Wildfire 2017

Know Before You Go – Wildfires

As you may know, some areas of British Columbia are currently dealing with wildfires. However, British Columbia is a very large and diverse province, and there are many areas that are not impacted and are open for business. If you are currently visiting our province or planning a trip, please check the following resources for the latest information.

British Columbia’s Community Visitor Centres

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

Drive BC

  • Drive BC is your source for information about road closures, major events and transportation delays.
  • http://www.drivebc.ca/  or  @DriveBC on Twitter

BC Parks

Recreation Sites and Trails BC

The BC Wildfire Service

Emergency Info BC

  • Emergency Info BC offers information about emergencies in BC, including evacuation orders and alerts.
  • Twitter@EmergencyInfoBC

Air Quality Information

We Recommend That You:

  • Call your airline to ensure they are operating within your chosen destination.
  • Check DriveBC to plan your route, and adapt your itinerary as needed.
  • Call the businesses that you have made reservations with—operators can give you up-to-date information about the conditions around their property.
  • Follow the above social media accounts for the latest news.

Environment Canada
Resource for the latest weather information, statements, and air quality advisories.
Twitter: @environmentca

Emergency Social Services
Information regarding emergency reception centres and assistance.

Red Cross
Evacuees can register with the Red Cross by calling 1-800-863-6582
Twitter: @RedCrossBC

What business owners can do:

  • Share these resources with your staff and follow key social media accounts for the latest news.
  • Help your guests:
    • If your business is located in an impacted area, provide your current customers and future reservations with regular updates by directing them to official information sources.
    • If your business is not impacted directly, help your current guests plan the rest of their trip to areas that are safe and open for business (your local visitor centre has a wealth of information on places to stay and things to do).
    • If your business is not impacted directly, be proactive with future reservations—let your customers know it’s business as usual and you are looking forward to hosting them. British Columbia is a very large province and sometimes our out-of-province guests can get confused by geographically misleading information.
    • Have a plan—use the PreparedBC: Tourism Resources to prepare for emergencies and to identify potential hazards.