Planning on travelling in. Northwest BC? Plan ahead so you can explore Northwest BC safely and responsibly— always monitor official information sources (detailed below) regularly, before and during your trip.
- While this summer brought immeasurable challenges to some areas of BC, most are open for travel and ready to welcome guests.
- Visitors are encouraged to download and allow notifications from Alertable, an emergency notification app with customizable settings, to receive the latest local alerts, such as road closures and evacuation information, straight to your mobile device.
WILDFIRES, FLOODS, AND OTHER WEATHER EVENTS
Wildfires can occur during sustained periods of hot, dry weather. Conditions can change rapidly across the province, so we encourage you to check the latest information before and during your trip. If you are currently visiting northwest BC or planning a trip, you can find on-the-ground information and support by visiting or calling a Visitor Centre in the area you are travelling. Check Drive BC for information on road closures, the BC Wildfire Service for an interactive map, and Emergency Info BC for alerts. During your travels, make sure you follow the necessary protocols to prevent and report wildfires.
- BC Wildfire Status
- Fire Bans and Restrictions
- Smoke conditions across the province can change hourly. Check the Air Quality Health Index for real-time updates from across BC.
- Report a wildfire by dialling *5555 on a cellphone or calling toll-free: 1-800-663-5555.
Flooding can occur during season shifts in various areas of BC due to high temperatures and melting snow. Conditions can change rapidly across the province, so we encourage you to check the latest information before and during your trip. If you are currently visiting BC or planning a trip, you can find on-the-ground information and support by visiting or calling a Visitor Centre in the area you are travelling. For the latest flooding information, check Emergency Info BC for alerts and the River Forecast Centre for an interactive map with warnings and advisories.
ROADS AND DRIVING
Always check DriveBC before heading out on the road to learn about the current conditions along your planned route, including webcams, closures, construction delays, or detours.
Please visit Emergency Info BC for updated details on emergencies including evacuation orders and alerts.
Between October 1 and April 30, many BC highways require winter tires.
Find all you need to know about travelling with BC Ferries at bcferries.com.
Reservations are highly recommended. If you have questions about travel with BC Ferries, you can contact 1-888-BC Ferry or www.bcferries.com/contact-us.