Highway Driving in BC: Take a Break and Rest Awhile!

Safe driving on long trips means taking regular breaks to rest your mind and body.

Driver fatigue is a major cause of vehicle crashes, so try to take a 15-minute break about every two hours. Stretch your legs, move around and revive. Have a beverage (non-alcoholic, of course) and maybe something to eat.

Whenever you’re on the road, watch for signs of fatigue like:

  • tired eyes
  • wandering concentration
  • yawning
  • drowsiness
  • restlessness
  • slow reaction time
  • over-steering

Across the province, the ministry has about 170 rest areas, for you to take a short break. All of our rest areas are equipped with garbage cans and toilets – ranging from classic rustic pit toilets, to compost toilets, to full-flush facilities. The majority have picnic tables and some rest areas even have trails and scenic lookouts and WiFi.

Another great place to take a break from the road is a provincial park. Many are not far off the highway. They provide not only the amenities of a rest area, but usually running water, short trails and sometimes even a lake in which to take a refreshing plunge. So, if you’re feeling groggy, it’s time to get off the highway and recharge! Take care out there folks and enjoy the drive!

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  1. You should publish a list of rest areas and their locations. You have all the information readily available in the road and bridge maintenance contracts in the service area inventories and the road features inventory. The rest area locations could also be put on a map. Don’t just tell us to use them; instead show them on a map

    • Thanks for the suggestion Brian. We are in the process of building a map of rest areas across the province right now and hope to have it ready for you to use soon. We will share it widely and freely when it is complete. Let us know if you have any other questions or concerns!

  2. You mention there are over 170 rest areas on BC Highways, but nowhere can I find a list of them or map of their location or info on how large they are and what facilities they have, etc. We are planning on travelling with a 30′ travel trailer so it will be important for us to know where we can stop en route, with adequate access etc. Is there a map of the rest stops you can provide, and details on facilities etc.?

    • Hi Shirley,
      We are currently working on producing just such a thing, however it is not quite ready. Sorry about that! If you wanted to let us know which highways you will be travelling on, we may be able to give you some information in the meantime. All of the rest areas we include in our inventory are defined as locations which have toilet facilities, however there may be other municipal and private “rest areas” or “pull outs” which will not be in our list. Hope that this helps!

      • I was also looking for a list of Rest Areas looking forward to seeing it- will it include Litter Barrel locations?

        • Hi Angela,

          We are currently working on a list which we are hoping to publish very shortly. We will be sure to let you know when it is live. Thanks for the comment!

          • My Newly Married Wife and I would also like to know of Rest areas that come with Washrooms posted on a Map so we know ahead of time where we could safely stop when it gets dark and spend the night in our trailer. No fun driving at night and missing all the great scenery!

      • Could you please forward me a list of rest spots from Vancouver to Osoyoos going the hope Princeton way. I have been looking everywhere. Surprised they aren’t listed online to help travellers. Thx

      • I would ‘second the motion” to produce a nice map, and maybe a mobile app for finding rest stops. I am somewhat surprised that at least my Garmin GPS also has not search category for rest areas.

  3. The rest stop at Welgress near Grand Forks BC can only be described as
    filthy and disgusting. We have stopped there twice in the last year and both
    times,have regretted it!!! I do not understand having the facility if it is
    not cleaned or maintained.

    • Hi Bren,

      We are sorry about that. We have forwarded your comment along to that area’s manager to ensure that it is brought to their attention and addressed. Thanks for letting us know and if you should have any other questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to let us know.

  4. Please put larger change tables in public restrooms. We have a little lady who is now 6 and needs to be changed if you are truly going to accomodate handicapped persons we need to be able to have a larger change tbale for them. Thanks Kristine Victoria B.C.

    • Hi there Kristine,

      Thanks for the feedback and we can certainly understand your concern. Did you visit a specific highway rest area in particular which was not equipped fully? Is there a specific type of table you require for changing?