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Whistler

Whistler is  a resort town, located in Sea to Sky Country of the Vancouver, Coast & Mountains region. Over two million people visit Whistler annually, primarily for alpine skiing and snow boarding in the winter. In the summer, however, mountain biking is one of the sports of choice. The region is known for a very humid climate, with cold, wet winters, followed by warm, dry summers.

Whistler Village

Whistler Village

The natural beauty of the region is easy to see in the numerous natural formations in the surrounding area. Whistler frequently ranks as the number one ski resort in North America, and with more than 200 marked trails, the longest snow season in Canada, and more than 8,100 acres of snow-covered slopes, its easy to see why. While the primary draw is the skiing and snowboarding, all manner of outdoor recreation is vibrant here, from sled-riding to snowshoeing.

Whistler

Whistler

The heart of the community is Whistler village, located at the base of the lifts. A vibrant, pedestrian-only village with unique, west-coast architecture, surrounded by rugged mountains. Specialty shops, hotels, and eateries are open here year-round. Also found here is the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, which showcases and celebrates the joint history of the local Squamish and Lil’wat First Nations.

Location

Whistler is 123 km (76 mi) north of Vancouver via Trans Canada Hwy 1 and Hwy 99 – the scenic Sea to Sky Highway. From the north-east of BC, it is reached via Hwy 99 south-west from Lillooet and through Pemberton. Squamish is 59 km (36 mi) south of Whistler. A frequent daily direct shuttle bus service is available from Vancouver Airport (YVR) and Downtown Vancouver via Perimeter Coach Lines. A daily return service is also available.

A Step Back in Time

Whistler got its name from the trappers and prospectors who settled in the area in the early 1900s and who were intrigued by the shrill whistle made by the western hoary marmots that lived among the rocks. The previous name for the region was Alta Lake.
In 1914 the Great Pacific Eastern Railway was extended to Alta Lake and the community became a base for logging and mining. Lodges built up throughout the valley and the abundance of fish in the lakes made the area a summer destination resort long before it became a winter resort.

The ski area started to develop in the 1960s when a road was extended there from Squamish. In 1965 Whistler Mountain was named Garibaldi Whistler Mountain. A four-person gondola, double chairlift, two T-bars, and a day lodge were built. In 1966 Whistler officially opened for skiing.

The town centre was started in 1978 which is now Whistler Village and Blackcomb Mountain was opened in 1980, creating one of the largest ski complexes in North America.

Today, Whistler is consistently rated as the number one ski resort in North America.

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Whistler RV Park

Whistler RV Park

Whistler

Whistler RV Park is a peaceful and picturesque destination located 7 kms west of Whistler Creekside, with convenient access to the Sea-to-Sky Hwy. The park has spectacular views of Whistler Mountain, Black Tusk and the surrounding area.  Whistler RV is perfect for your next vacation. Free guest com ... More Details
Riverside | A Parkbridge Camping & RV Resort

Riverside | A Parkbridge Camping & RV Resort

Whistler

Whistler’s Year Round Resort Campground! We offer a range of accommodation, including fully serviced, winterized RV sites, private, walk-in tent sites, rustic yurts and cozy log cabins. Our unique yurts are surrounded by large trees with breathtaking views of mountain peaks and the valley. The log ... More Details
Greenwood Country Inn

Greenwood Country Inn

Pemberton

Relax and unwind in a luxurious Chalet style home at Greenwood Country Inn. Enjoy exceptional European hospitality in our marvelous post and beam inn near Whistler! Guests are treated to breathtaking views, the wilderness, and fantastic bird watching. We offer gorgeous well-appointed private guest s ... More Details
Paradise Valley Campground

Paradise Valley Campground

Squamish

Wilderness campsites in a light forest setting; 30 acres of property to enjoy. Walking trails between sites and river. Steep 1 hr. hike to Brohm Lake for swimming and more hiking. True comfort for outdoor enthusiasts and clean flush toilets and pay showers. Radio free, except with earphones/quiet gu ... More Details
Cheekye Ranch

Cheekye Ranch

Squamish

Cheekye Ranch offers unparalleled views of the snow-capped peaks of the famous Tantalus Range nestled along the crystal-clear waters of the Cheakamus River, surrounded by the rugged beauty of the Tantalus Range Provincial Park. Cheekye Ranch offers boutique mountain style yurt and open camping with ... More Details
Klahanie Campground

Klahanie Campground

Squamish

Prime location across from Shannon Falls and the Sea to Sky Gondola. Enjoy breathtaking views of the waterfall, The Chief, Howe Sound and Mount Garibaldi. We are open 365 days a year. Enjoy the areas trails, climbing, biking, kite boarding or take a trip up the Gondola for fantastic views, suspensio ... More Details
Olympic Legacy Cabins

Olympic Legacy Cabins

Squamish

Experience the Stunning BC Coast Just 35 Minutes from Downtown Vancouver. Relax on your private oceanfront deck to enjoy the sunset with views of Howe Sound and snow-capped mountains beyond. These beautiful log homes, built for BC Parks for the 2010 Winter Olympics, are works of art complete with ha ... More Details
Fraser Cove Campground & Guest Cottage

Fraser Cove Campground & Guest Cottage

Lillooet

Fraser Cove Campground & Guest Cabin offers a quiet setting along the Fraser River for a relaxing vacation. The scenery is spectacular with breathtaking views of mountains and the river. Situated beside the water, our campground is secluded from noise allowing a good night’s sleep. We offer full h ... More Details
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