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Big Sky Golf Club, Pemberton, Photo Destination BC Grant Harder

Pemberton

Located in Vancouver, Coast & MountainsSea to Sky Country, Pemberton enjoys warm, dry summers, and mild, snowy winters. In summer the natural landscape of the many provincial parks offer numerous hiking trails, as well as lakes and rivers for fishing and boating. This region also holds important habitats for a variety of wildlife, including spotted owls, mountain goats, black bears, and grizzly bears. In the winter the surrounding mountains, hills, and valleys becomes a winter wonderland with many outdoor activities. Whistler Blackcomb is only a 30-minute drive away, offering world renowned alpine activities.

The prime attractions of this community include, the Pemberton Museum, the Pemberton Region Airport, and two world-class 18-hole golf courses. The museum details the history of the first nations who lived in the area, with exhibits showing life before contact with Europeans. The regional airport offers daily helicopter tours of the valley, plus paragliding and skydiving. The Big Sky Golf & Country Club, and the Meadows Golf are both located at the base of Mt. Currie beside the Coquitlam River, offering stunning views, coupled with spectacular golf.

Joffre Lakes, Pemberton

Joffre Lakes, Pemberton Photo: Eric Poulin

Location

Pemberton is 33 km (20 mi) north of Whistler off Hwy 99. From Lillooet the village is accessed via Hwy 99 (Duffy Lake Road).

A Step Back in Time

Before European settlers, the greater Pemberton Valley area was the traditional territory of First Nations peoples of the Interior Salish tribe. Today, Pemberton’s closest neighbouring community, Mount Currie, is the administrative seat of the Lil’wat Nation and their governing body.

Named for Joseph Despard Pemberton, a Surveyor General for the Hudson’s Bay Company in the 1850s, “Port Pemberton” first appeared on a map in 1859 as a supply stop to service the influx of gold seekers. By the early 1880s, as gold fever dwindled, people turned to farming the rich farm lands of the Pemberton Valley.

The first passenger train rolled through Pemberton in 1914, further opening the area to settlers and trade. Throughout its history, agriculture and forestry have been the mainstays of the local economy. The Valley is best known for its seed potatoes, and is affectionately referred to as “Spud Valley” by locals. In 1967, this area became the first commercial seed potato area in the world to grow virus-free seed potatoes.

Travel in and out of the region was largely regulated by the railway until 1975, when southern highway access was added from Whistler. The Duffey Lake road was paved in the late 1980s completing the last section of the scenic drive called the Coast Mountain Circle Tour.

As the fastest growing community in BC, the Village has seen many changes in a short period of time. Agriculture and forestry are still important aspects of local economy, but tourism employs the highest percentages of residents.

Contact Information

Tourism Pemberton

Pemberton & Nearby Accommodations

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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
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
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
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. Arrive any time as we are open 365 days a year or email us to reserve creek side tenting or a private ocean view RV site. Enjoy the areas trails, ... 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
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
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