COVID-19 Travel Info

Be Calm. Be Kind. Be Safe.

Like you, we’re passionate about exploring British Columbia and the Nelson & Kootenay Lake region. Our local businesses are working hard following recommended provincial guidelines, orders and industry best practices. The health and safety of you, our visitors, and our community are our number one priority.

~ Refer to our Responsible Travel page and Know Before You Go - Info Sheet for local travel protocols. And remember, we operate on Kootenay Time, so chill, relax and enjoy. ~

Travel Notice

September 14, 2021 - The hot springs at Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort are reopened to the public, and will require proof of vaccination as defined by the BC government. 

September 8, 2021 -  BC Vaccine Card for entry into certain spaces and venues. Enforcement will start on September 13, 2021. To verify proof of vaccine click here.

August 21, 2021 - protocol changes across the Interior Health Region

  • Masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces for people 12 years and older.
  • Low-intensity indoor group exercise is permitted to a maximum 10 people per class. High intensity indoor group exercise is not permitted.
  • Outdoor group exercise is permitted up to 50 people per class. Effective Monday, Aug. 23 at 8 a.m.
  • Gatherings in vacation rentals are limited to five guests or one additional household. • Indoor personal gatherings are limited to ten guests or one other household.
  • Outdoor personal gatherings (e.g. birthday parties, backyard BBQs, block parties) are limited to no more than 50 people.
  • Organized indoor gatherings (e.g. weddings, funerals, seated events) are limited to 50 people, and outdoors gatherings are limited to 100 people, both requiring a COVID-19 safety plan. 

August 9, 2021 - Fully vaccinated Americans can enter as of August 9 and fully vaccinated visitors from other countries who meet the entry criteria can enter 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

If you are departing Canada by air you will need a COVID-19 test at one of the International Airports. The nearest airports are: Kelowna, Calgary, Vancouver, Cranbrook.

June 15, 2021 - " BC's Restart is a careful, four-step plan focused on protecting people and safely getting life back to normal." As of June 15th, British Columbians can travel across all of BC. 

We look forward to welcoming you soon. Stay well. Find Awesome, Again!





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.

What's Open

Use our Listing & Map tool with special Filters to see what is open and where it is located in the region. Discover where to dine, patios, take-out, in-store shopping, online, wheelchair accessible, cuisine type, and more.

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Lists of what is open is also available below, but may not be as up-to-date and informative as the Listing & Map tool.

