Whistler (British Columbia)

Whistler, Resort Municipality of Whistler completely actually, a place in the region Whistler -Blackcomb, a renowned ski resort in western Canada, about 115 kilometers northeast of Vancouver, British Columbia, is located. The region is named after the two mountains Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Peak. In the summer there are many opportunities for tours by mountain bike and other activities.


The Whistler Valley is considered traditional trade route of the Squamish Lil'wat and. The first British visitors named the area London Mountain, but sat the designation after the whistle (English: whistle ), the marmot through. Completed in 1877, joined a path briefly Lillooet, Pemberton and Burrard Inlet via a pass from Squamish to the Seymour River.

Trappers and prospectors such as John Millar and Henry Horstman, who established small camps were attracted by the natural beauty of the area. With the arrival of Mrytle and Alex Philip from Maine or Vancouver, the four acres of land acquired in 1914 at Alta Lake, was the first Lodge ( Rainbow Lodge ). They benefited from the fact that the Pacific Great Eastern Railway was completed in the same year, which reduced the journey time dramatically. The lodge was not the only, others followed. Although four sawmills processed timber enormous masses, lacking almost any infrastructure until the 1960s.

In 1962 began attempts to make the area a ski area - 1966 drove the first lifts - which led to the application for the Olympic Winter Games 1968.


The census in 2011 showed a population of 9,824 inhabitants of the small town. The population has thereby increased since the census of 2006 at 6.2%, while the population grew throughout the Province of British Columbia at the same time by 7.0%.


The granting of local autonomy for the church took place on September 6, 1976 ( incorporated as the Resort Municipality ).

Mayor of the municipality is Nancy Wilhelm- Morden. Together with six other citizens to form the Council of the Town ( council).


Whistler is a popular winter because of its snow. At both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, there are numerous runs of varying difficulty. Quality and standards are comparable to Kitzbuhel, Lech, St. Moritz or Davos. Whistler -Blackcomb is the largest ski resort in North America.

Beginning of 2005 took place the Snowboard World Championships here. In the summer, one of the biggest bike parks in the world is operated. For the Alpine ski season 2007/2008 Whistler was again included in the World Cup calendar, in February 2008, competitions were held for women and men. In Whistler, the alpine skiing events were held as part of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Whistler is a preferred area, especially in the sports of snowboarding and downhill for many sports movies. The film Seven Sunny Days was filmed in the place for the most part and had on the Skiers Plaza world premiere.

From 2013 Ironman Canada will take place in Whistler.


Whistler is located on Highway 99, which connects the village to the south after about 50 kilometers, with Squamish and after about 125 kilometers with Vancouver.

Unique features of the company's Whistler Mountaineer Whistler run from the train station to North Vancouver. A scheduled passenger is not excessive for years. Train to Jasper offered by the company Rocky Mountaineer who use the tracks of the Canadian National Railway from the direction of North Vancouver through Whistler and Prince George. Bus services through the Whistler and Valley Express buses, which go up to Squamish and Pemberton.

North of Whistler is the Whistler / Green Lake Water Aerodrome ( ICAO code CAE5 ), an airport for seaplanes, the Whistler connects several towns in the province. However, most residents Whistlers use the Vancouver International Airport in Vancouver, 125 km away.

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