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Fall 2020 BCIT Whistler Courses – New Student Information

/Fall 2020 BCIT Whistler Courses – New Student Information

Thank you for registering for a BCIT Whistler Fall 2020 course.

This page contains important information about the following subjects and it is recommended that you read every section to prepare you to study in Whistler:

Now that you have registered for a Whistler course BCIT will enroll you in your course(s) and issue you a tuition invoice for payment before the course starts.

If you need to with draw from a course please visit the BCIT Part-Time Studies Withdrawal page and follow the instructions listed.

Courses are subject to minimum enrollment. If courses are cancelled, a refund will be issued automatically within 4 weeks.

It is strongly recommended that ALL students in Whistler courses bring a lap top.

Students registering for Photography & Lightroom are required to bring a lap top, DSLR/mirrorless camera (no compact cameras accepted), SD/CF Card Memory, tripod. If you do not have a camera please email the Whistler Learning Centre.

Your instructor will contact you closer to your start date to confirm your textbooks and/or required reading prior to the stat of class.

All Whistler BCIT classes will take place at the Whistler Conference Centre.

Your instructor will contact you closer to the start of your course about what time the first class will start and where to meet to ensure social distancing is maintained.

The Whistler Conference Centre is located at 4010 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC V8E 1J2. Click here for the location map and parking information.

Students may choose to return home Thursday-Sunday or remain in Whistler to enjoy local activities or off-set their costs with temporary work.

Accommodation options to suit every budget have been arranged at preferred rates for BCIT students. The prices vary depending on the location selected, the number of nights booked, occupancy and are offered on a ‘First Come First Served’ basis:

Budget: Whistler Athlete Centre Townhome

1080 Legacy Way, Whistler, BC V8E 0K3 Cheakamus Crossing neighbourhood, 9km/20-30 minute bus ride to class.

Two bedroom Townhome (sleeps 4): $260/night ($65/per person for a group of 4 already in shared accommodation or social bubble) Each townhome has two levels, a fully equipped kitchen and a two bedroom configuration with two extra large single beds per bedroom. These townhomes are comfortable, fully furnished, and are a perfect home away from home! Amenities include: desk and chair, closet and armoire storage spaces, dining table and chairs, loveseat couch and armchairs, refrigerator, stove/oven, microwave, cookware, servingware, washer/dryer, and complimentary designated parking space, patio.

To book your townhome accommodation please call Whistler Sports Legacies’s Athlete Centre on 604-964-0052 or email lodge@whistlersportlegacies.com mentioning that you are a BCIT student.

Moderate: Tantalus Lodge

4200 Whistler Way, Whistler BC V0N 1B4 Whistler Village location, 8 minute walk to class.

One Bedroom Suite: $109+tax/night (rising to $129 Nov 22-25, Nov 29-Dec 2) One queen bed or 2 twin beds in the bedroom and a double sofa bed in the living room. A full kitchen with plates, cutlery and glassware for six place settings. Full size appliances, oven and dishwasher, cooking utensils and pots and pans. Coffee maker with complimentary coffee and tea, LCD television, In room safe, Cordless telephone and Pay movie access.

Two Bedroom Suite: $169+tax/night (rising to $199 Nov 22-25, Nov 29-Dec 2) Two separate bedrooms with a queen bed in one and two twins in the second bedroom. Two full baths, a queen sofa bed, living room and dining room. Full kitchen living and dining room with balcony and fireplace.

To book your Tantalus Lodge accommodation please call 1.866.299.6971 or e-mail groups@whistler.com. The Whistler.com Group Sales team can make your accommodation booking and/or transportation reservation. Whistler offers a diverse selection of accommodation which means you will find the perfect place to call home during your stay. Special rates have been sourced for BCIT students at the Tantalus Resort Lodge of $109 per night.

Luxury: Hilton Whistler

4050 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4 Whistler Village location, 4 minute walk to class.

Pricing: 30% off the best available rate at the Hilton, e.g. September 13-16: $129 per night, plus additional $25 per night resort fee.

To book your Hilton Whistler accommodation please call 1.866.299.6971 or e-mail groups@whistler.com. The Whistler.com Group Sales team can make your accommodation booking and/or transportation reservation. Whistler offers a diverse selection of accommodation which means you will find the perfect place to call home during your stay. Special rates have been sourced for BCIT students at the Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa at 30% off.

