Travel Tips

Get general travel tips and information on gaining entry to Canada as well as a great checklist of what to pack for your trip.

Attention International Travelers If you are travelling by air to Canada please click here to see if you require an eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization). If you are a Canadian Citizen or Resident or a US Citizen you do not need an eTA, all other nationalities must check and if required apply for the eTA prior to departure.

  • General

     

    Clothing

    Layering is the key to wearing the right clothing at Big White, no matter what the weather brings. Weather changes quickly in the alpine and a warm, sunny day can quickly turn wet and cold. Alpine temperatures are typically at least 10 degrees colder than temperatures in Kelowna – check our Weather Report for updated on-mountain weather information. Be prepared for summer, spring, fall and winter conditions.

    Hiking footwear with good support and grip is essential for the hiking trails. Carry a backpack and be sure to pack sunscreen, bug spray, sunglasses, a hat, snacks, water and a whistle for attracting attention should you require assistance in the alpine. Anything you forget is available for purchase in Altitude, the retail store located in the Village Centre Mall.

    Units of Measure

    Canada uses the metric system to calculate temperatures in Celsius, speed limits and road distances in kilometers, and gas is sold by the litre.
    www.bcgasprices.com

    Time

    Our clocks are set to Pacific Standard Time, and Daylight Saving Time comes into effect as we set our clocks ahead one hour on the second Sunday in March and fall back an hour on the first Sunday in November. This schedule coincides with the United States implementation of Daylight Saving Time.

    Currency Exchange

    For quick cash, you’ll find automated teller machines (ATMs) around the village. Major credit cards are accepted almost everywhere.

    Electrical Connections

    The electrical current in Canada is 110 volts, and plugs are two flat parallel prongs – or two flat and one round prong.

    Tips and Gratuities

    Gratuities are usually not included on bills in restaurants and bars, and are completely at your personal discretion. Satisfied customers usually leave a gratuity of 15% of the total bill.

    Sales Tax

    There is a 5% Goods and Services tax (GST) charged on the sale of all products and services in British Columbia. There is a 7% Provincial Sales tax charged on Rental Equipment. Accommodations taxes are 8%.

    Customs and Immigration

    If you arrive by plane you will clear Canadian Customs and Immigration at the airport and are required to declare your country of origin, your Canadian destination and length of stay, and what articles you are bringing into the country. A valid passport is necessary.

  • Know Before You Go

     

    Before you leave home...

    Accommodation bookings are easy with a range of properties available for rent during the summer – check out our Summer Accommodation page for details.

    Packing always seems tedious, but here are a few tips for packing for a summer holiday at Big White Ski Resort!

    • Layers are key as weather can change quickly in the alpine. Be prepared for summer, spring, fall and winter conditions. Between June to September, temperatures tend to hover around between 10 °C – 20 °C.
    • Hiking boots with good support, and a whistle for attracting attention in the alpine.
    • Don’t forget a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, bug spray and rain jacket.
    • Snacks and a water bottle
    • Camera, charger and memory cards
    • Cell phone and charger
    • Swimsuits (if your accommodation has a hot tub!)
    • Groceries, drinks and medications as needed – there is no grocery store, liquor store or pharmacy on-mountain during the summer

    Not sure what kind of weather to expect? You can check our Forecast on our website.


    Getting Here Big White Ski Resort is an easy 50-minute drive from Kelowna in the summer. Always ensure you have a full tank of petrol before heading up to Big White, the last petrol station before Big White is located on Highway 33 in Black Mountain. Please watch for wildlife on Big White Road – including cows, deer, moose, bears and elk!
     

    When you arrive...

    Parking is free and located in the carpark outside the Village Centre Mall/Central Reservations.

    The Village Centre Mall is the heart of Big White Ski Resort. You can’t miss it, as it is the building with the Clock Tower! Fondly known as the VCM, you can find retail, food and beverage, concierge and washroom facilities inside.

    Lift tickets is where you can book fun activities like dog sledding and horse sleigh rides! Our fantastic Activities Desk staff can be found just inside the door in the VCM and can also tell you about what’s happening during your stay with us, they can even recommend where to get the best steak on the mountain! You can call them on 250.491.6111 or stop in and say hello. Open from 8:00am each day.

    The Bullet Chairlift is open on Saturdays, Sundays and holiday Mondays from 11am - 5pm.

