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Travelling to Campbell River

The Government of British Columbia has introduced updated restrictions around essential travel. As of May 25th, British Columbians are allowed to travel within their health zone. 

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Like you, we’re passionate about exploring BC and Campbell River, but now is not the time to travel outside of your Health Zone; stay in your region and support your local businesses.⁠ 

Recreational travel within your Health Zone is now allowed, however, Province-wide, provincial health orders remain in place for British Columbia and will remain in place until further notice, including travel restrictions for all non-essential travel between provincial travel regions. We support and appreciate the work being done to manage COVID-19 and advise travellers to follow public health recommendations and guidelines. 

We look forward to welcoming visitors from outside our region when the time is right.⁠ Do your part now, so we can all explore Vancouver Island again later. In the meantime, find the official links below for the most up-to-date information.

For travel updates in British Columbia, please visit Destination BC’s traveller resource guide and read about the current province-wide restrictions here.

Let’s work together to protect each other so that we can have a season of exploration and memories!

Travelling to Campbell River Safely in 2021
  1. All accommodators, restaurants, shops, and stores are implementing provincially approved guidelines for cleaning and physical distancing to keep staff and patrons safe. All locations require masks for entry – so be sure to pack extras!

  2. 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. book with confidence! 

  3. 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.
    we always say it’s better to be over-prepared than to be caught under-prepared. 

  4. when the time is right for our community to have you visit you better believe that we have the resources to help make your trip memorable. 
    >> Case in point – the Campbell river collection app the ideal exploration sidekick tool to make the most of your trip here. 

Here’s what we’re asking of you before arrival

If you or anyone in your travelling group has been sick in the previous week or have flu-like symptoms, PLEASE RESCHEDULE your trip.

  • We share these lands with eight Indigenous communities, and we are all concerned about protecting the elders. Any community transmission could seriously jeopardize their way of life, language, and generational connections. Please help us keep our community members safe and healthy.
  • NOW IS NOT the time to travel if you have or recently had ANY FLU-like symptoms.
  • 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.

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 selection of organic and food-sensitive products.

make a reservation or order takeout/delivery for local restaurants. 

  •  Restaurants, bars, cafes, and pubs, have limited the amount of seating to allow for social distancing. 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.

Book your activities in advance.

  •  Our local tourism businesses are doing their very best to provide guests with stellar experiences in these challenging times. Please connect directly with operators in advance and they’ll help plan together with you.
    We only want positive memories for you in Campbell River and the region.
    Discover More HERE

Bring your own personal protective equipment (ie hand sanitizer and mask).

  • As per BC Provincial Health Orders, masks are required in many indoor public settings and all retail stores (full list of places found here) and are encouraged to be worn when physical distancing may become a challenge.

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

Accommodation

Many of our local accommodation providers have gone above and beyond to ensure proper protocol is in place, with your safety in mind. Operators of hotels, motels, hostels, inns, bed and breakfasts, and other forms of travel accommodation refer to the BC Hotel Association Tourism & Hospitality COVID-19 Health & Safety Best Practices, you can review this document and ask questions when you book your stay. 

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

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/ 

Bus Travel 

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. 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Camping

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 a 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 FAQs on how to prepare to camp during COVID-19. https://www.travel-british-columbia.com/travel-resources/covid-19-news-and-faqs/

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.   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 open at Big Rock and McIvor Lake.

Elk Falls Provincial Park & Strathcona Provincial Park 

Elk Falls Provincial Park 

Elk Falls Provincial Park is open for day use and The Quinsam Campground is open for camping. 

Canyon View Trail: This beautiful looping trail is currently open. 

The Elk Falls Suspension Bridge – Is open to the public.

The Millennium Trail – Is open to the public.

To Find out more about Elk Falls Park click here 

Strathcona Provincial Park 
  • Strathcona Provincial Park is 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. 

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