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Whistler is magnetic. From the breathtaking alpine playground to the endless options of the Village, it's diverse offering of rugged West Coast beauty, passionate community and an unrivalled selection of refined experiences mean than here, no two visits are alike. Whistler is a permanent fixture on bucket lists around the world with amenities for discerning travellers and undaunted athletes alike. This place proves that bad-ass and world-class are not mutually exclusive.

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Currency:
CAD $
Typical Tax:
5% PST & 7% GST
Time Zone:
Pacific (PST)
Emercency:
Dial 911
Tipping Policy:
15%-20%

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Long before European settlers arrived, the Coast Salish First Nations people lived around Whistler for many thousands of years hunting, gathering, and living a nomadic lifestyle.

The Lil’wat Nation (from the Mount Currie area) and the Squamish Nation people (who lived in an area stretching from the present-day North Vancouver to the Squamish River watershed and the northern area of Howe Sound) frequented the isolated wilderness of the Whistler Valley. Whistler was often a waypoint for First Nation trading routes between the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations, as it was rich with wildlife and resources.

At one time, tens of thousands of Coast Salish First Nations people lived, traded, and thrived in the areas between Vancouver, Howe Sound, and Lillooet. Some of the hiking routes between Howe Sound and Deep Cove (east of Vancouver) are the same routes that were traveled on by the Coast Salish First Nations peoples.
It took Whistler 50 years to land the Olympics. The Canadian Olympic Association visited the area in 1960 looking for sites for the ’68 Games. At the time there was no road, no electricity, no piped water or sewage, so it was a no-go. Whistler Blackcomb tried again in 1976 but didn't win the bid to host until 2010.
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