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Radar Detectors for Vancouver and British Columbia

Legal to Use

In British Columbia, it is completely LEGAL to use a radar laser detector.

Understanding BC Police Radar and Laser Technologies

It is important to understand what the police in BC are using. In the Greater Vancouver Region and BC Lower Mainland, you will find 90% of speed traps using handheld Laser Guns.

This means having just a radar or laser detector will not help you much at all. LIDAR, known as laser guns, can only be defeated with Laser Defense, known as Laser Blocker or Jammer.

Radar Detector vs. Laser Defense in BC?

If you spend most of your commute through urban/city roads (ie. in Greater Vancouver) in BC, a Laser Jammer will be so much more useful than a Radar Detector. Note that with only laser detection on a radar detector, it provides zero protection because you won't have time to react to the quick speed acquisition on a police laser gun.

When you're on highways (Sea-to-Sky, Hwy 1, interior BC, etc), you have good chance of running into both radar and laser. A radar detector will be very useful.

Recommended Radar Detectors for BC

  • Radenso XP ($550) - latest high-performance radar detector with best-in-class K-band false filtering
  • Radenso Pro SE ($688) - flag-ship longest range detector from German brand Radenso
  • Escort iX ($698)- replacing Max and Max2, this is Escort's latest radar detector with K-filter
  • Escort Max360 ($899) - flag-ship Escort detector featuring long-range and directional arrows

Great Radar Detector Deals for BC!

  • Beltronics V10 ($349) - Pro300 equivalent and compatible with Escort Live
  • Escort 9500ix Refurb ($499 only) - Factory refurb-packaged, 6-mo warranty

See below for a list of all recommended radar detectors for BC driving, or consider a radar + laser protection package.

If you travel to Alberta or other eastern provinces, you may want to read our guide for other regions: