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Old 06-27-2020, 09:48 AM
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Has anyone been to BC lately for a vacation? I have a 2 week camping vacation coming up to BC and never gave it a thought until someone mentioned it at work. Aren't you worried your trailer or truck are going to get vandalized. I heard of peoples vehicles getting vandalized because they didn't people from Alberta there. Has anyone had any problems or is it safe to go. I'd hate to tell my daughter we can't go because they don't want us there.
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Old 06-27-2020, 09:55 AM
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According to the news we are invited now, but no mention of camp ground specifically... Call your campground and confirm..?
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Old 06-27-2020, 12:46 PM
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Has anyone been to BC lately for a vacation? I have a 2 week camping vacation coming up to BC and never gave it a thought until someone mentioned it at work. Aren't you worried your trailer or truck are going to get vandalized. I heard of peoples vehicles getting vandalized because they didn't people from Alberta there. Has anyone had any problems or is it safe to go. I'd hate to tell my daughter we can't go because they don't want us there.
I have a friend there right now with no issues. I hear we are invited now according to Horgan. Not a fan of that guy. Always got the impression that he does not like us but too bad. Go enjoy that beautiful part of Canada.
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Old 06-27-2020, 01:03 PM
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Drove to and spent 5 days in Kelowna; no funny looks, no issues at all.

People/media focus on the handful of vandalism cases instead of the 99% of travellers who didn't have a problem.
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Was there from June 6 to 20th, no problems though non-local travel was discouraged. Was only in the major centres to get gasoline, the rest of the time in the wild or on the lake.
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Old 06-27-2020, 01:27 PM
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Like everything, there are isolated hot spots where Vandalism and harassment are an issue. The rest of the Province, like 90% you won't have any issues. B.C. has never required inter provincial travelers to self isolate. It only applied to returning International travelers, despite a bunch of the stuff you may have read here and elsewhere. They advised against unnecessary travel and still are but there were no rules about it. Provincial campgrounds are still refusing out of Province bookings as far as I know but I haven't checked recently. You will want to check there are hotels and restaurants available for where you want to go, a lot are still shut down even though they don't have to be.
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No offence meant to Anyone here ... but I'd be 'FAR' More worried about the risks of the COVID Pandemic, than whether there was a risk of my vehicle getting keyed.

My take on this, is that This summer is Not the time to be making unnecessary trips, or travel vacations. Other than day outings to safe places in our own Neck-O'-The-Woods, my family Ain't Goin' Anywhere this summer.

We're calling it our; '2020 Pandemic Staycation' ... and from what we have planned, we're Gonna Have Fun

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Old 06-27-2020, 04:22 PM
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Thanks for everyone's input. I already national park reservations and a private campground and have had no problem booking them. Also a hotel booked. I'm sorry but I can't live by some of the B.S. that the media and health professionals put out there. You keep to yourself and practice proper hygiene and you'll be fine. The media has put too much fear into people. I work in a environment where there there are quite a few people that work in close proximity and there have been no cases. These places where there's outbreaks, you have to look at demographic of people that work there. Stay safe everyone no matter where you travel to.
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Old 06-27-2020, 04:38 PM
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Thanks for everyone's input. I already national park reservations and a private campground and have had no problem booking them. Also a hotel booked. I'm sorry but I can't live by some of the B.S. that the media and health professionals put out there. You keep to yourself and practice proper hygiene and you'll be fine. The media has put too much fear into people. I work in a environment where there there are quite a few people that work in close proximity and there have been no cases. These places where there's outbreaks, you have to look at demographic of people that work there. Stay safe everyone no matter where you travel to.
Agree. Camping has got to be one of the safest things you can do. Lots of space between campsites and most people want a quiet time and no other people invited over. That’s the way I camp. Don’t want to socialize with strangers. Might need to take extra precautions using the public washrooms.
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Old 06-27-2020, 05:07 PM
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Come to Nelson area, Kootenay Lake. I have lots of friends with businesses here that would appreciate the traffic and I've not heard any negative remark re Albertan tourists.
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Old 06-27-2020, 05:29 PM
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Horgan hates Alberta and is a self-righteous t-waffle.

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/officials-ask-...-b-c-1.4998541

"If you're coming to British Columbia, be mindful of what British Columbians have done together to get us to a position where we can welcome people from other parts of the country," Horgan said.

The premier had an even warmer message for neighbours in Alberta who own property in B.C.

"I'm certain that they'll be coming for the summer and we welcome them," he said. "We hope they'll abide by the guidance of their neighbours on how to act and comport themselves while they're here."


