Malahat Road Conditions - Highway 1

Events for Malahat (#1) - Victoria to Mill Bay

Events for Malahat (#1) - Victoria to Mill Bay

Highway 1 on Vancouver Island Both directions Construction Highway 1 on Vancouver Island Westbound Slow Lane Closure at McKenzie Avenue in Saanich because of Construction 7:00 pm to 5:30 am daily starting May 1 through to May 6. Two 15 minute closures both directions from 8:15 pm to 8:30 pm and 9:15 pm to 9:30 pm. Updated on Mon Apr 24 at 1:19 pm PDT. (ID# -63345)
Highway 1 on Vancouver Island Both directions Construction Highway 1 on Vancouver Island Westbound Right Lane Closure at McKenzie Avenue in Saanich because of Construction 7:00 PM to 5:30 AM daily starting April 24 through to April 29. Two 15 minute closures both directions from 8:15 PM to 8:30 PM and 9:15 PM to 9:30 PM. Updated on Mon Apr 24 at 1:12 pm PDT. (ID# -63212)
Highway 1 on Vancouver Island Both directions Road will be closed in both directions at Mackenzie Avenue in Saanich because of Construction, 8:15 pm to 9:30 pm daily starting May 1 through May 6. Two 15 minute closures, from 8:15 to 8:30pm and 9:15 to 9:30 pm to accommodate blasting. Updated on Mon Apr 24 at 1:17 pm PDT. (ID# -63344)
Highway 1 on Vancouver Island Northbound Construction 600 m north of Mackenzie Avenue (200 m south and 300 m north of Grange Rd) in Saanich 7:00 pm to 5:30 am daily starting May 1 through May 6. Outside/slow northbound lane closure will be in effect. Traffic control on site. Updated on Mon Apr 24 at 1:09 pm PDT. (ID# -63343)
Highway 1 on Vancouver Island Northbound Construction 600 m north of Mackenzie Avenue in Saanich (200 m East and 300 m west of Grange Rd) 7:00 pm to 5:30 am daily starting Apr 24 through Apr 29. Northbound/slow lane closure will be in effect. Traffic control on site. Updated on Mon Apr 24 at 10:58 pm PDT. (ID# -63211)
Highway 1 on Vancouver Island Northbound La Grande Travers??e from Victoria to Nanaimo, 6:00 am to 6:00 pm on Mon May 8.: La Grande Travers??e is a national road cycling relay for high school students. The relay will have police escort throughout the province of BC. Motorists to watch for cyclists and obey police escorts. Updated on Tue Apr 25 at 9:03 am PDT. (ID# -63374)
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Hwy 1 - Malahat Weather Locations

Duncan     Ladysmith     Naniamo

General Route Information

The Malahat is the term commonly applied to the Malahat Drive (or, as it is more frequently known locally, "The Malahat Highway" - a 25 km (16 mi) portion of Highway 1 running along the west side of Saanich Inlet - and to the region surrounding it. 

The Malahat begins in Goldstream Provincial Park, just north of Langford, and takes a famously winding and steep route over the 352 m (1,155 ft) Malahat Summit to end just south of Mill Bay. The only major, paved route linking Greater Victoria to the rest of Vancouver Island, the Malahat was completed in 1911 as a single-lane gravel road, hugging the steep cliffs above Saanich Inlet. 

Even after becoming a major thoroughfare, its sharp and abrupt curves, and winding descent made the road notorious for traffic accidents. Many early automobiles succumbed to flat tires, broken axles and ruined engines. In recent decades, the highway has been greatly improved, widened, and straightened though concerns for traffic safety and highway closures persist. The route is also famous for its scenic vistas of the Saanich Peninsula and Saltspring Island, and a number of rest stops have been developed to allow travelers to stop and enjoy the views. Off the highway, the Malahat area consists of rugged, steep slopes of largely second growth forest. Douglas-fir, arbutus, hemlock, and western red cedar predominate.