What you need to know about Renting in Whistler

You’ve made the decision to move to Whistler – in this blog post I list the best neighborhoods to live in Whistler, the best websites to search for rental properties and how much rent you can expect to pay per month.

Whistler has been my home for the past two years, and what a crazy, beautiful madness it is. Living in Whistler  is unlike anywhere else I’ve ever lived. It’s an adrenalin-junkie’s dream with skiing & snowboarding being the sport of choice in the Winter. Which winter sport you choose will determine your destiny here, more on that below.

I’m sure you’ve already heard/ read that Whistler is one of the best ski destinations in the world. And in Summer you can enjoy downhill mountain biking or kayaking in its many lakes. You can even try your hand at the very unique sports of bobsledding and axe-throwing in Whistler. There are just so many unique things to do in Whistler!

We faced a lot of hurdles finding a suitable rental property in Whistler and so I’ve put together this incredibly detailed blog post to help you successfully find a place to rent in Ireland. I also have a blog post on moving to Whistler, it’s an incredibly detailed guide.

P.S. If you’re interested in applying for a Working Holiday Visa to Canadaread all my detailed instructions!

Finding a home to rent in Whistler

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The snow outside our home in Whistler!

As you can imagine, it can be very difficult to find decent housing in Whistler. It is a very competitive market and rent can be quite expensive (depending on the area you wish to move to). Before starting your search there are a couple questions you should ask yourself first –

  1. How much rent can I afford?
  2. What area do you want to live in? Try to narrow it down to at least 5 areas.
  3. What does your ‘ideal rental property’ look like? How many bedrooms does it have? Does it have a garden? Parking? etc.

What you need to do to be successful in finding a place to rent in Whistler

  • Search in the Pique – the local online magazine classifieds section
  • Ensure you have good previous rental references (even if they are from overseas) and enough money for a bond and your first months rent
  • Try to arrive in Whistler before the peak seasons begin – if you’re planning to stay for the Winter season arrive in October and for the Summer season arrive in April. This way you will have more choice and slightly more reasonable rental options available to you.

How much is rent in Whistler?

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The start of Spring in Whistler – at Alta Lake!

Rent prices in Whistler vary massively, our two-bedroom apartment in Bayshores was $1800 CAD per month. Which was very reasonable, but the maximum number of tenants allowed was two. A big plus was it had a large wrap-around balcony and garden.

For units in Whistler village you are likely going to pay at least $2000 CAD per month for a studio, and from $2200 for a one-bedroom apartment. If you go further afield to Pemberton (a 30 minute drive) average rental prices for a one-bedroom decrease to about $1500 CAD per month. Further away in Squamish, a 45 minute drive from Whistler you’re lookign at about $1600 CAD for a one-bedroom.

If you really want to save money on rent, you can rent a bed in a room from about $500 CAD per month, this is just a bed so you will be sharing the room with one or two other people. Again this price massively depends on where the house is located and the condition of it. Some share houses are truly awful. Similarly, you can rent your own room in a share house from $1200 per room.

The best neighborhoods to live in Whistler

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The hike to the train wreck in the Cheakamus neighborhood!

There are a couple of neighbourhoods in Whistler, here I will list the best/most popular. We lived in Bayshores for two full years and loved it.

Whistler Cay

Is the closest area to Whistler village, the prices here are a little more expensive but the apartments/ houses here are generally of good condition

Creekside

The “original Whistler village” is a mini-village in itself and has some stores, bars and even the gondola to go up the mountain – meaning you don’t have to make your way into Whistler to ski

Bayshores

A family-friendly neighborhood with some beautiful chalet-style homes. It is a 10-15 minute drive into Whistler and a 15-20 minute walk to Creekside. Regular bus services operate from here.

Alpine Meadow/ Rainbow

Home to Meadow Park Sports Center and a large supermarket. It is a very popular and relatively cheap area to rent. It’s a 10-15 minute drive into Whistler, with a regular bus service operating.

