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Know Before You Go

Cariboo, BC | Michael Bednar

The natural splendour of British Columbia’s Cariboo Chilcotin Coast draws visitors from around the world. While BC is a safe and enjoyable destination, we encourage all travel planners to read our guide to Safe & Responsible Travel in preparation for a visit to the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast and to stay informed while you are here. Using the following resources for advanced planning and to keep up-to-date on ongoing events during your trip will go a long way towards ensuring a safe and enjoyable trip.

Plan Ahead

Due to recent storms, parts of British Columbia have been impacted by heavy rain and flooding. Please check DriveBC for the latest information on highway closures and alternate routes, and Know Before you Go. If you are unable to travel soon, we invite you to dream and plan to come later!

For the latest information on travel within and to British Columbia as it relates to COVID-19, please visit the Province of British Columbia’s dedicated Travel and COVID-19 webpage.

Effective August 25th – Masks are mandatory in public indoor spaces in British Columbia for all people aged 12+

Effective September 7th – Canada will allow entry to fully vaccinated international visitors for leisure travel. Provided entry criteria is met, fully vaccinated travellers do not have to quarantine upon arrival.  Visit the Government of Canada and the Canada Border Services Agency websites for additional information.

Effective September 13th – the Province of British Columbia will require Proof of Vaccination to participate in some discretionary activities and access some events, services and businesses,  effective September 13th.  More details.

Effective February 28, 2022 – Travellers arriving to Canada from any country, who qualify as fully vaccinated, will be randomly selected for arrival testing. Travellers selected will no longer be required to quarantine while awaiting test results. Travellers will now have the option of using a COVID-19 rapid antigen test result (taken the day prior to their scheduled flight or arrival at the land border or marine port of entry) or a molecular test result (taken no more than 72 hours before their scheduled flight or arrival at the land border or marine port of entry) to meet pre-entry requirements. The Government no longer recommends that Canadians avoid travel for non-essential purposes.

It is important to always call and double-check your booking before leaving home to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey to your destination. Most of the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast region’s wide-open spaces do not have cell service so it is best to plan your route and give your accommodation provider an estimated time of arrival.

DriveBC is a provincial traveller information system that provides information on road conditions and closures, inland ferries and trip planning.

Information line: 1-800-550-4997

Emergency Information

Emergency Info BC is the provincial source for information on ongoing emergency situations. Community-specific questions should be directed to the involved region’s local government.

Website: emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca

Twitter: @emergencyinfobc

Wildfire Safety

Wildfires are a seasonal event in many of British Columbia’s ecosystems. Wildfires can refresh the ecosystem and make way for new growth, but can also pose a potential hazard to people and infrastructure. The British Columbia Wildfire Service manages wildfire response throughout the province; they also provide information on current wildfire events. To see information on current wildfires, fire danger ratings and air quality, visit the BC Wildfire Service website.

Fire Information line: 1-888-336-7378

If you see a beginning wildfire, please report it to the Wildfire Service at 1-800-663-5555 or text *5555 from a cell phone.

When long periods of hot and dry weather conditions make wildfires more likely, it is sometimes necessary to restrict the use of open fires (such as campfires or private land controlled burning). These bans or restrictions affect all public and private land, such as crown land, wilderness areas and campgrounds. bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/Bans.asp

Evacuation Alerts and Orders

When hazards arise that may threaten public safety, it is sometimes necessary to issue evacuation notices. In British Columbia, these notifications come in two forms: alerts and orders.

Evacuation Alerts are issued when there is a hazard that may develop into a threat to public safety. They are an advance warning of a potential evacuation. You are not required to evacuate an area under an evacuation alert, but you should be ready to if the alert gets upgraded. Make sure you know where everyone in your party is and have a plan to evacuate if needed.

Evacuation Orders are issued when there is an imminent threat to public safety. When an evacuation order is issued for an area, everyone in that area must leave immediately.  Evacuation orders are always issued with a defined evacuation route; you should take this route if possible. If you are unable to evacuate an area that has been placed under an evacuation order, please contact the local authority that issued it for assistance.

Evacuation Alerts and Evacuation Orders are posted by their respective local authorities. In the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast, these are:

Cariboo Regional District 

Central Coast Regional District

Squamish-Lillooet Regional District

Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine

Fraser-Fort George Regional District

District of 100 Mile House

City of Williams Lake

City of Quesnel

District of Lillooet

District of Wells

Village of Clinton

Additional Information Sources

British Columbia’s Community Visitor Centres

  • Staff at these centres can help you with trip planning information, alternative routes and reservation changes.

BC Parks

Recreation Sites and Trails BC