BC Vancouver Island Highways - Road Report News

Highways 17, 1, 19, 14, 4, 18 Head Bay Rd - Sidney, Victoria, Malahat, Sooke, Nanaimo, Ladysmith, Campbell River, Port Alberni..

Vancouver Island Road Conditions

Events for Vancouver Island

Other Roads Stewart Road on Salt Spring Island. Stewart Road on Salt Spring Island. Mudslide at 200 block. Road closed. Next update time Tue Feb 19 at 9:00 AM PST. Last updated Mon Feb 18 at 7:34 AM PST. (DBC-4539)
Highway 1 Northbound Highway 1, northbound. Road construction work at Saanich Road in Saanich. The Saanich Road right turn exit lane is closed permanently to allow for intersection modifications. Expect the right turning movement to be restricted until further notice. Traffic will be re-routed. Last updated Thu Oct 18 at 9:11 AM PDT. (DBC-2043)
Highway 1 Both Directions Highway 1 (on Vancouver Island), in both directions. Road construction work at Exit 6: McKenzie Ave (Saanich). Intersection is now operating under the new temporary signals. Delays may occur between 8:00 pm and 5:30am. 60 km/hr construction speed zone in effect 24/7. Last updated Fri Nov 2 at 2:19 PM PDT. (DBC-2630)
Highway 1 Both Directions Highway 1 (on Vancouver Island), in both directions. Utility work planned between Bench Rd and Cowichan Bay Rd (3 km south of Duncan). Starting Tue Feb 19 at 8:00 PM PST until Tue Feb 19 at 11:00 PM PST. Lane Closure. Last updated Wed Feb 13 at 2:53 PM PST. (DBC-5488)
Highway 1 Southbound Highway 1 (on Vancouver Island), southbound. Tree pruning planned between Fuller Lake Rd and Hudson Rd for 1.4 km (Chemainus). Starting Tue Feb 19 at 9:00 AM PST until Thu Feb 21 at 3:00 PM PST. Stoppages of two minutes when falling dangerous trees, motorists to obey traffic signage and personnel. Last updated Fri Feb 15 at 12:15 PM PST. (DBC-5540)
Highway 14 Both Directions Highway 14, in both directions. Blasting between West Shore Pky and Loledo Pl (Langford). Until Fri Mar 1 at 1:00 PM PST. From 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM PST on weekdays. Possible delays. Last updated Wed Jan 30 at 8:34 AM PST. (DBC-4059)
Highway 14 Westbound Highway 14, westbound. Construction work between Lazzar Rd and Sooke River Rd (Sooke). Until Sun Mar 31 at 5:00 PM PST. Work on Shoulder Monday to Friday. Slow down and watch for flaggers. Expect minor delays. Last updated Tue Jan 8 at 11:23 AM PST. (DBC-4630)
Highway 19 Both Directions Highway 19, in both directions. Tree pruning planned between Campbell Way and Twin Peaks Rd for 2.9 km (7 to 10 km south of Port McNeill). Starting Tue Feb 19 until Fri Feb 22. From 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM PST on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Lane closures in both directions planned. Road will be closed intermittently. Expect delays. Last updated Thu Feb 14 at 2:59 PM PST. (DBC-5513)
Highway 19A Northbound Highway 19A, northbound. Construction work between Washer Creek Bridge and Washer Road. Until Thu Feb 28. From 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM PST daily. Roadway reduced to one lane. Last updated Fri Dec 21, 2018 at 3:05 PM PST. (DBC-4313)
Highway 19A Northbound Highway 19A, northbound. Maintenance planned between Kaye Road and Northwest Bay Road 2 km south of Parksville. Starting Tue Feb 19 at 9:00 AM PST until Tue Feb 19 at 3:00 PM PST. BC Hydro maintenance work - tree trimming around powerlines. Curb/outside lane closed NB. Motorists to obey traffic control signage and personnel. Last updated Fri Feb 8 at 10:08 AM PST. (DBC-5368)
Highway 19A Both Directions Highway 19A, in both directions. Maintenance planned between Maple St and Petersen Rd for 0.2 km (Campbell River). Starting Tue Feb 19 until Wed Feb 20. From 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM PST on Tuesday and Wednesday. Single lane alternating traffic will be in effect. Last updated Thu Feb 14 at 9:36 AM PST. (DBC-5502)
Highway 30 Both Directions Highway 30, in both directions. Tree pruning at Highway 30 5 km north of Port Alice. Until Thu Feb 28. From 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM PST on weekdays. Lane closures in both directions in effect. Up to 10 minute delays expected. Last updated Tue Jan 29 at 2:04 PM PST. (DBC-4358)
Highway 4 Both Directions Highway 4, in both directions. Electrical maintenance between Chatsworth Rd and Redman Rd for 0.9 km (8 to 9 km west of Qualicum Beach). From 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM PST daily. Single lane alternating traffic. Last updated Thu Dec 27 at 8:10 PM PST. (DBC-4357)
Highway 4 Westbound Highway 4, westbound. Construction work between Chalet Rd and Elkford Rd for 0.1 km (1 km west of Cathedral Grove). Until Wed Mar 20 at 5:00 PM PST. Trail and boardwalk construction with staging within the right of way. Please obey "Construction Ahead" signage". MacMillan Provincial Park (Cathedral Grove). Last updated Fri Jan 11 at 3:49 PM PST. (DBC-4720)
Highway 4 Both Directions Highway 4, in both directions. Road construction work at Kennedy Hill. Until Sun Mar 3 at 5:00 PM PST. Road closures Tue Feb 19 to Fri Mar 1 at 1-4am, 5-7am, noon-1pm, 4-5pm, 10pm-midnight. No 10pm closure on Fridays. No noon and 4pm closure Fri Mar 1. Expect up to 30min delays at all other times. Mar 3rd 1hr road closures at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm and 30min delays 7am-5pm. Info: 1-855-451-7152. Expect up to 30min delays 7am to mid Feb 19. Last updated Mon Feb 18 at 2:25 PM PST. (DBC-5498)
Highway 4 Westbound Highway 4, westbound. Tree pruning planned between Chatsworth Rd and Elkford Rd for 11.2 km (1 km west of Cathedral Grove to 9 km west of Qualicum Beach). Starting Tue Feb 19 at 7:00 AM PST until Wed Mar 13 at 3:00 PM PST. Removal of hazard trees along Highway 4 corridor (Little Qualicum Falls to MacMillan Park) Please obey traffic control signage and personnel. Last updated Fri Feb 15 at 3:46 PM PST. (DBC-5549)
Mount Washington Rd Mount Washington Rd. Snow deposit removal between Alpine Rd and Dove Creek Rd for 10.8 km (7 to 18 km east of Mount Washington Ski Resort). Last updated Fri Jan 25 at 3:44 PM PST. (DBC-5053)
Other Roads Both Directions Otter Point Rd. Otter Point Rd, in both directions. Road construction work between Kemp Lake Rd and Sarah Dr near Sooke. Until Fri Mar 29 at 4:00 PM PST. Road closed intermittently. Expect delays. Last updated Thu Feb 7 at 11:28 AM PST. (DBC-5337)