Function Junction/ Cheakamus Crossing

These are the first neighborhoods you will come across as you drive up from Vancouver. Function Junction is more of an industrial area with some housing scattered within, it is home to the locally famous Re-use It Center. Cheakamus Crossing is the furthest neighbourhood from Whistler village, but most of the rental units here are new.

We recommend (if your budget allows) renting an apartment whilst you look for suitable long-term housing, here’s a list of some airbnbs we recommend –

  • This Studio apartment in Whistler Village, costs from $75 CAD per night. It features a gas fireplace, Queen bed, Queen pull-out bed and is steps away from all the restaurants/ bars in Whistler.
  • This Studio Apartment located in Creekside, costs just $45 CAD per night. It is located above locals favorite Creekbread restaurant and features a seasonal pool, patio with BBQ and a hot tub (which is available all-year for a small fee).
  • This Cozy Studio on Main Street with a hot tub & pool costs from $75 CAD per night. From the Studio it is just a 7 minute walk to the base of both Whistler & Blackcomb Mountain.
  • This super-luxurious ski-in-ski-out 1 bedroom apartment in Whistler’s Upper Village is trully gorgeous. Average nightly price is $250CAD per night!
  • This Studio apartment for $130 CAD per night is located within the Mountain Side Hotel in Whistler Village. It’s ski-in-ski-out and is rated highly 9.5/10) by past guests

Best websites to search for a rental property in Whistler

  • Search in the Pique – the local online magazine classifieds section

Applying for a rental property in Whistler

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Me and my husband skiing on Whistler Mountain!

The documents you should have at every viewing include:

  • A form of I.D like your drivers licence, passport or other form of photographic I.D.
  • References from past landlords
  • A current work reference
  • A current payslip or bank statement that shows your income

What you need to know about paying for utilities in Whistler

Utilities are typically not included in the monthly rent price in Whistler so make sure you have additional savings to pay electricity/gas and WiFi.When renting in Whistler, you need to set up the utilities accounts (gas, electric, WiFi etc.) in your own name. Ask your landlord which companies supply your gas and electricity, as it’s easier to stick with the same companies. You can of course shop around to get the best deal.WiFi and TV providers are competitive in Whistler so make sure you shop around to get the best available deal.

There’s no curbside waste collection in Whistler so you must physically bring your household waste to the rubbish depot at either Nesters (8010 Nesters Road) or Function Junction (1001 Lynham Road).

We didn’t pay any water charges in Whistler.

Thanks for reading my blog, Aimee x

Thanks so much for reading. I hope this guide has helped you plan your move to Whistler! If you found this blog helpful, be sure to browse around some more! I have guides on  Canadian road trip tipsluxury vacation to Whistler as well as doing a ski season in Whistler and so much more!!

The best stops on the drive from Whistler to Banff

Two of my favorite places in Canada are Whistler in BC and Banff in Alberta. In fact, one of my favorite things I’ve ever done during my 2 years living in Whistler was take a road trip from Whistler to Banff. This is one stunning drive and takes in giant snow-covered mountains, pretty waterfalls and bright blue lakes.

The drive from Whistler to Banff is a whopping 792 km (492 miles) so I advise breaking it down into 5 days. If you wanted to drive it in one day it will take 10.5 hours (that’s not including stops or traffic!) Most of the stops I’ve listed in this blog post are close to each other so you don’t have to do any really long bouts of driving.

Taking a road trip is one of the best things to do in Whistler and the Whistler to Banff route is easily one of the most scenic drives in the world. We also recently completed a road trip from Banff to Jasper and the drive from Whistler to Jasper and I must admit both were pretty epic!

In this blog, I list 15 of the best stops on the drive from Whistler to Banff.

15 best stops between Whistler and Banff

There are so many great places to stop between Whistler and Banff and some are quick stops like Lilooet and Rogers Pass and others are require more time (or even a few nights).

