Know Before You Go
Travelling safely and being informed is key to a happy holiday. Following protocols, knowing border details, and road & ferry closures or delays are essential. Check out the links below to be as informed as possible when travelling in the region.
Welcoming International Travellers
We look forward to welcoming back fully vaccinated American visitors as of August 9, and fully vaccinated visitors from other countries who meet the entry criteria starting September 7. If they meet the entry criteria, fully vaccinated travellers will not have to quarantine upon arrival to Canada. Find out if you can enter Canada, here.
Our local businesses are working hard to stay open and provide their amazing services, while following provincial guidelines, orders and industry best practices. The health and safety of our visitors and our community is our number one priority.
Visit BeCovidSMART to learn more about the region and travel protocols during the pandemic. While visiting, Be safe. Be kind.
- BC Wildfire Service
- Interactive Wildfire Map
- Emergency MapBC
- Air Quality Health Index (Castlegar is our closest point of reference)
- Campfire bans and restrictions
- Firesmoke.ca shows weather patterns of smoke in Canada
- Report wildfires to *5555 on a cell or 1 800 663-5555 toll-free.
- Be Prepared BC - 3 steps
Roads & Highways
- Check DriveBC for closures or delays - including on the Kootenay Lake Ferry.
- Webcams through DriveBC
- Travel Advisories - TranBC
- TranBC_WestKoot local highway updates for the West Kootenay region - Twitter
- Environment Canada - resource for latest weather information, alerts, and air quality advisories.
- Flood Warnings and Advisories
- Snow Conditions and Water Supply Bulletins
- RDCK (Regional District of Central Kootenay) local news and updates
- Sign Up for the RDCK Emergency Notification System
- Emergency Resources from Destination BC
- Destination BC provincial travel information
- The Kaslo and Nelson Visitor Centres are also very knowledgeable resources. Please visit or contact them directly by phone:
Nelson 250-352-3433 | Kaslo 250-353-2525
To make the most of your holiday we encourage you to be awesome, so that we can continue to stay awesome, while you are finding awesome. Following some general travelling conduct will help us all enjoy the region, all year round, and in the years to come.
As protocols shift during COVID-19 please visit our BeCovidSmart page for more details, or visit the BC Ferry website . Lounge areas are open. BC Ferry Guidelines.
The Canadian border opens on August 9, 2021 for US travellers and September 7 for international travellers, at which point fully vaccinated travellers with a supporting negative COVID-19 test will be able to enter without quarantining for 14 days. There is no indication of a change in restrictions for unvaccinated travellers. Until these dates the border remains closed for international travel and we ask all our prospective visitors to wait until this time to visit.
See the Canadian Border Services Agency website for the latest updates.
Safe travels and if you have any questions, or comments about content on this page please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 250-352-7879.