Vancouver Island Weather Locations

Victoria     Sooke     Naniamo    Campbell River     Port Alberni      Tofino     Port Hardy

General Route Information

Highway 4 - Highway 4's eastern terminus is at an intersection with Highway 19A in Qualicum Beach, where the highway is known as Memorial Avenue. The highway starts off travelling due south for 2 km (1¼ mi) to an interchange with Highway 19. Another 2 km (1¼ mi) south of the interchange with Highway 19, Highway 4 meets a junction with an older Alberni Highway segment, now known as Highway 4A, at the small community of Coombs. Highway 4 veers directly west upon meeting this junction.

West of Coombs, Highway 4 travels for 11 km (7 mi) before meeting Cameron Lake. After Highway 4 leaves Cameron Lake, it begins to wind its way through MacMillan Provincial Park, which includes the well-known area of Cathedral Grove. 20 km (12 mi) west of Cameron Lake, Highway 4 reaches a spur that travels into the city centre of Port Alberni. Highway 4 actually goes through land belonging to the city of Port Alberni starting 2 km (1¼ mi) west of the main spur into the city and lasting 5 km (3 mi), after which Highway 4 finally leaves Port Alberni via a bridge over the Somass River. 4 mi west of the Somass River crossing, Highway 4 reaches the shore of Sproat Lake, following the lake shore west for 24 km (15 mi). Highway 4 goes through Sutton Pass another 10 km (6 mi) later and turns toward the south-southwest. 

This very winding bearing of Highway 4, which features very steep grades, continues for 23 km (14 mi) before reaching the southeast shore of Kennedy Lake. Highway 4 then follows the shore of Kennedy Lake southwest for 19 km (12 mi), then reaches a junction with a spur into the settlement of Ucluelet 5 km (3 mi) later. At the Ucluelet junction, Highway 4 then makes a ninety-degree turn towards the northwest. 1 km (0.6 mi) later, Highway 4 enters the Long Beach arm of Pacific Rim National Park. Highway 4 goes through the national park for 22 km (14 mi) northwest, finally terminating 11 km (7 mi) later at Tofino.

