Stay Local, Support Local
At this time, all non-essential travel should be avoided. This includes travel into and out of BC and between regions of the province. Let’s do our part by following provincial health orders and continuing to support local businesses in accordance with the latest health orders.
For more information about the latest Provincial Health Orders, visit
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Travel Updates and Information
- As of November 19, 2020, all non-essential travel should be avoided. This includes travel into and out of BC and between regions of the province.
- Further details on the current orders can be found at: gov.bc.ca/COVID-19.
- The Canadian border remains closed for recreational tourism, so we are asking our international visitors to dream now and explore BC later when the time is right. While the border remains open for essential travel purposes, any visitor who arrives from outside of Canada must quarantine for 14 days.
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.
Read important updates on BC travel.
Read updates on the Canadian border and international travel advisories.
Read important updates from BC Parks.
Read updates on BC Ferries schedules and procedures. It is advisable to make a reservation for BC Ferries.
How To Explore Safely and Responsibly During COVID-19
If you are planning to visit Penticton, here are some guidelines for exploring our community.
- Do not travel if you are sick.
- Practice 2 meters physical distancing at all times.
- Wash your hands regularly.
- Masks are mandatory in indoor public spaces
- Reduce your contact in the community by bringing essentials with you.
- Explore with your family or immediate cluster (1-2 people) only.
- Avoid large groups and gatherings.
- Plan ahead and book activities, accommodation, and experiences in advance. Review the booking and cancellation policies
- Respect the safety procedures enacted by the businesses you visit.
- Adhere to any local closures or restricted access to communities.
Follow the direction of the Provincial Health Officer and keep up to date on changing guidelines and regulations. If you would like to know how local businesses are keeping customers safe, check their website, social media, or give them a call to inquire.
Penticton Visitor Centre
888 Westminster Ave West
Monday – Friday
9am – 4pm
Tips for Being Safe While
Participating in Outdoors Activities
- If an area is congested, be patient or change your plans.
- Practice low-risk activities and recreation.
- While hiking or biking, move off the trail to take breaks.
- Be wildfire and wildlife safe.
- Pack in and pack out. Do not leave anything behind.
- Stay informed and respect any trail, beach, park, or local area closures as posted.
- Be AdventureSmart at all times and follow the 3 T’s: Trip Plan, Train, and Take Essentials.
- Visit Health Link BC’s website.
- Call the Health Canada 2019 COVID-19 information line: 1-833-784-4397. Interpretation services are available in multiple languages. Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Visit the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)’s website for the latest outbreak update on COVID-19.
- Visit the Health Link BC website for detailed information on COVID-19, including FAQs.
- Visit the BC Centre for Disease Control (BC CDC) website for the latest on how to prevent the transmission of diseases. Follow BC CDC on Twitter for regular updates: @CDCofBC
- Follow Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, on Twitter: @CPHO_Canada
- Learn more about the British Columbia Pandemic Provincial Coordination Plan.