  • Crawford Bay Market
  • Gill & Gift - Balfour
  • Kaslo Pump
  • Kokanee Marina - Balfour
  • Husky - Kaslo and Nelson
  • Lardeau Valley Service
  • Petro Can-7/11 - Nelson 
  • Shell Gas and Food Bar - Nelson
  • Taghum Shell Gas-Food Store and Liquor Outlet
  • The Lakeview - East Shore 
  • Wholesale Club Gas Bar - Nelson
  • 12 Mile Storage
  • 9dot Engineering Inc. 
  • A&A Painting Ltd
  • Adele's Cleaning Service
  • Aisha Mulhall Art Lessons
  • Alexander G Metcalf
  • All Accounts Organizational Services
  • Ambler Apparel
  • Andex Rentals
  • Andrea Wilson Acupuncture
  • Apple Tree Maternity
  • Avatar Computer Training
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Beyond the Fringe Hair Salon
  • Bibby Orthodontics
  • Big Cranium Design
  • Blissful Bookkeeping
  • Bluegum & Maple Consulting Inc.
  • BlueTree Mortgages WEST Dominion Lending Centres
  • Bookkeeping by Louise
  • Bowick Electric
  • Bryceland Psychological
  • Business Development Bank of Canada
  • CapServCo Limited Partnership
  • CDE Ventures Ltd
  • CGW Plumbing & Heating Ltd.
  • CIBC   
  • CIBC Wood Gundy
  • Coleman Properties Ltd
  • Collabo Consulting
  • Comfort Zone Heating & Air Conditioning Ltd
  • Cover Architectural Collaborative Inc.
  • Covet Interiors
  • Dan Maglio Contracting Co
  • Dark Horse Innovations
  • Davidson Communications Services
  • DHC Communications
  • Diana Haschke Chartered Accountant
  • Dr. Fred Pockrass DDS
  • Dr. Kimberley O'Brien
  • Dr. Steve Tucker Chiropractic
  • Dreamline Designworks
  • Drop Group
  • EffiStruc Consulting
  • Ellenwood Homes
  • Erickson Enterprises
  • FLFE Innovations Corp
  • Glacier View Glass Ltd
  • GLB Services Corporated
  • Glenys Takala Studio & Gallery
  • Graham Jones Photography
  • Greenlight Communications
  • H&R Block
  • Hall Printing
  • Harrison Construction
  • Hive Home Inspections
  • Hollis Wealth
  • Innov8 Digital Solutions Inc.
  • Interior Vaccum - phone
  • Investors Group Financial Services Ltd.
  • J Brand Painting
  • Jolene Shkooratoff Law 
  • Joyful Life Coaching
  • Kanata International ltd.
  • Karen & Chuck Bennett
  • Karin Gavac
  • Kenneth Nicholls
  • Keystone Appraisals Inc.
  • Koocanusa Publications
  • Kootenay Currency Exchanage
  • Kootenay Filter Inc.
  • Kootenay Industrial Supply
  • Kootenay Insurance Services Ltd.
  • Kootenay Interiors Ltd.
  • Kootenay Lake Electric
  • Kootenay Lake Painting
  • Kootenay Woodstoves & Alternative Heating Ltd.
  • Legal Shield
  • Life Passages
  • Lordco
  • Love 2 Play Dog Training
  • Lucas Hart Financial Services Inc.
  • MacLeod Nine Consultants
  • Main Jet Motorsports
  • Mandala Custom Homes
  • Matrix Industries
  • Maureen Negraeff RE/MAX RHC Realty
  • Mel B Digital
  • Michael Hoher Coaching & Training
  • Moda Partners
  • Mountain Mac Solutions
  • NPA Auto Parts
  • Nasmyth Morrow & Bogusz
  • Nelson & District Credit Union
  • Nelson Box Office and Copy Cetre
  • Nelson Remedy's RX
  • Nelson Star
  • Nelson Toyota
  • New Ground Immigration Services
  • Opening to Grace Consulting
  • Paradise Painters
  • Patti A Foster
  • Pedego Canada
  • Pearkes & Fernandez Law Firm
  • Pinnacle Professional Accounting Corporation
  • Porter Property Management
  • Prism Engineering
  • Ramm Custom Build Ltd
  • Repair Factory
  • Rice & Company LLP
  • RioCan
  • Robert Kozlowski
  • Robot Spider Clothing and Screenworks
  • Rokform Solutions Ltd.
  • Royal Bank of Canada
  • Salmo Outdoor Store
  • Samurai Hardwood Flooring
  • Secure By Design Technology Inc.
  • Sensible Solutions
  • Septen Financial Ltd.
  • Silverton Building Supplies
  • Small Geek Marketing
  • SMRT1 Technologies Ltd
  • Somerson Design Build
  • Speedpro Signs 
  • Stanley Office of Architeture
  • Stanley Street Studio 
  • Strand & Godfrey Appraisals Ltd.
  • Sutherland & Associates Financial Services Ltd
  • Sweet Mountain Pottery
  • Sweetwater Promotional Solution
  • Symbiosis Massage Therapy
  • Taylor Wilton
  • Teamwork Media Lab
  • Telus Communitcations Inc.
  • Terratherma Heating Ltd.
  • The Nelson Daily
  • The Right Touch Auto Detailing
  • Thompson Funeral Service
  • Tu-dor
  • Turtle Mountain Developments Ltd.
  • UpWard Styles
  • Valley Voice 
  • Watson & Company
  • Wharfhouse Business Services Ltd.
  • White LeBlanc Wealth Planners - Hollis Wealth
  • Wylee Works Inc/ AAA Tree Works
  • Your Retirment Path
  • ZAP Welding
  • BC211 - nonprofit organization that specializes in providing information regarding community, government and social services in BC. or call 211.
  • Ad. Venture Creative‎, by phone 905-922-0945
  • Alliance Church, Need Help?/Can Help? 250-265-2222
  • Anderson’s Gas
  • Arrow & Slocan Lakes Community Services, call 250-265-3674. Better at Home 250 265 8747
