Know before you go

The BC Long Weekend is just around the corner, and if you’re planning to travel during this busy period, you’re not alone! The surge in travelers can make navigating roads, trains, planes, and ferries a bit overwhelming, so let’s try to enjoy a stress-free journey by:

  • Expecting high traffic volumes and plan accordingly
  • Packing enough water for everyone including pets
  • Watching for motorcyclists and other road users
  • Making sure your vehicle is up for the drive by having a full tank of gas or a charged battery, as well as checking engine oil, washer fluid, lights and tires, including the spare
  • Taking regular breaks
  • Obeying all posted speed limits and driving with caution
  • Leaving the phone alone while behind the wheel
  • Staying sober

If your travel plans involve the Coquihalla Highway 5 or Highway 1 between Hope and Spences Bridge, anticipate delays due to piloted single-lane-alternating traffic and a temporary traffic light at a rail crossing.

For ferry travelers, whether you’re driving on or walking on, making a reservation is wise. Patience is key, especially during this peak period. Arrive early and carry plenty of water to keep you refreshed during the wait.

If you are flying out, give yourself extra time to reach the airport. Checking in online saves time, and packing light ensures you have everything you need without any unnecessary baggage.

And finally, if you are travelling on rails, you’re in luck! Enjoy a punctual and scenic journey, and be prepared to socialize as you might not have an empty seat next to you 😉

For the most up-to-date travel information, check, and stay informed with weather updates.

Remember, the BC Long Weekend is about creating lasting memories, so don’t let travel stress overshadow your plans. With a bit of preparation and a positive mindset, you’ll be well-equipped to navigate the busiest travel weekend of the year and make the most of your well-deserved break. Safe travels!