Pemberton (British Columbia)

Pemberton is a town with about 2,300 inhabitants in the Province of British Columbia. It lies in the valley of the River below the Mount Currie Pemberton, Squamish - Lillooet Regional District in. It is the administrative seat of the St'at'imc or Lilwat nation.

The granting of local autonomy for the church took place on July 20, 1956 ( incorporated as the Village Municipality ).


Early History

The area is home to the St'at'imc, their families today live mainly in Mount Currie and D' Arcy, added villages along the Lillooet Lake.

Gold Rush

The place was after Joseph Despard Pemberton (1821-1893), Surveyor General of the Hudson 's Bay Company, and named the colony Vancouver Iceland. The name Port Pemberton first appears on a map of 1859. As a supply station for gold seekers who came to the region from 1858 ( Fraser Canyon Gold Rush), the post was built on the northern edge of Lillooet Lake, from where the prospectors continued their journey by land to Lillooet.

Meanwhile, hit the smallpox epidemic of 1862, the Indians, and killed a large number of them. 1884 followed the Cayoosh Gold Rush, which got its name from the archaeological site near Lillooet. In addition, the British Columbia Game Act of 1898 forbade the tribes traditional hunting and hunting guards prevented them this vital activity, imposed fines and imprisonment. To date, set the numerous small tribes that have come together to form larger networks partially, with the government of the province for land rights apart.

Potato country

The first farmer was John Curry. With the end of the Gold Rush Port Pemberton lost its importance, the region was intensified agrarian. Therefore, we moved the settlement to the present location.

1914 reached the first passenger Pemberton, which attracted more settlers and loggers. The same year, Pemberton Hotel, which still exists today and has 34 rooms was built. In the valley of the river flourished especially seed potatoes, a fact which the nickname Spud Valley ( Knollental ) owes the valley.


The census in 2011 showed a population of 2,369 inhabitants for the settlement. The population of the settlement has thereby increased since the census of 2006 by 8.1 %, while the population in the province of British Columbia at the same time grew by 7.0%.


Around 2001 employed the once dominant industry, forestry and logging, only 1.8% of the local residents. In contrast, 24.3% of them worked in the field of catering and food industry. In addition, each 13.3 % working in the arts and entertainment industry as well as in the area of ​​recreation, or trade.


In addition to a connection through the Highway 99 Pemberton has an airfield. The airfield Pemberton ( ICAO: CYPs ) is located about 10 kilometers southeast of the community. The airport has only one paved runway and runway of 1,194 meters in length.


In 1975 the road from Whistler, Highway 99, Pemberton. With the World's Fair in Vancouver, the number of bus passengers towards Whistler and further north greatly increased. End of the 80s, the road was paved at Duffey Lake, making the last leg of the Coast Mountain Circle Tour was completed. This opened the region increasingly for tourism.

From 25 to 27 July 2008, the Pemberton Festival was held at the Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers occurred. Its predecessor, the stone Voices for the Wilderness Festival had from 1989 to 1990 around 35,000 visitors attracted who would listen about Gordon Lightfoot, Bruce Cockburn and Spirit of the West.

The Pemberton Heritage Museum, which is open from June to September is home to a canoe from Lillooet Lake, two houses of the local First Nation and artifacts from the Gold Rush era.