Shuswap Region Tourist Information Update

As most of you are aware, the Province of British Columbia has declared a state of emergency as over 225 wildfires burn across the province.

With hot, dry conditions, and antagonizing winds, BC is bracing for an uphill climb to both contain the fires, and prepare for the impact and devastation that is rippling through the province. 

There are currently over 1,000 firefighters doing an incredible job trying to constrain the flames, and other provinces are sending more to support them. Federal assistance is also on the way.

While Shuswap Tourism consumer marketing efforts will continue to promote the Shuswap region, as we know this is crucial to business in a season that has been off to a rocky start, it's important to address the severity of this, and be ready to support our neighbors and communities should they need a hand. 

Our businesses are open and eagerly awaiting visitors to provide a memorable summer experience in the Shuswap!

We would also you to assist us in keeping our communities safe during this time.

The Shuswap region is in an Extreme Fire Warning: 

  • Absolutely no open fires or campfires.
  • All trail users that are on the trails in the Shuswap are all within the Extreme Fire Warning area. Vehicles should be parked away from flammable vegetation at designated trail heads. Please obey all trail closure notices and check the BC Wildfire report regularly for updates, and be prepared to evacuate an area quickly.
  • Please ensure that you dispose of cigarettes appropriately!! The majority of forest fires are human caused.

In times like these, it is best to be as informed as possible, and we encourage everyone to put safety first. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us, but for real-time information, these resources are readily available to you. 

The BC Wildfire Service has set up an interactive map of all active wildfires across the province. They also release the latest wildfire information on their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Emergency Info BC has a provincial Twitter account with up-to-date information about current wildfires and other emergencies in BC.

Drive BC provides information about road closures and delays, posting updates on Twitter and website.

Environment Canada is the resource for latest weather information, statements, and air quality advisories. 

The provincial website has up-to-date information about fire bans and restrictions throughout the region. 

Evacuees can register with the Red Cross by going to www.redcross.ca/gethelp or by calling 1-800-863-6582

To report a wildfire or irresponsible behavior call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 from a cell phone.

Stay safe everyone.
 

Robyn Cyr

Manager – Shuswap Tourism

Columbia Shuswap Regional District