COVID-19 Tips for Camping and RVing
Updated April 28, 2022
Effective April 25th, 2022 – All travellers to Canada are required to complete ArriveCan online or through the free mobile app before entry to Canada. Fully vaccinated travellers to Canada are NO longer required to complete a pre-entry test for travel to Canada. Fully vaccinated travellers MAY still continue to undergo random testing upon entry to Canada, but are not required to quarantine while awaiting their results. Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travellers will continue to be tested with a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival and on day 8 while they quarantine for 14 days. Children ages 5-11 do not require a COVID-19 test to enter Canada if they are accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult. Pre-entry tests are still required for partially vaccinated or unvaccinated travellers ages 12 and up. Click here for more information on travel requirements for vaccinated travellers.
Effective April 8, 2022 – Proof of vaccination is no longer required under public health order in British Columbia to access businesses, events and services. Individual businesses and event organizers can choose to continue requiring proof of vaccination for entry. Federal proof of vaccination is still required for federally regulated travel, like air travel. Businesses will no longer need a COVID-19 safety plan. They must follow communicable disease guidance from WorkSafeBC.
March 11, 2022 – Wearing masks in public indoor settings in British Columbia is no longer required by public health. Wearing a mask is a personal choice. Masks are encouraged on public transit and BC Ferries, but not required. Individual businesses and event organizers can choose to continue requiring masks on their premises. It’s important that we respect the choices of people, businesses and one another. For more details on the current public health measures, click here.
COVID 19 Travel Precautions
Info Below Updated March 2022– British Columbia health officials remind us almost daily to stay safe and to keep our gatherings small and to stick to our own immediate household members. We all need to continue practicing the safe distancing measure of 6 feet (2 metres), the wearing of non medical face masks and washing our hands frequently and thoroughly – unfortunately the risk of COVID-19 infections is still among us.
When it comes to touch points and face-to-face gatherings, such as camping, we want to help minimize your risk with the following need to knows.
TIP 1: Handwashing
One of the most lax areas is frequent hand-washing, while camping and travelling. To remind you there are signs on every washroom and pit toilet asking us to wash frequently. Remember, when you cannot wash with soap and water, hand sanitizer will do the trick.
DM Briest shows his hand cleaning routine to emulate!
It is easy to get the youngsters in the habit of hand sanitizing after they go to the washroom while camping. The trick is to equip them with their own small bottle for their pocket. For a more thorough clean, have a bottle of foaming hand soap and a water basin for their return.
TIP 2: Personal Protection Pack
Another suggestion we have come up with is what we call a PPP (Personal Protection Pack), which is a backpack prepared with all the necessities for the go. A bottle of disinfectant spray such as Lysol is the easiest item to have, we suggest putting it in one of the outside bottle carriers that backpacks generally have for easy access.
Spray washroom door handles prior to opening and a quick spray of the cubical handles inside and out (if applicable), the toilet seat lid at the point of contact and then the seat itself and if there is a flushing paddle spray that too. Now you are good to go. You can spray the water taps as well.
We know you are not there to clean and sanitize for everyone, but it is a piece of comfort knowing that the area is as germ free as possible.
Tip 3: Visitor Codes and Standards of Conduct
We ask that campers follow the conduct rules and protocols developed by each operation, to meet the health and safety guidelines set out by the Provincial Health Officer. We are all in this together and have an individual responsibility to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
- Private Campgrounds have developed guidelines and a Code of Conduct for guest behaviour. https://www.travel-british-columbia.com/travel-resources/covid-19-news-and-faqs/
- BC Parks have developed a Visitors Guide to Camping During COVID-19 – http://bcparks.ca/covid-19/docs/Camping-During-COVID-19.pdf?v=1595872208350
- Recreation Sites and Trails BC recommend bringing you own “Clean Trip Kit” and advice on their site – https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/sports-culture/recreation/camping-hiking/sites-trails/alerts
- Parks Canada has developed an FAQ page to assist visitors pre-plan before they arrive https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/voyage-travel/securite-safety/covid-19-info/covid-19-faq
TIP 4: Enjoy Campgrounds and Facilities Responsibly
Avoid contact with frequently touched surfaces as much as possible. Carry your own Protection Pack containing alcohol-based hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and spray, toilet paper, and a cover for picnic tables.
Let others know of your intention to pass on pathways or trails, so that you can maintain a 2-metre (6 feet) distance from others. Signal others using your voice or a bell. Remember to be kind and considerate of others.
Yield to oncoming users where space is narrow. Let others move out of bridges, platforms, and other narrow spaces before entering.
Step off trails to let others pass where possible. But please try to avoid stepping on vegetation and stay on trails unless letting others pass.
Slow down on trails. Speed increases user conflicts and risks of injuries. Adjust your distance from others based on their speed to maintain physical distancing.
Be respectful of others. Keep prescribed 2-metre (6 feet) distance from others while lining up and respect the maximum use capacity in facilities.
Pack in and pack out. Keep our places clean, pick up your litter and dispose of it by using appropriate garbage containers or take your waste home.
Leave no trace when you visit outdoor spaces. Please take all your garbage with you and help keep our places clean.
Tip 5: Know Before You Go Travel Advisories
Please seek information from the BC Centre for Disease Control before you Travel this fall and winter, for up to date information that may affect your travel plans. http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/prevention-risks/travel
If you are booking an accommodation, please read the information provided by the individual property on refund policies and cancellations.
As much as we all like to take that last minute spontaneous getaway, our advise would be to make reservations. Remember that business are not operating at full capacity and may not have vacancies.
Follow all guidelines set out by The Provincial Health Offer, especially around gatherings, events etc.