Know Before You Go
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information and Resources for Travellers
Travel Advisory – Updated July 19, 2021
Whistler is open and we are excited to welcome visitors back to the resort!
BC is in Step 3 of the Restart Plan. During Step 3, travellers from across Canada are invited to visit BC.
The Canada-US border will re-open to fully vaccinated US travellers on August 9, 2021 and intends to re-open to fully vaccinated travellers from other international countries on September 7, 2021. Learn more on the Government of Canada’s website.
Know Before You Go: View the details of BC’s Restart Plan and the current travel guidance in British Columbia.
Whistler's Doors Open Directory
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.
- Mask wearing is recommended in indoor public spaces for all people 12 and older who are not yet fully vaccinated.
- Wash your hands often.
What You Need To Know: Whistler
- Travellers from across Canada are invited to visit Whistler.
- Health and safety remain top of mind in the resort. Please review Whistler's Doors Open Directory to learn how local businesses are upholding the highest of standards in health and safety for all. During Step 3 of the BC Restart Plan, businesses in British Columbia will be transitioning away from their COVID-19 Safety Plans to new health and safety practices. Thank you for your patience as we strive to keep this information as up to date as possible.
- Travel Tips: Visit midweek when the resort is quieter and to get the best deals. Please be patient and kind to staff as Whistler businesses work to increase their capacity to pre-pandemic service levels. For the best experience, arrive with a plan and make restaurant and activity reservations in advance.
- Whistler Blackcomb is open for summer operations, including sightseeing on the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola and the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Reservations to access the mountains are not required this summer and COVID-19 safety protocols are in place. See Whistler Blackcomb's Commitment to Safety for Sightseeing and the Bike Park for details.
- Summer construction projects in Whistler may affect vehicle access to some of your favourite spots. Visit whistler.ca/summer for up-to-date information.
- The Whistler Visitor Centre is open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM. 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.
- 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 in Step 3 of its Restart Plan. During Step 3, travellers from across Canada are invited to visit British Columbia.
- There is no quarantine requirement for domestic travellers upon arrival in British Columbia.
- The Canadian border remains closed for non-essential travel, including those who have been vaccinated. See What You Need to Know: Canada for further information.
- In BC, mask wearing is recommended in all indoor public spaces for people 12 and older who are not yet fully vaccinated.
- There is no group limit for indoor and outdoor dining at restaurants, pubs and bars in BC but socializing between tables continues to be restricted. (Note: some venues may continue to implement table limits).
- In Step 3, nightclubs in BC can operate with up to 10 people seated at tables, no socializing between tables and no dancing.
- Please consult the BC Parks website for information regarding provincial parks in the Whistler area. 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.
- Visit the Destination BC website for additional information about travelling within British Columbia, including tips for how to travel safely and responsibly this summer.
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 non-essential travellers, including those who have been vaccinated. See the Canadian Border Services Agency website for details.
- Beginning August 9, 2021, the Canada-US border will re-open to fully vaccinated travellers, and intends to re-open to fully vaccinated travellers from other international countries on September 7, 2021. Learn more on the Government of Canada’s website.
- Fully vaccinated travellers will not have to quarantine upon arrival in Canada, however, all travellers must still present a quarantine plan, and be prepared to quarantine, should they not meet all of the conditions required to be exempt from quarantine. View the Government of Canada’s website for details on quarantine and Covid-19 testing requirements.
- Not respecting Canada’s federally mandated testing and quarantine requirements is a serious offence with consequences and penalties.
- All travellers are encouraged to be fully informed of the pre-entry and on-arrival public health and testing requirements both federally and provincially. This includes the mandatory use of the ArriveCAN app.
- Only four Canadian airports are currently accepting international flights, including Vancouver International Airport, Toronto Pearson International, Montréal-Trudeau International Airport and Calgary International Airport.
- Effective August 9, 2021, five additional Canadian airports will begin accepting international travellers including: Halifax Stanfield International Airport, Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport, Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International Airport, Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, and Edmonton 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.
Whistler Travel Manners 2.0
Planning a trip to Whistler? Be sure to follow the recommendations of BC’s Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, and brush up on your travel manners before you arrive!
- Ensure you are fully vaccinated before travelling. You are fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving your second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Know Before You Go
- Visit whistler.com/covid for information and resources for travellers.
- Arrive with a plan and make restaurant and activity reservations in advance. It helps the business prepare for your arrival and it will mean a more seamless experience for you.
- Be respectful of health and safety protocols and physical distancing measures in place across the resort. Visit Whistler's Doors Open Directory to learn more about how local businesses are upholding the highest standards in health and safety for all.
Follow Mask Guidelines
- Follow mask guidelines and respect the mask policies of local businesses. In British Columbia, masks are recommended in indoor public spaces for all people 12 and older who are not yet fully vaccinated.
Respect Personal Space
Clean Your Hands
- Watch for signage around Whistler providing direction to public washrooms and hand sanitizer stations.
- Buying locally from shops and services enhances our community, connects us socially, creates jobs and boosts the economy.
- Travel midweek and during off-peak times to lessen the impact on local businesses and infrastructure. Bonus: you’ll also get the best deals!
- Some businesses may still have capacity limits in place as they ramp back up to pre-pandemic service levels. Please be kind, patient and understanding with staff who are working hard to deliver a positive experience for you.
If Sick, Stay Home
- If you have any symptoms associated with COVID-19 or have been instructed by public health officials to self-isolate, please postpone your visit.
- If you begin to feel unwell while visiting Whistler, self-isolate in your accommodation immediately. Call 8-1-1 to speak to a health care professional, or call the Whistler Health Care Centre at 604-932-4911.
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: July 19, 2021.