Coquihalla Highway Re-Opens!

It can aptly be described as a herculean effort.

That is, the massive project undertaken to repair the damage to the Coquihalla Highway (Highway 5). Torrential rains created significant damage to many highways throughout the province in mid-November.

Transportation Minister Rob Fleming made the announcement the day before the main thoroughfare between Hope and Merritt re-opened on January 19.

“Temporary repairs to the Coquihalla are in place which means there are travel-pattern changes and reduced speed limits, with the trip between Hope and Merritt taking about 45 minutes longer than normal,” Fleming said in a release.

“Travelers are reminded that highway work continues and there will be increased enforcement on this route to ensure drivers are obeying the traffic laws and driving according to conditions and restrictions.”

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TRENDS for 2022: Why you should be planning ahead.

At BCgolfguide, we are busy during the off-season in Canada reviewing 2021 while preparing for 2022.

So much has happened during the past two years, with the pandemic and some significant weather events. These circumstances combined to impact the golf travel industry in several ways.

Moving forward, here are a few considerations for you and your group.

How will 2022 be different? The industry expects heightened competition for accommodation and tee times, banking on a less restrictive travel environment. With the steady flow of tourist traffic limited at times in 2020 and 2021, many facilities were left to rely primarily on local play. In some regions, this resulted in plenty of unused tee times. Golf courses are optimistic that tourists are looking forward to golf travel opportunities throughout 2022.

The devilish par-3, 14th at the Shannon Lake Golf Club in West Kelowna.

Increased Travel Activity: Canadian travelers are pent up, at least that’s the feedback we are hearing from our repeat clients. Restrictions on recreational travel imposed by federal and provincial governments forced many postponements and cancellations. Having spent much of the past two years in kind of a “holding pattern” due to the pandemic, golfers are telling us they are excited to revisit some of their favourite regions again. Continue reading “TRENDS for 2022: Why you should be planning ahead.”

B.C. Government launches “Proof of Vaccination”

August 31, 2021

To Our Valued BCgolfguide Clients:

As you should be well aware of by now, the current British Columbia government  has launched a vaccine passport mandate, effective September 13, 2021. This potentially impacts your upcoming golf trip.

At BCgolfguide, we must be proactive regarding this “proof of vaccination” development to avoid last minute changes to your booking.

It is the position of BCgolfguide that we will assume each person traveling to a golf trip destination hotel and/or golf course in British Columbia has done their own due diligence prior to arrival.

To assist you with this, each member of your group can read through the information below. We strongly encourage each individual in your group to protect their interests by being fully aware and informed about all requirements.

Details are available here:
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/proof#required

Regardless of one’s individual opinion or viewpoint, this is the direction provided by the current British Columbia government.

“What if I’m visiting from outside B.C.?”
People visiting from outside of B.C. are also required to show proof of vaccination.

At BCgolfguide, we have a duty to assist our clients in an effort to create awareness. Failure by any individual to comply with the policies put forth by the current British Columbia government may result in forfeiture of all fees paid.

IMPORTANT: For groups traveling into B.C. regions during the remainder of 2021, please note that if your group size changes, there will likely be some impact on pricing for the remaining participants. BCgolfguide requires notice from you a minimum of ten (10) days prior to your arrival date to complete these adjustments. This lead-time is also beneficial for our hotel and golf course partners, so they can re-sell rooms and tee times. Cancellations and/or refunds will be coordinated in accordance with our Golf Travel Terms & Conditions.

Thank you.

Ross / Danny / Glen / Jane
The Team at BCgolfguide.com
PH: 1.877.223.7226…toll-free

LINK:  B.C. Government Press Release – August 23, 2021