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Overview of Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

Whistler, British Columbia is one of the top ski destinations within North America, with Whistler-Blackcomb being the most popular. Whistler is approximately a two hour drive northeast from Vancouver and offers much to do year round. The population sometimes triples during the peak ski season with seasonal residents, second home owners and vacationers.

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  • Population: 8,896 (2001)
  • Area: 161.72/km²
  • Population Density: 55/km²
  • Latitude: 50°7?15?N
  • Longitude: 122°57?16?W
  • Weather: See Forecast
  • Elevation: 670m
  • Time Zone: Pacific
  • Language: English
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History of Whistler, British Columbia

The Whistler valley was a traditional trading route of the Squamish and Lil'wat First Nations long before the arrival of Europeans. The area began to gain recognition with the arrival of Mrytle and Alex Philips, who in 1914 purchased 10 acres of land on Alta Lake and established the Rainbow Lodge. The Philips had relocated from Maine to Vancouver in 1910, and had heard rumors of the natural beauty of the area. The completion of the Pacific Great Eastern Railway in the same year greatly reduced the travel time from three days, providing access from Vancouver, and the Rainbow Lodge gained a reputation as the most popular vacation destination west of the Rockies. The lodge was primarily a summer destination, with boating, fishing and hiking among the most popular activities, and soon other lodges began to open on other lakes as well. Logging was also a boom industry, and during the first half of the 20th century, most of the lower slopes of the surrounding mountains were cleared of old growth. At its peak, four mills were in operation, most located around Green Lake. Until the 1960's, there were no sewage facilities, water, or electricity, and no road from Squamish or Vancouver. In 1962, four Vancouver businessmen began to explore the area with the intent of building a ski resort and bidding for the 1968 Winter Olympics. In 1966, Whistler Mountain opened to the public and this is when the popularity of Whistler began to soar.

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Whistler's Demographics

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Whistler's Climate

Whistler has snowy winters and moderate temperatures year round.

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Education in Whistler, British Columbia

Whistler has two public elementary schools and one secondary school which are part of the School District #48-Howe Sound.

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Transportation around Whistler, British Columbia

Whistler offers a public transit system called the Whistler and Valley Express, also known as WAVE. The service offers convenient routes throughout the Village and to various neighbourhoods. To encourage use of public transit, Whistler offers free transit on important days throughout the year.

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Tourism and Attractions of Whistler

Whistler is a skiers and snowboarders paradise! Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain offer the greatest vertical rise of any mountains in North America and offers more than 200 ski runs. Get out for a day of guided backcountry skiing, heliskiing or cat skiing. In the summer get out for a day of guided bike tours, downhill biking, fishing or try your hand at a round of golf. White water rafting is also popular in the area, try a tour or go at it on your own. Whistler caters to tourists so there are many fine accommodations and a variety of restaurants.

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Surrounding Communities

  • Whistler
  • Garibaldi
  • Pemberton
  • Mount Currie
  • Birken

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Geography of Whistler, British Columbia

Nestled in the Coast Mountains, Whistler is only 40 kms inland from the Pacific Ocean, 120 kms from one of Canada's largest urban centres (Vancouver) and 44 kilometers north of Squamish.

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Whistler's Government

Whistler is represented by a municipal government which consists of a Mayor and six Councillors.

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Whistler's Economy and Industry

With the city being a popular tourist destination, tourism is the industry that keeps Whistler prosperous.

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Whistler's Culture and Significant Events

Whistler's Farmers' Market runs every year from June-September and features fresh and organic local produce as well as great gift-giving crafts. Every Saturday from June-September you can enjoy Every Saturday night take the Whistler Gondola up Whistler Mountain and enjoy a mouth watering BBQ.

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Sports in Whistler, British Columbia

The Whistler Minor Hockey Hockey Association is a popular sporting league in Whistler.

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Media of Whistler

Whistler has two weekly newspapers and a local television station.

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