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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information and Resources for Travellers

Travel Advisory – Updated June 15, 2021

BC is currently in Step 2 of the BC Restart Plan. During Step 2, recreational travel within British Columbia is permitted.

Travellers from other provinces are welcome to visit BC in Step 3.

View the details of BC’s Restart Plan and the current travel guidance in British Columbia.

Whistler is open and we are excited to welcome visitors back to the resort!


Whistler's Doors Open Directory

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Public Health guidance to prevent community transmission of COVID-19:

  • Stay home if you have any symptoms, however mild, and get tested if your symptoms are consistent with COVID-19.
  • Practise physical distancing and wear a mask.
  • Wash your hands often.

What You Need To Know: Whistler

  • British Columbians are invited to visit Whistler! Recreational travel within British Columbia is permitted during Step 2 of the Restart Plan. Learn more on the Government of British Columbia’s website.

  • Whistler Blackcomb is now open for summer operations, including sightseeing on the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola and the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. COVID-19 safety protocols are in place and face coverings remain mandatory in all lift lines, restaurants, patios and shops. Reservations to access the mountains are not required this summer. See their Commitment to Safety for Sightseeing and the Bike Park.

  • Please review Whistler's Doors Open Directory to see what businesses are open in Whistler and to learn how they have modified their operations in response to COVID-19.

  • The Whistler Visitor Centre is open from 9 AM to 5 PM on weekends only. Alternatively, guests can call Call 1.800.944.7853 or use the Ask Whistler mobile chat service to speak with a Whistler.com agent who can answer questions and provide resort information.

  • For information about municipal facilities and programs in Whistler, such as Meadow Park Sports Centre and the Whistler Public Library, visit the Resort Municipality of Whistler's website at whistler.ca/covid19.

  • Anyone with health questions or symptoms related to COVID-19 should use the COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool or call 8-1-1 to speak to a health care professional. Anyone in Whistler requiring non-emergent care can contact the Whistler Virtual Walk-In Clinic or call the Whistler Health Care Centre at 604.932.4911.

For a complete overview of Whistler’s response to COVID-19, please visit whistler.ca/covid19.

Visit the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) website for information about COVID-19 case counts and community vaccination rates. Whistler is located in the Howe Sound Community Health Services Area.

What You Need To Know: British Columbia

View the details of BC’s Restart Plan and the current travel guidance in British Columbia.

  • BC is currently in Step 2 of the Restart Plan and recreational travel is now permitted within all of British Columbia. View details on the Government of British Columbia’s website.

  • There is no quarantine requirement for domestic travellers upon arrival in British Columbia; however, Canadians should be avoiding all non-essential travel to BC until Step 3 of the BC Restart Plan.

  • The Canadian border remains closed to international leisure and recreational travellers. See What You Need to Know: Canada for further information.

  • Masks are required for everyone in all public indoor settings and workplaces in British Columbia. This includes retail stores, restaurants and common areas in hotels. Learn more.

  • Indoor and outdoor dining for groups of up to six people (not restricted to your household bubble) is permitted during Step 2 of the BC Restart Plan and liquor can be served until midnight.

  • Please consult the BC Parks website for information regarding provincial parks in the Whistler area, including COVID-19 updates and operational statuses. Visitors are encouraged to do their research and plan ahead.

  • Some BC Parks, including Garibaldi Provincial Park, Joffre Lakes Park and the Stawamus Chief Park, require Day-Use passes due to high visitor volumes. Passes are free and can be reserved online beginning at 7 AM, one day in advance of your planned visit.

  • Night clubs are currently closed in British Columbia and will reopen in Step 3 of the Restart Plan.

  • Visit the Destination BC website for additional information about travelling within British Columbia.

For a complete overview of BC’s response to COVID-19, visit the BC government’s website.

What You Need To Know: Canada

  • The Canadian border remains closed to international leisure and recreational travellers, including those who have been vaccinated. See the Canadian Border Services Agency website for details.

  • Essential international travel over the Canadian border is permitted, however, anyone who arrives from outside of Canada must quarantine for 14 days. Either before or upon arrival, travellers must provide a quarantine plan for federal officials to review. Not respecting the mandatory requirements is a serious offence with consequences and penalties.

  • Effective February 15, 2021, anyone arriving in Canada via a land border crossing with the United States will have to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result. Travellers must have received the negative result within 72 hours.

  • Important information for air travellers (these requirements also apply to Canadian nationals looking to return home from abroad):
    ◦ Air travellers 5 years of age or older are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result to the airline prior to boarding international flights bound for Canada;
    ◦ Air travellers are required to take a COVID-19 molecular test upon arrival in Canada at their own cost, and;
    ◦ Air travellers are required to reserve a room in a Government of Canada-approved hotel for up to three nights at their own cost while they wait for their test results.
    ◦ Travellers with negative test results must complete their 14-day quarantine at home under increased surveillance and enforcement.
    ◦ Travellers with positive test results will be transferred to designated quarantine facilities.

  • Only four Canadian airports are currently accepting international flights, including Vancouver International Airport, Toronto Pearson International, Montréal-Trudeau International Airport and Calgary International Airport.

  • A global travel advisory is in effect and Canadians have been instructed to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada.

  • Visit the Government of Canada’s website for additional information about travel restrictions, exemptions and advice.

For a full overview of Canada’s response to COVID-19, visit Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Canada’s Response.

In Whistler, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) is the official health authority. Anyone with questions about COVID-19 or public health in Whistler is encouraged to consult the Vancouver Coastal Health website.

We will keep this page updated as changes occur. Last update: June 15, 2021.