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Know before you go Camping in British Columbia

On this page you will find links to updates about wildfires, environmental hazards, driving conditions and park/recreational resources to help you plan a fun and informed trip.

Campers are encouraged to check in with the campground operator and the local Visitor Centre in the communities they will be visiting for real-time, on-the-ground updates.

CURRENT TRAVEL ALERTS

May/June 2022 – Highway Closures and Travel Restrictions

  • Please check Drive BC for an up-to-date list of the latest road closures, events and advisories.
  • Closures remain along Highway 8 between Merritt and Spences Bridge.

COVID-19 Public Health and Travel Measures

Effective June 20, 2022 – The federal government has announced that Canadians traveling within Canada will no longer be required to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination on planes or trains. News Release.

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 Tips for Camping and RVing 

FAQ TRAVEL POINTS

WILDFIRES:  No Wildfires of Note – To report a wildfire (dial *5555 on a cell phone or call toll free 1-800-663-5555).

CAMPFIRES: Check out the latest fire bans and restrictions.

PLEASE CAMP RESPONSIBLY. FOLLOW THE CAMPER’S CODE

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

Camper’s Code take the pledge.

CHECK WEATHER CONDITIONS: BC’s mountainous terrain means weather conditions can change rapidly within relatively short distances, and snowfall can happen any month in the higher-elevation mountain passes. Before heading out on the road, always check the current weather conditions and weather alerts along your planned journey. Drive for the conditions. If the weather is bad (i.e. snowfall warning along the Coquihalla), delay your drive until the weather and road conditions improve, or consider an alternate route or a different mode of transportation.

ADVENTURE SMART: Heading outdoors? Leave a trip plan. AdventureSmart is a national program dedicated to encouraging Canadians and visitors to Canada to ”Get informed and go outdoors”. AdventureSmart combines online and on-site awareness with targeted outreach in order to reduce the number and severity of Search and Rescue Incidents.

WINTER DRIVING: Winter tires are required on most designated highways in British Columbia from October 1 to March 31.  For select highways, including mountain passes and rural routes in high snowfall areas, the date is extended until April 30 to account for early spring snowfall. These highways are marked with regulatory signs.  ShiftintoWinter.ca

KEY TRAVEL RESOURCES

Check BC Wildfire Service for wildfires of note, fire bans and restrictions.

Check DriveBC.ca for major road events such as delays, closures, and suggested detours:

River Forecast Centre analyses snowpack, assesses seasonal water supply and flood risk, and predicts flows in British Columbia’s rivers and streams:

PARKS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATED CAMPGROUNDS

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

  • Report Wildfire or Irresponsible Behaviour 1-800-663-5555 or (*5555 from a cell phone)
  • Evacuees and Reception Centres call: Emergency Info BC at: 1-800-585-9559.
  • BC Wildfire Information Line 1-888-336-7378
  • ESS Evacuees Information 1-800-585-9559
  • Canadian Red Cross Evacuees Reunification 1-800-863-6582
  • Emergency Coordination Centre 1-800-663-3456

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO – TRAVEL RESOURCES