    Retail therapy is definitely available at Big White! Altitude is open Saturdays, Sundays and holiday Mondays and features everything you’d need to enjoy summer at Big White.

    WIFI, Keeping you connected in the places that matter most. Share your mountain moments courtesy of free Wi-Fi powered by TELUS. TELUS’ free and friendly Wi-Fi is open to everyone visiting Big White Ski Resort. Connect in the Village Centre Mall.

    Washrooms are located downstairs in the Village Centre Mall. There are some washroom facilities available on-mountain.

    Enjoy your time at Big White Ski Resort, we thank you for choosing our mountain!

  • Entry Into Canada

     

    Entry Requirements for Canada

    Need a visa application form? Not sure if you need a passport for your destination? We've put all the information you need at your fingertips.

    Travelers Arriving from the US

    Traveling by Air
    As of now a passport will be required for air travel to or from Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. 
    Traveling by Land or Sea 
    JANUARY 31, 2008 U.S. and Canadian citizens will need to present either a WHTI-compliant document, or a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver's license, plus proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate. DHS also proposes to begin alternative procedures for U.S. and Canadian children at that time.

    Visit GetYouHome.gov for international travel updates.
    For detailed information about obtaining or renewing your U.S. passport, visit the U.S. Department of State, Passport Services Office, or access U.S. passport application services from the United States Postal Service.

    Anyone with a criminal record (including a DWI charge) should contact the Canadian Embassy or nearest Consulate General before travel. For information on admissibility, applying for a Temporary Resident Permit, Approval of Rehabilitation, or Permission to Return to Canada visit the Washington Canadian Embassy - Visas & Immigration.

    For detailed information on entry requirements, including medical exams, working or studying in Canada, and what you are permitted to bring into Canada, visit the Canada International website.

    Canada-US Border Requirements Toolkit

    International Visitors to Canada

    International visitors to Canada (not U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents) must carry a valid passport and, if required, a visa. NEW ENTRY REQUIREMENTS- Canada has introduced new entry requirements, find out if you need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or a visitor visa Click Here

    Contact information for Canadian embassies around the world can be found at the Foreign Affairs Canada website.

    To learn more about Canadian customs regulations, visit the Canada Border Services Agency website.

    Travelers With Children

    If you are traveling with children, you must carry identification, such as a birth certificate, proof of citizenship or student visa for each child under 18 years old. Divorced parents who share custody of their children should carry copies of the legal custody documents. Adults who are not parents or guardians must have written permission from the parents or guardians to accompany the children. When traveling with a group of vehicles, parents or guardians should travel in the same vehicle as the children for border crossing.

    Customs officers are often looking for missing children and may ask questions about the children who are traveling with you.

    Customs and Duty

    Visitors are allowed to bring certain goods as part of their "personal baggage", but some products are limited and, in some cases, prohibited by Canada Customs.

    Products that are banned include obscene materials, hate propaganda, most weapons and firearms and goods harmful to the environment. 
    Importing Items
    The following is a list of items you are allowed to bring into Canada tax-free if you are over 19:
    * 200gm tobacco, OR 
    * 200 cigarettes, OR 
    * 20 cigars, OR 
    * 200 tobacco sticks per person; 
    * 1.5 litres of wine OR 
    * 1.14 litres of liquor per person, gifts for relatives and friends, tax-free as long as each gift is valued at CAD $ 60.00 or less. 
    Canadian custom brokers or a Canadian Customs office can provide information on transportation companies that offer efficient, cross-border delivery of materials for time-sensitive meetings or exhibits.

    Returning Home

    The following is a guideline for visitors returning home from Canada and may change at any time. Contact your local embassy or consulate, before returning home, if you are unsure of an item you are bringing back home.

    USA Residents--Every 30 days, returning U.S. Citizens are allowed to bring back duty free $400 worth of retail merchandise, provided they have been outside the U.S. for 48 hours. If the length of stay is less than 48 hours, $200 worth of merchandise may be taken back to the USA.

    UK Residents--Citizens of the U.K. returning from a non-EU country have a customs allowance of 200 cigarettes, OR 50 cigars, OR 250g of smoking tobacco; 2 liters of still table wine; 1 liter of spirits or strong liqueur (over 22% volume); 2 liters of fortified wine, sparkling wine, OR other liqueurs; 60cc (ml) perfume; 250cc (ml) of cologne; AND £145 worth of all other goods, including gifts and souvenirs. People under 17 cannot have the tobacco or alcohol allowance.

