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2010 WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES IMPORTANT TRAVELER INFORMATION

During the 2010 Winter Games, there will be road restrictions, increased vehicle traffic and no parking at Olympic venues and along key routes. Plan your Games travel now by taking a moment to review the important travel information, guidelines and requirements.

Whistler Travel – WorldMark Cascade Lodge and WorldMark Sundance

During the event dates of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, February 11 - 28, 2010, all vehicles traveling on the Sea to Sky Highway (Hwy 99) from Vancouver to Whistler will be required to carry a vehicle permit, guaranteeing parking at your accommodations in Whistler, and a confirmed lodging reservation that matches the driver’s license of a passenger in the vehicle.  Both of these required documents are being sent registered mail to Owners with a confirmed reservation in Whistler during these dates.  Only ONE vehicle is permitted per reservation.

During these dates, all local overflow parking will be used exclusively by VANOC.  In addition, there will be no spectator parking at any of the Olympic venues and many public areas such as grocery stores and restaurants will have limited or no parking available.  The use of public transportation and shuttle service is highly encouraged to avoid unnecessary hassles and delays.

Guests staying at WorldMark The Canadian in Vancouver, WorldMark Victoria or WorldMark Birch Bay are not eligible for a parking pass and MUST utilize public transportation on the Olympic Bus Network (OBN) for travel to events in Whistler. If your preferred route, date or time for your Olympic event venue is unavailable on the OBN, additional transportation options may be available through Greyhound or RideBooker Shuttle Service.

Current transportation guidelines and requirements:  

  • Owners/Guests driving to Whistler will be required to show a WorldMark Sundance or WorldMark Cascade Lodge reservation confirmation letter that matches the driver’s license of a passenger in the vehicle and a VANOC issued permit. Both items will be required at each checkpoint.
  • Only ONE vehicle per Owner/Guest reservation will be allowed at WorldMark Sundance and WorldMark Cascade Lodge.
  • There will be two traffic checkpoints on Hwy 99.  One will be located just north of Squamish at Alice Lake and the other will be at Lake Placid Road in Whistler, half way between Whistler Creekside and Whistler Village.
  • The traffic checkpoints will be in operation from February 11-28, 2010 from 6:00 am until 6:00 pm (times are subject to change). 
  • The Sea to Sky Highway (Hwy 99) will be open throughout the games with two dedicated bus lanes. Bus lanes will travel north to Whistler in the mornings and south to Vancouver in the afternoons.
  • No RVs or oversized vehicles will be allowed on The Sea to Sky Highway (Hwy 99) during this time.
  • Grocery stores and restaurants will be open; however there will be no vehicle access/parking at grocery stores in Whistler Village. You are strongly encouraged to do the bulk of your grocery shopping in Vancouver or Squamish prior to arriving in Whistler.

All travelers are strongly encouraged to utilize the increased public transportation and shuttle service. Shuttle service or Greyhound transportation to Whistler must be reserved in advance.

Vancouver Travel – WorldMark The Canadian

With an expected 2 million visitors coming to Vancouver to enjoy the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, it should come as no surprise that transportation in Vancouver and between the Olympic venues will require some planning.

The most important thing to keep in mind while staying at The Canadian is that you should leave your vehicle parked in the underground of The Canadian.  The Olympic transportation plan is based on the expectation that vehicular traffic in Vancouver and Whistler will be reduced by 30% from current levels.  To that end, there is no public parking at any of the Olympic venues and parking in the metro Vancouver area will be crowded and severely limited.

During your stay at WorldMark The Canadian in Vancouver, the front desk staff will be happy to assist you in navigating public transportation from the resort.

Getting Around Metro Vancouver:

  1. Public Transit - Vancouver and its suburbs (collectively known as Metro Vancouver) are served by TransLink’s system of buses, commuter railway and automated rapid transit lines. Access to public transit is included with your Olympic ticket for the day of the event. During the Games events, public transit capacity and hours of service will increase, including on weekends and late night.
  2. Guests staying at WorldMark The Canadian in Vancouver, WorldMark Victoria or WorldMark Birch Bay are not eligible for a parking pass and MUST utilize public transportation on the Olympic Bus Network (OBN) for travel to events in Whistler. If your preferred route, date or time for your Olympic event venue is unavailable on the OBN, additional transportation options may be available through Greyhound or RideBooker Shuttle Service.
  3. Waterfront station – Is located in downtown Vancouver and is a major hub for TransLink services. From here you’ll be able to walk to BC Place and Canada Hockey Place along pedestrian corridors and access public transportation for all event venues.
  4. Rapid Transit/Skytrain - The rapid transit system includes the Expo, Millennium and Canada Lines, which run every few minutes.
  5. SeaBus - The SeaBus provides passenger ferry service from Waterfront station in downtown Vancouver to Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver. Crossing between the two terminals takes 12 minutes. Both terminals provide connections to other transit services.
  6. Olympic Line — Vancouver’s 2010 Streetcar – The City of Vancouver streetcars operate between January 21 and March 21. They run every six to 12 minutes and connect the Canada Line (at Olympic Village station) to Granville Island. Olympic Line streetcars are free of charge.
  7. West Coast Express - This passenger railway links downtown Vancouver (at Waterfront station) with suburbs to the east.
  8. Buses - An extensive network of bus services operate throughout the region.

