Effective January 7, all passengers aged five years or older (unless exempted) must demonstrate a negative laboratory test result for Covid‑19, performed using molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing, accredited by an external organization such as a government, a professional association or one with ISO accreditation, within 72 hours before flying from to Canada from another country. Proof of having received Covid‑19 vaccination does not exempt travellers from requiring a negative test result. You must also use the ArriveCAN app to provide accurate contact information and details of your 14‑day quarantine plan on or prior to entry. Your plan will then be reviewed by a government official, and if deemed non‑suitable you could be asked to quarantine in a federal quarantine facility. Violating conditions provided upon entry could lead to six months in prison and/or $750,000 in fines. Check Transport Canada’s backgrounder for detailed information about the new requirements.
As we pull up to our carriage house at The Lodge on Harrison Lake, I receive a welcoming text message from our host with a door code for entry upon arrival. When we open the door, fresh air breezes through open windows and the faint scent of cleaning products lingers in the air. The contactless entry and the cleanliness of our cabin immediately ease my concerns about venturing away from Vancouver, and I affirm that this waterfront oasis perched in the trees will provide the perfect backdrop for our first family travel since the Covid‑19 pandemic started.
When our province relaxed travel restrictions, we opted for a much‑needed escape closer to home, and this was the ideal spot to get back into holiday mode. Now that we’ve dipped our toes in, we’re eager to plunge back into family vacations once more – but we know that careful planning and prudent precautions are essential to doing so safely.