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

Whistler
The Village of Whistler is located 60 km (37.5 miles) north-west of Squamish and 32 km (20 miles) south-west of Pemberton on the 'Sea to Sky' Hwy 99.

Resort Community
Whistler is an all-season resort community nestled amongst North America's most premier outdoor destination point with Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Home to some of the events for the 2010 Winter Olympics, Whistler boasts excellent skiing and snowboarding possibilities for all levels.

Whistler Blackcomb Resort
The statistics speak for themselves for Whistler Blackcomb Resort. As of 2008, at least 3,278 hectares (8,100 acres) are available for you to go either skiing or snowboarding, at least 200 different trails, 38 varieties of lifts, 12 alpine bowls (many untouched) and 3 snow-capped glaciers. In the future, plans include the world's longest gondola ride from the top of Blackcomb to the top of Whistler.

Alta Lake
Whistler's history started out in the early 1900's as a destination point for honeymooners coming from Vancouver. With nearby Alta Lake the area boasted romantic outdoor log getaway settings in a mountainous paradise at Rainbow Lodge. Alta Lake is still popular today with cozy B&B's situated near the lake offering relaxation at its best.

Pacific Great Eastern Railway
Alta Lake was easily reached aboard the Pacific Great Eastern Railway (PGE) which commenced from the foot of Pemberton Avenue in the City of North Vancouver. Eventually the name was changed to Whistler with the nearby Whistler Mountain as a ski destination that was established with the opening in February 1966.

Hwy 99
The PGE was later taken over by BC Rail and continued to service Whistler and Pemberton, the Pemberton Valley and the First Nation community of Mount Currie. With the popular interest increasing every year for Whistler Mountain, major improvements to Hwy 99 reduced travel time to Whistler from the Lower Mainland.

Full-Service Community
Now with the travel time vastly reduced, Whistler has grown from a small ski village to a full-service community. There are all the conveniences available in the Whistler area from a great selection of restaurants, movie rentals, bike rentals, accommodation, to grocery stores that are all set in an outdoor landscape including cobblestone pathways, stonewalls and a pedestrian-only commercial centre.

Outstanding Recreational Opportunities
There are so many recreational opportunities in Whistler it is very hard to know where to begin. You can golf at outstanding courses, hike amongst numerous mountain ranges, ski or board on Blackcomb or Whistler, mountain bike or sail on Alta Lake. During the summer time, the glaciers are available for endless adventures.

Whistler Golfing
For golfers the Whistler Valley offers four outstanding golf courses set amongst residential homes and condominiums. You have the choice of the following: Nicklaus North designed by Jack Nicklaus; Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr.; Whistler Golf Club designed by Arnold Palmer and the Big Sky Golf & Country Club, the Robert Cupp designed course in Pemberton.

Whistler Off-Road Cycling Association (WORCA)
One other summer attraction that Whistler has to offer you besides all the great windsurfing on Alta Lake are the incredible mountainbiking trails found throughout the whole Whistler Valley. The local Whistler Off-Road Cycling Association (WORCA) has established a strong presence in the constructing and maintaining of some outstanding opportunities trails.

Nairn Falls Provincial Park
If you are in Whistler and feel like getting outside for a small walk try visiting the 1.5 km walk into Nairn Falls just north-east towards Pemberton. The 60-metre (197-feet) high falls are only located 32 km (20 miles) from Whistler. Nairn Falls Provincial Park also has a campground available and makes for an excellent base camp whilst exploring the Whistler countryside.

Whistler Sliding Centre
For athletes Whistler has also become a major destination point for training, facilities and opportunities available to become the very best. With the completion of the new Whistler Sliding Centre, Whistler has become a quest to provide athletes a world-class facility training for the future.

Lil'wat Cultural Centre
When visiting Whistler try to include the Lil'wat Cultural Centre as part of your adventure. The Lil'wat First Nation's hospitality is well renowned in this part of British Columbia and the centre will display this proud heritage. Please visit this beautiful two-storey complex cultural centre to learn about the Lil'wat history.

Black Tusk
For some excellent hiking around Whistler, the area offers so much that it is hard to list them all. A real favourite, which is situated south of Whistler in Garibaldi Provincial Park, is called Black Tusk. At Black Tusk, you will find the remains of an incredible volcanic rock formation that is sometimes noticeable from 'The Sea to Sky' Hwy 99.

Visiting Whistler
If you are planning or visiting Whistler during the winter time, make sure you arrange to have accommodation early. Also, make sure that the vendors of any products, tickets or services have been officially authorized for your own security or possible loss of deposit.

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