Driving in British Columbia

  • Drivers’ licences and international drivers’ licences, from the US or from other countries, are valid in British Columbia.
  • Motorcycle and Bicycle Helmets are mandatory in British Columbia
  • Seat Belts must be worn by drivers and passengers.
  • Children under age of five must be protected by an infant restraint system.
  • Unit of measure for driving is Kilometers and Kilometer Per Hour.
  • Although speed limits vary, they are all posted in KMH with a maximum not exceeding 100 kmh.
  • Three-Unit RV vehicle Combinations are prohibited on British Columbia highway.
Driving Times (est)  
From VancouverFrom KelownaFrom Fernie
to Victoria 3-4 hours *to Kamloops 1.75 hoursto Revelstoke 6 hours
to Whistler 1.5 hoursto Vernon 0.75 hoursto Nelson 4 hours
to Kelowna 4.5 hoursto Osoyoos 1.75 hoursto Cranbrook 1 hour
to Kamloops 4 hoursto Hope 2.25 hoursto Trail 4 hours
to Prince George 10.5 hoursto Revelstoke 2.5 hoursto Golden 4.5 hour
to Prince Rupert 19 hours to Calgary, AB 3.5 hours
to Calgary, AB 12 hours  
to Banff, AB 10.5 hours 
From Prince Rupert"From Victoria
to Vancouver Island destinations" 
to Prince George 9 hoursto Sooke 0.75 hours 
to Dawson Creek 14 hoursto Duncan 1 hour 
to Vancouver 19 hoursto Nanaimo 1.75 hours 
 to Chemainus 1 hour 
 to Parksville 2 hours 
 to Qualicum 2.25 hours 
 to Courtenay 3.5 hours 
 to Campbell River 4 hours 
 to Tofino / Ucluelet 5 hours 
 to Port McNeil 7 hours 
 to Port Hardy 7.75 hours