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Why Hertz

  • Best price guarantee - in the unlikely event you find a lower Hertz price, we'll refund the difference
  • No cancellation or amendment fees**
  • No hidden extras to pay - theft and damage cover included
  • No credit card fees

Hertz in British Columbia

Hertz car rental in British Columbia is the ideal choice for getting around the rugged and beautiful landscapes of this part of Canada. If you want to rent a car in British Columbia, you’ll find that Hertz rental branches are conveniently situated throughout the province.

British Columbia is perfect driving country. Stretching along the scenic Pacific coast, it’s a paradise for campers, hikers and anglers, and is dominated by majestic mountain ranges. Drive through the vast landscapes of the Pacific Rim National Park or the Glacier National Park, and stop over at cities such as Vancouver and New Westminster. The roads in British Columbia are a dream, beautifully maintained and taking you past some of the most breathtaking landscapes on the planet.

Driving and Parking in British Columbia

You will need a full driving licence and must be over 21 to rent a car in British Columbia. You will also be required to have an International Driving Permit (IDP). For more information about driving regulations in British Columbia, take a look at our page about renting a car in Canada.

If you rent a car in British Columbia you’ll find that there are few problems with parking. Even in cities like Victoria and Vancouver there are plenty of options. On-street parking in Victoria for instance allows you 90 minutes for shopping or sightseeing.

Victoria is fairly typical of cities in British Columbia in having several parking zones in the downtown area. These allow flexibility and choice depending on your needs. You can choose to pay from $1.5 to $3 per hour for 90 minutes to 24 hours of parking time Monday to Saturday, 9.00am to 6.00pm. The zones are all clearly marked. You can download the free ParkVictoria app to make bookings and payments easier and there are similar parking apps available for other cities like Vancouver.

Driving in and around British Columbia

Key routes

There are numerous highways running the length and breadth of British Columbia, making it easy to cross the province by car to any destination. They’re all clearly numbered and some take you past amazing BC scenery, and the classic road trip typically starting from a city like Vancouver and taking in the mountains, coast and lakes.

The Trans-Canada (Vancouver Island) takes you through all ten provinces between the Pacific and Atlantic coasts.

The Crowsnest Highway, known in BC as the Southern Trans-Provincial Highway, takes you from east to west through the southern parts of the province.

Yellowhead Highway

The Yellowhead Highway is Canada’s main east-west route. It connects the four western provinces of Canada, linking BC by road with Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta. Bear a few things in mind if this is your first experience of driving in British Columbia:

• Drive on the right-hand side of the road in Canada.
• The metric system is used rather than miles, and at service stations you’ll pay by the litre.
• As BC is such a vast province and satellite navigation can be disconnected, pick up an up-to-date road map at any of the British Columbia Visitor Centres or at a convenience store or gas station.
• It’s very important to drive safely in BC, as driving conditions can change dramatically. Be aware also that the Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure website may not immediately reflect actual conditions on the ground.
• The maximum speed limit in BC is 120km/hr, or 75mph. In built-up areas this drops to 50km/hr or 30mph.
• The community website DriveSmartBC is constantly updated and is handy for keeping up to date with road conditions across the province.
** When the booking is cancelled within seven days of being made.