Know Before You Go
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information and Resources for Travellers
With British Columbia officially in Phase 3 of the province’s Restart Plan, Whistler is excited to welcome visitors back to our community. Below, visitors will find everything they need to know to help them plan their trip to Whistler, including the latest local, provincial and federal updates related to tourism and travel.
If you have any symptoms associated with COVID-19 or have been in contact with a known case, we ask that you please postpone your visit. We also ask visitors to continue following the recommendations of health authorities to keep themselves and others safe while in Whistler, including physical distancing, wearing a mask when physical distancing isn’t possible and frequent hand washing.
Whistler's Doors Open Directory
How to Get the Most Out of Your Whistler Vacation:
- Bring a mask or face covering – Some businesses in Whistler, including Whistler Blackcomb, require face coverings to be worn when physical distancing cannot be maintained. Masks should also be worn in Whistler Village, and at park entries and trailheads where there is less space to spread out.
- Do your research and plan ahead – Familiarize yourself with Whistler’s COVID-19 Travel Manners and check out the The Whistler Insider blog, which is a great resource packed with useful know before you go content to help with trip planning.
- Make reservations – While many restaurants, pubs and cafes are open, capacity will be limited so visitors should make reservations, or consider dining during non-peak times. Grabbing take-out and dining al fresco at a park or lake is another great option, but be sure to pack out whatever you pack in.
- Know what’s open – Consult the 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.
- Speak to a local – Connect with the team at Whistler.com for personalized local knowledge. Call 1.800.944.7853 to speak with a Whistler.com agent who can answer questions and help you book your trip. Once you are in Whistler, visit the Whistler Visitor Centre or use the Ask Whistler mobile chat service for easy access to resort information.
- Extend your stay – With so much to do in Whistler, you will need more than a weekend to fit it all in. Try visiting midweek when the resort is quieter, and there are more deals and value-add offers. See all Whistler vacation deals and packages.
- Enjoy Whistler Responsibly – We are asking everyone who spends time in Whistler to Interact Considerately, Play Simply, Explore Responsibly, and Enjoy Patiently. See how Whistler is changing its pace.
What You Need To Know: Whistler
- Whistler Blackcomb and the Whistler Mountain Bike Park are currently open for summer operations with enhanced safety protocols in place, including physical distancing and cashless transactions. All guests are required to wear face coverings when in lift lines, gondolas, and inside restaurants and retail locations. Guests are asked to bring their own face coverings to help Whistler Blackcomb reduce its environmental footprint. More information is available on Whistler Blackcomb's website.
- Please note the last day of daily operations for the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola is September 7. The PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola will be open on weekends and holidays only from September 8 – 27, 2020. The last day of operations for the Whistler Mountain Bike Park is October 12. See Hours of Operation for full details.
- Whistler Blackcomb is scheduled to open for winter operations on November 26 with enhanced safety protocols in place. Guests will be required to wear face coverings to access the mountains and a new reservation system will be implemented to manage capacity limits. Priority access will be given to pass holders and lift tickets will not be available until December 8, at which point they can be purchased online only (i.e. guests will not be able to purchase lift tickets at the ticket window). Additional details about Whistler Blackcomb’s winter operating plan are outlined in this letter from Vail Resorts CEO, Rob Katz.
- Most businesses in Whistler, including restaurants, accommodations, activity operators and retail stores, continue to have modified their operations in response to COVID-19. Please review Whistler's Doors Open Directory for details.
- The Whistler Visitor Centre is open Thursday-Sunday from 9 AM to 5 PM. View the Whistler Visitor Centre COVID-19 safety protocols. Guests can also 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.
- Whistler parks and playgrounds are open for public use. Visitors are reminded to practice physical distancing and frequent handwashing. Additional information about Whistler parks is available at whistler.ca/parks. Also see handy Know Before You Go tips.
- Information about off-road recreational trails in Whistler is available at whistler.ca/trails and on TrailForks. Trail users are reminded to stay at least two metres from others, not to recreate in groups, and to ride and hike within their comfort zone to help avoid putting any additional strain on local health care resources. Learn more about Whistler trail etiquette.
- 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.
What You Need To Know: British Columbia
- On June 24, British Columbia entered Phase 3 of BC’s Restart Plan. Businesses and services across the province are reopening with new COVID-19 safety protocols in place. Details are available at www.gov.bc.ca/restartbc.
- Non-essential personal travel is now permitted within British Columbia. Learn more about the Province’s guidelines for travelling within BC, including Dr. Bonnie Henry’s Travel Manners.
- There is no quarantine requirement for domestic travellers upon arrival in British Columbia. The Canadian border remains closed to international leisure and recreational travellers. See What You Need to Know: Canada for further information.
- Many BC Parks and recreation sites and trails have reopened for day-use and overnight camping. Some provincial parks and recreation sites that attract large crowds, including Joffre Lakes Provincial Park, remain closed. See the operational status of all BC Parks. Visitors are encouraged to do their research and plan ahead.
- Some BC Parks, including Garibaldi Provincial Park and the Stawamus Chief Park, require Day Use passes. Passes are free and can be reserved online beginning at 6 AM on the day of your visit.