Keep in mind the weather when driving this route as conditions can get pretty snowy and icy during the Winter months especially around Revelstoke and Glacier National Park of Canada.

1. Pemberton

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The stunning Joffre Lakes!

Just under a 30 minute drive from Whistler is the small town of Pemberton. A lot of Whistler locals have moved out this way as rent is cheaper and so there are lots of great restaurants and things to do in this area.

Stop for a coffee at Mt Currie on Arbutus Street, home to the best coffee in the Whistler area. They also have a sister Cafe in Whistler village which you may have seen during your stay there. If you’re hungry you can’t go wrong with the burgers at Mile One Eating House.

If you have time one of the best things to do in Pemberton is to hike to Joffre Lakes – this hike can take up to 5 hours to complete. I would say it’s a medium level of difficulty as there are a couple of uphill sections – a reasonable level of fitness is required for this trail. But, I promise the views along the way and the glacier-fed lakes (gatorade blue in color) are well worth the long hike in.

On the trail you will see evidence of this National Parks glacier history with U-shaped valleys, glacial silts and lateral moraines all to be spotted here. In Summer or on warmer days you can go swimming in any of the 3 lakes but be warned they are very cold – an average water temperature of 45 fahrenheit (7 celsius)!! The Joffre Lakes hike is super-popular and the car parks fill up early so get here early to secure a spot.

2. Lilooet

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Cayoosh Creek near Lilooet!

A scenic little town on the Fraser River that is popular for fishing, boating and biking. It’s also one of the hottest places in Canada and has a semi-desert climate.

In Lilooet a visit to the stunning Fort Berens Estate Winery is a must. Try their wine (it’s one of Canada’s leading wine producers) and enjoy the stunning views over the river. The Lilloet Musuem & Visitor Center on Main Street showcases historical memorabilia and the staff are a wealth of knowledge on the town and surrounding areas. There are numerous cute little stores and restaurants along Main Street too.

3. Kamloops

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Aimee watching the stunning sunset over Kamloops!

The city of Kamloops is a great place to spend the first night of your road trip from Whistler to Banff. It’s one of British Columbia’s best kept secrets in my opinion. There’s awesome restaurants, craft breweries and wineries a-plenty. Forno on 5th has a Mediterranean inspired menu and is a lovely modern restaurant in downtown Kamloops. Whilst, Bright Eye Brewing and Monte Creek Ranch Winery are also worth a visit if you love beer and/or wine.

Pay a visit to Riverside Park for a walk in the evening there’s a sandy river beach, various walking trails and live music events some weekend evenings. If you’re travelling with kids a great place to take them is to the BC Wildlife Park. This is a zoo which homes native animals like grizzly bears and arctic wolves.

There are two hotels I highly recommend in Kamloops – Best Western Plus a 3 star hotel with an indoor pool and the luxurious Delta Hotel by Marriott

If you’re driving from Vancouver to Kamloops you may be interested in this GPS-guided audio tour that is sure to turn this scenic drive into into a sightseeing and trivia game adventure!

Fun fact – Jurassic World 3 and Twilight Zone were both recently filmed in the Kamloops area.

4. Sicamous

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The beach in Sicamous at golden hour!

The Sicamous area has over 1000km of coastline so it’s no surprise that some of the best things to do here are water-related. Swim in the warm waters of Sicamous Beach Park or try kayaking, canoeing or SUP paddle boarding all popular activities here.

Treat yourself to homemade ice cream and artisan cheese at D Dutchman Dairy, this bright red building can’t be missed from the road and is very photogenic. We also loved Blondies Cafe for great coffee and yummy smoothie bowls.

Did you know – Sicamous is known as the houseboat capital of Canada

Spend your first or second night of the road trip in Sicamous, I loved the Pines Motel which is very reasonably priced.

5. Shuswap Lake Provincial Park

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Shuswap Lake, this photo is taken near Salmon Arm!

A very very popular Summer destination, the park is packed to the rafter from July through to early September!

