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FAQ

How do I get the inside scoop to make my holiday extra special?

Right here. FAQ. Keep it handy during your stay. Don’t forget to stop by the Village Host kiosks around the village — the hosts are always at the ready to answer any questions. And don’t hesitate to ask a local. We love where we live; we want you to see Whistler as we see Whistler.


Where do all the locals live?

Right here. A huge percentage of Whistler’s workforce lives right here in town. That’s why it feels like a bustling little resort town. There’s a permanent population of 10,000 that swells up to about 50,000 on busy weeks.


Where’s the health centre?

We were wondering when you’d ask that question. The Whistler Health Care Centre has a fully staffed emergency department with top-notch doctors and nurses who know about torn ligaments and broken bones. And more. It’s on Lorimer Road. You can’t stay overnight. But it’s open til 10 p.m. And there are doctors on call throughout the night.


What should I do if I encounter a bear?

Respect bears! Give them plenty of space and never approach them. No one should ever feed, pet or pose for a photo with a bear. Take pictures with a telephoto lens from a distance. Learn all you can at www.bearsmart.com. To report a human-bear conflict, call: 604-905-BEAR(2327)


How can I stay safe in bear country?

Never feed a bear, either intentionally or unintentionally. All garbage must be disposed of in bear-proof containers. In Whistler, it’s the law! Bear-proof containers are located throughout the village, municipal parks and the valley trail. Learn all you can at www.bearsmart.com.


Great! Now, how do I open those bear-proof garbage containers?

Don’t panic. Quietly put your hand into the handle, press the lever, and push the lid up.


Do I need to make reservations if I’m going out to dinner?

That all depends on when you’re visiting and where you want to eat. Some weeks are busier than others. Can’t hurt to call ahead.


How do I get around town?

Public transportation is a cinch in Whistler. It helps that outside of the village you can go either north or south. The main bus terminal is just up the stone steps by the Excalibur Gondola at Skier’s Plaza. There’s a free shuttle to get around the village that goes as far as the Benchlands. The taxi loop is close to the Visitor Information Centre. And if you can’t find any of those things, just ask a Village Host for directions. Or a friendly local. We’re here to help.


Where can I learn more about the history of Whistler?

It’s actually some fascinating stuff, a true story of taming the Wild West. Before the skiers there were fisherman, and loggers, and some miners round these parts. They’ve all left their mark in one way or another. But Whistler, as we know it today, was dreamed up in the 1960s when a group of businessman decided this would be a good place for the Winter Olympics. And so it began. If you don’t believe us, check out the local museum.

And First Nations?

Yes, they were here before skiers, before the fisherman and the miners and the loggers too. The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre documents First Nations’ history here. It’s a beautiful facility where you can learn fascinating stories.


When were the Winter Olympics?


It was a 50 year dream that became a reality when Whistler, and Vancouver, hosted the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. In its wake we have the sliding centre, the Nordic centre in the Callaghan Valley, the athletes’ centre and village and much more. It was a defining moment in Whistler’s history.


Why does everyone sound Australian?


Whistler loves Aussies, which is why so many of them come for working holidays. It’s also why so many of them stay and make their homes here. There are probably more Aussies here per capita than anywhere else outside of Oz. So don’t be worried about throwing out the occasional G’day Mate. There’s also a fair share of Brits, Germans, Czechs. Well, pretty much anyone from around the world who loves to ski and mountain bike.


Is there a Farmers’ Market?

Of course! And it’s not to be missed. Every Sunday at the Upper Village, open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. From June 15 to Oct. 12. There is also a Wednesday market throughout July and August from 3 to 7pm. You won’t just find local treasures. There are tons of activities for kids here too.


The name - Whistler. Where does it come from?

It comes from the marmots who live in the mountains and whistle. Truly. They’re very cute.


How do I know what’s going on while I’m in town?

A comprehensive guide for the weeks’ entertainment can be found within the pages of Pique Newsmagazine or at www.piquenewsmagazine.com. You can get all the local news here too. It’s a wealth of information for any traveller looking to get plugged in to the community. And, it’s free.


Is it really just as good here in the summertime?

Let’s just say that summer is non-stop action in Whistler. There is always something going on from athletic events like Ironman to musical nights with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Don’t forget the mountain biking, the swimming in the local lakes, the hiking and more. Whistler isn’t just a ski resort anymore.


Is this a kid friendly place?

More than ever before! You’ll find restaurants more than happy to feed your hungry brood. Don’t forget the playground at Whistler Olympic Plaza — the perfect place to burn off any excess energy.


Can kids go into bars?

Well… this is a funny one. It’s no secret that B.C. has some old-fashioned rules around booze and the province is working to bring these rules into the 21st century. In the meantime however, the simple answer to that question is that kids are allowed in some bars, and only then until 8 p.m., and not in others. Best to ask

 

How can I stay connected after I leave so I can plan when to come back?

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