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Whistler, British Columbia

Whistler, British Columbia is one of the most visited destinations in Canada.  Regularly ranked among the top ski and snowboard resorts in the world for families, Whistler has become an internationally-recognized four-season resort combining outdoor adventure, arts and cultural activities, and an eclectic nightlife.

Whistler is more than a resort.  It is a dynamic, full-service community with a lively history.  It combines alpine charm with urban amenities in a spectacular natural setting.  The resort village and community as a whole are very walkable with numerous pathways for pedestrians and cyclists.

Fast Facts

  • Whistler is consistently ranked as one of the top ski destinations in the world.
  • Whistler is located 125 kilometres (78 miles) north of Vancouver, British Columbia’s largest city.
  • Whistler is home to approximately 12,000 residents but is visited by over 2 million people annually.
  • Whistler co-hosted the 2010 Olympics with Vancouver.
  • Whistler’s Peak 2 Peak Gondola spans 4.4 kilometres (2.7 miles) between Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain.

Getting Down to Business

While the local economy is integrally linked to tourism and the Whistler Blackcomb Resort, Whistler is a full-service community with a diverse economic base, including professional and technical services, education and training, and health and medical care.

Whistler attracts thousands of young people, most notably from Europe and Australia, to fill employment at various resort businesses. Real estate is expensive by Canadian standards so buying or leasing commercial space in the community can be challenging.  For many business owners, this is offset by the prospect of offering products and services to an affluent local and visiting international clientele.

Recreation and Outdoors

Whistler is the largest ski area in North America, feature more than 200 marked runs, 37 lifts, 16 alpine bowls and three glaciers. 

Since it co-hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics with Vancouver, the community also possesses over 100 kilometres (62 miles) of amazing cross-country and sliding facilities; however, Whistler is also known for its amazing mountain bike park (the largest in North America) and hiking trails. 

It is a great place for non-motorized water sports and fishing, as well as golf.

Arts, Culture and Social Scene

Whistler offers visitors and residents a number of galleries and studios for local, Aboriginal and Canadian artwork.  In addition to the local Whistler Museum, the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre features local First Nations history and culture, as well as interpretive forest walks and demonstrations in traditional craft making.

The community has abundant restaurants, from funky, health-inspired cafes to fine dining to pubs featuring some of British Columbia’s exceptional beers and wines.

Whether you want to dance the night away in the club, enjoy a concert or relax by fire as the sun sets over the mountains, Whistler has something for everyone.

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