The May long weekend is seen as a much-needed break for some, but for others in Whistler it signals a busy, and potentially dangerous time.
Young adults are expected to show up in droves, and Whistler-Pemberton RCMP Staff Sergeant Steve LeClair says more officers will be expected.
“You’ll see probably the greatest increase in officers in the Village doing foot and bike patrol for the May long weekend.
Whistler Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden says businesses and residents will be watching.
“There’s zero tolerance for open alcohol and there will be foot patrols on the valley trail.”
Wilhelm-Morden says anyone looking to start trouble shouldn’t bother coming up.
“If people want to come up here and behave badly, they may well be spending time in cells.”
Last year’s May long weekend resulted in a number of incidents, including the tragic death of 19-year-old Luka Gordic.
LeClair admits it’ll be in the police mindset this weekend.
“Those things are of course front and centre in our mind and we plan on taking a very proactive approach to policing this weekend and that includes watching for groups of youth congregating and that type of thing.”
A criminal trial in that case is still ongoing.