Free Rainbow Park shuttle service pilot project introduced
The Resort Municipality of Whistler is asking Whistler’s park visitors to plan ahead in advance of the long weekend. Whistler’s parks are typically a popular destination for both community members and visitors, and physical distancing limits their regular capacity. From transportation options to COVID-19 protocols, there are a number of measures to be aware of this weekend to keep everyone in Whistler parks safe.
“Whistler’s parks are popular destinations in the summer, and this long weekend it is more important than ever to be respectful of the environment and those around you,” said Mayor Jack Crompton. “Ensuring the safety of Whistler residents and visitors is our top priority, and everyone is asked to keep their COVID-19 travel manners top of mind to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community.”
There are a variety of car-free ways to enjoy Whistler’s amenities this summer. Consider active transportation like walking or biking to the nearest park or park your car and ride on a free shuttle or Whistler Transit System bus. New parking regulations and a shuttle service are being implemented at Rainbow Park for the safety of pedestrians and to help manage park crowding.
Parking will be very limited at Rainbow Park this weekend, as street parking on Alta Lake Road will be prohibited to reduce vehicle congestion. Reduced parking will be available in the parking lot, which is expected to reach capacity in the early morning. A free shuttle will operate every 30 minutes between Rainbow Park, Creekside and Whistler Village as a pilot project.
For those visiting Whistler for the day, plan ahead to park and ride. Shuttle service will be available from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, August 1 to Monday August 3. Masks will be mandatory to ride the shuttle and will be provided to those who do not bring their own. Shuttle stop locations include:
- Rainbow Park (5778 Alta Lake Road)
- Creekside Parkade (London Lane)
- Whistler Village (on Blackcomb Way, between Day Lot 5 and Whistler Olympic Plaza)
The last shuttle will leave Rainbow Park at 5:30 p.m. Pets and non-inflatable watercrafts are not permitted on the shuttle. Your belongings must fit on your lap and you must be wearing dry clothes. A drop-off zone will be available at Rainbow Park to unload belongings, before parking in Creekside or the Day Lots. Accessible parking spaces will be reserved at the park for those displaying a valid vehicle decal. Ticketing and towing will be in effect for parking violations. Learn more and view a map of shuttle stops at whistler.ca/ParkShuttle.
Whistler Transit System park routes
Whistler Transit provides convenient service to many of Whistler’s parks. Enjoy free weekend transit on Saturdays, Sundays and holiday Mondays in the summer. Use NextRide to find your best transit option to your favorite Whistler park.
A free shuttle Lost Lake shuttle (Route 8) runs every day in the summer through Labour Day from Whistler Village. Service is offered every 15 minutes from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Learn more about the other Whistler Transit routes that service Whistler’s parks.
Stay safe and healthy
COVID-19 is not on vacation, even if you are. Adventure differently this weekend and seek out bigger spaces with fewer faces. Maintain two metres of space from others and when physical distancing is not possible, please wear a mask. Avoid large group gatherings, wash your hands and stay home when sick. Learn more at whistler.com/travel-manners.
Whistler’s fire danger rating will be ‘high’ or ‘extreme’ this long weekend. Park and trail users have a responsibility to protect Whistler from wildfires. Smoking is prohibited in parks and on trails, no fires are permitted and only propane barbecues are allowed in Whistler parks.
Please respect nature when using parks and trails. Pack out what you pack in, including garbage. Never leave garbage or recyclables next to garbage bins.
Swimmer’s itch has been reported in both Alta Lake and Lost Lake. It may also be present in other Whistler Lakes. Swimmer's itch is a temporary rash caused by naturally occurring microscopic parasites. The rash is irritating but is not dangerous or contagious and symptoms generally clear within two weeks. Minimize exposure by swimming off docks, not wading in the shallow water and showering off immediately after leaving the water. Learn more at whistler.ca/SwimmersItch
Visit whistler.ca/COVID19 for more information and resources.