    EU Residents -- Each passenger over 17 years of age from a non-EU country is entitled to import the following articles duty-free; in 200 cigarettes, OR 50 cigars, OR 250g of tobacco (or a mixture of all three if their combined weight doesn't exceed 250g); 2l of wine, and 1 l of spirits with an alcoholic content exceeding 22% vol, OR 2 l of spirits/aperitifs with an alcoholic content less than 22% vol, OR 2 l champagne/sparkling wine/liqueur wine; 50 g of perfume; 0.25 l cologne; gifts of a value not exceeding approximately ECU 175. Limits cannot be added for passengers travelling together.

    Australian Residents--The duty-free allowance in Australia is A$400 OR, for those under 18, A$200. Personal property mailed back from abroad should be marked Australian goods returned to avoid payment of duty. Upon returning to Australia, citizens can bring in 250 cigarettes OR 250g of loose tobacco; and 1.125ml of alcohol. If you're returning with previously owned valuable goods, such as foreign-made cameras, file form B263.

    New Zealand Residents--The duty-free allowance for New Zealand is NZ$700. Citizens over 17 can bring in 200 cigarettes, or 50 cigars, OR 250g of tobacco (OR a mixture of all three if their combined weight doesn't exceed 250g); plus 4.5 liters of wine and beer, OR 1.125 liters of liquor. 

    New Zealand currency does not carry import or export restrictions. Fill out a certificate of export, listing the valuables you are taking out of the country; that way, you can bring them back without paying duty.

    Visitors to Canada from countries not listed here should check before they leave what their limits are for duty-free.

  • Packing for the Trip

     

    Clothing and Gear

    Dressing in layers is the key to staying comfortable at Big White, no matter what the weather brings. Weather can change quickly in the alpine, so be prepared for summer, spring, fall and winter conditions. Between June to September, temperatures tend to hover around between 10 °C – 20 °C.

    Sunglasses, a hat and sunscreen are also a must due to the higher UV exposure from the sun at alpine altitudes – unprotected skin can burn, even on cloudy days.

    A small backpack is a great way to tote the day's necessities. Be sure to include bug spray, a waster bottle, snacks, a rain jacket and a whistle for attracting attention in the alpine if necessary.

    Be sure to pack your camera, chargers and memory cards for capturing the beautiful alpine views. There are no grocery or liquor store services on-mountain, so stock up on anything you might need before you leave Kelowna.

 

Clothing

Layering is the key to wearing the right clothing at Big White, no matter what the weather brings. Weather changes quickly in the alpine and a warm, sunny day can quickly turn wet and cold. Alpine temperatures are typically at least 10 degrees colder than temperatures in Kelowna – check our Weather Report for updated on-mountain weather information. Be prepared for summer, spring, fall and winter conditions.

Hiking footwear with good support and grip is essential for the hiking trails. Carry a backpack and be sure to pack sunscreen, bug spray, sunglasses, a hat, snacks, water and a whistle for attracting attention should you require assistance in the alpine. Anything you forget is available for purchase in Altitude, the retail store located in the Village Centre Mall.

Units of Measure

Canada uses the metric system to calculate temperatures in Celsius, speed limits and road distances in kilometers, and gas is sold by the litre.
www.bcgasprices.com

Time

Our clocks are set to Pacific Standard Time, and Daylight Saving Time comes into effect as we set our clocks ahead one hour on the second Sunday in March and fall back an hour on the first Sunday in November. This schedule coincides with the United States implementation of Daylight Saving Time.

Currency Exchange

For quick cash, you’ll find automated teller machines (ATMs) around the village. Major credit cards are accepted almost everywhere.

Electrical Connections

The electrical current in Canada is 110 volts, and plugs are two flat parallel prongs – or two flat and one round prong.

Tips and Gratuities

Gratuities are usually not included on bills in restaurants and bars, and are completely at your personal discretion. Satisfied customers usually leave a gratuity of 15% of the total bill.

Sales Tax

There is a 5% Goods and Services tax (GST) charged on the sale of all products and services in British Columbia. There is a 7% Provincial Sales tax charged on Rental Equipment. Accommodations taxes are 8%.

Customs and Immigration

If you arrive by plane you will clear Canadian Customs and Immigration at the airport and are required to declare your country of origin, your Canadian destination and length of stay, and what articles you are bringing into the country. A valid passport is necessary.

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