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As we enter the final days of summer, I would typically use this column space to encourage British Columbians to take one final opportunity to hit the open road and enjoy every corner of this wonderful province we call home – but the last several weeks have proved to be anything but typical.

In recent days, the provincial government declared a province-wide state of emergency and instituted an emergency travel ban to fire zones to free up accommodation for thousands of evacuees and fire crews. And while many of the restrictions have been lifted, travellers are being urged to consult with local communities before traveling to them, to ensure they are accepting visitors.

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