Situated on the old delta of Scotch Creek the Park boasts 1 km of beach. It’s a great place to visit with children especially as there’s a big grassy play area and a playground. There’s also a lovely nature trail here.

Copper Island is 1.3 km away and if you have a boat (or you can rent one) I advise taking a trip to it. There’s a scenic hiking trail on Copper Island with epic views, it’s about 2.8 km in length.

Boaters may wish to visit Copper Island, located 1.3 kilometres offshore. A 2.8 km hiking trail provides beautiful views of the area. Please note that overnight camping, including houseboats, and campfires are prohibited on the island.

There’s also bumper boats, mini-golf driving range, go-karts, para-sailing, horseback riding, whitewater rafting and jet-skiing available in the Park.

6. Revelstoke mountain and town

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Revelstoke in the snow!

‘Small town charm, big mountain adventure” is the motto here in Revelstoke. In the town there’s lots to do, think small museums, a brewery tour, an escape room and even axe-throwing.

Revelstoke mountain is the mecca of alpine mountain biking and offers incredible lift accessed biking. If you’re visiting in Winter – the mountain has 65 ski runs. Whilst, in the Summer you can enjoy the Pipe Mountain Coaster, the Aerial Adventure Park and of course the mountain biking as mentioned above. No matter the season, there’s a full day of activities at the Resort.

Another unique activity near Revelstoke town is the Enchanted Forest – the fairytale themed buildings are great for kids. It’s also home to BC’s tallest treehouse.

I advise spending the night in Revelstoke to break up your journey from Whistler to Banff nicely. I loved the Mount Revelstoke Alpine Chalets!

7. Mount Revelstoke National Park

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Giant Cedars Boardwalk at the national park!

Mount Revelstoke national park is a great place to go hiking – there’s dramatic mountains, alpine lakes and in the summer very colorful wildflowers. Some of my favorite hikes in Mount Revelstoke National Park include Eva Lake Trail (12 km loop track); Giant Cedars Boardwalk; Skunk Cabbage Boardwalk and Heather Lake.

It’s easily accessible because you can drive through the park and even up to the top of Mount Revelstoke.

8. Rogers Pass

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Having fun with the statue at Rogers Pass!

Rogers pass is a stretch of road that passes through the Selkirk Mountains. It does in fact have the highest risk of avalanche of all urban roads in North America!!

Here, you can stop at the Rogers Pass Discovery Center and learn about the history behind the construction of Rogers Pass, and watch the avalanche control movies. The center includes a theater, natural history exhibits, a hall of railway model trains and railway tunnels.

9. Glacier National Park of Canada

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Mountain views in Glacier National Park

Glacier Park is an adventure-junkies heaven. Climb up mountain peaks, camp next to a glacier-fed river, go hiking amongst the stunning scenery and take a mountain bike ride on one of the trails. One of my favorite hikes in the park is the 7.2 km trail that takes you along the abandoned railway tracks of Canada’s first trans-continental railway. You can even explore what’s left behind of the Glacier House hotel – Western Canada’s first luxury mountain resort. A series of avalanches starting in the year 1910 caused the railway line which passed the hotel to be moved, thus taking away their tourist traffic and so it eventually closed and was left to go to ruin!

Did you know – the Glacier National Park is home to the world’s only inland cedar rainforest.

Another lovely hiking trail here is the Asulkan Valley track which is 13.8 km and should take about 6 hours – watch out for glacier views and waterfalls on your way.

10. Golden

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Stunning reflection on the lake in Golden!

Explore more of the great Canadian wilderness at Golden, it’s a popular stop on the route from Whistler to Banff because of its proximity to Yoho National Park, Banff and Jasper.

There’s a rising star of Canadian Ski Resorts – Kicking Horse Mountain Resort located here. Which is slowly becoming a world famous ski destination.

You can also get the chance to walk with the wolves at the Northern Lights Wildlife Wolf Center. On this unique activity, you will join members of a wolf pack on a hike through the Rockies! You can interact with the wolves and take photos with them and of them!

