Highway 99 Open to Essential Travel

November 20, 2021

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UPDATED November 20, 2021:

Highway 99 (Duffey Lake Road) is now OPEN to ESSENTIAL TRAVEL ONLY.

More information on defining essential travel: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021EMBC0073-002212


Some roadways and travel routes in the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District remain impacted by the atmospheric river that caused catastrophic flooding, mudslides and high winds throughout many parts of the province. 

Avoid Non-essential Travel

While Highway 99 between the Lower Mainland and the southern part of the SLRD (Squamish-Pemberton) is currently unaffected, traffic volumes can be heavy at times, and conditions can change quickly.

Winter tires or chains are required on most routes in British Columbia from October 1 to April 30.

Anyone travelling within the region is reminded to avoid all areas where closures and/or warnings are in place.

Travel and Fuel Restrictions

The Province of British Columbia announced travel and fuel restrictions on Friday, November 21.

Summary of Road Closures/ Travel Implications in the SLRD

Highway 99 (Duffey Lake Road):
OPEN to ESSENTIAL TRAVEL ONLY

The Province of British Columbia has announced that Highway 99 between Pemberton and Lillooet is expected to re-open Sunday, November 21 to essential travel only, for the purpose of moving essential goods and services, and to allow stranded motorists to return to their homes.

Residents should expect increased traffic on Highway 99 and through the communities in the area.

Motorists should note the following:

  • The Province of British Columbia has implemented travel and fuel restrictions.
  • Highway 99 (Duffey Lake Road) will be open to essential travel ONLY, for those displaced by flooding, and for essential commercial traffic and emergency vehicles.
  • Recreational travel, including to parks and backcountry areas is not permitted.
  • Checkpoints will be in place, and motorists travelling for non-essential purposes will be rerouted.
  • Highway 99 between Pemberton and Lillooet is a challenging highway: be prepared for delays with an emergency kit, food, water, warm clothes, blankets and other emergency supplies for this eventuality.
  • There are no gas stations between Pemberton / Mt Currie and Lillooet, and supplies at these locations will be limited if not available.