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Tips for Travelling Safely and Responsibly in the South Okanagan and British Columbia

Travelling in the South Okanagan and British Columbia may be a little different this year. We’ll need to take more time with planning, and be more conscious of our impact on communities—especially the smaller ones, when we visit. As a starting point, Destination BC has compiled some tips to help you plan and travel responsibly in BC:

Plan Ahead

Take more time to plan this summer. Many businesses and services across BC have adjusted their schedules and policies to ensure your safety. Some may still be operating at a reduced capacity, with limited hours, or require advanced bookings.

Tip: When planning for BC, see accommodationtransportation, and experience provider listings to start your research, visit IndigenousBC.com for information on Indigenous travel experiences.

If you’re planning a visit to the South Okanagan, visit visitsouthokanagan.com for all local travel information and be sure to check out our community pages for even more great travel inspiration!

Be Respectful

Respect the people, businesses, and communities you visit this summer. Please also respect a community’s wishes if they are not yet ready to welcome visitors. Responsible tourism means that the experience creates a positive impact for everyone involved–both residents and visitors alike. You may see new protocols and policies within communities to ensure your safety; please respect the guidelines they’ve put in place. Contact the local business(es) you plan on visiting to make sure you understand the latest guidelines.

Support Local Businesses

BC’s tourism businesses are eager to welcome you back this summer and many communities rely on your support, which can make a big impact on the livelihood of your fellow British Columbians. During your travels, dine at the local restaurants, book an activity or a tour, and find a unique accommodation. BC’s tourism industry is made up of small and medium-sized businesses who will surely provide a memorable experience.

Tourism businesses in the South Okanagan are eager to welcome you back and your support is more crucial than ever. See what’s open in the South Okanagan to learn where you can support local businesses.

Be Adventuresmart

This summer, many British Columbians are looking to explore the outdoors in new ways, such as hiking on a new trail, taking up mountain biking, or learning how to kayak. No matter what outdoor activity you are planning, do your research in advance and be prepared. Learn the three Ts—trip planning, training, and taking the essentials—and apply them to all your outdoor adventures.

Tip: AdventureSmart.ca will be your best friend when it comes to outdoor safety in BC.


Practice Leave No Trace Principles

When exploring BC’s outdoors, always leave it in a better state than when you arrived. Respect local wildlife. Minimize the impact of campfires and check BC Wildfire Service for fire bans and fire safety tips. Pack out what you pack in and dispose of waste properly. These are just some of key principles of Leave No Trace, a set of seven guidelines for enjoying the outdoors responsibly while minimizing your impact on the landscape.

Tip: Visit LeaveNoTrace.ca to learn more about responsible outdoor recreation.

Be Kind, Be Calm, Be Patient

Remember, activities may take longer than usual, or places may be at capacity when you arrive. Practice patience. Have a back-up plan researched and ready. Be calm, patient, and kind, and remember, we’re still in this together.

For the latest travel updates in British Columbia, please visit hellobc.com.

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