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Know Before You Go
BC has entered Step 3 of its Restart Plan and is thrilled to welcome visitors from across Canada for safe and responsible travel in our province.More Info
Know before you go resources for locals and visitors.
BC has entered Step 3 of its Restart Plan and is thrilled to welcome visitors from across Canada for safe and responsible travel in the province.
For international visitors, the Canadian border remains closed for non-essential travel, including those who have been vaccinated.
For travel updates in British Columbia, please visit Destination BC’s Know Before You Go guide.
Take more time to plan this summer. 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 at 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.
Step 3 has a lot of changes, such as masks being optional for those who have had both vaccination shots, and showing proof of vaccination is not required. It’s important to remember we are all learning as we go, and we need to have kindness and patience at the heart of everything we do.
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. Remember, with travel restricted for so long, our businesses are relying on visitors to keep them afloat. Remember to be patient with local businesses as they address staffing shortages, train new staff, and adapt to new guidelines.
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. As of June 30, a province wide fire ban is in place. Check the BC Wildfire Service for details.
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:
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.Learn More
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