COVID-19 (Coronavirus) UPDATE

The Village of Pemberton is a social distance practicing community.

We are doing our best to support health authorities in ’flattening the curve’ by advising British Columbians to:

  • Avoid non-essential travel at this time (stay at home)
  • Practice social distancing – please respect the 2 metre rule
  • Follow the advice of health authorities to keep yourself and others safe

The more we do to respond now, the faster the recovery can begin.

BC Parks has closed most of it’s provincial parks including Nairn Falls Provincial Park and Joffre Lakes Provincial Park.

Trails BC have also closed the following sites as of March 23 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic:

Cat lake
Brohm lake
Levette Lake
Cal Cheak
Owl Creek
Strawberry Point
Driftwood bay
Lizzie Bay
Twin One
Sloquet Hot Springs
Skookumchuck/Tsek Hot Springs
Keyhole/Pebble Creek Hot Springs

Because travel is not recommended, Pemberton looks forward to welcoming back all visitors once we have overcome this challenging time.


Message from Tourism Pemberton President:


Hello All,

These are incredibly challenging times. I want to let you know that the most important things you can do right now for our community are as follows.

Practice social distancing.

It may seem overly cautious, but we need to take significant steps right now and limit our contact with others to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community, province and globally. As much as possible, stay at home. Cancel or postpone gatherings. Keep your kids away from group settings. If you do go out, keep at least two metres away from others, and avoid places where you can’t keep a distance.

Look after our local healthcare system.

Do not go to the Pemberton Health Clinic for non-urgent concerns or if you are concerned about symptoms of illness related to COVID-19. Instead, call the special information and assessment line the province has set up at 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319) or visit their website at

Support our community services.

The local food bank is in need of non perishables and cash

Look after each other.

Please continue to be caring and civil towards each other, especially on social media. We all find ourselves in an unprecedented situation and we need to build each other up, not tear each other down.

Again, I can’t emphasize enough that we all must take social distancing recommendations from public health officials very seriously. For those not in Pemberton, this is not the time to travel. I ask that you stay home for now until we can welcome you with open arms again.


Mark Mendonca
Tourism Pemberton
#pembertonproud #stayhome #socialdistance

Message from Pemberton’s Mayor Richman:

‘I’ve heard and share concern from the community regarding the increase of visitors to this area to recreate outdoors.  I have been, and will continue to encourage everyone limit travel outside and within Pemberton in an effort to reduce the risk of exposure. I will also be talking to my counterparts within the Sea-to-Sky Corridor to develop coordinated messaging to ask our valued visitors to stay away, just for now in an effort to keep our community safe. I will be reaching out to our MLA for support today to seek support on this matter. We will also be reaching out to BC Parks, MOTI, Chamber of Commence and our various partners to share the message that we would like tourists and recreationalists to not come to our community at this time.

If you do decide to take to the outdoors, I ask you to do it in our own backyard, and do it in a safe manner. Practice social distancing and refrain from doing any risky as we cannot overwhelm our health care system any further.

Lastly, Staff and I are in communication regularly with the Province and Vancouver Coastal Health. We continue to follow the advice and direction of the many doctors, scientists and experts working behind scenes of these organizations. My promise to you: we will quickly implement any recommendations and orders they enact to enhance the safety for each of you.’



Stay safe. Stay home.

We will keep this page updated as changes occur.