Sea to Sky highway

Sea to Sky Highway, a picturesque cliffside road in BC

Sea to Sky Highway is a picturesque cliffside roadway offering access to the most beautiful scenery in British Columbia, Canada. It’s one of the world's most spectacular seaside drives and is a veritable invitation for a road trip.

Where does the Sea to Sky Highway start and end?

The road was built during the 1960s. It’s part of the British Columbia Highway 99 and runs from Vancouver to Whistler. Hugging the coast all the way to the top of Howe Sound, then heading inland, you are guaranteed some spectacular scenery along the way and a number of scenic viewpoints where you can stop and safely enjoy the views. It’s regarded as one of the best road trip destinations in the world. It’s 120km long. Along the trip you can discover scenic ocean vistas, soaring mountains, dramatic waterfalls, bustling communities, parks and outdoor activities. The beautiful two hour drive is the start of your adventure, where you can see the waters of Howe Sound, snow capped peaks, waterfalls and canyons. The drive is beautiful, with the sea on one side and the steep mountainsides on the other.

Is the Sea to Sky Highway dangerous?

This is a mountain highway, a route where rain, snow and even wildlife can affect driving conditions. Built on a steep cliff overlooking many motorists have lost their lives on it due to inclement weather, poor visibility, speeding, passing slower vehicles, or drunk driving. (Local media have called it variously the "Killer Highway", the "Highway of Death", and the "Ski-And-Die Highway").

How long does it take to drive the Sea to Sky Highway?

The road is 120km long and takes around one hour and a half without any stop. It's a drive with incredible sights at just about every turn so you will want to do some stops along the way. It's also filled with fun stops, including outdoor destinations, cultural points of interest and historic sites. The speed limit of the Sea-to-Sky Highway range from 80 kilometres per hour (50 mph) to 100 kilometres per hour (62 mph) with 60 kilometres per hour (37 mph) sections in Lions Bay, Britannia Beach and parts of Squamish. Don’t forget it’s a mountain highway, where conditions can be unpredictable due to rapid changes in elevation and weather. A trip that starts in sunshine may also encounter slush, ice, heavy snowfall or compact snow. For safety in winter conditions, passenger vehicles are required to have winter tires installed to drive the Sea to Sky Highway between October and March. A day trip along the Sea to Sky Highway from Vancouver to Whistler is the perfect way to see some of Canada's natural beauty.

 

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