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British Columbia is currently in Phase 3 of BC’s Restart Plan, meaning leisure and recreational travel within British Columbia is permitted. Find related COVID-19 resources and updates from Destination Greater Victoria here. Here’s what you need to know before planning your getaway to Greater Victoria. 

If you have any symptoms associated with COVID-19 or have been in contact with a known case, Destination Greater Victoria kindly asks that you postpone your visit in accordance with Government Health Recommendations. 

 

TRAVEL WITHIN B.C. 

British Columbia has entered Phase 3 of BC's Restart Plan and residents are able to travel within their home province of British Columbia recreationally.  

Find more on BC’s Restart Plan here.  

Learn how to travel safely and responsibly here.

Plan your getaway to Victoria here. 

 

Entering British Columbia

International Travel

Currently, 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. Please find the most up to date information on the Canada Border Services Agency website. 

 

Domestic Travel

If you are travelling to B.C. from another province or territory within Canada you are expected to follow the same travel guidelines as everyone else in B.C. and travel safely and respectfully. If you are travelling from B.C. to another province, please check with that province for travel restrictions or guidance in place. Find more information here.

 

TRANSPORTATION 

BC Ferries has a number of preventive measures in place, including support for physical distancing, screening customers on arrival at the ticket booth, allowing customers to remain in their vehicles on all decks during the sailing, enhanced cleaning, physical barriers and reduced seating density. Customers also are required to wear non-medical masks or face coverings at terminals and while onboard ferries. More information on BC Ferries safety measures can be found here.

Harbour Air Seaplanes is operating with reduced seating to allow for physical distancing from other passengers. Passengers are required to complete a health declaration before travel and must wear a mask.

The Clipper’s service between Seattle and Victoria remains suspended until April 30, 2021. They will continue to coordinate closely with the government and health officials to provide guidance and direction on their return to service. 

The Coho, a passenger ferry from Port Angeles to Victoria, remains closed until the border re-opens to non-essential travel.  

 

WHAT'S OPEN 

Accommodation 

Hotels around the city are opening with enhanced safety measures and cleaning regimens. Please check with your property of choice for their COVID-19 Safety Plan. 

Find more places to stay here. 

 

Attractions & Activities

Most iconic attractions and activities are open and operating with new health and safety measures while others have anticipated opening dates. Find who’s open for business here or check directly with the attraction for the most up to date information.

 

Dining 

Many restaurants and patios are open for dine-in and have new measures in place that allow you to distance yourself from other patrons. Most restaurants are also offering takeout and/or delivery options. Find who’s open here or check directly with the restaurant you wish to visit. 

 

Retail 

Many brick and mortar stores you know and love in Greater Victoria are open with new safety measures in place to make your shopping experience, a safe one. These include limiting the number of customers in-store, sanitizing high touch areas, using contactless pay and more. Check directly with the store for their COVID-19 Safety Plan. Find who’s open for business here. 

  

OUTDOOR RECREATION 

Regional Parks 

The Capital Regional District (CRD) Regional Parks are open for recreational activity. Regional Park campsites are open as of June 5th, 2020. A few sites are on a first-come, first-serve basis while others require advance reservations. Check the status of the park you wish to visit here.   

 

BC Parks 

Most BC Provincial Parks are open for day use and as of June 1 are open for residents of British Columbia to book campsites. Find the status of the BC Park you wish to visit here and more information about camping at BC Parks here. 

Please note that some parks do reserve a select amount of sites as first come, first serve. These sites continue to be open for BC Residents only. BC Residents are encouraged to book in advance. 

  

National Parks 

As of June 1, some Parks Canada parks and national historic sites have reopened for day use. You can find more information here.  

Camping in National Parks has gradually resumed where health and safety risks can be managed. Parks Canada camping that continues to be suspended due to ongoing risks includes oTENTik camping at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse, the West Coast Trail and others. Find the most up to date information on camping at National Parks here.  

 

If you would like to learn about guidelines surrounding best practices for various tourism-related sectors as they restart or ramp up operations, please visit: https://www.tourismvictoria.com/covid-19/reopening-guidelines 

 

Find more COVID-19 resources and updates from Destination Greater Victoria here.