Highway 40 is a very exciting journey in the heart of British Columbia, in Canada. It’s suitable for all vehicles. Expect some narrow sections with 11%-13% grade switchbacks.
Its many twists, turns and narrows can pose a challenge to even the most experienced drivers. The road is not easy, though. Up, down, right, left all the time. The road links Lillooet, a small town encapsulated by breathtaking mountains and situated on the banks of the Fraser River and Gold Bridge, in the Bridge River Valley. Driving at night, or in poor visibility, is not recommended for drivers unfamiliar with the road. The drive travels west through a variety of breathtaking scenery from the arid canyons near Lillooet, through the Bridge River Gorge, along turquoise Carpenter Lake, and finally ends deep in the Coast Mountains at the historic settlements of Gold Bridge.
This road is 105 km (65 mi) long and has innumerable twists and turns. This route is not recommended if your passengers are prone to car sickness. The sections as you go west are called the Moha Road, Bridge River Road, and Lillooet-Pioneer Roads (Road 40). Always watch for falling rocks & wildlife. It’s a treacherous road with a multitude of tight radius 10-20kmh blind corners and steep dropoffs with no barriers.
This narrow winding road is mostly paved. It’s suitable for all vehicles. Expect some narrow sections with 11%-13% grade switchbacks. Don’t stuff your belly too much. Eventually, you might feel vomiting temptations. The road is a crucial link frequented by locals, tourists, commercial truck drivers and those from the forest and energy industries.The road remains unmaintained during the winter season and there’s no snowplowing on the road, regardless of the time of year.
The journey offers an exhilarating driving experience, with superb views. An incredible journey, an unforgettable experience. This route crosses spectacular mountain terrain complete with waterfalls and wildlife viewing. This is definitely one road trip that you want to record with lots of photographs. There are lots of viewpoints, official and unofficial. The road is a delight to drive, with every kind of twist and turn. The drive is spectacular with the colours & water levels of the Carpenter Lake Reservoir changing with the seasons.
Pic: Masha Prokopenko