Whistler Guide


Photo credit: Ruth Hartnup

There is nowhere else in this country that can claim to be Canada’s playground in the way that Whistler can. Sure there are plenty of great spots to visit from coast to coast, but nowhere else quite has that certain something in the way that Whistler does.

Nestled in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, Whistler sits at the bottom of two of the most majestic the range has to offer; the 5,020 ft Whistler mountain and the 5,280 ft Blackcomb. Both combining for more than 10,000 vertical feet of hill to go down, meaning there are long bits of slope to traverse before you have to even think about getting back on a chairlift.

However, Whistler is more than a ski resort. It’s a year-round destination for people looking to cut loose from the pressures of urban living and as close to a mountain oasis as you’re going to find anywhere in the world. Of course it’s a destination for skiers and snowboarders, but what’s more, it’s a promised land for golfers, hikers, mountain bikers, foodies, and even shoppers. Whistler lets you leave everything behind and yet feel like nothing’s missing.

With all the infrastructure developed in the lead up to the 2010 Winter Games, Whistler is now just a two-hour ride north of Vancouver Airport. For anyone arriving from out province or another country, it’s a quick beautiful trip along highway 99, known for good reason as the Sea-to-Sky.

If you’ve never been, Whistler is the sort of place you visit once and want to stay. It’s the sort of place where you meet people from everywhere, which means it’s also the sort of place people are always looking for somewhere to hang their hat for a week or two. And that makes it a pretty great place to consider if you’re looking to invest in a vacation rental property. The only trouble is that you will be struggling to decide how many weeks you’re going to rent it out versus how many weeks you’re going to use it for yourself! It’s probably one of the best dilemmas life has to offer. As far as investments go, Whistler has remained a great growth opportunity with year over year average single-family home prices increasing by 13% to $2,042,000, average townhomes climbing by 18% to $922,696, and average condo prices up by 11% to $437,518. And, with a reputation as one of the world’s best resort destinations we don’t see that slowing down.

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People have been heading to Whistler since 1914 when the railway finally made its way up there. Only back then it was primarily a summertime vacation spot, attracting fishermen and hunters with its pristine and natural way of life. It wasn’t until the early 1960’s when four Vancouver businessmen had the idea of building a ski resort in the hopes of attracting the 1968 Olympic Winter Games. It didn’t happen that year, but they laid the groundwork for everything we have there today and made Whistler into the sort of place that has always had world class aspirations!

Of course, investing in a Whistler vacation property back in the 1960’s would have been great knowing what we do now. Back then it would have been filled with all sorts of risk and uncertainty. Today, you can still invest in a home away from home, only now you have the security of knowing there will never be a shortage of tourists who want to drop by!

WHISTLER ACTIVITIES   WHISTLER’S NEIGHBOURHOODS

Parking #262 – 2628 Ash St Vancouver BC

2628 Ash Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada

STORAGE K – 1318 56th St Delta BC

1318 56th Street, Delta, BC, Canada
585 ft2 1 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms

WYNNE MANOR 305 – 1309 W 14th Ave Vancouver BC

1309 West 14th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, Canada
2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

M1 1905 – 1155 The High St Coquitlam BC

1155 The High Street, Coquitlam, BC, Canada
810 ft2 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

SOVEREIGN 3703 – 4508 Hazel St Burnaby BC

4508 Hazel Street, Burnaby, BC, Canada
580 ft2 1 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms

THE GEORGE 1704 – 1420 W Georgia St Vancouver BC

1420 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada
562 ft2 1 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms

DOMINION TH30 – 2423 Avon Place Port Coquitlam BC

2423 Avon Place, Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada
1183 ft2 2 Bedrooms 1 Garages 2 Bathrooms

LEGACY 1103 – 5611 Goring St Burnaby BC

5611 Goring St, Burnaby, BC, Canada
1,275 ft2 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

6233 Buckingham Drive Burnaby BC

6233 Buckingham Drive, Burnaby, BC, Canada
5 Bedrooms 2 Garages 3 Bathrooms

MONDRIAN II TH937 – 969 Richards St Vancouver BC

969 Richards Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada
1,257 ft2 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Stay at Hearthstone Lodge 20 Whistler 2.5 Bedroom Loft

4211 Sunshine Place, Whistler, BC, Canada
2.5 Bedrooms 2.5 Bathrooms

Stay at Hearthstone Lodge 2 Whistler 2 Bedroom Apartment

4211 Sunshine Place, Whistler, BC, Canada
2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Aqua at The Park 1501 – 550 Pacific St Vancouver BC

550 Pacific St, Vancouver, BC, Canada
1,069 SqFt ft2 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

WYNNE MANOR 108 – 1309 W 14TH AVE VANCOUVER BC

1309 West 14th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, Canada
2 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms

Grand Heather Gardens 206 – 2438 Heather St Vancouver BC

2438 Heather Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada
964 ft2 2 + Den Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms

THE MARK 3207 – 1372 Seymour St Vancouver BC

1372 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada
470 ft2 1 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms

MEZZO 4 – 7373 Turnill St Richmond BC

7373 Turnill Street, Richmond, BC, Canada
1,230 ft2 4 Bedrooms 2.5 Bathrooms

M1 2807 – 1155 The High St Coquitlam BC

1155 The High Street, Coquitlam, BC, Canada
600 ft2 1 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms

Anchor Point 615 – 1330 Burrard St Vancouver BC

1330 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada

CONNAUGHT 209- 4990 McGeer St Vancouver BC

4990 Mcgeer Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada
STUDIO Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms

PARKSIDE 806 – 271 Francis Way New Westminster BC

271 Francis Way, New Westminster, BC, Canada
645 ft2 1 + Den Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms

619 – 221 Union St Vancouver BC

221 Union Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada
640 ft2 1 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms

834 Massey St New Westminster BC

834 Massey Street, New Westminster, BC, Canada
3551 ft2 5 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms

DISTRICT 701 – 250 E 6th Ave Vancouver BC

250 East 6th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, Canada
513 ft2 1 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms

IMPERIAL TOWER 305 – 811 Helmcken St Vancouver BC

811 Helmcken Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada
557 ft2 1 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms

ASHBURY PLACE 111 – 1510 Nelson St Vancouver BC V6G 1M1

1510 Nelson St, Vancouver, BC V6G 1M1, Canada
595 ft2 1 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms

17 – 1609 Cypress St Vancouver BC

1609 Cypress Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada
600 ft2 1 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms

W Pender Pl 401 – 1499 Pender W Pender St Vancouver BC

1499 West Pender Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada
1,304 ft2 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

ELECTRA 1803 – 989 Nelson St Vancouver BC

989 Nelson Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada
639 ft2 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms

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