Highway 14 - The total length of Highway 14 is 103 km (64 mi). In the east, Highway 14 begins at a junction with the Trans-Canada Highway in north Langford, proceeding south for 3 km (2 mi) as the Veteran's Memorial Parkway through the community of Langford before turning west and continuing through Langford and Metchosin for 22 km (14 mi), also passing by a local hill known as Mount Helmcken, before entering the city of Sooke. After Sooke, Highway 14 proceeds west for 36 km (22 mi) to Jordan River, hugging the coastline for most of the distance. Highway 14 then travels west northwest along the southwestern coast of the Island for 42 km (26 mi), finally terminating at a Federal Government marine dock in the town of Port Renfrew.

Highway 17 - In the south, Highway 17 begins at the intersection of Belleville and Oswego streets one block to the west of the provincial parliament/legislature buildings.

From Douglas and Blanshard, The highway travels north for 3 km (19 mi) through the city of Victoria before leaving the city at Tolmie Avenue; 2 km (1¼ mi) north of Tolmie Avenue, Highway 17 turns into a 6 km-long freeway (4 mi), with three interchanges. After the third interchange at Royal Oak Drive, Highway 17 turns into a regular divided four-lane arterial, and goes for 14 km (9 mi) through mostly farmland, until it reaches the town of Sidney. After exiting Sidney 3 km (2 mi) later, the Pat Bay once again becomes a freeway, with two more interchanges along its length, toward its northern terminus at the Swartz Bay ferry terminal another 3 km north (2 mi).

Highway 18 is a short, 42 km (26 mi) long main vehicle route on Vancouver Island, connecting the city of Duncan on the Trans-Canada Highway with the community of Youbou, on the north shore of Lake Cowichan.

Highway 19
Highway 19's northern end is at an intersection with Market Street in the small community of Port Hardy. The highway then proceeds in a southwest arc through the town centre, then goes southeast through a junction with the B.C. Ferry terminal at Bear Cove, and a junction with Port McNeill. The highway then winds its way past Nimpkish Lake, then through a 163 km (101 mi) long stretch of dense forest terrain, through the community of Woss and a junction with Sayward, finally entering the city of Campbell River at a junction with Highways 28 and 19A, just past the river that the city is named for.

The entire stretch of Highway 19 north of Campbell River is an undivided two-lane configuration. Once at the junction with Highways 28 and 19A, Highway 19 separates into an expressway configuration, built between 1996 and 2001. In Campbell River, the expressway shares its northbound lanes with Tamarac Street, and its southbound lanes with Willow Street. The entire stretch of Highway 19 between Campbell River and the city of Parksville is a divided four-lane freeway or expressway (alternates), with a nominal speed limit of 110 km/h (68 mph), and is referred to as the "Inland Island Highway".

South from Campbell River, Highway 19 reaches its first interchange, with a four-lane arterial highway that goes west to the village of Cumberland and east to the communities of Courtenay and Comox. Past the Courtenay Interchange, Highway 19 is divided by a grass median. 16 km (10 mi) later, Highway 19 reaches another interchange, this time with a two-lane road that goes a short distance east to the B.C. Ferry terminal at Buckley Bay. There are two more at-grade intersections on Highway 19 in the 41 km (25 mi) between the Buckley Bay Interchange and the interchange with Highway 4, which goes east into Qualicum Beach. 9 km (6 mi) later, Highway 19 goes through another interchange, this time with Highway 4A, which goes east into Parksville. The next interchange, at Craig's Crossing, is another 5 km south (3 mi).

Past the Craig's Crossing Interchange, Highway 19  passes southeast through the communities of Nanoose Bay and Lantzville before finally entering the north part of Nanaimo. Highway 19 then veers south onto a new 20 km (12 mi) long four-lane expressway known as the "Nanaimo Parkway", which has five at-grade intersections along its length. Highway 19's Nanaimo Parkway portion ends at an interchange with the Trans Canada and Cedar Road. At the interchange with Cedar Road, Highway 19 proceeds to share an alignment with the Trans-Canada Highway south for 2 km (1¼ mi) before turning eastward at another interchange . Highway 19 then crosses over the Nanaimo River 2 km (1¼ mi) later, passes through an interchange at Maughan Rd and then goes northward for 5 km (3 mi), finally terminating at the B.C. Ferry terminal at Duke Point.

All Season vs. Snow tires Which do you need?