Covid 19 Update:
June 18th, 2021; Planned re-opening on June 25th on track. Border closed until July 25th.
The plan to re-open B.C. announced on May 25th set guidelines in place stating that on June 15th, “‘indoor seated organized gatherings – up to 50 people’ and ‘banquet halls reopen – limited capacity’ are allowed, which allows us to re-open! We set that date for June 25th to make sure that the restrictions really did come off on the 15th, which they have. Pending any further, unforeseen disasters, we will be back open for guests on Friday, June 25th at 3:00 pm, precisely.
A new version of our ‘Covid Handout Newsletter’ is available at the bottom of the homepage of this website and outlines the changes that have been put in place since our last opening in July, 2020. However, for the first while, guests should probably expect much the same level of precaution and prevention that we had in place during our brief opening last Summer and Fall.
Unfortunately, it was announced today that the current restrictions on ‘non-essential international travel’ have been extended, again, until July 21st. This sad news means that we won’t be able to welcome any of our U.S. friends until at least that date.
We will continue treating reservations held by our U.S. guests, or people that are booked to arrive prior to June 25th the same way that we have been since the first shutdown, over a year ago. If your regular reservation is cancelled because we are not open, your space will be held for 2022 and your deposit will be carried forward.
We will still be contacting everybody scheduled to arrive roughly two weeks ahead of time, for the time being. We are also asking anybody that has already decided that they do not want to travel and will not be coming this season, for whatever reason, to please let us know as soon as they have decided, even if it is a few months in the future. This will make it easier for our office to help other guests who would still like to come. We will re-book you for next year and your deposit will be honoured. I think it goes without saying that if you are unwell or displaying covid-like symptoms, it is best for you to not travel.
We are still limited in our occupancy until ‘Stage 3’ (scheduled for July 2nd). All we know about any changes then, is that we will be permitted ‘increased capacity’, but don’t have any details. So for the moment, our limit of 50 guests remains in place and the Rustic Cabins (Beach, Field and Barracks) and Victoria will not be open. Three Oaks and the Parsonage will be used only when we have a large number of single guests and need the extra rooms to try to stay at a break-even point.
We will certainly be keeping our eye on the government announcements and any changes in the regulations regarding traveling or gathering that would allow us to increase our number of guests. Please check this information page regularly for the latest information . Updates will also appear on Facebook and Instagram accounts. Please remember that we will have to train a number of new people for the various tasks around here tout suite and would like to thank every on in advance for their patience, if required.
We believe that the current vaccination program is having positive results and that we will be back to full capacity very soon. We feel that the ‘return to normal’ will be fairly swift, once vaccination numbers are up and infection numbers are down. We also believe that ‘for every drop of rain that falls, a flower grows.’
Our sincere apologies go out to anyone who had a reservation that was cancelled due to our closure, but it was with your health and safety in mind. We miss seeing everyone and the absolute last thing we ever want to do is tell someone that they can’t come and stay with us.
For the first time in awhile, it appears that the light at the end of the tunnel might not actually be another train coming. The next few weeks will be very important in the race between vaccines and variants so we’d like to ask everyone to do their part for herd immunity by getting their vaccinations. This situation has been difficult for everyone. We’d like our guests and staff alike to please accept our sincere appreciation for your understanding and patience. We can’t say every decision we made was the perfect one, but they were all made with your health and safety in mind. We are really looking forward to seeing everyone, here, soon.