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ROAD CLOSURES & BC WILDFIRE INFORMATION

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.

TRAVEL UPDATES
  • November 19: The BC Government issued an emergency order to restrict non-essential travel along the following severely affected highways:
    • Highway 99: from the junction of Highway 99 and Lillooet River Road to the BC Hydro Seton Lake Campsite access in Lillooet. Only passenger vehicles and commercial vehicles up to 14,500 kilograms will be permitted.
    • Highway 3: from the junction of Highway 5 and Highway 3 in Hope to the west entrance to Princeton from Highway 3.
    • Highway 7: from the junction of Highway 7 and Highway 9 in Agassiz to the junction of Highway 7 and Highway 1 in Hope.
    As the backlog of essential traffic clears, restrictions on essential travel can be eased.
  • November 17th: Parts of British Columbia have been impacted by heavy rain and flooding. Drivers are being asked to avoid any unnecessary travel in BC after the severe weather incidents in recent days that led to multiple highway closures throughout the province. Please check DriveBC for the latest information on delays and road closures.
  • The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has confirmed that given the current situation in BC, travellers who must transit through the United States to get to their residence in Canada are exempt from the COVID-19 pre-arrival test, the test in Canada, and quarantine requirements. Pre-existing exemptions within the Orders in Council (OIC) can be applied to travellers in this situation:
    Exemption – Pre-Arrival Test – By Land S1.T2.I20: A person who enters Canada to return to their habitual place of residence in Canada after carrying out everyday functions that, due to geographical constraints, necessarily involve entering the United States
    Exemption – Quarantine S2.T1.I14: A person who enters Canada to return to their habitual place of residence in Canada after carrying out everyday functions that, due to geographical constraints, necessarily involve entering the United States
    Exemption – Test in Canada S2.T2.I14: A person who enters Canada to return to their habitual place of residence in Canada after carrying out everyday functions that, due to geographical constraints, necessarily involve entering the United States
  • As of October 30, 2021, all travellers aged 12 and older taking flights leaving Canadian airports must be fully vaccinated before boarding.
  • Fully vaccinated international travellers (including American citizens and permanent residents living in the USA) can now enter Canada for leisure travel. Find out if you can enter Canada here.
  • 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: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/info/restart
  • 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%.

 

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: https://www.hellobc.com/know-before-you-go

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.

 

COVID-19 INFORMATION

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.

 

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