The #ActivateYourTravel photo contest is now over. See announcement of winners below.
But that doesn't mean you can't still swap car travel for active travel and burn calories rather than gas!
Some active ideas to get you inspired:
Activate your commute to work
Swapping a car trip for an active choice on your way to work is a simple way to incorporate fitness into your day. Leaving a spare pair of shoes at work is an easy trick to make the trip a more comfortable one too!
Take a walk, run or maybe even a cross-country ski to work and you'll be the envy of your city-dwelling friends who have to wait until long weekends to enjoy activities like this.
Worried about arriving sweaty? You can always activate one way of your trip (see tip three below!)
Don't wait until summer to enjoy the Valley Trail
Does work, the supermarket or one of the kids' activities take place anywhere along the 40km of Valley Trail winding through Whistler?
Snow-cleared and blissfully peaceful in the winter, the Valley Trail is a free outdoor gym that connects neighbourhoods, Meadow Parks Sports Centre, the Village and many other daily destinations. Try swapping one car-bound trip a week for a walk along a stretch of this scenic trail.
Did you know? You can plug your final destination into Google Maps too, with the Valley Trail loaded as a path so Google Maps can show you the best way to go.
Walk, run or ride one way, bus the other
There are no rules when it comes to getting active in your travel. Get creative and mix it up.
Maybe you'll cross country work in the morning but you'll prefer to ride the bus home once it's dark. Or opt for a walk to the store on the way there and then load up your shopping on the bus for the trip back.
You can always jump off the bus a stop early too as an easy way to fit in some extra steps!
Wear your hat hair with pride
Helmet hair shows you've had a great day up the mountain and now hat hair can show you choose to get active all week long.
Wear your hat hair with pride when you swap car travel for a more active choice.
Plus, there tons of ways to make hat hair work for you - try a braid or twisted bun to style as you move. Or keep a touch-up kit at work for a quick freshen up when you arrive.
Going car-free: what's in it for me?
Helps save you money
With increasing costs of living, and holiday bills coming in, many Whistler residents are interested in finding creative options that save money. Most people would be surprised to learn that they could uncover over $10,000 by becoming a single car family. All those trips to the gas station, mechanic, and parking meter add up.
Helps save your health
Committing to active travel is a simple solution to get you moving. It's a small change that can get you big physical and mental health rewards. Endorphines from even light exercise can be better than a morning coffee to get your day going!
Helps save the environment
Making personal choices to be more active means leaving your car at home. And that's great news for the environment. Do your part and give the car a rest and take an active choice for your commute instead.
How you can activate your travel:
Whistler's Valley Trail stretches from the Cheakamus Crossing/ Function Junction to Emerald neighbourhoods and provides a traffic-free route connecting all of Whistler's neighbourhoods. Reduce stress and achieve your fitness goals while taking in Whistler's pristine views.
Plot your trip using the extensive maps available at whistler.ca/Maps
And make every walk a safe one with some pedestrian safety tips available at whister.ca/services/emergency/police/walk-safe
The Valley Trail also serves as a bike lane away from highway traffic. It is snow-cleared in the winter and many residents choose to bike all year round. Get outdoors and enjoy the journey.
It's not difficult to purchase a bike in Whistler. There are several retailers in Whistler as well as bikes for sale for reasonable prices on buy and sell websites and social media. Don't forget to purchase a sturdy lock for your bike as well.
There are bike racks throughout Whistler Village however, the Village Stroll is pedestrian-only. Please walk your bike.
In British Columbia, provincial law requires all cyclists to wear a helmet and high visibility clothing is recommended.
Whistler Transit operates multiple bus routes within Whistler, including three free shuttles. Bus passes can be purchased daily, monthly, semi-annually and annually for the greatest savings.
Whistler Transit's website offers a useful Trip Planner to help with route planning and estimated travel times.
Choosing to travel with others takes cars off the road, reduces emissions and congestion. Arranging rides with co-workers or friends can help reduce traffic and parking congestion in Whistler. There are also rideshare apps and websites that are very popular for arranging trips between Whistler, Squamish and Vancouver where a seat can be secured for a price that usually equals a portion of fuel costs. Create some new social connections and leave the driving to someone else.
Car-pool passes for Day Lots 4 and 5 are available for purchase by Whistler residents and employees. Find more information about Car-pool passes.
There is currently one car-sharing company in Whistler- Zipcar. Cars can be rented hourly or longer with a membership. Rates include insurance and gas.
#ActivateYourTravel photo contest - now closed
Thank you to everyone who shared their active travel photos on social media. This competition ran from January 21 - 31, 2018 and is now closed.
We are pleased to advise that @vittoria_stoffie (Instagram) won the individual category and @canvanfam (Instagram) won the family category. There were no business entries.
#ActivateYourTravel competition details.
To enter: entry must be a photo or video relevant to your active travel in Whistler. Enter by sharing a photo or video and accompanying text about how you swapped car-travel for an active choice (including but not limited to walking, cross-country skiing or jumping off the bus a stop early) on social media sites (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, only). Entries must be shared on publicly on RMOW’s Facebook page or on Instagram or Twitter and include the tag #ActivateYourTravel. Only photos accessible publicly will be valid entries, please be aware some privacy settings may prevent this. If you have queries about your entry you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Competition is open to anyone over 18 years old. The winner will be selected by random draw. Prizes include Meadow Park Sports Centre passes, local Whistler restaurant gift certificates, Lost Lake passes, Whistler Transit Passes, and more. Winners will be announced by February 2, 2018.
Photos and text shared using the hashtag #ActivateYourTravel may be shared on RMOW’s social channels and appear on our website and are done so in accordance with public sharing terms on the original site it was posted to. RMOW does not claim any ownership rights of the photos. By sharing photos you agree that RMOW is not responsible for any loss or damage that may occur as a result of your participation in the contest, or through the use of submitted photos.