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Know Before You Go

Know Before You Go

Know Before You Go

Updated: September 28th, 2021

BC tour operators, accommodation providers and attraction hosts have implemented stringent protocols to keep visitors safe, and visitors are asked to return the favour by travelling responsibly this Fall.

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

  • Fully vaccinated international travellers (including American citizens and permanent residents living in the USA) can now enter Canada for leisure travel. Find out if you can enter Canada, here.
  • Non-essential travel to or from the Interior is discouraged until you are fully vaccinated.
  • As of August 25, masks must be worn in all indoor public spaces throughout BC to help slow the transmission of COVID-19 as BC prepares for the fall and respiratory illness season.
  • Starting September 13, proof of vaccination will be required in BC to attend certain social and recreational events, including indoor ticketed sporting events, indoor and patio dining at restaurants, fitness centres, casinos and indoor organized events, including conferences and weddings. Learn more about proof of vaccination, here.
  • Travel on some provincial highways may be affected by wildfire activity, particularly in the BC Interior. Non-essential travel to and within fire-affected areas is discouraged to help avoid traffic congestion on evacuation routes. Refer to DriveBC for up-to-date information on highway closures and BC Wildfire Service for wildfire updates. See Wildfires under Key Resources below.
  • For the latest information on travel to Canada including the updated federal requirements and restrictions, please visit the Government of Canada website here.
  • Further details on the COVID-19 situation in BC can be found at:

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 recommended and still mandatory in some indoor public spaces
  • Reduce your contact in the community by bringing essentials with you
  • Plan ahead and book activities, accommodation, dining reservations, wine tastings 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
Main Location

Located at:
888 Westminster Ave West
Penticton, BC
V2A 8S2

Monday to Friday
9:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday & Sunday

Penticton Visitor Centre
Peach Location

Located at:
185 Lakeshore Dr
Penticton, BC
V2A 1B7

Monday to Friday
8:30am – 4:30pm
Saturday & Sunday

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

Additional Resources

Stay Informed