UPDATE: To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, BC’s public health officials have issued a travel advisory that at this time, all non-essential should be avoided. Please stay close to home, limit your social interactions, and continue to support local businesses. The more we do today, the sooner we can #ExploreSquamish again. We look forward to welcoming visitors back to our community after February 5 in accordance with provincial health authorities travel advisories.
For information about B.C.'s response to COVID-19 visit the Government of BC’s website.
This fall and winter season, we are asking everyone who spends time in Squamish to Interact Considerately, Play Simply, Explore Responsibly, and Enjoy Patiently.
Check Before You Go
- Visit for everything you need to know about visiting Squamish this fall and winter.
- Do your research and plan ahead.
- We encourage visitors and residents to wear masks when inside and when unable to maintain 2 metres of physical distance.
- Consult our What's Open directory to see which businesses are open and how they have modified their operations in response to COVID-19.
Fewer Faces in Bigger Spaces
- Squamish has lots to offer outside, including over 300-kilometres of hiking and biking trails, the paved Corridor Trail, many parks and lakes, and an array of cultural and heritage experiences.
- Spread out to areas that are less populated. Check with the Visitor Information Centre or our web chat for recommendations.
- Try visiting midweek when it's quieter and always have a back-up plan if your first choice is too busy.
If Sick, Stay Home
- If you have any symptoms associated with COVID-19 or have been in contact with a known case, we ask that you please postpone your visit.
- If you begin to feel unwell while visiting Squamish, self-isolate in your accommodation. Call 8-1-1 to speak to a health care professional.
- 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, 2-metre physical distancing is important in Squamish too.
- Bring a mask or face covering, and be sure to wear it whenever physical distancing cannot be maintained.
- Watch for markings on the ground to help guide where to stand in line for stores and restaurants. Keep an eye out for one-way aisles in grocery stores.
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
- See the latest local, provincial and federal updates related to travel
- In Phase 3, recreational travel is permitted in British Columbia. There is no quarantine requirement for domestic travellers arriving in BC. Visit www.gov.bc.ca/restartbc for additional information about travelling within BC.
- The Canadian border remains closed for leisure and recreational travel. Essential international travel over the Canadian border is permitted, however, any visitor who arrives from outside of Canada must quarantine for 14-days upon arrival. See the Canadian Border Services Agency website for details.
Never before have we appreciated Squamish's great outdoors so much! But as we look to travel a little further and explore a little more, it's important to remember that our open spaces may look a little different now and we need to behave a little differently when we visit them.
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.