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 Road will be closed in both directions for 2 x 15 minute intervals at Mackenzie Avenue in Saanich to facilitate safe blasting. From 8:15 to 8:30pm and from 9:15 to 9:30pm daily starting Jun 26 through Jun 29. Updated on Tue Jun 27 at 6:11 am PDT. (ID# -64763)
Highway 1 on Vancouver Island Both directions Construction Highway 1 - Malahat between Shawnigan Lake Road and Aspen Road. Northbound right lane closure in effect 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. Intermittent traffic stoppages outside 6:00am and 9:00am Southbound, and 3:00pm to 6:00pm Northbound. Expect delays longer than 30 minutes. Watch for flaggers & construction speed zones. Use both lanes to merge points & then alternate when merging. (ID# -64046)
Highway 1 on Vancouver Island Southbound Maintenance from Shawnigan Lake Road, North of Langford to Goldstream Provincial Park (9.8 km), 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Mon-Thu through Jun 29. Lane closure in effect. Updated on Mon Jun 26 at 6:28 am PDT. (ID# -64819)
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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.