Where extreme athleticism and natural beauty converge, you find the Sea to Sky Corridor. Located against the backdrop of
southwest British Columbia, the region is dotted with crystal-clear lakes
and punctuated by the soaring Coast Mountains. “The Corridor,” as it
is often called, includes the picturesque communities of Squamish and
Whistler before culminating in the fertile Pemberton Valley. The Herculean
landscape has not gone unnoticed by sports enthusiasts, so be prepared
to see adrenaline junkies at every turn. This is a place where skiers and
snowboarders perform aerobatics in fresh powder and nature lovers rejoice
in the splendour!
Whatever region of the Sea to Sky you find yourself in, you will be surrounded by
It’s hard to pinpoint what exactly about Whistler captivates travellers and continues
to call them back again and again. Perhaps it is the superb skiing and snowboarding,
and choice of other snow-sports and activities. Perhaps it is the range of upscale hotels,
outstanding selection of restaurants, and diversity of shops. Or perhaps it is simply the
youthful energy that seems to float around the Village. One thing is for sure: Whistler is
the kind of place you can always spend a little more time.
The resort got its start in 1914 when Myrtle and Alex Philip purchased 10 acres (four
hectares) of land and established Rainbow Lodge. It was an immediate hit. Tourists
travelled across Canada to fish and hang out in the summer. Of course, Whistler (or Alta
Lake as it was called back then) was a far cry from the established world-class resort it has
become. That all started to change in 1960 when four Vancouver businessmen showed up
with the dream of turning the area into a ski resort and bidding to host the 1968 Winter
Olympics. While their Olympic dreams went unrealized at the time, the ski plan took off.
In 1966 Whistler Mountain opened to the public, and in 1975, the Resort Municipality
of Whistler (RMOW) was formed.
Welcome to Sea to Sky Country
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