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!
COVID-19 UPDATES FOR TRAVELLERS
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
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.
ADDITIONAL COVID INFORMATION
- BC CDC: Case Data
- BC COVID-19 Dashboard: Interior Health Region
- COVID-19 Statistics: Worldometers
- BC Travel Orders
- Interior Health Region
- BC Health Link Alerts
- BC COVID Vaccine Tracker
- Visitor Information Centre details: Nelson Visitor Centre, Kaslo Visitor Centre, Crawford Bay Visitor Centre
- Local travel Info and community resources visit our News page
- Hello BC: 10 Ways to Travel Safely and Responsibly
- Canada/US Border: See the Canadian Border Services Agency website for the latest updates
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.
Plan your Future Travels - Trip Ideas
For generations, Kootenay locals have taken great care of the wonder that you see around you. We hope that you will help us continue to do so.
Parks and Beaches
For a mountainous region, parks are plentiful and surprisingly large, and often lakeside for spectacular scenery and views. From green grass parks to protected provincial expanses, there's something for everyone.