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Hello Whistler: New Sea to Sky Highway Webcam

Today, we went LIVE with a new view of our provincial highways. This one is located on the Sea to Sky Highway, at the intersection of Highway 99 and Village Gate Boulevard, and gives BC travellers three views: north, south and east. The Resort Municipality of Whistler partnered with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and funded the installation of the new highway webcam. The number of highway cams continue to rise. We’re currently at almost 300 camera locations...

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DriveBC Tutorial Videos: Road Conditions and Events

DriveBC Tutorial

The DriveBC tutorial series continues with our latest in the series . This episode focuses on helping you navigate and organize the road conditions and events listings. Hopefully this tutorial helps you find your way using DriveBC. If you have any questions, there’s a good chance the answer is on our frequently asked questions page. If not, please connect with us via email or in the comments section below. Safe travels, and be sure to know before you go...

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What’s up with the Duffey Lake Road Webcam?

*UPDATE November 19, 2014: Our Highway Cam Guy completed the installation of a new camera on Duffey Lake Road yesterday. The updated cam uses more advanced technology that has recently become available. This will eliminate our need to fly to the mountain top when things go awry as the equipment will be available for servicing at the road side. You love BC Highway Cams and so do we. Our network of more than 400 webcam views of BC highways...

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5 Things That Make Traffic Signals Change


Green. Yellow. Red. Green… What makes traffic light signals change? Traffic signals are Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) designed to allow vehicles to safely cross paths while maintaining an efficient flow of traffic. To do this, traffic signals react to the presence of the vehicles and pedestrians they are guiding. Although you probably don’t notice it, each mode of transportation interacts with traffic signals in a unique way. Here are the five main traffic light triggers. 1. Passenger vehicles Ministry...

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The Web Cams You Won’t See on DriveBC

While we have about 430 web cams offering more than 800 views that motorists use for safe travel in BC, we have other web cams with a special job, that you won’t see. One that you won’t spot on DriveBC ┬áis near Highway 31 north of Kaslo, because its focus isn’t road conditions — it’s Lardeau Bluffs, which loom high above the road along Kootenay Lake. Avalanche technicians with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure use the web cam...

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5 Reasons Why We Moved That DriveBC HighwayCam

If you live in the Duncan/Cowichan Lake area, you may have noticed one of the three DriveBC HighwayCams on Highway 18 has been unavailable recently. Don’t worry – it’s not down for good. It’s actually being moved to a nearby location. DriveBC HighwayCams don’t always stay put. The current Highway 18 webcam relocation got us thinking it would be helpful to you if we explained some of the reasons why we might move a webcam. If we shift a...

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Why Would a Highwaycam Go Down during a Traffic Incident?

We receive a lot of questions about our highwaycams. We’ve talked about some of the more popular ones in You Asked: The Top Five DriveBC WebCam Questions. But lately there’s been another question that’s come up: why do highwaycams go down when there’s been a traffic incident nearby? Just to be clear, highway cams don’t always go down when there’s been an incident, and if they do, you can be sure we’re working to get them back up and...

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Learn How Now: The Metro Vancouver Traffic Map on DriveBC

Do you travel in the Metro Vancouver area? If so, there’s a great new DriveBC feature you need to know about called the Metro Vancouver Traffic Flow map. You’ll find it by clicking on the picture of the map on the DriveBC homepage, or by clicking the Map View tab near the top of the screen, and then clicking the last option in the map legend that appears on the right-hand side of the screen. You’ll see a colour-coded...

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