Whether this is your first time exploring the Gold Rush Trail or one of many visits, the natural elements and historical significance of this area are as powerful as always. This is, after all, history shaped by nature through one of BC’s best adventure corridors.

Part of maximizing your experience for Gold Rush Trail travel is ensuring you are prepared to travel safe and responsibly. Use the following resources for trip planning prior to your departure and to keep informed on ongoing events.

Plan ahead

As parts of British Columbia have been impacted by heavy rain and flooding in 2021, please check DriveBC or call their information line at 1-800-550-4997 for an updated list of the latest highway conditions and advisories. Alternative travel options for communities north of impacted flooding areas include service by ferry, air, charter bus, vehicle and RV rentals. More information about travel advisories.

For the latest information on travel to and within British Columbia related to COVID-19, visit the Province of BC’s dedicated webpage.

International visitors (excluding U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents) must carry a valid passport and, if required, a visa. Visit Canada’s Citizenship & Immigration website cic.gc.ca for a complete listing of countries whose citizens are required to obtain visas to enter Canada and for customs regulations. For information on travelling to, from, and within Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit travel.gc.ca/travel-covid.

Always call in advance if you are planning your overnight accommodations or activities the day-of. Please remember that some of our communities, Indigenous communities and businesses may still not yet be ready to welcome visitors or have reduced capacity. Contact local visitor centers and businesses directly prior to your departure to confirm details relevant to your trip.

Emergency Information

Emergency Info BC is a provincial resource for information on ongoing emergency situations. Community-specific questions should be directed to the respective region’s local government.

Wildfire Safety

Wildfires are a natural, seasonal event in many of British Columbia’s ecosystems. The British Columbia Wildfire Service manages wildfire response throughout the province, and also provides information on current wildfire events. For information on current wildfires, fire danger ratings and air quality, visit the BC Wildfire Service website or call the information line at 1-888-336-7378.

You can also view information on current fire bans and restrictions.

If you see a wildfire starting, please report it to the BC Wildfire Service by calling 1-800-663-5555 or text *5555 from a cellphone.

Evacuation Alerts & Orders

In British Columbia, hazards that are deemed a threat to public safety may cause evacuation notices to be issued. These notifications come in two forms: alerts and orders.

Evacuation Alerts are issued when there is a hazard that may develop into a threat to public safety. They are an advance warning of a potential evacuation. You are not required to evacuate an area under an evacuation alert, but you should be ready to leave if the alert gets upgraded to an evacuation order. Make sure you know where everyone in your party is and have a plan to evacuate, if needed.

Evacuation Orders are issued when there is an imminent threat to public safety. When an evacuation order is issued for an area, everyone in that area must leave immediately. Evacuation orders are always issued with a defined evacuation route. If you are unable to evacuate an area that has been placed under an evacuation order, please contact the local authority that issued it for assistance.

Evacuation notices are posted by their respective local authorities. Along the Gold Rush Trail, these are:

Cariboo Regional District

Squamish-Lillooet Regional District

Thompson-Nicola Regional District

Fraser Valley Regional District

Metro Vancouver Regional District

City of Abbotsford

City of Chilliwack

City of Quesnel

City of New Westminster

City of Williams Lake

District of 100 Mile House

District of Hope

District of Lillooet

District of Mission

District of Wells

Village of Ashcroft

Village of Cache Creek

Village of Clinton

Village of Lytton

Additional Information Sources

British Columbia Community Visitor Centres have staff that can help you with trip planning information, alternative routes and local recommendations.

BC Parks offers information regarding provincial campground and park restrictions, closures and conditions.

Recreation Sites & Trails BC offers alerts, closures and conditions regarding BC’s classic campsites and recreational trail systems.

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