BC Highway 20 Road Conditions – from Williams Lake on Highway 97 through to Bella Coola connecting with BC Ferry routes to Port Hardy, Bella Bella, Ocean Falls, Shearwater, Klemtu, and Prince Rupert.
|Highway 20, in both directions. Bridge construction between Bagshaw Rd and MacKenzie Ave S for 0.2 km (Williams Lake). Until Wed Jun 15. Lane Closure. Watch for traffic control. Watch for traffic control. 3.6 m to 3.8 m width restriction. Wide & overloads confirm with CVSE.|
minor construction | last updated Wed Mar 23 at 2:32 PM PDT.
|Highway 20. Utility work between Cessna Dr and Dean River Pl for 3.7 km (18 to 22 km east of Anahim Lake). Until Fri May 27 at 4:00 PM PDT. Single lane alternating traffic. Expect delays of 5 minutes. Watch for signage and personnel.|
minor construction | last updated Fri May 13 at 11:43 AM PDT.
|Highway 20. Utility work planned between Sulin Dr and Nimpo Lake Rd N for 0.4 km (16 to 15 km east of Anahim Lake). Starting Tue May 24 at 8:00 AM PDT until Fri Jun 10 at 4:00 PM PDT. Single lane alternating traffic will be in effect. Shoulder will be closed. Expect delays of 5 minutes. Watch for signage and personnel.|
minor construction | last updated Fri May 20 at 9:16 AM PDT.
Highway 20 Route Information
Highway 20 is also known as the Chilcotin Highway, and also the Alexander MacKenzie Highway.
Hwy 20 is one of the two main East-West routes in the Central Interior of British Columbia, the other being Highway 16 (the Yellowhead Highway).
The Chilcotin Highway (Highway 20) runs 457 km (284 mi) from Williams Lake westward through the Chilcotin region to an inlet (North Bentinck Arm) from the Pacific Ocean where the town of Bella Coola is located.
BC Ferries Bella Coola Terminal in Bella Coola, provides transportation to Port Hardy on Vancouver Island, and to northern destinations such as Bella Bella, Ocean Falls, Shearwater, Klemtu, and Prince Rupert. Check Highway 20 Road Conditions.
BC Ferries has a complete route map. This map can be downloaded here – Download BCF Route Map
Driving into Bella Coola is a spectacular experience. Bella Coola has a unique location on the coast of British Columbia. You will pass through remote areas. It is important when driving in these conditions to be prepared. There aren’t a lot of facilities along the way, so start out with a full tank of gas.
You can easily make this trip in a day, especially in summer, but be sure to leave plenty of time to stop and explore.
The road is very challenging. It includes 11km of switchbacks on the way up to Heckman Pass (see weather cams to the right), nicknamed as The Hill, at 1.524m (5.000ft) above the sea level.
The road descends 43 km (27 mi) of steep, sharp hairpin turns and two major switchbacks to the Bella Coola Valley. The descent includes a 9 km (5.6 mi) section with steep grades.