Travelling to Campbell River During Covid-19
Together we can all do our part to have fun and stay safe!
Over the coming weeks and months, as travel restrictions begin to ease during this active pandemic, Campbell River is preparing to find the balance of welcoming visitors back to the area while keeping our communities and region safe as we collectively move into Phase 3 of B.C’s restart plan.
We want the summer to be enjoyable for everyone, respecting the health guidelines set out by the province as well as physical distancing recommendations is key while in our shops, on our trails and beaches. We want you to be safe, and we want locals to be safe.
When you arrive at our community in the wild, our staff at the Campbell River Visitor Centre will be available to help with any of your questions and or concerns.
Our summer hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10 am-4:30 pm.
If you arrive outside of these hours feel free to reach out to us on our social channels, Instagram and Facebook.
We know you want to help keep Vancouver Island safe and, we want you to know that the Island is doing everything possible to keep you safe as well.
Let’s work together to protect each other, and have a summer of exploration and memories!
Here’s what we’re doing to protect you when you
come to the Campbell River and Strathcona Region:
All accommodators, restaurants, shops, and stores are implementing provincially approved guidelines for cleaning and physical distancing to keep staff and patrons safe.
All activity providers have created additional safety measures as well as implemented provincially approved guidelines for cleaning and physical distancing to keep staff and visitors safe.
Due to limited space and modified group sizes, please call ahead to activity providers to see if there are additional items you are required to bring in advance of your trip.
Here’s what we’re asking you
to do to help keep our
locals and staff safe:
If you or anyone in your traveling group has been sick in the previous week or have flu-like symptoms, PLEASE RESCHEDULE your trip.
- While we have a state of the art hospital we service a huge region along with providing critical care for our North Island communities. We have 8 indigenous communities that are anxious to protect their elders. Any community transmission could seriously jeopardize their way of life, language, and generational connections.
- NOW IS NOT the time to travel if you have or recently had ANY FLU like symptoms.
Only ONE person from your group to get groceries (and alcohol) or order them in advance.
- Shopping in your community beforehand (if possible) will ensure you have what you need upon arrival while lessening the need to go to multiple stores within the community.
- Healthyway Natural Foods Market has an extensive amount of organic and food sensitive products.
Book your activities in advance.
- As all companies have adapted to maintain social/physical distancing, smaller groups will be required. Booking in advance will prevent a missed opportunity to get out on the water, catch a heli-flight or zipline at Mount Washington. We only want positive memories for you in Campbell River and region. Discover More HERE
Bring your own personal protective equipment (ie hand sanitizer and mask).
- As noted by both federal and BC provincial health officers, both are encouraging everyone to start wearing masks when physical distancing may become a challenge.
- Most stores and activity providers will have sanitizer at the entrance of their respective businesses, but just in case, have a small travel pack on you. Shelter Point Distillery and most stores are selling hand sanitizer.
make a reservation or order takeout/delivery for local restaurants.
- Restaurants will have limited seating. By making a reservation or ordering takeout/ delivery you won’t miss out on amazing meals and this will provide you with the flexibility of dining in town. They will each have their own rules to follow.
Businesses that are open (Scroll to Food & Beverage)
Public spaces: Parks and Beaches in Campbell River.
- Currently, Parks and green spaces in our city such as the Rotary Sea walk and the Tyee Spit are open. However, playgrounds and sports facilities remain closed. For more information about municipal parks click here.
- Beaches at McIvor Lake, Stories Beach & Saratoga Beach are currently open, but visitors are encouraged to be self-sufficient and to bring their own hand sanitizer, garbage bags, chairs and to pack out what they bring to these areas.
- Boat Launches – City boat launches are currently open at Big Rock and McIvor Lake.
Elk Falls Provincial Park & Strathcona Provincial Park.
Elk Falls Provincial Park
Elk Falls Provincial Park is partially open for day use. The Quinsam Campground is open for camping.
- Canyon View Trail: This beautiful looping trail is currently open.
- The Elk Falls Suspension Bridge and Upper Day Use trails are currently closed – re-opening of this area is scheduled for July 1st
- The Millennium Trail is currently closed, re-opening on July 1st
To Find out More about current restrictions within the Elk Falls Park click here
Strathcona Provincial Park
- Strathcona Provincial Park is currently open for day use and camping. (With a few exceptions).
Considerations When Visiting our Provincial Parks
- Keep a healthy space of 2 meters between you (or your family group) and others, including on all trails, parking lots, and washrooms.
- Be self-sufficient by bringing your own clean travel kit, including hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, garbage bags, etc.
- You are responsible for your own safety. Be cautious when engaging in activities to avoid injury and/or getting lost to help minimize the demands placed on emergency response, search and rescue teams, and on the health care system.
- Social Distancing is still strongly recommended by the BC Health Authority, we recommend only exploring the parks with members of your household. Remember to be considerate when sharing trails; stay 6ft apart from other hikers, step off the trail if necessary, and communicate with other parties. Greeting other hikes with a smile and a wave is strongly encouraged!
- If you can, consider exploring the parks away from peak times. Visit on a weekday or in the early morning or evening. This will help prevent large crowds from gathering in the parks.
- PLEASE keep your dog on a leash at all times while in the park.
Discover how our businesses and community are working to ensure you have a Stress-Free holiday.
City of Campbell River
For the current COVID-19 plan for the City of Campbell River, please go to https://www.campbellriver.ca/covid19/home
Hotels and resorts are included in Phase 3 of BC’s Restart Plan and interim guidance is available for the accommodation sector. Operators of hotels, motels, hostels, inns, bed and breakfasts, and other forms of travel accommodation are encouraged to refer to the interim guidance document from the Province of BC and BC Centre for Disease Control and the BC Hotel Association Tourism & Hospitality COVID-19 Health & Safety Best Practice document.
Pacific Coastal Airlines
Pacific Coastal Airlines has resumed flights and implemented increased safety measures for their passengers while travelling on their planes. Go to https://www.pacificcoastal.com/additional-safety-measures/ for more information and to book your flight to Campbell River.
BC Ferries has resumed sailings and implemented increased safety measures for their passengers on their boats. Go to https://www.bcferries.com/current_conditions/travel-advisory.html for further sailing details. If you are planning to take a BC ferry to Quadra Island or Cortes Island please be cautious these are small communities. Check-in before heading out. http://ourcortes.com/ or http://www.quadraisland.ca/
The Island Link is currently operating on a reduced schedule with enhanced cleaning and safety protocol. All passengers are required to wear masks. For more information on their policies click here.
The Vancouver Island Connector has suspended operations until further notice.
Here in the Campbell River and Strathcona Region, we are lucky to have 5 Provincial Parks. BC Parks has given preferential access to BC residents for camping reservations. You can visit our camping page here for more information about parks in our area. And visit BC Parks for best practices while camping.
Campbell River is fortunate to have many private campgrounds in the area. When looking to book as site, please speak with your camping provider regarding their COVID-19 plan. The BC Lodges and Camping association also has answered questions found under their FAQ’s on how to prepare to camp during COVID-19. https://www.travel-british-columbia.com/travel-resources/covid-19-news-and-faqs/