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Know Before You Go

Updated: August 8, 2022

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.

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
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/travel/current

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Keremeos Creek Wildfire

For up-to-date and accurate information regarding the Keremeos Creek Wildfire, please reference these official links:

View the August 6 Keremeos Creek Wildfire Community Bulletin Update here.

Real-time Conditions in Penticton

As this event progresses, we will be actively posting real-time Penticton visual updates from around the city to our our social media accounts.

August 4th, 12:51 pm – Video captured at Skaha Lake Beach

August 10th, 1:35 pm – Video captured at Marina Way Beach

To report a wildfire or irresponsible behaviour that could start a wildfire in British Columbia,
please call 1-800-663-5555 or (*5555 from a cell phone) as soon as possible. Information from the public is crucial to the effectiveness of the BC Wildfire Services response. 

Travel Updates and Information

Current public health measures:

The provincial health officer lifted all restrictions on personal gatherings, organized gatherings and events, nightclubs, bars and restaurants, exercise and fitness, and adult sports tournaments, and all capacity limits have returned to normal. 

Wearing masks in public indoor settings is not required by public health. Wearing a mask is a personal choice. Masks are encouraged on public transit and BC Ferries, but not required.  

Individual businesses and event organizers can choose to continue requiring masks on their premises. It’s important that we respect the choices of people, businesses and one another.

You must wear a mask in all health care settings, like vaccine clinics and hospitals.

For more details on the current public health measures, click here.

Highway closures and travel restrictions:

  • Please check Drive BC for an up-to-date list of the latest closures, events, restrictions and advisories

Air travel to BC:

There have been a series of adjustments to current federal border measures for Canada, representing the beginning of a phased easing of travel restrictions. 

  • Effective as of June 20, vaccination will no longer be a requirement for domestic and outbound travel/to board a plane or train in Canada.
  • All travellers are required to complete ArriveCan online or through the free mobile app before entry to Canada.
  • Fully vaccinated travellers are no longer required to complete a pre-entry test for travel to Canada.
  • The Government of Canada has temporarily suspended mandatory random arrival testing at all airports for travellers who qualify as fully vaccinated.
  • Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travellers entering Canada will continue to be tested with a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival and on day 8 while they quarantine for 14 days.
  • Children ages 5-11 do not require a COVID-19 test to enter Canada if they are accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult.
  • Pre-entry tests are still required for partially vaccinated or unvaccinated travellers ages 12 and up.

Click here for more information on travel requirements for vaccinated travellers.

For more information on requirements around travelling in and out of BC, click here.

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 here.

Read important updates on highway restrictions and advisories:

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

Situated between two large fresh water lakes, ample green space, local wildlife, an abundance of wineries, vineyards and orchards, and never ending trails to explore, it is no wonder travellers choose to visit Penticton. But in order to ensure Penticton remains beautiful we ask you respect and care for the land, the people and our way of life during your stay.

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 when possible
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Support local, dine at the local restaurants, book an activity or a tour, and find a unique accommodation
  • Plan ahead and book activities, accommodation, dining reservations, wine tastings and experiences in advance. Review the booking and cancellation policies
  • Respect the people, businesses, and communities you visit, and respect the safety procedures enacted by the businesses you visit
  • Respect local wildlife. Pack out what you pack in and dispose of waste properly
  • If you encounter wildlife during your adventures, please remember to keep your distance and recognize that you are a visitor to their home
  • Remember that delays and disruptions can happen at any time of year. Take your time, take care of each other, and practice patience
  • 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

Hours:
Monday to Sunday
9:00am – 5:00pm

Penticton Visitor Centre
Peach Location

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

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

Tips for Being Safe While Participating in Outdoor Activities

  • Always check the current weather conditions and weather alerts along your planned journey before heading out
  • Plan your travel route, let someone know where you’re going and when
  • Be sun safe. Apply sunscreen, wear a brimmed hat and sunglasses
  • Bring water
  • Know the terrain and conditions
  • Practice low-risk activities and recreation
  • Fuel your body before heading outside and pack an additional nutritious snack and water to take along
  • Pack in and pack out. Do not leave anything behind
  • Be aware of ticks. Stick to cleared paths and trails, tuck in all clothing, including pants into socks, and use insect repellant containing DEET. When leaving tick country, check all clothing, skin and hair for ticks, and always check your pets for ticks
  • Dress warmly or pack an extra layer if staying overnight or camping
  • 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

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