BC’s anticipated “Restart” has been announced, outlining a four-step plan to get life back to normal as early as September 7th, 2021. Under the plan, we could see all provincial travel restrictions lifted as soon at June 15th, with Canada-wide travel to follow soon after.

This is BIG news for Whistler, which has been hit hard by travel restrictions and other lockdown measures. At the Summit Lodge, we can hardly wait to welcome back visitors from all over BC, Canada, and the world.

But first, here’s what visiting Whistler looks like right now, under Step 1 of the plan:

Who is allowed to travel to Whistler?

Everybody living in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley travel region is welcome to visit Whistler. This region combines the Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health authorities and includes the following communities:

  • Bowen Island
  • Gibsons
  • Lions Bay
  • North Vancouver (City)
  • North Vancouver (District Municipality)
  • Powell River
  • Richmond
  • Sechelt
  • Squamish
  • Vancouver
  • West Vancouver
  • Abbotsford
  • Anmore
  • Belcarra
  • Burnaby
  • Chilliwack
  • Coquitlam
  • Delta
  • Harrison Hot Springs
  • Hope
  • Kent
  • Langley (City)
  • Langley (District Municipality)
  • Maple Ridge
  • Mission
  • New Westminster
  • Pitt Meadows
  • Port Coquitlam
  • Port Moody
  • Surrey
  • White Rock

If you reside in any of the communities listed above, you are welcome to visit Whistler for recreational purposes.

What’s open in Whistler? What is there to do?

Most of Whistler’s businesses and attractions are open, and (as always) there is plenty to do. Indoor and outdoor dining is allowed for groups of up to 6 people (not restricted to your household or bubble), and Whistler offers plenty of patios for your enjoyment. Shops in the Village are open, as well as attractions such as Olympic Plaza and the Whistler Farmers’ Market (Sundays 11am-4pm at the Whistler Racket Club).

Some attractions, including the Audain Art Museum, are temporarily closed, so be sure to check the websites of any business/attraction you hope to visit in Whistler before making plans.

PEAK 2 PEAK sightseeing and the Whistler Mountain Bike Park are now OPEN for the season. Visit the Whistler Blackcomb website for detailed information about summer operations.

Outside of the village, you can walk, hike, bike, float, and enjoy the scenic network of trails and lakes that surrounds Whistler. Golf courses are open. The Whistler skatepark, BMX park and pump track are open. Experiences are available from local tour operators including Canadian Wilderness Adventures, The Adventure Group, and Ziptrek Ecotours.

As always, you are welcome to contact us to have your questions answered by our knowledgeable Front Desk team 🙂

(Featured image: Tourism Whistler/Justa Jeskova)