Know Before You Go: Travel Information
UPDATED: November 19, 2021
November 19, 2021: As parts of British Columbia have been impacted by heavy rain and flooding, there are multiple highway closures and travel restrictions in place for impacted areas to ensure the movement of essential goods and services. Please check DriveBC for the latest information on delays and road closures. Highway 99 to Squamish from Whistler or Vancouver is open at this time.
In addition to travel restrictions, there are temporary restrictions on vehicle fuel (gas and diesel) purchases.
Effective immediately through Dec 1, 2021 non-essential vehicles will be limited to 30 litres per trip to the gas station in the following areas: the Lower Mainland-to-Hope region, the Sea-to-Sky region, Sunshine Coast, the Gulf Islands, and Vancouver Island. People in those areas are also being asked to avoid all non-essential road travel for the fuel restriction period.
Further details on travel and fuel restrictions can be found here.
Effective October 12, 2021, masks are mandatory for everyone aged 5 and older in BC for indoor spaces. Indoor spaces include grocery stores, city halls, restaurants, pubs and bars, public transit, taxis or office buildings where services to public are provided.
Effective September 7, 2021, Canada has re-opened its borders to international visitors for non-essential travel, including tourism. Arriving passengers must be fully vaccinated and meet entry requirements, including:
- proof of full vaccination;
- valid pre-arrival COVID-19 molecular test
- showing no symptoms of COVID-19
- submitting mandatory information via the ArriveCAN app
- being admissible under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
- taking a test on arrival, if selected.
Proof of vaccination will be required in BC starting September 13th, 2021. Residents will need to have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at that time. By October 24th, 2021 people will be required to have two doses of the vaccine and at least seven days will need to pass since their second dose.
The BC Vaccine Card will be needed to access the following events:
- Restaurants (indoor and patio dining)
- Nightclubs and Casinos
- Fitness Centres and gyms
- Indoor ticketed sporting events
- Indoor classes and activities
- Indoor concerts, theatre, dance and symphony events
- Indoor events such as wedding, parties and workshops
Effective August 9, 2021, Canada is now allowing entry to fully vaccinated American citizens and permanent residents (currently residing in the US) for leisure travel. If you meet the entry criteria, fully vaccinated travellers do not have to quarantine upon arrival to Canada.
For information on current restrictions including Step 3 details, please visit BC's Restart.
For more information about B.C.'s response to COVID-19 visit the Government of BC’s website.
For the latest information on travel to Canada including the updated federal requirements and restrictions, please visit the Government of Canada website.
This winter, we are asking everyone in Squamish to Interact Considerately, Play Simply, Explore Responsibly, and Enjoy Patiently.
Check Before You Go
- If you are planning to visit Squamish, do your research, plan and book ahead.
- We encourage you to plan a mid-week visit to avoid crowds.
If Sick, Stay Home
- If you have any symptoms associated with COVID-19 or have been in contact with a known case, please stay home.
- If you begin to feel unwell, please self-isolate and call 8-1-1 to speak to a health care professional.
- Keep your child home from school if they feel sick or have any sign of illness.
- Get tested immediately if you or anyone in your family feels sick.
- Squamish is a small community of under 20,000 residents and limited health care services. Thank you for doing your part to keep our community safe!
Wash Your Hands
- Good hand hygiene is one of the most effective ways to slow the spread of COVID-19. Wash your hands regularly and pack hand sanitizer.
Keep a Safe Physical Distance
- Remember, physical distancing is still important.
- Socializing between tables at restaurants and nightclubs is not permitted
- If you are 5 and older you must wear a mask inside all public spaces (updated Oct 12th, 2021)
- Watch for markings on the ground to help guide you where to stand in line for stores and restaurants.
- Please respect physical barriers and follow the COVID-19 Safety Plans for each business.
Come Prepared & Bring Supplies
- Expect maximum capacity limits in businesses.
- Pack a clean-trip kit with hand sanitizer, wipes, a mask, and disposable bag.
Respect Travel Advisories
- Visit www.gov.bc.ca/restartbc for additional information about travelling within BC.
- 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.
- Canada is now allowing entry to fully vaccinated American citizens and permanent residents (currently residing in the US) for leisure travel. If you meet the entry criteria, fully vaccinated travellers do not have to quarantine upon arrival to Canada.
- We encourage all travellers to be fully informed of the pre-entry and on-arrival public health and testing requirements both federally and provincially. For the latest information on travel to Canada including the updated federal requirements and restrictions, please visit the Government of Canada website.
Squamish is committed to upholding the highest standards in health and safety. Let’s all interact considerately and follow the latest recommendations of health authorities to keep ourselves and each other safe. Together, we’ll cultivate an environment where health and well-being are second nature.
During these times, let’s play simply, by emphasizing fun, wellness and a connection to nature while staying in our comfort zones to avoid burdening local health resources.
Let’s explore responsibly, by leaving no trace, keeping wildlife wild and respecting the amenities, people and nature around us. During peak times, this could mean seeking out quieter spaces to help maintain physical distancing.
We’re working hard to re-open and revitalize Squamish responsibly and safely. Let’s enjoy patiently, by being courteous to each other, by understanding that some things may not be the same right away, and by sharing the Squamish we all know and love, as we navigate this new normal.