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There are several lakes within Whistler’s municipal boundaries. The RMOW would like to remind everyone to stay safe while on the water this summer as detailed in the Transport Canada Safe Boating Guide.
A complete list of required safety equipment for Personal Water Craft can be found here.
Boating Safety Tips
- Be aware that Transport Canada states that you must have a life jacket or PFD (personal flotation device) while on area lakes in a boat, inner tube, paddle board, raft or other flotation device. The maximum fine for violation is $500.
- Whistler’s parks, beaches and lakes are considered public areas and as such the consumption of alcohol is not permitted as per provincial legislation.
- If you are on the lake, bring extra gear as required by Transport Canada: a life jacket, bailer, whistle and flashlight if on the lake after sunset.
River of Golden Dreams
The River of Golden Dreams is a very popular family-friendly canoeing and kayaking route that links Alta Lake and Green Lake. The meandering five-kilometre route is one of Whistler’s highlights and the RMOW encourages users to stay safe and keep the river clean.
- The icy-cold river is not suitable for water toys, which are subject to deflating, capsizing and littering the riverbed.
- Be aware and paddle with care: water levels can change rapidly based on rain and snow melt events in the watershed.
- Wear a life jacket or personal flotation device (PFD) – Transport Canada states that you must wear a life jacket while on the water in a boat, inner tube, paddle board, raft or other flotation device. The maximum fine for violation is $500.
- Water and alcohol do not mix. The river is a public place and the consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited as per provincial legislation. Alcohol increases the risk of hypothermia (loss of body temperature), increases fatigue, impairs decision-making and slows reaction time.
- Obey all signs on the waterway, including portages. Be prepared for self-rescue and never travel alone.
- In accordance with Transport Canada regulations, users on the River of Golden Dreams must have personal safety items such as PFD, buoyant heaving line and a whistle or sound signalling device. See the Transport Canada Safe Boating Guide for more details.
Green Lake Regulations
The municipality reminds all boaters of the federal boating regulations for Green Lake.
There are two NO WAKE ZONES on Green Lake where a maximum of 10 km/hour is permitted - although slower speeds are recommended. To aid in the identification of the regulatory speed restrictions in the no wake zones, there are four white buoys which bear the words NO WAKE ZONE. The zone commences from the Emerald Estates public boat launch and continues southeast along the front of the Green Lake properties until you reach the on-shore markers.
The first set of on-shore markers reached from the boat launch demark the boundary between the no wake zone and the designated waterski/wakeboard area. Another set of on-shore markers demarking the southern boundary of the designated waterski/wakeboard zone is located on the north edge of the Fitzsimmons Creek delta and across the lake at Trudy's Landing. Towing, water-skiing, wakeboarding and boat speeds that create wakes are only permitted between the upper and lower on-shore marker boundaries. A sign at the public boat launch provides a map and boating regulations.
The portion of the lake in the lower no wake zone and near Fitzsimmons Creek outlet sees the majority of float plane traffic although float planes could be encountered anywhere on the lake. Boaters are encouraged to avoid this area and watch carefully for float planes at all times.
Please see the map for details.
Please remember to always boat safely. Green Lake has a large population of non-motorized watercraft which have the right-of-way at all times. Floatplanes also have the right-of-way on Green Lake. Please report all boaters who are not complying with the regulations to the RCMP at 604-932-3044.
All other inquiries such as parking issues at the boat ramp can be directed to the RMOW Bylaw Services Department at 604-932-8280.
Shorebirds and waterfowl using the delta shoreline are disrupted by large wakes generated by motor boats on Green Lake. Moving the No Wake Zone boundary to the north side of the Fitzsimmons Delta minimizes the area hit by large wake and distances the boats from the shoreline. In addition, public safety is increased by discouraging motor boats from entering the area used most often by float planes and reducing the potential for a collision.
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