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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Vancouver, Coast & Mountains  > Pemberton

Pemberton
Pemberton is located 32 km (20 miles) north-east of Whistler and 99 km (62 miles) south-west of Lillooet on the 'Sea to Sky' Hwy 99. Pemberton sits at the south end of a fertile valley called the Pemberton Valley and backs onto the very spectacular 2,438 metre (8,000 feet) high Mount Currie.

'Port Pemberton'
Pemberton's history dates back from 1859 when 'Port Pemberton' first appeared on maps of British Columbia. Situated at the north end of Lillooet Lake, 'Port Pemberton' was a stepping-off point for the gold seekers venturing into the gold fields found near Cayoosh Flat, the present day Lillooet.

Pemberton Valley
Eventually the gold dried up and the new settlers found themselves gravitating from 'Port Pemberton' towards the present-day location of Pemberton. The fertile Pemberton Valley proved to be very good for growing seed potatoes and the mountains around Pemberton offered some forestry and logging opportunities.

Pacific Great Eastern
Eventually the Pacific Great Eastern (P.G.E.) and later BC Rail established a terminus at Pemberton with passenger service starting in 1914. Pemberton had to rely on railway travel until Hwy 99 connected from Whistler and the rest of the Lower Mainland in 1975. BC Rail has been since taken over by the C.N. Railway and has a small platform located near the Pemberton Hotel.

'Spud Valley' Pemberton Seed Potatoes
Pemberton Valley for over 100 years is well-noted for seed potato production that is exported throughout the world. This agricultural production, because of the unique location between regions, has created virus-free seed potatoes of many varieties. The Pemberton Valley is proudly referred to by the locals as 'Spud Valley' and is quite evident in the area.

Outdoor Recreational Lifestyle
Pemberton is a small community that has been rapidly expanding due to the close proximity of Whistler Blackcomb Resort at Whistler. With more space available for people to habitat, Pemberton has been building more services and offering residents an outdoor recreational lifestyle throughout the region.

Pemberton Hotel
If you do visit Pemberton, try and visit the historic Pemberton Hotel which was established in 1914. The hotel is located across from the CN Railway on Frontier Street. The Pemberton Hotel has a pub, accommodation and definitely adds to the character and outdoor spirit of the Pemberton area.

Pemberton Museum
There is a small museum found in Pemberton where you can view the historic heritage that has come about. Located on Prospect Street the museum is partly housed in a hand-hewn timber building made in the 1880's and an old schoolhouse. Pemberton Museum showcases local First Nations and the settlement process of Europeans into Pemberton.

Pemberton Festival
Starting in the summer of 2008 at the end of July is the Pemberton Festival. This music celebration is British Columbia's biggest concert event held on four different stages featuring some of the world's biggest acts. Book earlier in order to reserve camping and other accommodation.

Pemberton Golfing
For golfers Pemberton offers outstanding golf at Big Sky Golf & Country Club. The Robert Cupp designed course set amongst residential homes and condominiums have tremendous views of Mount Currie in the background.

Whistler Golf
You have the choice of Nicklaus North designed by Jack Nicklaus, Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., and Whistler Golf Club designed by Arnold Palmer.

Mount Currie
Mount Currie is situated on the east side of Pemberton on Hwy 99 and is home to a First Nation Lil'wat group of the Stl'atl'lmx Nation, members of the Lillooet Tribal Council. You can find Spirit Circle Art Craft & Tea for refreshments and, for food, in the old Yukon Joe's building the Mountain Heroes Grill in Mount Currie.

Portage Road to D'Arcy
For more exploring around Pemberton, at Mount Currie turn off the 'Sea to Sky' Hwy 99 onto Portage Road. Portage Road takes you 34 km (21 miles) into the beautiful countryside found at Birkenhead Lake Provincial Park, D'Arcy and Anderson Lake. D'Arcy is very different climatically as it is at the transition zone from the wet coastal of Pemberton to the drier interior found at Lillooet.

Anderson Lake
At D'Arcy you will find the narrow Highline Road a 4x4 summer-only road that runs the length of Anderson Lake taking you to Seaton Portage about 33 km (21 miles) away. The Highline Road follows the BC Hydro transmission right of way along the C.N. tracks and offers great views of Anderson Lake.

Lillooet River Forest Service Road
A good area to explore around Pemberton is up the Pemberton Valley following the Lillooet River up past Pemberton Meadows. Eventually you will come to the turnoff to the Lillooet River Forest Service Road. If you take the Lillooet River Forest Service Road, you will come to the turnoff to the Hurley River Forest Service Road or up towards Meager Creek.

Hurley River Forest Service Road
If you are heading up to Lillooet and have a good operating vehicle there is a way following the summer-only route - the Hurley River Forest Service Road. The road will take you through Bralorne, Gold Bridge, along Carpenter Lake and the Bridge River Valley into Lillooet.

Nairn Falls Provincial Park
For camping try visiting Nairn Falls Provincial Park 3 km (2 miles) south of Pemberton, the location where the Green River cascades over a rock ledge just below the CN Railway tracks.

Meager Creek Hotsprings
Meager Creek is the site of a natural hotsprings and land area that contains high thermal properties. It has been thought that a thermal power plant for electrical generation would be developed and various projects have been designed. The road is subject to major washouts, slides and is, unfortunately, closed right now because of a debris dam across the road at Capricorn Creek since 2010. You will need to check to see if it is open in the future.

Information on Pemberton

Provincial Parks

 

 

Map of Pemberton
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Pemberton Valley
Pemberton Valley

 

CN Railway Station at Pemberton
CN Railway

 

Pemberton
Pemberton

 

Pemberton Hotel
Pemberton Hotel

 

Lillooet River
Lillooet River

 

Hurley Lake Road
Hurley Lake Road

 
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