Last updated January, 2023
On September 9, 2023, more than 5000 cyclists are expected to participate in the RBC GranFondo Whistler ride from Vancouver to Whistler.
As a result, motorists can expect possible delays of up to three hours between West Vancouver and Whistler between 5:30 am and 4:30 pm. Motorists are advised to obey all traffic control personnel and be prepared to stop during this large-scale cycling event.
During the event, speed limits will be reduced to 60 km/h on sections of Highway 99 between Vancouver and Whistler. Motorists are also advised to plan their travel well in advance, drive with caution and follow signs.
For the safety of everyone — there will be some traffic pattern changes throughout the day. Thank you for your cooperation and for supporting all of the volunteers, spectators, and the athletes who have trained so hard for this day. Together we can create a successful day for all.
The following traffic changes and detours will be in effect:
- Stanley Park Causeway and Lions Gate Bridge – The causeway and Lions Gate Bridge will be closed to northbound traffic, from 5:30 am to 8:30 am. Motorists are advised to use the Ironworker’s Memorial / Second Narrows Bridge. One southbound lane will remain open on the Lions Gate Bridge and causeway.
- Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver – Access to Stanley Park Drive, from Georgia Street, closed from 5:00 am to 8:00 am.
- North Vancouver/Marine Drive – Westbound Marine Drive will be condensed to a single lane between Capilano Road and Taylor Way, from 5:30 am to 8:30 am. Southbound access to the Lions Gate Bridge will remain open via Marine Drive eastbound from the West Vancouver side.
- West Vancouver – Marine Drive and Taylor Way intersection – Access to Taylor Way will be restricted for intermittent periods, from 5:30 am to 9:00 am.
- Highway 1 – Both eastbound lanes on Highway 1 will be closed between Taylor Way and Horseshoe Bay, from 5:30 am to 10:00 am. Motorists are advised to use Marine Drive eastbound.
- Cypress Bowl Road, West Vancouver – 600 cyclists will travel along Cypress Bowl Road with police escorts up and down the hill. Cypress Bowl Road will be impacted from 6:00 am to 8:30 am. We recommend motorists to avoid Cypress Bowl Road during this time.
- Highway 1 westbound at Exit 2 (at Horseshoe Bay) – Westbound Highway 1 traffic and northbound Highway 99 traffic will be re-routed via Exit 2 to Old Highway 99 (Horseshoe Bay Drive). Traffic will enter Highway 99 northbound at the Pasco Road Highway 99 access. Detour will be in effect from 5:30 am to 11:00 am.
- Ferry traffic and Local Horseshoe Bay traffic – Horseshoe Bay traffic will be re-routed to Marine Drive through West Vancouver, from 5:30 am to 9:30 am.
- Horseshoe Bay at Highway 99 Junction/Heavy Truck Restrictions – Eastbound heavy truck traffic travelling between Horseshoe Bay and Taylor Way and Highway 99 southbound will be re-directed to a temporary storage location at Horseshoe Bay, from 5:30 am to 9:30 am. Heavy truck traffic will be restricted from the Marine Drive, through West Vancouver, during this period and can re-enter Highway 1, when the eastbound highway lanes are re-opened.
- Highway 99 southbound/Pasco Road/West Vancouver – Southbound Highway 99 traffic will be re-routed at the Pasco Road exit, via the Old Highway 99 route (Horseshoe Bay Drive), to Marine Drive in West Vancouver, from 5:30 am to 11:00 am.
Highway 99 – Horseshoe Bay to Tunnel Point – Counterflow traffic adjacent to cyclists will be in effect at Tunnel Point, with one lane northbound and one lane southbound available for motorists, leading to single-lane alternating traffic for 2.6 km, from 6:30 am to 11:00 am.
Sea to Sky Highway
- Highway 99 at Porteau Cove Provincial Park – Counterflow traffic adjacent to cyclists in effect, with one lane northbound and one lane southbound available for motorists, leading to single-lane alternating traffic for 1.3 km, from 7:15 am to 11:00 am.
- Highway 99 at Furry Creek – Local Furry Creek traffic will be re-routed via internal roads to access Highway 99 northbound and southbound, from 7:15 am until 11:30 am.
- Highway 99 at Britannia Beach – Single-lane alternating traffic will be in effect for 1 km, with no northbound right turn permitted at Main Street (Copper Drive), from 7:30 am to 12:00pm.
- Highway 99 – Murrin Lake Park to Squamish – Traffic signals along this section will be flashing, with traffic control persons on site.
- Highway 99 at Cleveland Avenue and Loggers Lane – Traffic signals will be flashing. No traffic access to Loggers Lane from Highway 99 at Cleveland Avenue or Industrial Way. Motorists are advised to use Centennial Way underpass to Loggers Lane, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm.
- Highway 99 – Valley Drive to Depot Road/Squamish – Traffic signals will be flashing and traffic movements, both to and from the east side of Highway 99, will be restricted and or closed. Garibaldi Highlands traffic impacts include Scott Crescent NB (North of Clark Drive), Mamquam Road WB (West of Diamond Head Road), Garibaldi Way WB (West of Tantalus Rd), and Depot Road WB (East of Hwy 99). For all of the locations mentioned, motorists are advised of the following times:
- 8:00am to 8:30am Intermittent delays
- 8:30am to 10:30am Full closure**
- 10:30am to 12:30pm Intermittent delays
- Highway 99 – Alice Lake Road to Function Junction (6 km south of Whistler) – Motorists should expect counterflow traffic adjacent to cyclists, through this area. Cyclists will occupy the northbound slow lane. One lane northbound and one lane southbound available for motorists. Counterflow is in effect from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
**Excluding Clarke Drive for hospital access and Dowad Drive for Garibaldi Highlands access – U-turn at Depot Road for southbound highway.
- Highway 99 – Function Junction to Village Gate Boulevard, Whistler – Signals will be flashing and traffic will be stopped intermittently at the entrances and exits to key Whistler destinations. Expect major delays entering and exiting the east side of Highway 99 in Whistler.
- Highway 99 – Southbound Village gate boulevard to Callaghan valley road. Signals will be flashing and traffic will be delayed from 9:15 am – 10:00 am for the neutralized lead out. There will not be full road closure.
- Alta Lake Road – Alternate Route to Highway 99, Whistler – Alta Lake road will be available as an alternate traffic route from Highway 99, in Whistler.
- Whistler – Various Cross Street Intersections with Highway 99:
- Blackcomb Way West – Closed in both directions.
- Village Gate Boulevard – Closed to northbound and southbound traffic from Highway 99.
- Lorimer Road and Whistler Way – Both roads are open as alternate routes to Village Gate.
- Whistler Northlands Boulevard at Village Gate – Traffic signal will be flashing. Traffic Control persons will be on site, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
- Callaghan Valley Road – closed in both directions.
Attention Truck Drivers:
On September 9th, 2023, only commercial vehicles under 40,000 kg GVW and 20 meters in length will be allowed to pass through the RBC GranFondo Whistler route.
Vehicles will not be permitted into Stanley Park on the Saturday morning. If you would like to be dropped-off near the start line, please find somewhere safe to stop on W. Georgia St. or stop quickly in the parking lot on Denman St. and Bayshore St. Please note, this is a paid parking lot so don’t forget to pay if you’re leaving your car there for the day.