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BC Enters Step 3 of Restart Plan on July 1

With increasing vaccination rates and declining COVID-19 case counts across the province, British Columbia will transition to Step 3 of the Restart Plan as scheduled on July 1. Key changes in Step 3 include:

  • Return to Canada-wide recreational travel
  • Return to normal for indoor and outdoor personal gatherings
  • Maximum capacity for indoor organized gatherings of 50 people or up to 50% of a venue’s total capacity, whichever is greater
  • Maximum capacity for outdoor organized gatherings of 5,000 people or up to 50% of a venue’s total capacity, whichever is greater
  • Return to normal for fairs, festivals and trade shows, with communicable disease plans
  • Reopening of casinos, with reduced capacity and ~50% of gaming stations permitted to open
  • Reopening of nightclubs, with up to 10 people seated at tables, no socializing between tables and no dancing
  • Return to normal hours for liquor service at restaurants, bars and pubs with table limits to be determined by venue and no socializing between tables
  • Return to normal for sports and exercise facilities, with communicable disease plans
  • Mask wearing recommended in indoor public spaces for all people 12 and older who are not yet fully vaccinated

Learn more about how businesses will begin gradually transitioning away from COVID-19 Safety Plans to communicable disease prevention plans on the WorkSafeBC website.

Expanded Summer Marketing Efforts

With travellers from across Canada now invited to visit BC this summer, Tourism Whistler has expanded our summer marketing efforts into Alberta and Ontario. View the Summer Campaign Toolkit on the member website for details.

Extreme Temperatures in Whistler

Whistler Cooling Station

The Meadow Park Sports Centre Arena is open as a free cooling centre for community members looking to escape the extreme temperatures. The cooling centre will remain open until at least June 29 at 8:30PM, with future cooling dates being weather dependent. Learn more about the cooling centre here.

River of Golden Dreams

Due to the extreme temperatures in the Whistler area, the River of Golden Dreams is currently experiencing very high water levels and fast water flow. A mandatory portage for paddlers attempting to float down the River of Golden Dreams is currently in effect for the Tapley’s section of the River of Golden Dreams, from the Alta Lake fish weir to the lower CN rail bridge. View the advisory from the RMOW for details.

Canada Day

This Canada Day in Whistler will be a time to reflect on all of Canada’s history, including its past and present truths about our relationship with Indigenous peoples. Whistler is located on the shared, traditional territories of the Squamish Nation and Lil’wat Nation. Celebrate Canada Day this year by developing a deeper understanding of Whistler’s first peoples through these cultural experiences:

View and share this Whistler Insider blog for more ideas on how to experience Indigenous culture in and around Whistler and visit for more information about Canada Day programming in resort.

Be Fire Smart this Summer

Whistler’s current fire danger rating is considered Extreme, which means no open fires of any kind are allowed, including campfires, tiki torches or fireworks. Residents and visitors are reminded to be very cautious and report all fires in Whistler immediately by dialing 9-1-1.

Additionally, the BC government has issued a province-wide ban on campfires, Category 2 and Category 3 open fires effective on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 until noon on Oct. 15, 2021, or until the order is rescinded. Fires outside of Whistler should be reported to the BC Wildfire Service at 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 toll-free on most cell networks.

Whistler Water Advisory

The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) and Vancouver Coastal Health have issued a joint Water Quality Advisory for the Whistler community, with the exception of the Emerald Estates and Cheakamus Crossing neighbourhoods.

Community members with very weak immune systems are advised to take extra precautions by bringing their water to a full boil before use. Updates to the advisory, including further information can be found here.

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