Not to mention all the anti-pipeline crap he spewed...I will not spend any money on that province if I can help it.
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Come to Nelson area, Kootenay Lake. I have lots of friends with businesses here that would appreciate the traffic and I've not heard any negative remark re Albertan tourists.
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I'm sorry but I can't live by some of the B.S. that the media and health professionals put out there. You keep to yourself and practice proper hygiene and you'll be fine. The media has put too much fear into people.
Couldn’t agree more! The media and social media have people scared of their own shadows these days.
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In Bc now, first night of our two week holidays. We’re heading to Kootenay lake just north of Nelson. Private campground and the owner has said he’s had no issues and hasn’t heard of any.
Camping is a great social distancing activity.
The local businesses are going to be desperate for us to come for there livelihood.
The campground we are in tonight is a ghost town. The hiways from Edmonton to Golden today hardly had any RV’s considering it’s the first weekend of summer holiday season.
Hogan invited us via media on Wednesday, and besides, we never were “restricted”, just not recommended that we come prior to Wednesday this week.
Go. Just avoid leaving your vehicle unattended in cities.
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Old 06-27-2020, 11:35 PM
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So the media reports 1 story and all of a sudden this is a “thing”?!!! Come on people. I’m so tired of this fake animosity driven by money hungry media. We have Alberta plated crews of workers in the kootneys. Zero animosity and just downright good experiences all around. I’m typing this from invermere. The locals at a honey hole fishing lake were super friendly to us, knowing we were a bunch of Albertans looking for a good time.

Bottom line: I suggest to turn off the tv and let’s start living in reality. These tourist towns need red plates. Our tourist towns need blue ones.
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Old 06-28-2020, 08:47 AM
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I wish it was cut and dried. Either we can go or not. I have a boat moored in prince rupert and they are turning Albertans around until we hit phase 3. Yet if you bring your own boat feel free to go out use hotels and restaurants. All I have to do is load my stuff in the boat and I’m gone. Very frustrating!!!
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No offence meant to Anyone here ... but I'd be 'FAR' More worried about the risks of the COVID Pandemic, than whether there was a risk of my vehicle getting keyed.



My take on this, is that This summer is Not the time to be making unnecessary trips, or travel vacations. Other than day outings to safe places in our own Neck-O'-The-Woods, my family Ain't Goin' Anywhere this summer.



We're calling it our; '2020 Pandemic Staycation' ... and from what we have planned, we're Gonna Have Fun ā¯—



My two nickels,




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Lol yes I think by now everyone on the forum has gathered you’re a basement dweller. Enjoy your stay. You can watch the movie “blast from the past” while whiling away the time
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No offence meant to Anyone here ... but I'd be 'FAR' More worried about the risks of the COVID Pandemic, than whether there was a risk of my vehicle getting keyed.



My take on this, is that This summer is Not the time to be making unnecessary trips, or travel vacations. Other than day outings to safe places in our own Neck-O'-The-Woods, my family Ain't Goin' Anywhere this summer.



We're calling it our; '2020 Pandemic Staycation' ... and from what we have planned, we're Gonna Have Fun ā¯—



My two nickels,




Selkirk


Lol yes I think by now everyone on the forum has gathered you’re a basement dweller. Enjoy your stay. You can watch the movie “blast from the past” while whiling away the time
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Old 06-28-2020, 10:26 AM
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So the media reports 1 story and all of a sudden this is a “thing”?!!! Come on people. I’m so tired of this fake animosity driven by money hungry media. We have Alberta plated crews of workers in the kootneys. Zero animosity and just downright good experiences all around. I’m typing this from invermere. The locals at a honey hole fishing lake were super friendly to us, knowing we were a bunch of Albertans looking for a good time.

Bottom line: I suggest to turn off the tv and let’s start living in reality. These tourist towns need red plates. Our tourist towns need blue ones.
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Go to Prince Rupert or Atlin then tell me it is just a Media "Thing". Just because you aren't seeing those issues in Invemere and area does not mean they don't exist elsewhere. Like I said before 95% of the Province you will have no issues, there is the odd hot spot however. It does not mean you shouldn't go, just that if you are in or near one of those hot zones, take extra precautions.
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Go to Prince Rupert or Atlin then tell me it is just a Media "Thing". Just because you aren't seeing those issues in Invemere and area does not mean they don't exist elsewhere. Like I said before 95% of the Province you will have no issues, there is the odd hot spot however. It does not mean you shouldn't go, just that if you are in or near one of those hot zones, take extra precautions.
Invermere and the kootneys are border towns where the “reports” were initially coming from. There was a sign near radium welcoming Red plates. Good on that business for fighting back at this notion.
Let me ask you this: who stirred up all of the emotions you are seeing in Rupert and wherever else? It’s pure evil IMO
We need each other. We need to stand against people that divide us. I’ve got 2-3 BC vacations this year. I’m happy to contribute to those local economies and won’t be afraid to do so
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Just drive from Golden to Kaslo today. Literally 80% Alberta plates on the trans Canada stretch.
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This happened to me with 5 days to go before we are to leave for our annual spot in a Parkbridge run campground deep in the Okanagan. They say they mirror BC Parks operations and recommendations fyi. Fun telling your two kids who've been going there half their lives this little story. I was behind a couple bc plates yesterday, no big thing, welcome neighbor.

Nothing like scrambling to find a place for me and the kids on about 4.5 days notice. Hows that for feeling welcome in your own country on Canada Day? First day of reservation would be Canada Day btw. A month ago i called and reservation still stood.

