Like you, we’re passionate about exploring British Columbia. But now is not the time to travel outside of your home community. Please stay home and follow the advice of health authorities to keep yourself and others safe. Do your part now, so we can all explore BC again later.
We have compiled this resource page to help you access the support programs you need, and keep you up-to-date on tourism closures and advisories.
*Updated May 29th, 2020
what is tourism prince rupert doing to respond?
Our mission at Tourism Prince Rupert is to successfully market Prince Rupert externally to strengthen economic viability for our members and the community. We have been working closely with our partners at Northern BC Tourism and Destination BC in order to provide support and start developing a comprehensive recovery strategy to help mitigate the longterm effects this pandemic will have on our local and regional tourism sector.
We are doing a number of things to response during the height of the crisis, as well. In addition to launching this website to provide information, resources, and greater transparency, we have also started a weekly COVID-19 industry email newsletter to provide up-to-date support & resources related to the tourism sector. We will continue to provide updates & links to relevant resources as they are announced by way of this newsletter. We are also advocating both provincially and federally for a tourism-specific relief package, in partnership with Northern BC Tourism and Destination BC. Finally, we have paused all scheduled paid marketing campaigns for summer 2020 in order to conserve funds for recovery efforts & to help our local tourism stakeholders.
Northern bc tourism resiliency program
Are you a tourism business impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic? The Northern BC Tourism Association is committed to supporting the survival of BC’s tourism businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic through the creation of the BC Tourism Resiliency Network.
The Northern BC Tourism Resiliency Program provides Northern BC tourism businesses with meaningful, one-on-one support to access and navigate programs available as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
BC's Restart Plan
Under the Restart Plan, the provincial government will work closely with public health officials, businesses and labour organizations to lift restrictions in phases, gradually allowing for more social and economic activity, while closely monitoring health information to minimize the risk to the public.
The Province of BC Restart Plan lays out a series of steps that we will take together to protect people and ensure that our province can come back from COVID-19 stronger than before.
The Restart Plan includes phases of business and activity resumption with enhanced protocols beginning from mid-May.
Destination BC is working with the provincial and federal governments, industry partners, and Health Authorities, to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on our tourism industry and advocate for a tourism-specific relief package. We are translating local concerns & fears regarding Prince Rupert’s tourism sector directly to Destination BC with our partners at Northern BC Tourism.
Travel & transportation advisories
The Government of Canada is continually assessing travel risks for Canadians. An official global health advisory is currently in place, asking everyone to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice.
Avoiding non-essential travel outside of Canada, includes to the US and aboard cruise ships, until further notice. Anyone who chooses to travel outside Canada must self-isolate for 14 days on their return, even if they do not present any symptoms.
Canadian travelers are advised to sign up with the Registration of Canadians Abroad service to stay connected with the Government of Canada in case of an emergency abroad or at home.
Canada is denying entry to travelers who are not Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents. With some exception such as air crews and diplomats. Canadians who are displaying COVID-19 symptoms will not be able to board domestic flights or trains.
Incoming travelers who are permitted into Canada at this time will be health screened at all borders – land, sea and air. Air operators have been formally mandated to prevent any travelers with symptoms to board a plane at point of origin, meaning anyone who has symptoms will not be able to come to Canada.
aviation, cruise, ferries, and parks
Most commercial airlines have issued responses to COVID-19, emphasizing the approach to safety and flexible options in light of the current situation. See statements from Air Canada and Westjet below. Note that all Air Canada flights from Prince Rupert (YPR) to Vancouver (YVR) are suspended from March 26th to June 22nd (estimated). The Northwest Regional Airport in Terrace remains unaffected at this time.
Cruise ships with overnight accommodations allowed to carry more than 100 persons are prohibited from operating in Canadian waters until October 31, 2020. As of July 1, 2020, all other passenger vessels must follow provincial, territorial, local and regional health authority requirements for timelines and processes to resume operations.
BC Ferries has announced the suspension of its regular summer schedule. For northern and mid-coast communities, BC Ferries will continue to operate at the current off-peak (winter) service levels. This means the Northern Expedition will travel between Port Hardy – Prince Rupert and Prince Rupert – Skidegate. The summer direct service from Bella Coola to Port Hardy will not be introduced at this time. Instead, service to these communities will continue to be provided by the Nimpkish and Northern Expedition.
local advisories & resources
The City of Prince Rupert, along with the Prince Rupert & District Chamber of Commerce, MLA Jennifer’s Rice’s office, and other key community leaders have developed resources to help locals in Prince Rupert navigate this difficult time.
local closures & advisories
All recreation facilities, programming and events, including the Earl Mah Aquatic Centre (swimming pool and fitness centre) have been closed until further notice – with staff directed to conduct annual maintenance duties, potentially limiting the summer closure time this year.
Following the cancellation of Air Canada flights to Prince Rupert during the months of April and May, the Prince Rupert Airport is now reduced to essential service levels. Service to YPR is expected to resume June 22nd, 2020.
- The Museum of Northern BC has been closed until further notice.
- The North Pacific Cannery will be closed for the entire 2020 season.
- Diana Lake & Prudhome Lake Provincial Parks have both reopened for day use, with campaign reservations to be permitted starting June 1st.
The Prince & District Chamber of Commerce is also providing a continuously updated list of business hours, closures, and service availability in Prince Rupert, linked below.
covid-19 resources & support programs
The Canadian response to COVID-19 is rapidly changing as new information is brought to light & new programs are announced for Canadian residents who have been financially affected by the social distancing measures put in place all across the country. Numerous provincial and federal support programs have been put in place to help citizens & business owners weather the storm.
support programs for canadian citizens / residents
A number of relief measures and specific support programs for Canadian residents have been announced. These are aimed at helping relieve the financial stress of job or income loss due to COVID-19, as well as to help support everyone’s ability to stay home & observe the recommended social distancing recommendations.
support programs for businesses
The immediate impacts of COVID-19 are being felt by businesses across British Columbia, Canada, and the world. The federal & provincial governments have introduced a number of support programs to help support business continuity during this challenging economic time.