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 from Shawnigan Lake Rd to Malahat Summit Weather Station. Expect up to 10 min delays Monday through Friday between 9am to 7pm southbound, and between 7am to 3pm and 6pm to 7pm northbound. A 24/7 construction speed limit of 60km/hr is in effect at all times. Updated on Fri Oct 24 at 12:10 pm PDT. (ID# -48678)
Highway 1 on Vancouver Island Both directions Limited Visibility with Fog at Malahat Summit. Updated Tue Nov 25 at 1:31 pm PST. (ID# 174535)
Highway 1 on Vancouver Island Northbound The Malahat Summit Rest Area will be closed for the duration of construction and will re-open once highway construction in the area is completed. Updated on Wed Oct 22 at 3:11 pm PDT. (ID# -48248)
Highway 1 on Vancouver Island Southbound Maintenance at Goldstream Provincial Park 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Nov 26. Work will be happening on the shoulder. Updated on Tue Nov 18 at 10:09 am PST. (ID# -50399)

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.