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How to Travel Safely and Responsibly in BC

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While British Columbians are now encouraged to explore BC now, we’re still not back to normal. Even if you’re vaccinated, there are protocols and expectations to be considered to keep you and our communities safe. We all have a role to play in ensuring safe and responsible travel in British Columbia.

Plan ahead

Take more time to plan this summer. Many businesses and services across BC have adjusted their schedules and policies to ensure your safety. Some may still be operating at a reduced capacity, with limited hours, or require advanced bookings.

Tip: See accommodationtransportation, and experience provider listings to start your research, visit IndigenousBC.com for information on Indigenous travel experiences, or contact the local Visitor Centre for more information.

Be respectful

Respect the people, businesses, and communities you visit this summer. Please also respect a community’s wishes if they are not yet ready to welcome visitors. Responsible tourism means that the experience creates a positive impact for everyone involved–both residents and visitors alike. You may see new protocols and policies within communities to ensure your safety; please respect the guidelines they’ve put in place. Contact the local business(es) you plan on visiting to make sure you understand the latest guidelines.

Tip: Visit ExploreBC.com/TravelUpdates for more “Know Before You Go” information, or contact the local Visitor Centre for more information.

Support local businesses

BC’s tourism businesses are eager to welcome you back this summer and many communities rely on your support, which can make a big impact on the livelihood of your fellow British Columbians. During your travels, dine at the local restaurants, book an activity or a tour, and find a unique accommodation. BC’s tourism industry is made up of small and medium-sized businesses who will surely provide a memorable experience.

Tip: Speak with local Visitor Centre staff to learn more about how to support local businesses.

Be AdventureSmart

This summer, many British Columbians are looking to explore the outdoors in new ways, such as hiking on a new trail, taking up mountain biking, or learning how to kayak. No matter what outdoor activity you are planning, do your research in advance and be prepared. Learn the three Ts—trip planning, training, and taking the essentials—and apply them to all your outdoor adventures.

Tip: AdventureSmart.ca will be your best friend when it comes to outdoor safety in BC.

Practice Leave No Trace

When exploring BC’s outdoors, always leave it in a better state than when you arrived. Respect local wildlife. Minimize the impact of campfires and check BC Wildfire Service for fire bans and fire safety tips. Pack out what you pack in and dispose of waste properly. These are just some of 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.

Be Kind, Be Calm…Be Patient

Remember, activities may take longer than usual, or places may be at capacity when you arrive. Practice patience. Have a back-up plan researched and ready. Be calm, patient, and kind, and remember, we’re still in this together.

Feature image: Nuk Tessli Wilderness Experience | Kari Medig