  • Arrow Lakes Aggregate, 250-265-4615
  • BC Liquor Store (11:00 to 6:00 Monday to Saturday, to 7:00 pm on Friday). No reusable bags, no empty returns.
  • Betty’z Edje Boutique, store closed, but PM on FB for requests/info.
  • Bon Marche Dollar Dollar, 250-265-3644
  • Caribou Creek Market Gardens, Firehall & farmgate sales at 235 Clark in Burton
  • Chumley's, take-out 4:00 to 7:00 Tuesday (Halibut)
  • CIBC 10:00 to 1:00 Monday to Friday, appointments by phone.
  • Crescent Bay Construction, 250-265-3747
  • Dave's Plumbing, 250-265-2113
  • Dobson, Tanner Dental (open for emergencies one day every two weeks or so)
  • Dogsense Boutique, Closed, but call 250-265-8301 if you need food.
  • Food Bank (Fridays 10:00 to Noon), special procedures.
  • Frank’s General Store (08:00-7:00 pm)
  • Garbage dump is open Monday (0900 to 12:30), Wednesday & Saturday (0900 to 4:00 pm). No fee, but only household garbage, no big stuff. “Only waste that has the risk of attracting pests or going rancid should be brought for disposal.” Check with RDCK for commercial loads.
  • General Store, 10:00 to 2:00 & can call at other times.
  • H&R Block (drop-offs only)
  • Heritage Nursery. Opening, date TBA.
  • Hewat Wilf Open for parts & service, 250-265-4388
  • Hilltop Convenience Store -- now offering a delivery option. Get your order in before 10:00 pm the night before and Hilltop will deliver the next morning (Monday to Friday). 250-265-4662.
  • Home Grown Market 250-265-3188
  • Home Hardware 09:30 to 5:00 Monday to Saturday (Building Centre 08:30 to 4:30)
  • Hoss & Jill's closed but will offer pickup of "meat packages" (see separate post)
  • Hub International Insurance 250-265-3631 (By phone or appointment only)
  • Intentional Peasant (Andy H.) will be at the Firehall Saturdays (along with eggs from Forest).
  • JC's Pest Control, 250-265-4304
  • Jennifer Chocolates, 10:00 to 5:00, some local deliveries, some shipping 250-265-1799
  • KAL Tire
  • KSCU - Tuesday to Saturday, (09:30 to 2:30). But beginning April 14th (10:00 to 1:00, with the first hour for Seniors)
  • Leland, now back with take-out 4:00 to 8:00 every day! Also Dan is available for off sales, Noon to 11:00 pm. 250-265-4221 
  • Marvin's Small Motor Repair, 250-265-4911
  • McCormack Farm. Eggs through Andy at the Saturday Market, meat by delivery only - free on orders over $50 from Burton to New Denver. Have orders in by Thursday evening at 9:00 250-265-8786
  • Men with Brooms, 250 265 4134
  • Nakusp Computers, ‪250-265-0129‬
  • Nakusp Esso, 250-265-3880
  • Nakusp General Store, Monday to Saturday from 10:00 – 2:00
  • Nakusp Heritage Nursery, soon
  • Nakusp Pharmachoice Monday to Friday (9:00-5:30) and 10:00-4:00 Saturdays. Also a delivery service. 250-265- 2228. Strict rules on number of people in store, distancing. Limit of 30-day supply.
  • Nakusp Tirecraft, open but best to call first 250-265-4438
  • Nakusp Taxi 250-265-8222
  • Nakusp Veterinary Clinic 10:00 to 4:00, (250) 265-4442
  • Nakusp Work BC Centre “is now servicing clients virtually as well. No use of Client computers and Counselors will be doing telephone and email communications.”
  • NAPA (12:00 to 3:00 pm, Monday to Friday)
  • New Moon Tea Co., taking orders, pickup 
  • North Nakusp Automotive
  • Paddy Shack Tuesday to Saturday, 11:30 to 7:00
  • Post Office (reduced hours, now 0930 to 4:00, Monday to Friday)
  • Provincial Court postponed to June 18
  • Robertson Memorial United Church 250-265-3362, Please leave a message.
  • RollingMoss, handcrafted concentrated laundry powder, etc., pickup/delivery, (250) 265-1897
  • Royal LePage Selkirk Realty Easter Draw has gone on-line. Guess the number of eggs win a big Easter basket.
  • Saddleback Church. Need help/Can Help (supplies/assistance) -
  • Save-On (7:00 to 8:00 am set aside for Seniors, handicapped).
  • Shon’s, re-opened with COVID-19 protocol. Tuesday-Saturday 9-5:30. We still also offer pick up and drop off services.
  • Spiritwood, Monday - Saturday, 10:30 - 5:30
  • TastyTimes Vegan Eatery, delivery option, can order online or 250-265-8952
  • The Hut, 11:30 to 7:00 pm
  • Touch of Fashion, 10:00 to 2:00 or call 250-265-1940
  • Treasure Trove
  • Valley Foods 08:00 to 8:00 pm
  • Valley of the Springs Winery free delivery in Nakusp, need ID
  • Village of Nakusp services (garbage, recycling) remain as usual. The annual Community Cleanup is set for the first two weeks of May (pile your twigs, leaves, grass, clippings etc. on the boulevard or adjacent to the laneway).

+ Canadian Border

The Canadian border remains closed for recreational tourism, so we are asking our international visitors to dream now and explore our region 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.

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