I've removed the actual campground name and person's details from the below but otherwise it is a cut and past from my email inbox.

"First, I want to thank you for you and your family’s incredible patience during this very uncommon time. There has been challenges on us all, as we have navigated our way through the first half of 2020.

After the announcement Thursday by the provincial governments of Alberta and BC, and the strong message to remain with in the province of which you reside. Parkbridge will be following the BC Parks lead and will only be accepting recreational Guests from the home province of their properties for the first part of July.

This very difficult decision has affected your 2020 reservation.

As you know, I have had the pleasure of welcoming most of you to beautiful _____________ for the past 5 years and it saddens me to not greet and host you this season.

Going forward, we offer the following:

Cancel your reservation for this year with a complete refund with no cancellation fee; or
Defer your reservation and deposit to 2021 with no penalties. This would be a onetime offer to defer.
If you are opting for the rebooking offer, emails are highly recommended, as our phones are very busy. We will forward a confirmation for your 2021 stay.

We sincerely regret any inconvenience this will cause you and your family.

Yours truly,"
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This happened to me with 5 days to go before we are to leave for our annual spot in a Parkbridge run campground deep in the Okanagan. They say they mirror BC Parks operations and recommendations fyi. Fun telling your two kids who've been going there half their lives this little story. I was behind a couple bc plates yesterday, no big thing, welcome neighbor.

Nothing like scrambling to find a place for me and the kids on about 4.5 days notice. Hows that for feeling welcome in your own country on Canada Day? First day of reservation would be Canada Day btw. A month ago i called and reservation still stood.

I've removed the actual campground name and person's details from the below but otherwise it is a cut and past from my email inbox.

"First, I want to thank you for you and your family’s incredible patience during this very uncommon time. There has been challenges on us all, as we have navigated our way through the first half of 2020.

After the announcement Thursday by the provincial governments of Alberta and BC, and the strong message to remain with in the province of which you reside. Parkbridge will be following the BC Parks lead and will only be accepting recreational Guests from the home province of their properties for the first part of July.

This very difficult decision has affected your 2020 reservation.

As you know, I have had the pleasure of welcoming most of you to beautiful _____________ for the past 5 years and it saddens me to not greet and host you this season.

Going forward, we offer the following:

Cancel your reservation for this year with a complete refund with no cancellation fee; or
Defer your reservation and deposit to 2021 with no penalties. This would be a onetime offer to defer.
If you are opting for the rebooking offer, emails are highly recommended, as our phones are very busy. We will forward a confirmation for your 2021 stay.

We sincerely regret any inconvenience this will cause you and your family.

Yours truly,"
Take the full refund, tell them to pound sand for the coming years. Find a more Alberta friendly spot to camp. This sounds like complete BS to me given their are no formal restrictions on inter provincial travel between Alberta and B.C., merely recommendations.

Wildwoods, the nonsense going on in PR was City council and a bunch of locals with bad attitudes that got them to go along with it. There are a fair number of PR residents that would love to shut down any fisherman coming from outside the area, has nothing to do with Covid. As far as Atlin, that issue exists in LOTS of First Nation controlled areas in B.C. and many other Provinces.
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Old 06-29-2020, 04:21 PM
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Drove to and spent 5 days in Kelowna; no funny looks, no issues at all.

People/media focus on the handful of vandalism cases instead of the 99% of travellers who didn't have a problem.
aint that the truth and that goes for freakin' everything these clowns write about....then it goes stupid because of the 1 percenters.

I know many people that are enjoying BC right now..soon to be me
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aint that the truth and that goes for freakin' everything these clowns write about....then it goes stupid because of the 1 percenters.

I know many people that are enjoying BC right now..soon to be me
Every second vehicle in the Okanagan is wearing Alberta plates now that it's warmed up and the infection rate seems to be somewhat under control. I haven't heard of a single incident.
Some areas however are requesting that those that don't live there permanently to not visit right now. We have a place on Haida Gwaii that we aren't going to this year due to that very reason, and we live in the same province.
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I'm currently doing a training course in Surrey, staying with my parents in Abbotsford and driving my Alberta plated car. No issues so far.
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I think I've decided to cancel my camping trip to BC. Whether there vandalizing or not, I don't need this hassle for my family. It's a shame people have to act like this. Obviously the media and the Government do a great job of scaring people into believing anything they want. My daughter will be very disappointed as she had a great time there last year.
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Lol yes I think by now everyone on the forum has gathered you’re a basement dweller. Enjoy your stay. You can watch the movie “blast from the past” while whiling away the time
If we are referencing old movies, Clueless, you could not be more wrong.
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Let me ask you this: who stirred up all of the emotions you are seeing in Rupert and wherever else? It’s pure evil IMO
That would be Mayor Lee Brain(less), a few moronic guides, paid protestors, a bunch of people dependent on handout money that are doing everything they can to make the covid money last forever, and the power of social media.
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On the way to Edmonton Saturday we saw Tennesee, Washington, Florida and a few other assorted yankme plates on hwy 16. Must be 'going to Alaska'.

Border is only closed going South apparently.
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