The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is preparing for a busy B.C. Day long weekend.
To that end, officials are asking park visitors to consider either walking, biking or taking transit to the beach from Aug. 1 to 3. New parking regulations will be in effect at Rainbow Park to help limit the number of cars on site. Street parking on Alta Lake Road will also be prohibited. Instead, a free shuttle will operate every 30 minutes between Rainbow Park, Creekside (in the parkade on London Lane) and Whistler Village (on Blackcomb Way between Day Lot 5 and Whistler Olympic Plaza) from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Masks will be mandatory on board and provided to those who don't bring their own.
Note that pets and non-inflatable watercrafts will not be allowed on board.
“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 in a release. “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.”
Whistler Transit will also be free on Saturday, Sunday, and on the holiday Monday, as it normally is the summer.
In the meantime, the RMOW highlighted several other safety tips for visitors and locals to consider this weekend:
- Maintain two metres of space from others and wear a mask when distancing is not possible. Avoid large groups, wash your hands, and stay home when sick
- The fire danger rating will be at "high" or "extreme" this weekend. Protect Whistler from wildfires
- When it comes to trash, pack out what you pack in and never leave garbage or recyclables next to trash cans
- Swimmer's itch has been reported at Alta Lake and Lost Lake. It could be in other local lakes as well. Avoid shallow water and shower off when you leave the water.