- Preferential access to provincial campgrounds and backcountry camping sites will be given to BC residents for the 2020 camping season. Reservations made by non-BC residents will be subject to cancellation. Visit discovercamping.ca for details and be sure to review the BC Parks Visitor Guide to Camping During COVID-19.
- Gatherings of more than 50 people are not currently permitted in British Columbia.
- 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 COVID-19 Provincial Support and Information page.
BC’s Restart Plan
On May 6, the provincial government released BC’s Restart Plan, which outlines a phased approach for gradually reopening the BC economy. We are currently in Phase 3 of the plan.
Phase 2 began on May 19 during which time the province saw activities resume in areas such as retail, personal service establishments, restaurants, cafes and pubs, museums and art galleries, as well as parks, beaches and outdoor recreation.
The province transitioned to Phase 3 on June 24, where provincial health authorities approved the reopening of hotels and resorts, and the return of regional tourism.
Phase 4 will not begin until the threat of COVID-19 has been significantly diminished through widespread vaccination, broad successful treatments, evidence of community immunity, or the equivalent.
For more information about BC’s Restart Plan, visit www.gov.bc.ca/restartbc.
What You Need To Know: Canada
- The Canadian border remains closed for leisure and recreational travel. Essential international travel over the Canadian border is permitted, however, any visitor who arrives from outside of Canada must quarantine for 14-days. See the Canadian Border Services Agency website for details.
- A global travel advisory is in effect and Canadians have been instructed to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada. Anyone who does travel outside of Canada is required to self-isolate for 14 days upon their return.
- Air operators have been formally mandated to prevent any travellers with symptoms of COVID-19 to board an aircraft within Canada (domestic), or to Canada (international) and only four Canadian airports are now accepting international flights, including Vancouver International Airport, Toronto Pearson International, Montréal-Trudeau International Airport and Calgary International Airport.
- Visit canada.ca 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.
COVID-19 Is Not on Vacation
How to Have Fun in Whistler with Dr. Bonnie Henry's Travel Manners
We are asking everyone who spends time in Whistler to Interact Considerately, Play Simply, Explore Responsibly, and Enjoy Patiently. See how Whistler is changing its pace.
Check Before You Go
Fewer Faces in Bigger Spaces
- Whistler has lots to offer outside of the Village Stroll, including the 46-kilometre Valley Trail, many parks and lakes, a number of hiking and biking trails, and a variety of cultural experiences along the Cultural Connector.
- Spread out to areas that are less populated. Visit the Whistler Visitor Centre, use the Ask Whistler mobile chat service or connect with a Village Host for recommendations.
- Try visiting midweek when the resort is quieter. If you arrive at a park or trailhead and the area is already busy, consider coming back another time or try a different location.
If Sick, Stay Home
- If you have any symptoms associated with COVID-19 or have been in contact with a known case, we ask that you 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.
- Whistler is a small community with 12,000 residents and limited health care services. Thank you for doing your part to help keep our community safe!
Wash Your Hands
- Good hand hygiene is one of the most effective ways to slow the spread of COVID-19. Wash your hands regularly and look for white poles with signage around the Village providing direction to public washrooms.
- Hand sanitizer is available in many locations throughout the Village. Look for blue signs indicating where hand sanitizer is available.
Keep a Safe Physical Distance
- Remember, 2 metre physical distancing is important in Whistler too.
- Bring a mask or face covering, and be sure to wear a mask whenever physical distancing cannot be maintained. This includes busy times on the Village Stroll.
- Many businesses in Whistler, including Whistler Blackcomb, require face coverings to be worn while enjoying their offerings.
- Watch for markings on the ground to help guide where to stand in line for stores and restaurants. Keep an eye out for one-way aisles in grocery and retail stores.
Come Prepared & Bring Supplies
- Be prepared for the experience in Whistler to be somewhat different. Enhanced safety protocols have been put in place across the resort to ensure the safety of guests, staff and residents.
- Expect maximum capacity limits in businesses and keep in mind restaurants are required to have tables of maximum 6 persons.
- While many restaurants, pubs and cafes are open, capacity will be limited so visitors should make reservations, or consider dining during non-peak times.
- Grabbing take-out and dining al fresco at a park or lake is another great option, but please pack out whatever you pack in to help keep our parks clean! And remember, Whistler is bear country – if a bin is full, please take your garbage with you or find an alternate location to dispose of your waste.
Respect Travel Advisories
- See the latest local, provincial and federal updates related to travel.
- In Phase 3, recreational travel is permitted in British Columbia. There is no quarantine requirement for domestic travellers arriving in BC. Visit www.gov.bc.ca/restartbc for additional information about travelling within BC.
- The Canadian border remains closed for leisure and recreational travel. Essential international travel over the Canadian border is permitted, however, any visitor who arrives from outside of Canada must quarantine for 14-days upon arrival. See the Canadian Border Services Agency website for details.
- Visit BCparks.ca for information about provincial park closures and advisories.
In Whistler, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) is the official health authority. Any visitors with questions about COVID-19 or public health in Whistler are encouraged to consult the Vancouver Coastal Health website.
We will keep this page updated as changes occur. Last update: September 9, 2020