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While adventures in British Columbia beckon, it’s not the time to travel outside your community.

If you’re a BC resident, stay close to home and follow the latest health recommendations. If you’re from outside the province, we invite you to dream now and explore BC later. In the meantime, find the official links below for the most up-to-date information.

If you are a tourism industry partner seeking updates about COVID-19, please visit Destination BC’s corporate website, here.

Last updated: June 2, 5:00 pm

Latest Developments

How British Columbia is responding to Covid-19

  • Avoid all non-essential travel.
  • On May 6, the Province of BC announced BC’s Restart Plan, which outlines the next steps in BC’s strategy to move through the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Currently, we are in Phase 2 of the Plan, where British Columbians have been asked to continue to avoid all non-essential, inter-community travel.
  • British Columbians can, however, start to explore their own communities. This does not mean visiting neighbouring towns, but we can start to #exploreBClocal.
  • If you’re not a BC resident, we encourage you to dream now and explore BC later when the time is right. We will let you know when that is as soon as we can.

The Province has created a dedicated phone service to provide British Columbians with non-medical information about COVID-19, including the latest information on travel recommendations and social distancing. Information is available in more than 110 languages, seven days a week between 7:30 am-8 pm, at 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319) or via text message at 1-888-268-4319.

Travel Updates

Border Info

Canadian Border

The Canadian border remains closed for recreational tourism, so we are asking our international visitors to dream now and explore BC later when the time is right. While the border remains open for essential travel purposes, any visitor who arrives from outside of Canada must quarantine for 14 days.

While there is currently no date set for the reopening of the border, as soon as we know, we’ll share that info here. We look forward to welcoming you as soon as we can.

See the Canadian Border Services Agency website for the latest updates.

BC-Alberta Border

Non-essential travel across the provincial border is still to be avoided at this time. If you’re in Canada but are located outside BC, we invite you to dream now and explore BC later. We currently have no estimated date for when inter-provincial travel will resume, but when we do, we will share that info here. We look forward to welcoming you as soon as we can.

For more information about provincial borders and current travel restrictions, please visit the Province of BC’s Travel Affected by COVID-19 website.

BC-Yukon Border

Non-essential travel across the provincial border is still to be avoided at this time. If you’re in Canada but are located outside BC, we invite you to dream now and explore BC later. We currently have no estimated date for when inter-provincial travel will resume, but when we do, we will share that info here. We look forward to welcoming you as soon as we can.

For more information about provincial borders and current travel restrictions, please visit the Province of BC’s Travel Affected by COVID-19 website.

For travellers in BC heading into Yukon via Highway 97 or Highway 37, crossings are strictly limited to essential travel only. Travellers entering Yukon will be required to produce appropriate identification and documentation and a detailed self-isolation plan. For more information on Yukon’s strengthened enforcement of travel restrictions, visit Yukon’s Current COVID-19 situation website.

What's Open

BC is starting to reopen its tourism businesses for BC residents to experience in a safe and responsible manner, but it’s still not business as usual.

Communities

While some parts of BC are getting ready to roll out the welcome mat as soon as we hit Phase 3, many places will not be able to welcome visitors just yet.

Right now we recommend that you check with the tourism businesses you are hoping to visit to get the latest on-the-ground information.

While many Indigenous communities in BC are closed to visitors, they look forward to you visiting in the future when it is safe to do so again. In the meantime, please visit Indigenous Tourism BC’s website for future travel inspiration.

Visitor Centres

If you’re looking to connect with a local tourism expert, there are more than 100 community-owned Visitor Centres and booths across the province that make up BC’s Visitor Services Network. Many of BC’s Visitor Centres will be opening in early June, with some already open. When you’re exploring BC, drop by into the Visitor Centres for accurate information, local gems, and expertise.

Accommodations

Accommodations across BC are looking forward to welcoming visitors back this summer. Please confirm with the accommodation directly to see if and when they are accepting visitors. See our BC Accommodations listings for a full list of accommodations in BC, including hotels, cabins, resorts, wilderness lodges, bed & breakfasts, and campgrounds.

BC Ferries

BC Ferries is operating at a reduced capacity, a limited schedule, and reduction of route service. They ask travellers to avoid non-essential travel. Those who travel will be screened for symptoms before boarding at the ticketing booth.

All amenities on BC Ferries are either closed or reduced during this phase. Drivers are allowed to remain in their vehicle during the duration of the journey.

If you plan to travel on a ferry this summer, check the service notices, current conditions and the BC Ferries travel advisory. Reservations are highly recommended.

Camping in BC

Camping in BC reopens on June 1 with some restrictions in place to ensure safety. While many campgrounds will open, some will remain closed and could gradually reopen through the summer. Please confirm with the campground directly before making any plans. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Private Campgrounds & RV Parks

BC is home to many privately-run campgrounds and RV parks who are looking forward to welcoming you this summer. Contact each campground and RV Park to confirm if and when they’re accepting guests.

To find a complete list of all campgrounds and RV parks in BC, visit the Camping & RV in BC website.

Provincial Parks (BC Parks)

On June 1, BC Parks will re-open most provincial campgrounds and back-country camping, with reservations open to BC residents only. Provincial parks that attract large crowds will remain closed until it is safe to reopen at a later date. Backcountry campgrounds in some parks with high day use will also remain closed.

