Getting Around the Sea to Sky Corridor

During the month of February 2010 public parking in Whistler will be significantly reduced and Whistler’s population is expected to increase from 10,000 to 55,000.  To manage traffic volumes going into or through Whistler and the resultant need for parking, Vancouver 2010 and its transportation partners, including the Resort Municipality of Whistler and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, will be issuing permits for travel north of Squamish between the peak hours of 6 am and 6 pm between February 11 and 28, 2010. A traffic checkpoint will be in place at the Alice Lake turnoff to verify vehicles going into or through Whistler have the required checkpoint permit.

Quick Guide to the Sea to Sky Checkpoint [PDF, 37KB]


Parking Restrictions

With much of Whistler’s public parking being used for Games operations, parking in Whistler will be very limited. Public parking will be unavailable as follows:

  • Lot A Whistler Media Centre: closed December 28 to April 4
  • Whistler Conference Centre underground parkade: closed January 24 to April 4
  • Day skier lots:

    • Lot 1: closed February 1 to March 1
    • Lot 2: 90% open January 11 to February 1; closed February 1 to March 1
    • Lot 3: closed February 1 to March 1
    • Lot 4: 95% open January 11 to February 1; closed February 1 to March 26
    • Lot 5: closed February 1 to March 26
    • Lot 6: some parking available until February 4; closed February 4 to March 4
    • Lot 7: closed September 1 to March 30
    • Lot 8: closed September 1 to March 30
  • Creekside parkade:

    • P1 unavailable: November 15
    • Surface level unavailable: January 4 to April 21 (loading dock will remain open)
    • 100 spaces on P2 unavailable: January 11 to January 31
    • All of P2, P3, P4 unavailable: February 1 to March 21
    • 100 spaces on P2 unavailable: March 21 to April 21

Road Closures
To ensure public safety, as well as the efficient operation of Games venues, some roads will be closed to the public.

  • Blackcomb Way between Lorimer Road and MY Place:
  • Whistler Way: closed between January 29 to March 1; one-way traffic northbound March 2 to 23

What is Localized Vehicle Permitting?

Localized vehicle permitting is an initiative to manage traffic at and around venues in Whistler during peak times.  All localized vehicle permit area checkpoints will be in operation from February 4 through February 28, 2010, with the locations and hours of operation of these checkpoints as follows:

  • Creekside East (CRKE) – Lake Placid Road, Gondola Way & Sarajevo Drive
    6:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Creekside East (LANE) – London Lane
    6:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Creekside West (CRKW) – Taylor Way & Lake Placid Road to Alpha Lake Park
    6:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Taluswood (TALU) – Nordic Drive above Whistler Road
    6:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Whistler Sliding Centre (GLAC) – Glacier Drive & Glacier Lane
    10:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • Whistler Village (SECV) – Gateway Drive
    7:00 am – 7:00 pm

No permit is required to access these areas outside the permit checkpoint hours of operation.

How Many Local Vehicle Permits Do I Get?

As the owner of residential property located within a localized vehicle permit area you are entitled to receive two (2) LVPs, which are enclosed.  These permits will grant your vehicle access through the checkpoint during its operational period.  It is the responsibility of the property owner to whom these permits have been issued to distribute them accordingly to their tenants and/or guests.  These permits are fully transferable.

If your residence has a legal auxiliary suite your tenant may go to a Permit Office (see below) and request one (1) additional localized vehicle permit be issued for the suite.

Permits are for vehicles only; no permit is required for a pedestrian to pass through a permit checkpoint.

Sea toSky Checkpoint Permits

What is the Sea to Sky traffic checkpoint?

  • A traffic management initiative that will help manage the flow of traffic into and through Whistler
  • A checkpoint located on the Sea to Sky Highway that will be staffed by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. Ministry staff will be verifying that vehicles travelling north during the key dates and times have the necessary checkpoint permit. 

When is the traffic checkpoint in operation?

  • February 11 to February 28 from 6 am to 6 pm daily – for northbound traffic only
  • If travelling north of Squamish during these dates and hours, a permit must be displayed on your vehicle’s windshield. 
  • Vehicles without a permit will be stopped at the checkpoint and turned around.
  • Vehicles travelling outside the hours of 6 am to 6 pm will not need a permit, but should confirm their parking arrangements in advance.

How can I obtain a permit?

  • Two permits have been sent to every Whistler residential property owner with parking. It is the responsibility of the property owner to whom these permits have been issued to distribute them accordingly to tenants and/or guests.
  • Permit Issuing Offices will open December 14, 2009 to support the distribution process for those not captured in the mail out. Applicants will be asked to verify their parking in Whistler to obtain a permit.
  • Permits are fully transferable between vehicles and users. 

Note to Commercial Carriers                                                

Commercial carriers providing service directly into Whistler Resort will require a Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) Commercial Carrier Permit in order to drop passengers, stage vehicles and access various areas of the Resort. For information on how to obtain a permit package, please visit http://www.whistler2010.com.

Permit Issuing Office locations:

CommunityPermit Office LocationHours of Operation
December 14 to February 11
Hours of Operation
February 12 to February 28
Vancouver450 West Broadway (at Cambie)Monday through Saturday
Noon to 8:00 pm
CLOSED
WhistlerMunicipal Hall 4325 Blackcomb WayMonday through Friday
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Seven days a week
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
SquamishSquamish Volunteer Centre #2-40437 Tantalus RoadMonday through Saturday
Noon to 8:00 pm
Seven days a week
6:00 am to 6:00 pm
PembertonOld Community Centre 7567 Pemberton MeadowsMonday through Saturday
Noon to 8:00 pm
Monday through Saturday
Noon to 8 pm

Transportation Alternatives to and within the Sea to Sky Corridor

Public Transit

  • Residents of the Sea to Sky corridor are asked to take public transit. Service will be significantly enhanced for the month of February 2010, and special rates will be offered for commuters from Squamish and Pemberton.

    • Service hours increase by five-fold
    • More service in Whistler and new commuter service to Whistler from Squamish and Pemberton
    • Runs 24/7 on most routes
    • Five to 10 minute frequency during peak hours; fifteen to 30 minute frequency during late night hours

For more information, please visit travelsmart2010.ca.

Commercial Motorcoach
Day skiers and other visitors are asked to travel to Whistler by commercial motorcoach*.  Several companies provide service from Vancouver to Whistler. For more information, visit whistler2010.com.

*Games ticket holders will travel on a motorcoach service operated by Vancouver 2010 – the Olympic Bus Network.

Rideshare/Carpool
If you must drive north of Squamish between February 11 to 28, travel outside the peak hours of 6:00 am and 6:00 pm, when permits will not be required, and please consider rideshare/carpool. Find ride matches at ride-share.com. If your destination is Whistler, ensure you have a place to park.

Residents of Squamish visit 2010 Olympic Winter Games Transportation Serving Squamish

Getting Around During the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games

What will be different from the Olympic Games?

  • Sea to Sky Highway traffic checkpoint removed; no checkpoint permits required
  • Some public parking

    • Lots 1, 2 and 3 available as of March 2; Lot 6 as of March 5
  • Some parking set aside for ticket holders (limited)

    • Brandywine parking lot (at the base of Callaghan Valley Road)
    • Shuttle service to venues provided
  • Fewer road closures

What will be the same as the Olympic Winter Games?

  • Public transit will be included with event ticket
  • Olympic Lane on Highway 99 in Whistler

Road Closures and Changes

  • Whistler Way: one-way traffic (northbound) March 2 to 23
  • The need for local vehicle permits is being determined

Transit Service

  • Games Express:15 to 30 minute frequency

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