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History of Whistler Transit – From the Whistler Wave to the BC Transit Bus

History of BC Transit Whistler buses

Prior to the Winter Olympics in 2010, Whistler Transit looked a lot different operating under a unique brand known as Whistler WAVE, the Whistler and Valley Express. As part of the upgrades needed for the Olympics, BC Transit built a new Whistler Transit Operations and Maintenance Facility to accommodate a much needed expansion of service that ultimately resulted in an increased Whistler transit fleet. Along with the expansion, BC Transit and Whistler re-branded a coordinated look for all Whistler transit that ultimately transitioned away from the Wave Transit Whistler system.

Whistler Transit Operates BC Transit Buses in Whistler…

Although all the buses in Whistler now look like they’re operated by BC Transit, they’re actually operated by Whistler Transit that has a partnership with BC Transit and the Resort Municipality of Whistler.

Currently, Whistler Transit operates 8 different routes throughout the Whistler area that connects visitors and local residents from the Cheakamus Crossing and Function Junction to Emerald Estates on the north side of Whistler. The 8 routes that Whistler Transit operates includes the:

  1. Valley Connector
  2. Creekside/Cheakamus
  3. Rainbow Emerald
  4. Marketplace Shuttle (Winter Service only: Nov. 24-April 22)
  5. Upper Village/Benchlands Shuttle
  6. Tapley’s Connector
  7. Staff Housing
  8. Lost Lake Shuttle (Summer Service: June 30-Sept. 3)

Note: The 99 bus is operated by Pemberton Valley Transit System.

For a complete Whistler bus map of all routes and schedules, visit the BC Transit Whistler service page. Please keep in mind, the Whistler Transit winter service has now begun.

Depending on the development area that your Whistler vacation rental is located in, knowing what bus to take from the Whistler Village area out to the property could be confusing. That is why we wrote a post that explains each BC Transit whistler bus route per each Whistler development. Hopefully this helps you get around Whistler a little easier if you’re not relying on a car.