Taking a holiday is going to be more complicated this year, but that doesn’t have to ruin your vacation or spoil your summer plans. As British Columbians begin to explore our beautiful province, here are some tips and advice on how to plan and travel safely this summer and fall.
Ask the experts
The local Visitor Information Centre will be reopening their doors on July 1st. Not only does this mean visitors will have a ready resource to help them plan and navigate changes in travel – but locals can take advantage as well. Many visitor guides from across British Columbia are available for pick up (consider calling in advance to place an order for materials), and their experienced staff are happy to help answer any questions for your own travel plans or help with itinerary ideas for visiting friends and families and staycations. Inquiries can be made in person at the centre, over the phone or digitally through Tourism PG’s social media channels.
Consider staying closer to home
Prince George is the gateway to Northern BC, and is well positioned for locals looking to head in a multitude of directions. Much of Northern BC is wild and pristine, rich in history and offers a ton of local flavour and eclectic, historically-rich towns.
Do your research
Put in the extra time to plan your trip in advance. Attractions and businesses have adopted new protocols, reduced their hours of operation and made operational changes for the safety of their staff and guests. Many communities have created similar resources to Support PG, so check the websites of the local tourism office or Chamber of Commerce to learn before you go.
Be a good visitor
No matter where you go in BC, you are still a guest to communities beyond your own. Respect each community’s protocol and guidelines as some areas and attractions will remain closed and off-limits. Remember to pack properly to limit your touchpoints, and consider bringing your own sanitization kit (example: gloves, soap, hand sanitizer, masks) as these items may be in short supply in rural areas.
Continue to be safe
While British Columbians have been given the okay to travel across our beautiful province, COVID-19 still exists. Limit your exposure by following proper physical distancing and staying 2 metres (6 feet) apart from other visitors, by being as self-reliant as possible and by keeping your social bubble small. Due to COVID-19, many attractions and accommodations have created flexible cancellation policies. If you do become ill on your travels, limit all contact completely and inform your accommodations host immediately. Your host can provide you with assistance and information on health resources while you plan your return home.
This summer, we all need to take more time to plan, prepare and stay conscious of our individual impacts as we enjoy our beautiful province. Many communities look forward to welcoming visitors and sharing the wonderful experiences and stories of their individual region. Wherever your adventure takes you – remember to be calm, be kind and be safe.
Visit Hello BC for further travel advice and inspiration.
About the author: Kirstyn Wallace is the Marketing Coordinator at Tourism Prince George. A graduate of the College of New Caledonia’s Business Management Program, Kirstyn brings over six years of experience in marketing and communications to the team. Kirstyn has logged many hours exploring and travelling northern BC and has spent extensive time abroad in a variety of different countries.