Winter tire regulations kicked in on October 1st. Aside from the obvious safety aspects, the government requires the use of certified winter tires on highways. To be honest, some of the hilly roads around the Okanagan are an even better place to be sporting a good set of winter rubber.
British Columbia accepts tires displaying the 3-peaked mountain and snowflake symbol OR the M+S (mud and snow) symbol, with at least 3.5 mm tread as winter tires. Some tire manufacturers choose to mark their tires with both designations. You must also have at least 2 matching tires on the primary driving axle.
For more information on winter tire requirements take a look at the BC Government website HERE.
Look out for the Snowflake or the M+S symbol as a sign the tire is winter rated.