To help plan your trip, and keep safety a priority, we recommend stopping at one of our BC provincial rest areas along the way. You will also see them on the DriveBC map, if you activate the Rest Area icon on the legend.They’re great for a quick stretch, washroom break, a place to sit and eat or just to get some of that fresh air in your lungs.
Here’s a breakdown of some basic rest area information:
- The ministry has 170 rest areas around the BC
- They include large full service heated facilities with flush toilets, sinks and other amenities, but there are also small pullouts with pit toilets.
- A rest area is defined as a “roadside facility that is easily and directly accessed, offering the motorist toilets, picnic tables, litter containers and any number of amenities as may be available”
- Ministry staff and maintenance contractors are responsible for delivering all aspects of maintenance on highway rest areas.
- You are free to use any BC Rest Area to catch zzzz’s while you are travelling, but we try to discourage motorists from using rest areas for more than four hours at a time. Rest areas can be dark, secluded and remote which lead to safety concerns regarding those camping overnight. BC Parks have many campsites available to travellers day or night and we encourage you to camp overnight there.
And here are some facts about rest areas you might not know:
- Rest areas receive daily maintenance in the summer, while smaller pullouts are looked after three times a week.
- This summer, rest areas known to be more prone to frequent vandalism will be inspected randomly on a more frequent basis. Inspection blitzes will be held every few weeks during the summer, with a focus on Highway 16 and 97.
- Many of the rest areas are located between communities and tend to be in more remote areas. In addition to the scheduled maintenance, random inspections of rest areas occur regularly.
- Moving forward, ministry staff will conduct additional audits of maintenance contractor inspection records to ensure inspection frequencies and maintenance standards are in place.
- If you have any concerns about our rest areas, you can contact our maintenance contractors, get in touch with our district offices around the province or phone in an issue with the facilities on the mobile Report-a-Problem website.
Part of the BC highway experience is stopping at one of our rest areas. It gives you a chance to take in where you’ve travelled to and where you’re going next. Do you have a favourite rest area spot?
For more information on B.C. rest areas, go to our Provincial Rest Areas page.