Travel from the US – WorldMark Birch Bay and WorldMark The Camlin

Travel from the US to Canada during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games will require advanced planning, patience and additional time. With up to 12,000 people a day expected to cross the border during the Games, the normally busy Peace Arch crossing, located north of Seattle and Birch Bay, expects to experience increased wait time. In an effort to ease this, additional inspection booths will be running. Travelers are urged to consider using border crossings other than Peace Arch, to plan travel for off-peak hours, and to ease the time it takes to cross by having their documents ready. Extra booths will also be open at the Lynden, Sumas and Fraser Valley border crossings.

Please be aware there are travel restrictions in place for travel on the Sea to Sky Highway (Hwy 99) and no parking available at any of the Olympic venues. You are strongly encouraged to utilize Greyhound motorcoach service or Amtrak train service.

Passport Requirements for Travel to/from Canada and the US

Effective January 23, 2007, the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) requires everyone entering or re-entering the US by air to show a passport, or a NEXUS card at a NEXUS kiosk at designated airports. Effective June 1, 2009, the US government implemented the land and sea phase of WHTI. The rules require that travelers entering the United States at sea or land ports-of-entry have a passport, passport card or other travel documents as approved by the Department of Homeland Security.

Travelers with tickets to Whistler and/or Cypress Olympic events

Once you arrive in Vancouver, the Olympic Bus Network(OBN) will be a fast, affordable and convenient way for you to get to Whistler and Cypress competition venues. You may reserve seats on the OBN, a charter bus service organized by VANOC and operating from a network of designated departure hubs in North Vancouver. Please Note: ONLY Olympic event ticket holders may reserve seats on the OBN. The OBN booking system is currently available with phased sales of tickets (venue by venue). To purchase an OBN ticket click here. We recommend booking your seat before January 11, 2010 to get your preferred departure time and rate. If your preferred route, date or time for your Olympic event venue is unavailable on the OBN, additional transportation options may be available through Greyhound or RideBooker Shuttle Service

Travelers without tickets to Whistler Olympic events

If you are traveling to your accommodations, going skiing or sightseeing in Whistler or if you are coming from the Whistler area to Vancouver, commercial motorcoach service is available. For more information, visit http://travelsmart2010.ca or click here to book your transportation online. You may also call 604-966-2209 for more information on this service or to make your booking.

Important Olympic Resources – Official Website Links for the Latest Detailed Information

You are strongly encouraged to visit and become familiar with the following websites as they will have the most current and accurate travel and event information available:

Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC) – The official website of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games; providing information for all Olympic locations, events and venues. The Committee is responsible for planning, organizing, financing and staging the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
 
Whistler2010.com – The official Whistler website of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games; providing information specific to Whistler travel, events and venues.

Vancouver2010.com – The official Vancouver website of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games; providing information specific to Vancouver travel, events and venues. This is the same website as VANOC.

TravelSmart2010.ca – The official public transportation website for travel during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games; providing information specific to travel on public transportation during the Games.
 
RideBooker.com – The official shuttle service and online booking engine for travelers who do not have an Olympic event ticket for their destination.

Greyhound- Greyhound Canada is the largest provider of intercity bus transportation in Canada.  They offer additional transportation options for passengers traveling to Winter Olympic Games venues.

Olympic Bus Network –The official bus network booking engine for travelers who are holding Olympic event tickets.

Whistler Travel FAQ’s – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

What are the requirements for driving on the Sea to Sky Highway (Hwy 99) from Vancouver to Whistler?

During the event dates of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, February 11 - 28, 2010, all vehicles traveling on the Sea to Sky Highway (Hwy 99) from Vancouver to Whistler will be required to carry a vehicle permit, guaranteeing parking at your accommodations in Whistler, and a confirmed lodging reservation that matches the driver’s license of a passenger in the vehicle.  During these dates, all local overflow parking will be used exclusively by VANOC.  In addition, there will be no spectator parking at any of the Olympic venues and many public areas such as grocery stores and restaurants will have limited or no parking available.  The use of public transportation and shuttle service is highly encouraged to avoid unnecessary hassles and delays. For additional information please visit: www.whistler2010.com

What are the public transportation or shuttle options available to me for travel from the Metro Vancouver area to Whistler?

