British Columbia

Snow closes Vancouver and Island schools as commuters brave storm

Much of Metro Vancouver woke up to 10 to 15 centimetres of fresh snow Tuesday morning, prompting many local schools to close and slowing traffic on most commuter routes.

List of elementary, secondary and post-secondary school closures growing

Much of Metro Vancouver woke up to 10 to 30 centimetres of fresh snow Tuesday morning, prompting many local schools to close and slowing traffic on most commuter routes.

The snowfall is expected to continue throughout the morning rush hour and may turn to rain in the Vancouver area later in the day.

Metro Vancouver commuters who depend on the West Coast Express train to get them to work may have to make other plans after a CP Rail train derailed just east of the Iron Workers Memorial Bridge.

That means commuter trains will stop at Coquitlam station and passengers will have to transfer to buses for a connection to Skytrain.

TransLink also says it's uncertain if the derailment will be cleared in time for the afternoon rush.

Although dozens of schools are closed across the Metro Vancouver area, Vancouver public schools remain open.

Following is a list of school closures:


  • King David High School
  • Little Flower Academy
  • Crofton House School
  • West Coast Montessori
  • Westside Montessori
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help
  • Choice School is closed in Richmond and Vancouver
  • Vancouver Montessori School
  • Corpus Christi Elementary
  • St. Joseph Elementary
  • St Andrews Elementary
  • St Mary's Elementary
  • St. Francis Xavier Elementary
  • Our Lady of Sorrows Elementary
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help Elementary
  • Vancouver Christian School
  • Carver Christian High School, open for exams
  • Eton Arrowsmith School
  • Magnusson Elementary
  • St. Patrick's school
  • St. Francis of Assisi Elementary
  • Notre Dame Secondary
  • St. Anthony of Padua Elementary
  • Rose Desvet Elementary OPEN, but no classes
  • Choice Elementary
  • Crofton House
  • Vancouver public schools are OPEN


  • John Knox Christian and Middle School
  • St. Michael's Elementary School
  • Burnaby Montessori - all three schools
  • Our Lady of Mercy Elementary
  • Holy Cross Elementary
  • Carver Christian High School closed this morning, except for provincial exams
  • Kenneth Gordon Elementary
  • St. Thomas More Collegiate, except for provincial exams at 10 a.m.

Coquitlam - Port Coquitlam:

  • All District (SD43) public schools
  • Children of Integrity Montessori academy
  • Our Lady of Fatima Elementary
  • Queen of All Saints Elementary
  • Traditional Learning Academy
  • B.C. Christian Academy
  • Our Lady of the Assumption Elementary
  • Hope Lutheran Elementary
  • Maple Ridge Christian School is closed, except for provincial exams
  • James Cameron School
  • Meadowridge Elementary and Secondary closed, except for provincial exams
  • St. Patrick's Elementary
  • Children of Integrity Montessori academy, Coquitlam
  • Archbishop Carney Regional School


  • Langley Christian Elementary and High School
  • Credo Elementary and High School
  • St. Catherine's school
  • The King's School Kindergarten Elementary


  • Pacific Academy - pre-kindergarten through Grade 8 is closed, except high school is open for all exams
  • Gabrielle Roy school
  • Fraser Valley Christian High School
  • Surrey Christian Middle and Primary School
  • Regent Christian Academy - except for provincial exams
  • Surrey Muslim School
  • Holy Cross Secondary - except for provincial exams 
  • Blessed Sacrament Elementary
  • Iqra Islamic School
  • Our Lady of Good Counsel Elementary
  • St. Bernadette's Elementary
  • Star of the Sea Elementary
  • Lutheran Zion Elementary

Other Metro Vancouver schools:

  • Agassiz - Chehaillis community school
  • Abbotsford - St. James and St. Anne's Elementary School
  • Bowen Island Island - Pacific school
  • Chilliwack - John Calvin high school
  • Mission public schools - all closed - provincial exams will be rescheduled
  • New Westminister - public schools are OPEN  
  • North Vancouver - Brockton School
  • North Vancouver - all public schools closed
  • North Vancouver - The Vancouver Waldorf School
  • North Vancouver - Brockton School
  • Pitt Meadows - Maple Ridge district - all public schools
  • Pitt Meadows - Greybrook Academy
  • West Vancouver - all public schools
  • West Vancouver - Collingwood School
  • West Vancouver -  St. Anthony's

Post-secondary schools:

  • BCIT - all campuses
  • Capilano College - Northshore campus
  • Capilano College - Squamish campus - partially closed
  • Capilano College - Sunshine Coast campus - OPEN
  • Douglas College
  • Nanaimo - Malaspina campus
  • SFU - all three campuses
  • Vancouver Community College - all campuses
  • Malaspina - Nanaimo campus, morning and afternoon classes cancelled.
  • Langara College
  • Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design
  • Columbia College
  • Kwantlen University College
  • Pacific Vocational College
  • Astons College
  • UBC is OPEN  

Vancouver Island:

  • Campbell River schools
  • Alberni Valley schools
  • North Island College, including Port Alberni, Campbell River campuses
  • Sooke public schools are open but the bus from Port Renfrew is cancelled
  • Nanaimo-Ladysmith schools are open, but there are some delays for buses

This is a partial list of known closures. Schools may change their status without notifying CBC News.  

TransLink's Handydart service will only be running in many areas for essential services, such as dialyses. 

The Meals on Wheels service in Vancouver and Richmond has been cancelled.