Travelling to Squamish during Covid-19
Information updated for the week of: October 13, 2020
Together we can all do our part to have fun and stay safe!
Over the coming weeks and months, as travel restrictions begin to ease during the pandemic, Squamish is preparing to find the balance between welcoming visitors back to the area while keeping our community safe.
We look forward to welcoming you back very soon. But for now, provincial health authorities continue to recommend against non-essential travel at this time.
Anyone with questions related to COVID-19 or public health in Squamish should consult Vancouver Coastal Health, the health authority in our region. 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. Additional COVID-19 information for travellers is available at hellobc.com.
The Squamish Visitor Centre located at the Squamish Adventure Centre is now open 8:30 - 4:30 daily.
We can also assist you with Visitor Information online via Facebook, Instagram, our online website chat at exploresquamish.com, or by email at info [at] tourismsquamish.com. We look forward to connecting with you.
Many Squamish businesses, including activities, attractions, transport, retail stores, and restaurants, have resumed business operations. We've put together a list of those businesses, which will be updated daily.
The District of Squamish has reopened some facilities, for further information please visit the District of Squamish website.
The most frequently asked questions related to travel to Squamish and COVID-19, are answered here on our Squamish FAQs page.
BC Parks & Recreation Sites
For more information on the status of a specific park
For more information on the status of a specific recreation site or trail
BC Ferries is operating with some reduced services on select routes. For further information, please visit the BC Ferries website.
Please check here COVID-19 travel advisories from BC Ferries.
Federal and provincial public health leaders have made it mandatory that all travelers from outside of Canada self-isolate for 14 days.
For the latest travel advisories visit the Government of Canada website.
For further information visit the Vancouver International Airport website.
Most Squamish accommodation providers remain open for business at this time. Check directly with the accommodations provider if you have questions prior to travel. Accommodation providers in Squamish are available here.
Some ground transportation, including buses, have suspended or altered their operations. For the most up to date information please review the business closures list here
Events & Gatherings
Most gatherings are prohibited in BC at this time, this includes casinos. Please contact your event organizer directly or review our updated events page here.
Effective at noon on April 16, 2020, most open burning activities will be prohibited throughout British Columbia. The following activities will be prohibited, and these restrictions will remain in effect until the public is otherwise notified:
- Category 2 open fires
- Category 3 open fires
- Resource Management open fires
- The use of fireworks
- The use of sky lanterns
- The use of burn barrels or burn cages of any size or description
Typically, human-caused fires are more common in the spring due to field and debris burning. By considering an earlier provincewide burning prohibition, the BC Wildfire Service anticipates a reduction in human-caused wildfires. This will minimize the need to deploy staff, which helps to reduce their risk of exposure to COVID-19. To report a wildfire or backyard burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.
For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, and air quality advisories, go to bcwildfire.ca.
Suspected cases of COVID-19
If you suspect you may have symptoms or may have been exposed to COVID-19 use the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool, developed with the BC Ministry of Health, to help determine whether you may need further assessment or testing for the virus. You can complete the assessment for yourself, or on behalf of someone else if they are unable to.
To arrange for further assessment or testing, call your local primary care provider or 8-1-1.
Those who are deaf or hard of hearing can call 7-1-1.
There are a number of questions we all have, the British Columbia Centre for Disease control answers a range of frequently asked questions, including information on social distancing and avoiding the virus.