COVID-19 Info

Be Calm. Be Kind. Be Safe.

Welcome to the Nelson and Kootenay Lake region. We are a four-season destination with something for pretty much every one. Throughout the pandemic we stood strong, together, and responded to the needs of locals and travellers, and we are #stillawesome. Come enjoy, explore and find awesome! 


Effective , all COVID-19 border requirements, including vaccination, mandatory use of ArriveCAN, and any testing and quarantine/isolation requirements will end for all travellers entering Canada whether by land, air or sea.

For more information on current federal border measures and requirements, including crossing the border via car, please visit the Government of Canada website here.

Old information prior to October 1, 2022 - we have left it up for now, just in case it is needed again

  • BC Provincial and Regional restrictions  MORE INFO
  • Border Requirements for entering Canada MORE INFO
  • Interior Health regulates our region and has orders in place and are enforceable MORE INFO

  • Proof of Vaccination requirements MORE INFO

  • Find out if you can enter Canada MORE INFO

  • ArriveCAN is an accessible APP to help travellers coming into Canada. MORE INFO

  • Canadians departing Canada need to be aware of requirements to depart and to return. See CDC website for MORE INFO

  • COVID-19 TESTING is available locally at Kaslo PharmacRemedy's in Nelson and Pharmasave. Other testing sites are at airports in Kelowna (Whitecap), Vancouver (LifeLabs) and Calgary (Numi Health).

  • Dial 811 if you are not feeling well and they will discuss your symptoms. You can call 1-877-740-7747 or Book a Test online 

  • Know Before You Go - Info Sheet for local travel protocols. And remember, we operate on Kootenay Time, so chill, relax and enjoy. 




S - STAY HOME if you are not feeling well.
M - MEASURE your physical distancing and take responsibility for your actions.
A - APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOUR is essential: stay in your vehicle when on the ferry, cough into your sleeve, wear a mask in public, wash hands regularly, and travel in small, familiar groups.
R - RESPECT the protocols and culture of our area. Accept the new ways of travelling, which are put in place to keep ALL of us safe. Be kind to other people, do not judge, do not alienate or discriminate because of their choices. You do not know their situation, and until you do, compassion will be your most valuable action.
T - TOGETHER through SMART choices, we can all enjoy this amazing region.

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