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.
As of November 19, 2020 masks are mandatory in all workplaces and indoor settings, and all nonessential travel has been requested by the BC PHO to halt until December 7, 2020, or until this request has been lifted. We do encourage local citizens to continue to support local businesses through this pandemic as best they can. Together, let's keep everyone safe so we can continue to enjoy this amazing destination.
Passengers are requested to stay inside their vehicles for the duration of the trip. Lounge areas are closed unless access is requested and then it is restricted to a specific area on the vessel. As of April 5th Transport Canada instructed all Ferry Systems in BC to run at 50% reduced passengers. BC Ferry Guidelines during COVID.
The Canadian border remains closed for recreational tourism, so we are asking our international visitors to dream now and explore BC later when the time is right. While the border remains open for essential travel purposes, any visitor who arrives from outside of Canada must quarantine for 14 days.
While there is currently no date set for the reopening of the border, as soon as we know, we’ll share that info here. We look forward to welcoming you as soon as we can.
See the Canadian Border Services Agency website for the latest updates.
Know Before You Go
Travelling safely is key to a happy holiday. Following COVID-19 protocols and knowing road and ferry closures or delays are essential for everyone's safety. Check out these links to be as informed as possible when travelling in the region.
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
- Interactive Wildfire Map
- 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.
- Environment Canada - resource for latest weather information, alerts, and air quality advisories.
- RDCK (Regional District of Central Kootenay) local news and updates
- Sign Up for the RDCK Emergency Notification System
- Destination BC has a list of 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
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.