Know Before You Go

Know before you go resources for locals and visitors.

COVID-19

We encourage all international travellers to be fully informed of the pre-entry and on-arrival public health and testing requirements both federally and provincially. This includes the mandatory use of the ArriveCAN app. Travellers should plan for extra time in the lead up, and upon the arrival of their trip.

Familiarize yourself with the protocols and visitor expectations in the places and businesses you wish to visit. Please respect the wishes, orders and restrictions of the communities/businesses you visit.

For travel updates in British Columbia, please visit Destination BC’s Know Before You Go guide.

Proof of Vaccination

As of April 9, 2022, it will no longer a provincial requirement to show proof of vaccination to get into events and businesses in BC. However, it’s important to note that individual businesses and event organizers can choose to continue requiring proof of vaccination for entry.

Plan Ahead

Take more time to plan your visit. Many businesses and services across BC are encountering staffing shortages forcing them to operate at a reduced capacity, with limited hours, or require advanced bookings.

Be Calm, Be Patient, Be Kind

Remember, everything may take longer than usual, or places may be closed if you don't check in advance. Have a Plan B researched and ready in case your first choice isn’t possible. Be calm, patient, and kind, and remember, we’re all in this together.

We’re asking everyone to be patient as we work to get our services to the same high levels they were before the pandemic. We’re improving quality all the time as we address staffing shortages, train new staff, and adapt to new guidelines.

Support Local Businesses

Many local businesses are still struggling. Throughout the pandemic, tourism businesses have continued to implement stringent protocols to keep staff and visitors safe, and will continue to do so at every stage - including the continuing requirement to verify proof of vaccination for guests (where applicable), and visitors are asked to return the favour by travelling responsibly.

Be AdventureSmart

No matter what outdoor activity you are planning, you must be prepared. Remember to follow the three Ts—trip planning, training, and taking the essentials. AdventureSmart is a great resource to get informed before heading outdoors.

Practice Leave No Trace

When exploring BC’s outdoors, always leave it in a better state than when you arrived.

Learn about the key principles of Leave No Trace, a set of seven guidelines for enjoying the outdoors responsibly while minimizing your impact on the landscape. Tip: Visit LeaveNoTrace.ca to learn more about responsible outdoor recreation.

Catch Up on the Camper's Code

The British Columbia Lodging and Campgrounds Association has created a great resource for camping etiquette, here: CampersCode.com. The Camper's Code has 9 rules that are really easy to follow. When all campers follow them, these good things happen:

  • Camping continues to be enjoyable for all
  • Nature remains pristine and beautiful
  • People camping in the same area become friends
  • Animals stay wild and free

Safety First

AdventureSmart

No matter what outdoor activity you are planning, be prepared. Follow the three Ts—trip planning, training, and taking the essentials. AdventureSmart is a great resource to help you get informed before heading outdoors.

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