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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Local Services and Attractions

Central Avenue in downtown Whitefish with Whitefish Mountain Resort in the background – Chuck Haney
Central Avenue in downtown Whitefish with Whitefish Mountain Resort in the background – Chuck Haney

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Local Services and Attractions

Are there overnight accommodations in Whitefish, MT?
Effective June 1, 2020, Lodging properties in Whitefish are open. Visit explorewhitefish.com/stay for more information.

Are restaurants, retail, and other businesses open in Whitefish?
Yes. It’s important to know that services might be limited and new safety protocols are in place. For more detailed information regarding individual businesses, we suggest calling those businesses directly or checking their status on their Facebook pages.

When is Glacier National Park Reopening?
Glacier National Park is scheduled to reopen on June 8, 2020. Here is a summary of Phase 1 of Glacier National Park re-opening.

PHASE 1: June 8, 2020 - Roads Open

  • On Monday, June 8 the park will open the west gate entrance at West Glacier. The gate will be open until 4:30 pm each day until operations are extended.
  • Visitors will be able to access Apgar and Going-to-the-Sun Road as far as Lake McDonald Lodge.
  • Going-to-the-Sun will open to hiker/biker traffic as conditions allow.
  • Visitors will be able to access restrooms and trails that are accessible from open park roads.
  • Private businesses in Apgar Village may decide to operate.
  • The park is targeting to have personal boating on Lake McDonald and aquatic invasive species inspection stations open.
  • Check the park website for updates.

Reminder: Visitor services are very limited. Expect wait times at the park entrances and parking lots. Visit the Glacier National Park website for more information. www.nps.gov/glac

Effective June 1, 2020 Montana moved into Phase 2 of Governor Bullock’s Phased Reopening Plan. What does that mean for visitors?
Here are highlights of what's changing in Phase Two. Read Full Directive Here.

  • 14-day out-of-state traveler quarantine is lifted starting on June 1.
  • Restaurants, breweries, bars, casino's, gyms and other businesses can increase to 75% capacity. Businesses must continue to follow social distancing and sanitation guidelines established in Phase One.
  • Testing continues to increase across the state, with testing centers, surveillance testing plans and contact tracing, particularly in destination communities.

Where Can I Find Information on Health Care?
North Valley Hospital and Kalispell Regional Medical Center: https://www.krh.org/krhc/patients-and-visitors/covid-19-preparedness-and-updates If you are experienceing symptoms of cough, fever, or difficulty breathing, please call their 24-hour call center at 406-890-7272 for adults or 406-890-7273 for children.
Flathead County Health Orders and Phased Safety Measures: https://flatheadhealth.org/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/

What is the status of summer activities at Whitefish Mountain Resort?
Whitefish Mountain Resort planned opening day for summer is Saturday, June 13. Visit: www.skiwhitefish.com/covid-19

Where can I find information about the Airport & Flight statuses?
Local airline and flight information can be found at the Glacier Park International Airport Website or Facebook Page.

What is the status of the U.S. / Canada Border?
The border between Canada and the United States is closed to all non-essential travel through at least June 20, 2020.

Where can I find more visitor information in Whitefish?

  • Visit ExploreWhitefish.com
  • Visit the self service visitor information kiosks located in downtown Whitefish. Free Wifi is available at the kiosks as well as maps and travel guides:
    • Central Ave. and Railway Street (O'Shaughnessy Center)
    • Spokane Ave. and Depot Street (between Library and Whitefish Train Depot)
    • E. 1st St. and Spokane Ave. (two kiosks located in free parking lot)
    • Baker Ave. and E. 1st St (two kiosks located in free parking garage)
    • E. 3rd St. and Central Ave.
  • Visit, call, or email the Whitefish Visitor Information Center located at 505 East 2nd Street, which opens on June 8th. They can also be reached via phone (877-862-3548) or email ([email protected]).

If you have questions or updates, please contact us at [email protected].