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Road and Wildfire Information

Before you head out on your road trip, be sure to check with DriveBC for any information on road closures or construction. Summer is also a time when wildfires can start. If you see a wildfire on your travels call *5555 on your cellphone or 1-800-663-5555. Information can be found on the BC Wildfire Service website.

Emergency Info BC & Central Okanagan

Information about emergencies in BC, including evacuation orders and alerts

Information about emergencies in the Central Okanagan, including evacuation orders and alerts

Air Quality and Web Cams

Web Cam Link to Hwy 97 looking towards the north.
Web Cam Link to downtown Kelowna.

Air Quality Index for the Central Okanagan.

You can find important updates on BC travel here:

BC’s Restart: A plan to bring us back together

BC’s Restart is a careful, four-step plan to bring B.C. back together and on July 1st it was announced that we have entered into Step 3 of BC’s Restart Plan. Now we can gradually begin to restart our important social connections, businesses and activities. Getting vaccinated is the most important tool supporting our restart.


August 25, 2021 update
  • As of August 25, masks must be worn in all indoor public spaces throughout BC to help slow the transmission of COVID-19.
  • Starting September 13, proof of vaccination will be required in BC to attend certain social and recreational events, including indoor ticketed sporting events, indoor and outdoor patio dining at restaurants, fitness centres, casinos and indoor organized events including conferences and weddings. As of September 13, people accessing these spaces will need to provide proof of one vaccine dose and by October 24, entry to these places will require two doses. Find out more information here.
  • Full details on BC’s Restart Plan can be found at:
  • Local businesses are doing their part to support the ongoing public health response and have public health and safety plans in place and will continue to refine them as needed. We ask that people have patience and be kind when visiting businesses and attractions as staffing levels may not be back to 100%.



Visit Westside and the Westbank Museum, the contractor for the West Kelowna Visitor Centre, are committed to the safety of visitors to our community and the staff members who work at the Visitor Centre. With the increase in Covid-19 cases in the province, it is important to keep up with the orders that have been put in place by the Public Health Officer.

For the latest Provincial Heath orders please visit the Government of British Columbia’s website.

You can find the West Kelowna Visitor Centre & Westbank Museum Covid-19 Safety Plan here.