Parking at parks will be very limited starting the BC Day long weekend for the safety of pedestrians and to help manage crowding. Consider walking or biking to the nearest park, or park and ride on a free shuttle or bus.
Know before you go
- Parking is prohibited along both sides of Alta Lake Road at Rainbow Park from August 1 to 3. Ticketing and towing will be in effect for parking violations.
- Parking will be extremely limited and lots are expected reach capacity early in the morning. A drop-off zone will be available at Rainbow Park to unload personal belongings.
- Accessible parking spaces will be provided at the park.
- Some visitor accommodation offers a shuttle service.
Active travel options
Consider walking or biking to the nearest park. Secure Bike Parking provided by the WhistlerBikeValet is available in the Village at Whistler Olympic Plaza. Hours of operation are Saturday (noon to 8 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.). For more information about bike parking in whistler, whistler.ca/bikeParking
Whistler Transit System park routes
Enjoy free weekend transit on Saturdays, Sundays and holiday Mondays in the summer. Use NextRide to find your best transit option to your favourite Whistler park.
- A free shuttle Lost Lake shuttle (Route 8) runs every day through Labour Day from Whistler Village. Service is offered every 15 minutes from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Lakeside Park – take route 20, 21 or 10 to stop Hillcrest Road-Alta Vista (stop 102533) and walk down Hillcrest Road
- Riverside Trails and Bayly Park– take route 20 or 10 to Cheakamus Crossing (to find Train Wreck start your hike from Bayly Park) or
- Spruce Grove Park, Meadow Park and Green Lake can all be accessed by transit on Routes 30, 32 or 10.
COVID-19 isn’t on vacation
- Enjoy open spaces with fewer faces. Consider using parks at off-peak times, or find a quiet, secluded place to explore.
- Maintain two metres of space from others. Avoid large group gatherings.
- Wash your hands. Stay home when sick.
Introducing a free shuttle to Rainbow Park
A free shuttle will operate as a pilot project this long weekend, offering drop off and pick up service between Rainbow Park, Creekside and Whistler Village.
- Dates of operation: Saturday, August 1 through Monday, August 3
- Time of operation: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (last shuttle to Whistler Village and to Whistler Creekside departs Rainbow Park at 5:30 p.m.)
- Shuttle stop locations: Rainbow Park, London Lane (beside the Creekside parkade) and Blackcomb Way beside Whistler Olympic Plaza (Whistler Village)
- Cost: Free
- Lost and Found: 1-833-VIP-WHIS (847-9447)
Service will operate approximately every 20 minutes. Masks are mandatory and will be provided.
Locate Rainbow Park shuttle stops
Frequently asked questions
Q: What is the shuttle route?
A: Two buses will run at the same time in opposite directions along Alta Lake Road.
- One will run from the Village to Rainbow Park southbound to Whistler Creekside
- The other will run from Creekside to Rainbow Park northbound to Whistler Village. (You can park in the Whistler Creekside Underground lot for free for the day.)
Q: Can I bring my dog on the bus?
A: No, only registered service dogs are permitted
Q: Can I bring my stand up paddle board, kayak, or other watercraft on the shuttle?
A: Only watercraft and floaty toys in their deflated state can be brought on the shuttle (for example, an inflatable stand up paddle board packed into a backpack).
Q: What time is the last shuttle from Rainbow Park back to the Village or Whistler Creekside?
A: 5:30 p.m.
Q: What happens if I miss the last shuttle?
A: The last shuttle may be full. Shuttle passengers should plan ahead to leave the park with ample time for their return trip via the shuttle. The closest Whistler Transit stop to Rainbow Park is at Lorimer Road and Crabapple Drive, a 1.5 km or 20 minute walk from the park. This bus is called Route 6 (Tapley’s/Blueberry). Taxis and ridesharing companies in Whistler will service Rainbow Park if shuttle passengers choose to stay at the park later than 5:30 p.m.
Q: How far is it to walk from Rainbow Park to the Village?
A: Approximately 3.5 km (around 45 minutes).
Q: Why was street parking removed from Alta Lake Road near Rainbow Park this weekend?
A: To ensure public safety and manage crowding in Rainbow Park, the decision was made to prohibit parking on both sides of Alta Lake Road for the BC Day long weekend and introduce free shuttle service as a pilot to central locations in the Village and Creekside.
Q: How many people can one shuttle accommodate?
A: 44 passengers (passengers will be required to wear masks – which will be available for free)
Q: Why is every seat on the shuttle available? What about physical distancing?
A: Masks are mandatory for everyone riding the shuttle. For those who are concerned about using the shuttle, a drop off area is available at Rainbow Park. Parking is encouraged in Whistler Creekside and the Village Day Lots.
Q: Will you be collecting contact information for contact tracing purposes?
A: Contact information will not be collected. The shuttle service is in compliance with provincial health and WorkSafe BC COVID-19 regulations. Masks will be mandatory for everyone riding the bus and will be provided.
Q: Can I bring my small propane BBQ on the bus? What about my cooler?
A: Propane is not permitted on the shuttle. A cooler is permitted, as long as all of your belongings can fit on your lap and will not block the aisle.
Q: Can my elderly parents take the shuttle?
A: Yes, depending on their mobility. Alternatively, a drop off zone is available at Rainbow Park. Accessible parking is also available at Rainbow Park with a valid vehicle decal.
Q: Will the shuttle continue running for the rest of the summer?
A: The Rainbow Park shuttle was introduced this weekend as a pilot project. Staff will review usage and feedback to evaluate the extension of the service.