Whistler is located on Canada’s West Coast, approximately two hours drive north of Vancouver. To explore bus services and car rental options please visit the Tourism Whistler website or call/email the Whistler.com Group Sales team to make a transportation reservation on call 1.866.299.6971 or e-mail groups@whistler.com.
If you are considering off-setting your tuition fees and accommodation costs while you study and stay in Whistler, take a look at these employment/job boards to find temporary part-time work to suit your schedule:

Health and safety measures have been put in place to maintain the health of students and instructors which include the following:

  • Limited class capacity to allow for 2 metre physical distancing.
  • Protocols for hand washing and sanitizing.
  • Frequent cleaning and sanitizing of equipment and rooms.
  • Each student is assigned their own desk to be used only by them for the duration of the course.
  • Access to the facility will not be permitted to individuals displaying symptoms of COVID-19.
  • For the safety of others, anyone who has been in close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 or has travelled outside of Canada within 14 days prior to their course start date are asked to stay off campus.

Another fundamentally important component of keeping our community safe both on- and off-campus is self-care and self-assessment. It is critically important that we all monitor our health carefully to help ensure we don’t inadvertently spread COVID-19 to others. If you have symptoms, please stay home. Don’t risk your own or others’ health by ignoring symptoms. Below are a few things you should consider daily:

If you have any cold or flu-like symptoms, please stay home and self-isolate. The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other respiratory illnesses including Influenza and the common cold, and include:

  •  Fever
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat and painful swallowing
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Loss of sense of smell
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite

Sometimes people with COVID-19 have mild illness, but their symptoms may suddenly worsen in a few days. People infected with COVID-19 may also experience symptoms like diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting a few days after the onset of the above symptoms. If you have only gastrointestinal symptoms you may not have COVID-19.

If you have these symptoms, do not go to work, campus, or public areas, do not use public transport or taxis.

You can access the BC Centre for Disease Control’s COVID-19 Assessment Tool here.

Testing is recommended for anyone with cold, flu or COVID-19-like symptoms, even mild ones. You can now be assessed for COVID-19 testing by a healthcare provider or at a local collection centre. Here’s a link to BC’s Collection Centres. Please call ahead before visiting a healthcare facility to explain your symptoms.

If you test positive and have had contact with BCIT students or colleagues, please contact your Instructor.

If you test positive, please isolate for 14-days or until you are cleared by your physician or the Public Health Officer. Do not return to your workplace during this isolation period.

If you have questions regarding this process, please visit the BC Centre for Disease Control’s COVID-19 information page.

It is critically important that we all take care of ourselves and each other through this pandemic and follow the directions of the Public Health Officer, BC Centre for Disease Control, and our own OHS team.

We’d like to remind everyone in our community of the importance of maintaining your well-being and mental health. Confidential counselling resources are always available and are so important at this time. Counselling services for faculty and staff can be accessed 24/7 through Homewood Health by calling 1-800-663-1142. Counselling services for students are available through BCIT Student Counselling by calling 604-432-8608. 

In Whistler, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) is the official health authority. Any visitors with questions about COVID-19 or public health in Whistler are encouraged to consult the Vancouver Coastal Health website.

The Whistler Health Care Centre provides urgent and emergency health care services to people living and visiting in Whistler and along the Sea-to-Sky Highway. There is onsite radiology, CT Scanner and laboratory services. For more information visit www.vch.ca

Health Link BC 8-1-1 is a free-of-charge health information and advice phone line available in British Columbia. By calling 8-1-1, you can speak to a health services representative, who can help you find health information and services; or connect you directly with a registered nurse, a registered dietitian or a pharmacist. For more information visit www.healthlinkbc.ca

Whistler Community Services Society Outreach Workers provide no-cost, confidential support for those experiencing challenges with mental health, financial insecurity, advocacy, physical health and injury, housing, food insecurity, substance use, employment, relationships, parenting support or violence in relationships. To book an appointment with an outreach worker visit www.mywcss.org

Whistler offers an assortment of activities to fill your time when you have finished classes and homework. Whether you are looking for an adrenaline adventure, to immerse yourself in nature, experience the local arts and culture offerings, or explore health and wellness opportunities, there is something here for everyone to enjoy!

Visit the Tourism Whistler website for a menu of local activities to enjoy while you are in Whistler.

Note that while many businesses in Whistler have reopened in alignment with BC’s Restart Plan, some are continuing to suspend or modify their operations in response to COVID-19.

Visit Whistler’s Doors Open Directory for additional information, COVID-19 safety protocols and special offers from the businesses. Please contact each business directly to confirm their hours of operation.