Rainbow Park is one of Whistler’s busiest parks in the summer. Situated on Alta Lake, the park is named after the historic Rainbow Lodge, built by Whistler pioneer Myrtle Phillips. Rainbow Park is open from dawn until dusk daily.
Address: 5778 Alta Lake Rd, Whistler BC
Getting to Rainbow Park in summer
The free Rainbow Park Shuttle will be available starting June 19 on weekends and statutory holidays during summer months. The enhanced route will stop at Meadow Park off Camino Drive to provide access to the waterpark, Rainbow Lake Trailhead and Rainbow Park. For Park Shuttle times, days and stop locations, visit whistler.ca/ParkShuttle
Rainbow Park Shuttle operates from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.:
- June 19, 20, 26, 27
- July 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31
- August 1, 2, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
- September 4, 5, 6
Take advantage of secure bike (and gear) parking at Rainbow Park starting June 18 on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays. For hours of operation and information on how the bike valet works, visit whistler.ca/BikeParking.
Limited parking is available at Rainbow Park. Starting June 19, pay parking is in effect daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at an hourly rate of $2. Accessible parking will be offered at no cost. Parking can be purchased via meters and PayByPhone.
The Resort Municipality of Whistler has expanded the food services offered in the parks, by adding pop-up vendors and delivery to the existing Whistler parks food truck program.
Park Eats runs from May 21 to September 12, 2021. Offerings include crepes, gelato, pizza, burgers, kombucha, sandwiches, salads and more! Visitors to the parks can experience this authentic Whistler food and beverage at lakeside locations, such as Alpha Lake Park, Lakeside Park, Lost Lake Park, Meadow Park and Rainbow Park. Delivery is available at eight of our parks from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Portobello. To learn more and to view the schedule and locations, visit whistler.ca/ParkEats.
Watch out for our helpful Park Hosts wearing red shirts who can provide you with resort information, wayfinding assistance, COVID-19 guidance and park amenity information during summer. Our Park Hosts will be travelling by bike throughout our parks on weekends and statutory holidays. Wave them down and say hello.
Park etiquette and rules
Reduce the waste: Pack in what you pack out, bring your own reusable plates, cutlery and cups, use the in-park waste, recycling, compost receptacles. Not sure the best way to dispose of your waste? No worries. Visit AWARE’s Waste Educators station for some great information, including waste separation.
Share the space: Be conscientious of the space you use – limit your items to the size of a blanket if possible. Refrain from playing sports around lots people. Do not erect tents (the use of pegs are against the Parks Bylaw) as it impedes line of sight, takes up a lot of space and can damage irrigation lines.
Know the fire danger: When Whistler’s fire danger rating is high, the use briquette barbeques are prohibited at Whistler parks and open spaces. This fire danger rating is also important to note when considering campfires.
Bring a life jacket and whistle: Canadian law requires anyone paddleboarding, canoeing, kayaking or using an inflatable boat to have the right safety gear. The only exception is if you are floating in a swimming area at one of the parks. The Conservation Officer Service is actively doing patrols. Non-compliance may result in a $230 fine for each missing item. Learn more about Transport Canada’s Canada Shipping Act – Small Vessel Regulations: https://tc.canada.ca/sites/default/files/migrated/tp_511e.pdf
- Dogs must be leashed at all times (except in designated off-leash areas). For more information on dog friendly areas visit whistler.ca/dogs.
- Smoking and consumption of alcohol are not permitted.
- Camping and campfires are not permitted.
- Slacklining is not permitted using trees. Please use designated posts.
- Please note, there are no lifeguards.