On behalf of the 2019 Host Society for the 55+ BC Games, we look forward to hosting you in Kelowna. The following is a summary of the transportation related services that will be provided during the Games.
If you are planning to use the Games’ Transportation System, please visit us at the Transportation Tables during the Accreditation Process on September 11 and 12, where you’ll be asked to complete a form to establish the number of riders on each route. There are a limited number of seats available on each bus, so it is imperative that you let us know if you intend to use our service.
Transportation to Accreditation; Opening Ceremony; Thursday Evening Event; Friday Night Street Party
Please note, the Transportation system will be providing service to Accreditation on both Tuesday and Wednesday, as well as to the Opening Ceremonies and to the Thursday and Friday night events downtown.
For Accreditation, buses start doing 1-hour loops past the hotels in their zones at 1 pm on Tuesday and throughout the afternoon on Wednesday. Detailed pick up times for each location are posted to the website so that participants can check when the bus will be stopping at their hotel.
For the Opening Ceremonies, buses will start looping at 5 pm to get participants to Prospera Place in time to join the other participants in their zone. Marshaling will begin by 6 pm.
For the Thursday and Friday night events downtown, buses will do a similar loop at 5 and 6 p.m. to get participants downtown. Return trips to all hotels will be offered at 8 and 9 pm on Thursday night and 9 and 10 pm on Friday night.
Our goal is to make this the ‘Greenest Games’ so far. As such, we are endeavouring to transport as many participants as possible through our transportation system, rather than having over 4,000 competitors driving themselves in private automobiles.
For those arriving by air, we are pleased to announce that our corporate partner, Kelowna Concierge, has agreed to provide complimentary transportation from the Kelowna Airport to the following hotels:
|Delta Grand||Royal Anne||Fairfield Inn and Suites||Holiday Inn Express/Suites||Best Western Plus & Suites|
|The Royal Kelowna||The Ramada||Playa Del Sol||Siesta Inn and Suites||Recreation Inn|
|Dilworth Inn||Super 8||Day’s Inn||Okanagan Seasons Resort||Prestige Inn|
|Hotel Zed||Kelowna Inn and Suites||Oasis Inn||Coast Capri Hotel||Comfort Inn|
|Kanata Hotel||Manteo Resort||Hotel Eldorado||Sandman Hotel||Accent Inn|
To access this service, please visit the Kelowna Concierge website at https://kelownaconcierge.ca/airportshuttle and either book through their online service, or call them at (250) 863-4213. Please identify yourself as a participant in the 55+ BC Games when making your reservation.
Kelowna Regional Transit System
Thanks to support from the City of Kelowna, Games’ participants will be able to ride on the Kelowna Regional Transit System free of charge when showing their Games’ credential. To access schedules and maps, please refer to their website: https://www.bctransit.com/kelowna/home. This site has a very ‘user-friendly’ feature where you can insert your starting point and destination and it will provide you with detailed route information. We encourage participants to use this service when not riding on the buses provided by our Games’ Society.
Kelowna 55+ Games Transportation System
Thanks to support from our corporate partner, Regency Retirement Resorts, and with assistance from the Central Okanagan Public School District and A-1 Bus Lines, we have secured a fleet of buses of various sizes that will provide shuttle services for participants throughout the Games. These buses will service the different ‘hubs’ that include a cluster of Games’ venues as well as the hotels in that zone. The service will run on a continuous looping basis and the detailed schedule will be published by September 1st, once all sport bodies have confirmed their start and end times. If participants are staying in a hotel in a different zone than their sport venue, they will be taken to a central transfer station, where they will board the bus that services their activity.
Other features of this system include:
- A ‘park-and-ride’ option, where participants will be able to drive their own vehicles to a location along one of the bus routes to avoid parking challenges at several of the venues; and
- Bus Transportation to the Participant Accreditation, Opening Ceremony and to the Thursday and Friday evening special events downtown.
It is important to note that a number of the venues will be very limited in terms of vehicle parking. Of particular note are the venues for Archery, Badminton, Dragon Boating and Tennis. Participants choosing to drive their own vehicles to some of these venues need to be prepared to walk considerable distances or consider riding the shuttle bus servicing these locations. Individual sport groups will be able to provide more information about the anticipated availability of parking near their venues.
Transportation of Cargo/Equipment
There is currently no plan to provide transportation for equipment that can’t be carried on the regular shuttle buses. Participants needing to transport equipment such as road and mountain bikes need to make their own arrangements, or contact their sport groups to arrange for assistance in making their own plans.