible for equipping your vehicle properly for the conditions you are driving in.  Many drivers choose to use M+S tires year-round.

Remember: If you plan to travel outside the Lower Mainland and southeastern Vancouver Island, winter tires are required on most highways.