Please see the BC Parks affected by COVID-19 website for anticipated re-opening dates for specific parks.

Camping reservations at BC’s provincial parks are now open for BC residents only and can be booked on the Discover Camping website. Reservations can only be booked within a two month window from the date of booking.

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Recreation Sites & Trails (RSTBC)

On June 1, RSTBC will re-open most recreation sites to camping. To ensure physical distancing, you may notice some changes in campgrounds, including additional spacing between campsites and limitations on the number of guests in campground. Backcountry cabins will remain closed. Recreation sites that attract large crowds may remain closed until it is safe to reopen at a later date.

Before leaving on your trip, check for possible closures, alerts or other warnings that may affect the site or trail you plan to visit. For more information, visit the RCTBC website.

National Parks (Parks Canada)

National park campgrounds are closed until at least June 21 while Parks Canada assesses whether and how camping may resume. This includes the campgrounds in BC’s national parks, such as Pacific Rim (and the West Coast Trail), Yoho, Kootenay, Mount Revelstoke, Glacier, and Gwaii Haanas, as well as oTENTik camping at National Historic Sites such as in Fort Langley.

Check the Parks Canada Reservations website for the latest updates.

Hiking, Beaches, and Parks

National Parks (Parks Canada)

Starting June 1, Parks Canada will begin a gradual reopening of some of their national park locations, though the openings will vary across the country. Visitors will be permitted to access some trails, day use areas, and green spaces at some locations.

Check the Parks Canada website for the latest updates on BC’s national parks, such as Pacific Rim (including the West Coast Trail), Yoho, Kootenay, Glacier, Mount Revelstoke, and Gwaii Hanaas.

Provincial Parks (BC Parks)

On May 14, BC Parks began to open many provincial parks and protected areas and marine parks, though some will still remain closed. Some areas and facilities remain closed, including playgrounds, picnic shelters and visitor centres. For more information, including a list of open parks, please visit the BC Parks website, or use the BC Parks Map.

Recreation Sites and Trails BC

On May 14, Recreation Sites and Trails BC (RSTBC) began to reopen the majority of recreation sites and trails to day-use activities only. For more information, please visit Recreation Sites and Trails BC.

Note: Recreation sites and trails are often accessed by resource roads, also known as forest service roads (FSR). BC’s resource roads are not built or maintained to the same standards as public highways, with many additional hazards such as rough, loose gravel, potholes, sharp corners, large industrial vehicles and other unmarked hazards. Please read road safety, road use regulations, and road policy information before travelling on forest service roads. For more information, please visit the Government of BC website.

Regional & Municipal Parks

Not all parks fall within national or provincial jurisdiction; many are managed by regional or municipal parks boards, which set their own rules, regulations, openings, and closures to ensure visitor safety. Always check with the park’s website before planning your visit to learn about the latest updates.

COVID-19 Medical Info

If You Have Symptoms

All travellers who are visiting BC and begin to feel ill can seek medical attention at local hospitals or urgent care centres.

Note: In suspected cases of the coronavirus, it is important to call ahead to the hospital, doctor or urgent care centre first for advice. Where language may be a barrier, tour operators, accommodation providers, and other tourism businesses can provide support by offering to contact a health-care professional on their behalf. (Symptoms of a coronavirus infection include, but are not limited to, fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue and difficulty breathing.

For travellers who suspect they might have coronavirus symptoms, you must provide health-care professionals with the following info (via phone):

  • Symptoms;
  • Where you have been travelling, working or living;
  • If you had close contact with a sick person, especially someone with a fever, cough or difficulty breathing

Important Phone Numbers

International mobile phones on a Canadian network should be able to access the following phone numbers:

  • For non-emergency situations only, call 8-1-1 (or 7-1-1 for the deaf or hard of hearing). This is a free-of-charge provincial health information and advice phone line operated by HealthLink BC. Translation services are available in more than 130 languages.
  • In the event of an emergency, call 9-1-1.
  • Find the nearest hospital or health centre in British Columbia here.

Public Health Agency of Canada

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is working with provinces, territories, and international partners, including the World Health Organization, to actively monitor the situation. Public health risk is being continually reassessed as new information becomes available, with updates being posted to the government’s COVID-19 Updates page. The current risk to Canadians is considered high. This does not mean that all Canadians will get the disease. It means that there is already a significant impact on our health care system. If we do not flatten the epidemic curve now, the increase of COVID-19 cases could impact health care resources available to Canadians. The current assessment also indicates that there is an increased risk of more severe outcomes for Canadians:

  • aged 65 and over
  • with compromised immune systems
  • with underlying medical conditions

There are also increased health risks for Canadian travellers abroad. Because of these risks, the Government of Canada advises you to avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice, including cruise ship travel.

Canada’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak takes a whole-of-government approach, based on plans and guidance related to pandemic preparedness. For an overview on the national response to the virus outbreak, including national updates, travel advice and links to official sources of information, visit PHAC’s Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Canada’s response page.

For detailed information about Canada’s response, including the measures already taken to respond to the outbreak, new investments to limit the spread of the virus and prepare for its potential impacts, and more, on the Government of Canada takes action on COVID-19 page.

For any questions, call the Health Canada COVID-19 information line: 1-833-784-4397, or email: [email protected]

World Health

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) have issued a joint statement on international cooperation as key to the containment of COVID-19. Read it here.

Stay Informed