NEW! A long portion of Hemlock Valley Road has been paved this fall! The new road will lead you to the last sign which provides a warning for snow chains. You will continue your journey to the main Lodge on our renowned log road, so be prepared for winter driving in these conditions. The snow chains mandate is still valid, but this road update will surely ease your ride.
Road Conditions | Where the adventure begins!
The road taking you up the mountain is paved for the first 2/3’s , while the last 1/3 is not paved and maintained as log road. The last 1/3 is not paved to prevent extreme slippery conditions. With traffic and harsh winter weather, the road can still be tricky with its narrow curves, bumps, accumulation of snow and sometimes, ice. Drive safely and be prepared for winter conditions when heading to the Top of the Mountain. Make sure you have your snow chains when traveling on Hemlock Valley Road. The BC Ministry of Transportation has made it mandatory for any vehicle on Hemlock Valley Road to be carrying proper fitting chains. Please know how to use your chains and please do not put other drivers at risk by not coming up prepared for the conditions.
Hemlock Valley Road leading up to Sasquatch Mountain is maintained by Emil Anderson Construction (EAC) Inc. In 1996, Emil Anderson Maintenance, a wholly owned subsidiary of EAC, was successful in obtaining the contract to maintain the highways and bridges in the Fraser Valley Highways District. The EAM is fully responsible for clearing and sanding Hemlock Valley Road.
The BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure manages Hemlock Valley Road. It is mandated by the BC government that all vehicles carry snow chains in their vehicles on Hemlock Valley Road.
- Even if you have snow tires on your vehicle, you are still required to carry chains.
- 4×4 vehicles with snow tires are not exempt from this mandate.
- Sasquatch Mountain Resort is the only business at the end of Hemlock Valley Road and has no influence over the mandates imposed on the roads by the Province of B.C.
- For more information on winter tires and chain requirements please go to the B.C. Government website.
Please see the excerpt from the BC Motor Vehicle Act below.
British Columbia Motor Vehicle Act
Section 208: Winter tires and traction devices
(1) For the purpose of this section, “winter tire” means a tire that meets the standards and specifications prescribed for winter tires.
(2) The minister responsible for the administration of the Transportation Act may, by public notice or by placing signs, prohibit any vehicle or a class of vehicles from being driven or operated on a highway, unless the vehicle is equipped with chains, winter tires or traction devices, or a combination of these, that the minister responsible for the administration of the Transportation Act considers adequate in view of prevailing road conditions.
(3) A public notice or sign under subsection (2) may provide differently in relation to specified dates, prevailing weather conditions or any other criteria the minister responsible for the administration of the Transportation Act considers necessary or advisable.
(4) A person who drives or operates a vehicle in contravention of a prohibition made under subsection (2) commits an offence.”