Friday • December 3, 2021
Travel is allowed to Fernie for domestic/Canadian travellers and for most international travellers that are fully vaccinated.
NOTICE: November rains, updates specific to Fernie. Highways to Fernie are open from Alberta, USA and BC Interior/Okanagan.
Safety is important to you and to us. Let's all follow the rules and be respectful and kind. Please continue reading for details.
As of November 30th, 88% of Fernie area residents 12 years of age and older have had their 1st shot, 83% are fully vaccinated (view BC data). There are 6 active COVID-19 cases, as of November 20th in the Fernie & Elk Valley area. Children aged 5-11 are now eligible to be vaccinated, read more.
International border travel is controlled by the Canadian Government. Fully vaccinated USA & most International travellers are welcome to visit Canada. Pre-travel process, testing and proof of vaccination are required. Vaccinations must be those approved by the Canadian government.
NEW - Arrival testing for all international travellers except USA.
All travellers going into Canada must use the ArriveCAN App prior to travelling to Canada. You'll need to submit your information within 72 hours before your arrival to Canada. This requirement is also for Canadians coming back into Canada.
For unvaccinated children under 12 without symptoms and travelling with fully vaccinated parents or guardians, please read.
Ensure you are aware of any travel requirements by your own government on your return back into your country. Allow the time needed for any COVID-19 testing required to return. Have a plan if you test positive while in Canada.
Citizens of the United States that are travelling by vehicle via land border crossing from Canada to the USA do not need a COVID-19 test to return to the USA. COVID-19 test is required however for those travelling by air back to the USA. Read more.
International & Canadian travellers are now permitted to travel to the United States if they are fully vaccinated.
For British Columbia, proof of full vaccination will be required for the below activities. Please have your official provincial vaccination details with your photo identification (passport, drivers licence, official photo ID card). For international visitors have your proof of vaccination used to enter Canada and your passport.
The only exemption at this time will be children under 12 that are either not able to be vaccinated yet or have yet to be vaccinated. The BC Government states that there is no exemption at this time for those unable to get the vaccine for health or religious reasons.
Fernie Alpine Resort, Island Lake Catskiing and FWA Catskiing, require all guests and staff to be fully vaccinated this season. This includes riding the chairlifts. READ MORE
Indoor activities that require proof of vaccination by the BC Government include:
These new proof of vaccination measures are in place until at least January 31st, 2022, however, the BC Govt may extend this date and will be reassessing monthly.
Testing for Travel Purposes:
NEW: Starting November 30th fully vaccinated Canadian's will not be required to take a PCR/COVID test to re-enter Canada from the USA for short trips under 72 hours. Read details.
The nearest location to Fernie for COVID-19 is in Cranbrook, an hour drive west of Fernie. For details visit:
Testing is also available at the Calgary and Vancouver International Airports for travellers flying, but must be booked in advance.
Testing in USA, nearby locations:
Local COVID-19 testing is in Sparwood (20 min drive from Fernie) but is only for those experiencing symptoms or those who have been sent for testing by local health care providers.
If you are unwell call 811 to discuss your symptoms or visit local emergency at the Fernie Hospital. A COVID-19 test can be booked online at "Book a Covid-19 Test”. Alternatively, the Test Booking Phone line can be reached by calling 1-877-740-7747.