VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — While Whistler is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the province, the mayor is asking people ahead of the Victoria Day long weekend to wait a little longer to visit.
Whistler, according to its tourism office, receives about three million visitors each year, with 55 per cent of those in the summer months.
But despite warmer weather of late and with some provincial health and safety restrictions related to COVID-19 being relaxed next week, Whistler Mayor Jack Crompton advises people to stay closer to home and wait a little while longer before travelling up the Sea to Sky Highway and visiting the village.
“It’s empty and it’s unfamiliar,” he said of the village during the pandemic.
But he’s looking forward to July and August, “when we get to see people back and we get to learn how to live in this physically distanced world.”
While there was concern about a possible spike in cases after Easter long weekend, it appears most people were disciplined as there was no major rise in cases in B.C. afterward.
“I think we are quick to learn, as a community,” Crompton said.
“One of things that I’m focussed on is figuring out how we can provide that great Whistler hospitality from a distance.”
Whistler initially closed for a week in March due to COVID-19.