Before becoming a ski area, before accolades as a world-class resort, before the 2010 Olympic Games,– this was still a place that drew visitors from far and wide. But also a region that is rich with a fascinating history and cultural background. Subgroup of the First Nations or Native American cultures in British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon who speak one of the Coast Salish languages. Hunting and gathering and living a nomadic lifestyle long before European settlers arrived. it was rich with wildlife and resources. In fact, some of the hiking routes between Howe Sound and Deep Cove (east of Vancouver) are the traditional routes travelled by the Coast Salish First Nations peoples. In fact, some of the hiking routes between Howe Sound and Deep Cove (east of Vancouver) are the traditional routes travelled by the Coast Salish First Nations peoples.
also known as the &quot; Sea-to-Sky highway&quot;, The highway connects Whistler to the British Columbia Interior via Pemberton-Mount Currie to Lillooet and connections beyond to the Trans-Canada and Cariboo Highways .
On average Whistler receives approximately 11 days with temperatures over 30°C (86°F), and approximately 24 days on average with temperatures falling below -10 °C (14°F).
The stable population in the village of Whistler is approximately 9965 inhabitants. More than two million people visit Whistler annually, mainly for its ski resorts and alpine terrain suitable for mountain biking.&quot;
It consists of two mountains Whistler and Blackcomb at the center for a villa designed for pedestrians. 38 lifts giving access to a height of 1609 meters above sea level. capacity for 61.407 skiers per hour. &quot;Hours of operation vary by season and light conditions, but generally range between 8.30 am to 4 pm. At that time you stop cable car service and skiers are invited to descend from the two mountains The nightlife in the village of Whistler is composed of a large number of restaurants, bars and clubs that have their peak in the winter season.
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The Pemberton Trail is completed linking the Pemberton valley to the Pacific coast, north of Vancouver.
Trappers and prospectors settle in the area. Alta Lake was the original name of Whistler but the settlers start calling the area "Whistler" because of the shrill whistle sound made by the western hoary marmots who live among the rocks.
Myrtle and Alex Philip arrive in Vancouver from Maine. They hear about Whistler's spectacular beauty.
Myrtle and Alex take the three-day journey to Whistler: a steamer ship from Vancouver to Squamish, overnight in Brackendale, and a two-day horse trek to Whistler.
Myrtle and Alex buy ten acres of land and build the Rainbow Lodge on the shores of Alta Lake. The Great Pacific Eastern Railway (now BC Rail) is built to Alta Lake and links the valley to the outside world. Whistler becomes a base for logging and mining. Myrtle and Alex's Rainbow Lodge is the most popular resort destination west of Banff and Jasper.
Other lodges open throughout the valley. The abundant fish stocks make Whistler a summer resort destination long before it is considered a winter destination. Winter travel becomes possible when a gravel road to Squamish is carved from the cliffs of Howe Sound.
During the early 1960s a group of Vancouver Businessmen formed the Garibaldi Olympic Development Association (GODA) to develop a site to host the 1968 Winter Olympic Games and selected London Mountain (Whistler Mountain’s original name) as the preferred venue.
The single-lane road is extended to Whistler because of the ski area development, and to Pemberton later that same year. The trip from Vancouver to Whistler took 5-6 hours.
Whistler Mountain finally gets the name "Garibaldi Whistler Mountain". Development of the ski area on the south side of Whistler Mountain began. What is now called Creekside was once the original Village and featured a four-person gondola to the mountain’s mid-station, a double chairlift to the alpine tree line, and two T-bars.
Whistler officially opens for skiing.
A two-lane gravel road built in 1965 is paved to Whistler and then to Pemberton.
The new municipality is given 53 acres of Crown land to develop a town centre.
Construction begins on the new town centre that will eventually become Whistler Village.
Blackcomb Mountain (right next to Whistler Mountain) opens creating one of the largest ski complexes in North America.
Blackcomb Mountain expands its terrain and becomes North America’s only "Mile High Mountain".
Snow Country Magazine votes Whistler the "Number One Ski Resort in North America" and the trend continues through to today with the resort earning the top spot for destination resort and its incredible skiing in numerous industry magazines and readers’ polls.
Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains merge under Intrawest Corporation.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) shortlists Vancouver/Whistler as a Candidate City for hosting the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
Vancouver/Whistler win the bid to host the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
The peaks of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains were linked with the opening of the brand new PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola. This multi record-breaking lift allows skiers, snowboarders and, in the summer, hikers, faster access to the award-winning terrain on both mountains.
One of the many things that make Whistler so special is the pristine natural surroundings and untamed wilderness that exists right outside your accommodation. There are many ways to get up close and personal with Whistler’s flora and fauna.