Travelers with tickets to Whistler Olympic events:  You may reserve seats on the Olympic Bus Network (OBN), a charter bus service organized by VANOC and operating from a network of designated departure hubs in North Vancouver. There is no spectator parking at any Olympic venues, so the OBN will be a fast, affordable and convenient way for spectators to get to Whistler and Cypress competition venues. Please Note: ONLY Olympic event ticket holders may reserve seats on the OBN. The OBN booking system is currently available with phased sales of tickets (venue by venue). To purchase an OBN ticket visit http://travelsmart2010.ca and click on the Mountain Venues & Sea to Sky tab. We recommend booking your seat before January 11, 2010 to get your preferred departure time and rate. If your preferred route, date or time for your Olympic event venue is unavailable on the OBN, additional transportation options may be available through Greyhound or RideBooker Shuttle Service

Travelers without event tickets traveling to/from Whistler: If you are traveling to your accommodations, going skiing or sightseeing in Whistler or if you are coming from the Whistler area to Vancouver, commercial motorcoach service is available. For more information, visit http://travelsmart2010.ca or to book your transportation online visit http://www.ridebooker.com/shuttle or call 604-966-2209.   

How many parking passes are available for WorldMark owners with reservations in Whistler?

Only ONE vehicle per Owner/Guest reservation will be issued a parking pass for WorldMark Sundance and/or WorldMark Cascade Lodge. If you have multiple guests arriving during your reservation, please contact Owner Care at 1-888-648-7363, no later than January 15, 2010, to add guest names or make changes to your reservation. Guests staying at the WorldMark Vancouver, WorldMark Victoria or WorldMark Birch Bay are not eligible for a parking pass and must utilize the public transportation option for travel to events in Whistler. 

What if I have multiple guests and/or drivers arriving during my one confirmed Whistler reservation?

Please contact Owner Care at 1-888-648-7363 no later than January 15, 2010 to add guest names or make changes to your reservation.

Will I be able to drive to and park at the ski lots, grocery stores and restaurants in Whistler Village?

Ski areas, grocery stores and restaurants will be open; however there will be no vehicle access/parking in Whistler Village.  All local overflow parking will be used exclusively by VANOC. You are strongly encouraged to do the bulk of your grocery shopping in Vancouver or Squamish prior to arriving in Whistler.  The public transportation within Whistler has been increased and will operate around the clock, seven days a week. To save money, bus passes are available for unlimited travel during the month of February. Please visit: www.whistler2010.com and click on Life During the Games then Transportation for more details.

Where is the most updated travel information located?

Please visit these sites for the most up to date travel and event information:  http://www.vancouver2010.com/transportation, and www.whistler2010.com.

Victoria Travel - WorldMark Victoria

Passenger travel between Victoria, BC and the Tsawwassen ferry terminal, located just outside of Vancouver, is expected to increase dramatically during the 2010 Winter Games.  BC Ferries will be adding a few additional sailings, including a 6 a.m. departure from Swartz Bay (Victoria) and an 11:59 p.m. departure from Tsawwassen (Vancouver), in an effort to accommodate the increased traffic.

If you are staying at the WorldMark Victoria and planning to travel to Vancouver or other Olympic venues, it will require pre-planning and additional travel time.

General Travel Information

  • BC Ferries will have the most current sailing schedule, online reservations and general information on travel between Vancouver Island (Victoria & Nanaimo) and the mainland (Vancouver or Horseshoe Bay).
  • Walk-on passengers are advised to arrive at least 45 minutes prior to their desired sailing (especially for the early and late sailings), as passenger only travel operates on a first-come-first-serve basis and cannot be reserved in advance.  Once the ferry has reached its full licensed capacity, additional passengers and/or cars will not be allowed to board.   
  • Vehicle travel on the BC Ferries can be reserved in advance online for an additional fee.  Information on BC Ferries fares can be found here.
  • Seamless bus transportation from downtown Victoria into Vancouver is available onboard Pacific Coach Lines. This service runs from downtown Victoria (behind the Empress Hotel), travels onboard the ferry and proceeds to the main train and bus terminal in Vancouver which is adjacent to a Sky Train station. The Pacific Coach Lines bus leaves 1.25 hrs before ferry sailings and does not entail any transfers before Vancouver.  More information can be found here.
  • There are restrictions in place for travel on the Sea to Sky Highway (Hwy 99) and no parking available at any of the Olympic venues. You are strongly encouraged to walk-on or park at the Tsawwassen terminal and utilize the increased public transportation into downtown Vancouver.   
  • If you have an Olympic Event ticket, you will be able to park in one of the four Olympic Bus Network (OBN) departure hubs and utilize the Olympic Bus Network (OBN) for transportation to the venues once you have arrived in Vancouver.   Tickets for the OBN must be reserved in advance. To purchase an Olympic bus network ticket click here. We recommend booking your seat before January 11, 2010 to get your preferred departure time and rate. If your preferred route, date or time for your Olympic event venue is unavailable on the OBN, additional transportation options may be available through Greyhound or RideBooker Shuttle Service

For any additional questions, please contact Owner Care Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. or Saturday through Sun from 8 .a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1-888-648-7363

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