Victoria: The province is encouraging drivers to plan ahead and avoid peak travel times for a safer and more relaxed journey during the upcoming long weekend. 

The province, in a statement, said Significant traffic congestion is expected along the Malahat (Highway 1) starting on Thursday evening, August 3, due to the long weekend, local events and a busy summer travel season. 

To ensure a smoother journey, consider leaving early in the morning or later in the evening when traffic is likely to be lighter, the province added.

“Drivers should plan their journeys with extra time to reach their destinations and be prepared for hot temperatures. Pack plenty of water, food and supplies for passengers and pets,” the advisory issued by the province.

For smooth flow of traffic, work at the site will be paused from noon on Friday, August 4, until 7 am on Tuesday, August 8.

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