As of Friday, October 1st, winter tires are required on BC Highways.
According to the Province, winter tires are required on:
- All highways in the North
- All highways in the Interior
- Sections of some highways on the South Coast, including Sea to Sky Highway
- Sections of some highways on Vancouver Island, including the Malahat and highways 4, 14, and 28.
The Province says appropriate winter tires are defined as those with either the M+S (mud and snow) or mountain/snowflake symbol, in good condition with a minimum tread depth of 3.5 millimetres.
Commercial vehicle operators are also now required to carry chains on most routes in BC, as indicated by roadside signs. Chains are not required on the Lower Mainland and most of Vancouver Island.
The Province’s winter tires and chains requirement will remain in effect until March 31st at the earliest, and could be extended to April 30th to account for early-spring snowfall.