High temperatures in Whistler predicted to hold into the August Long Weekend

Publication Date: July 29, 2022

Rainbow Park, Alta Lake

Whistler urges visitors to choose ‘quick and cool’ free local transit

July 29, 2022: Whistler, B.C. –   As temperatures increase into the August long weekend, Whistler is preparing for increased visitation.

The Resort Municipality of Whistler is offering free transit through the end of September to encourage a return to transit, following near five months without service, due to job action. Ridership is critical to meet the community’s Big Moves 2030 sustainability goals to reduce GHGs, and helps manage visitor volumes during peak periods, like summer long weekends.

“Given our incredible lake-side parks and natural settings, we anticipate, and look forward to welcoming guests from the Lower Mainland this weekend,” says Mayor Jack Crompton. “We have our free air-conditioned transit and park shuttles on the ready, in addition to our signature bike and gear storage at our larger parks.  From Function Junction to Emerald Estates, we’ll take you there!”

Resort guests can simply park their cars in the Day Lots or at their accommodations and quickly move about Whistler by heading to the bus stops and park shuttle locations, adjacent to the Village and Day Lots.

“Choosing to travel by shuttle or transit will play an important role in managing congestion on the highway and on side streets this weekend, making for a great Whistler experience” says Crompton.   “Not only is this really convenient, but it also helps our guests reduce their personal and the resorts carbon footprint.  It’s a win-win.”

For transit, shuttle and bike and gear storage information, visit whister.ca/ParkAndPlay.

Heat preparedness

With temperatures expected to hit a high of 35 degrees Celsius, Whistler is reminding the public to make the necessary precautions to avoid heat illness. 

The hottest time of day will be late afternoon to early evening. Whistler residents and visitors are encouraged to take heat breaks throughout the day and drink plenty of water, even when not thirsty, to avoid dehydration and heat stroke. 

Water fountains are located throughout the Village.  View the water fountain map for locations: whistler.ca/WaterFountains.

The public can also visit the Whistler Public Library (located at 4329 Main Street) and Meadow Park Sport Centre (8625 Highway 99) for a heat break.

For extreme heat preparedness and tips visit PreparedBC.

For weather and warning updates, visit Environment Canada at weather.gc.ca.

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