Getting Around Whistler and Pemberton

Biking

Many people bike to work and for leisure and there are great trails to use on both Whistler and Pemberton.

For a map of biking trails in Whistler click here.

Buses

The Whistler Transit System is a handy way to get around town. Buses connect all of Whistler’s neighbourhoods, and within the village there is the free shuttle.  BC Transit operates a commuter bus to and from Pemberton.

Fares

The fare is $2.50 each local trip, and $4.50 for the commuter bus.  There are discounts if you are a senior or a student.  You will need exact money as no change is given.  You can save money by buying a sheet of 10 tickets.  For frequent transit users, Monthly, 6 Month and 12 Month Passes offer a significant savings over paying cash fares.  If you need to connect from one bus to another, request a transfer and show it to the driver as you get on the next bus.  Transfers are only valid until the time printed on the ticket.

Buses run every day of the year.  If you’re alone and it’s late, you can “Request a Stop.” To find out route times call 604.932.4020 or plan your trip using Google Transit.

For information on schedules, and for route maps, click here.

Buying bus tickets in Whistler

Resort Municipality of Whistler Office at 4325 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC for passes and tickets.

Other ticket vendors:

  • Meadow Park Sports Centre
  • Nesters Market
  • The Grocery Store
  • Whistler Visitor Info Centre
  • 7-Eleven
  • The Hub
  • HI-Whistler, in Cheakamus Crossing

Buying bus tickets in Pemberton

  • Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Office, 1350 Aster Street, Pemberton, BC
  • Cottonwood Community Centre, 7390 Cottonwood Dr., Pemberton, BC
  • Lil’Wat Gas, 391 IR10 Rd., Mt. Currie, BC
  • Tsipun Store, 11098 Blackbear Rd., Xit’olacw, BC

Further afield by bus

Greyhound Bus – Trips to Pemberton, Squamish, Vancouver, and beyond.  Ask for fare specials and HI member deals. Call: 1-800-661-8747 or go to  http://www.greyhound.ca/.

Pacific Coach Lines offers scheduled service to/from the Vancouver Airport.  Ask for a local’s price, must have valid ID. Call 1-800-661-1725 or go to http://www.pacificcoach.com/Bus-Coach-Travel/Whistler-Express/Downtown-Vancouver-to-Whistler

Carpooling

Getting out of town is not so easy, and, if there’s no bus at the right time, you can consider car pooling. Be aware that hitchhiking is illegal in BC, although you will see many people doing it.

Driving and Learning to Drive

Click the links below for details on

  • Driving in B.C.
  • Insurance
  • Driver’s licence
  • Traffic laws
  • Car crashes
  • Buying a car
  • Winter and summer driving

Chapter 7: Cars and Driving in the WelcomeBC Newcomers’ Guide

Chapter 13: Transportation in the Welcome to Canada guidebook

Parking in Whistler

If you need to drive, there are a couple of places to park for free, but the majority of parking in Whistler is pay parking.  Be careful to read all signs where you park as you can be ticketed and/or towed if you park beyond the allowed time, or park where you are not allowed.   If you are ticketed, payment information will be written on the ticket.  If your car is towed, the sign will list the contact information for the towing company.  You will be required to pay a fine to have your car released from the impound lot, and this is expensive in Whistler!

You should also be aware that there are parking restrictions in residential neighbourhoods.  Parking is not permitted on the odd side of the street at any time, year-round, in Whistler subdivisions.  Parking is permitted on the even side unless signed otherwise.  Parking in other areas such as condominium strata lots and hotels are privately run. Be sure to obey all signs.

For information on parking locations, rates, regulations, and a parking map, click here

Handicap Parking:  these are spots that have a sign with a picture of a wheelchair on it. You must have a special sticker to park in these spots.  If you are handicapped temporarily or permanently, you can receive a handicap sticker for your vehicle from your Doctor.  If you park in a handicapped spot without a sticker, you could be ticketed or towed.

Parking in Winter:  It is important to know that parking regulations are not the same in winter as in summer.  Parking may be limited to one side of the street, or allowed only during certain times, so that snow plows are able to work to remove snow from the streets.  You can be ticketed or towed for parking illegally.  Be sure to obey all signs.  Click the link for more information:  http://www.whistler.ca/snow-clearing-and-winter-parking-regulations

Taxi Services

A cab from the Vancouver airport is going to cost you over $200 to get to Whistler. When in Whistler a quick hop from here to there, like the 8-minute drive from Creekside to the Village, will cost you around $12 and nothing beats the door-to-door service of a taxi ride.

Whistler Resort Cabs 604-938-1515
Whistler Taxi 604-932-3333 or 604-938-3333 Toll-free: 1-800-203-5322

Walking the Valley Trail

For those who like to walk and hike, Whistler and Pemberton are a dream come true. Click here for a map of walking/hiking trails in Whistler.

Wheelchair Accessibility in Whistler

If you are temporarily or permanently disabled, this website has lots of information, as well as a map that shows where wheelchair ramps and washrooms are located.  The map is also available at City Hall. http://www.whistler.ca/services/accessibility

Whistler for the Disabled is an invaluable resource as well: http://www.whistler.com/accessibility/