International Volvo Photo Locations Part 342
Highway 99, also known as the Fraser Delta Thruway south of Vancouver, and the Sea to Sky Highway, the Squamish Highway, or Whistler Highway north of Vancouver, is the major north–south artery running through the Greater Vancouver area of British Columbia from the U.S. border, up Howe Sound through the Sea to Sky Country to Lillooet, and connecting to Highway 97 just north of Cache Creek. The number of this highway is derived from the old U.S. Route 99, with which the highway originally connected. The highway currently connects with Interstate 5 at the international border.
The total length of Highway 99 from the U.S. border to the Highway 97 junction is 409 kilometres. In 2006 the UK’s The Guardian newspaper listed the Sea to Sky as the fifth best road trip worldwide.
The “Sea to Sky Highway” is the name given to the section of Highway 99 from Horseshoe Bay to Pemberton. From Horseshoe Bay, the highway travels along the coast of Howe Sound. It continues for 12 kilometers to Lions Bay, north for another 21 kilometers, crossing into the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District en route to Britannia Beach, and north for 11 kilometers to Squamish, at the head of Howe Sound. From Squamish, it continues north for another 58 kilometers to Whistler, and then to Pemberton 32 kilometers later, where the Sea-to-Sky Highway ends and Duffey Lake Road begins. After going for almost 100 winding kilometers in very steep mountains where sometimes the speed limit is 30 km/h, (99 km) northeast, Highway 99 reaches the junction with Highway 12 at Lillooet, and then goes northeast for another 75 kilometers to its northern terminus at its junction with Highway 97, just north of Cache Creek and just south of Clinton. The speed limit of the Sea-to-Sky Highway ranges from 80 to 100 kilometers per hour with 60 kilometers per hour sections in Lions Bay, Britannia Beach and parts of Squamish.