If you want to stop and spend the night here in Golden, I highly recommend the Best Western Mountainview Inn

11. Wapta Falls

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On the walk into Wapta Falls!

Wapta Falls have been described as a hidden gem in Canada, and being honest the falls are much bigger and more impressive than I expected. A well-trodden 2.4 km hiking trail leads into this huge waterfall standing at 98 feet tall.

The trail is bug heavy so bring lots of spray.

12. Emerald Lake

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Those reflections!

Emerald Lake is located in Yoho National Park and it’s one of the most popular and photographed in the area. It’s the largest lake in the park and is surrounded by the President mountain range.

Located just a few kilometres off of the TransCanada highway. Emerald Lake gets its name because it looks emerald green on a sunny day it gets its unique color from the glacial waters which refract light.

The hike around the lake, clocking in at about an hour, is a great way to see the lake as well as the world-famous Burgess Shale fossil beds, the Michael glacier, and an avalanche slope carpeted by meadows where moose often graze.

Other than moose you are likely to see bald eagles, ospreys and waterfowl around the lakes edge.

Canoe and rowboat rentals are available to rent here, as are cross-country skis and snowshoes in the winter. Fishing at Emerald Lake is also quite popular during the summer months.

13. Peyto Lake

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Look at the color of that water!

**Importand info – Peyto Lake will not be open to toursits until August 2021.

Peyto Lake is famous for its turquoise blue glacier-fed waters. The brilliant display of blue is fed by the Peyto Glacier high above the lake and part of the Wapta Icefield.

It is located 50 km north of Lake Louise and a popular stop on the drive from Whistler to Banff.

The viewpoint is one of the most spectacular in all of Banff National Park and a super popular spot for photographers. In my opinion, its as pretty as nearby Moraine Lake but without the crowds. The trail to the viewpoint starts at the far end of the car park. The hike up to Peyto Lake Lookout is short and sweet and takes around 10-15 minutes uphill.

14. Lake Louise

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Aimee posing at the popular Lake Louise!

Lake Louise is world famous for its gatorade-blue waters and it attracts millions of visitors every year. The Victoria Glacier, the luxurious Fairmont Lake Louise hotel, and the incredible hiking trail and skiing on offer all add to its appeal.

Rent a canoe from the boat dock and see the lake from a different perspective. Worth noting is that Lake Louise is frozen over half the year, so, ice skating is a popular activity during the winter. You can also enjoy sleigh rides, ice climbing, skiing, and snowshoeing during these colder months.

Pop into Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise for lunch or spend the night here if you want to feel really fancy.

In Lake Louise you can book onto a full-day hiking tour through the Canadian Rockies taking in sights such as Victoria Glacier, hanging valleys and of course some epic viewpoints of Lake Louise itself.

15. Bow Lake

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Bow Lake is one if the prettiest lakes in Canada!

Bow Lake is approximately 30 minutes north of Lake Louise, off the Icefields Parkway (Hwy 93) The lake sits at an elevation of 1920 meters and spends most of the year locked away in ice. This makes it a popular spot for winter activities like snowshoeing and ski touring. While during the Summer many tourists rent a canoe and take it out on the lake.

The lake shore here is a great family-friendly hike. If you’re looking to stretch your legs and enjoy the sublime nature along the shoreline, it’s the perfect stop and one of the easiest hikes in Banff. The trail is a nice mellow grade and gains no elevation. It does move over some large sections of roots, so a stroller would not work on the lakeshore trail.

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16. Banff

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The pool at Fairmont Banff Springs!

There’s lots to do in Banff (keep an eye out for a new blog post on that topic) some of my favorite things to do here include the jaw-dropping scenery from the Banff Gondola, a 3 hour white water rafting trip and an awesome Via Ferrata climbing tour on nearby Mount Norquay!

Where to stay in Banff

Fairmont Banff Springs – the epitome of luxury, this giant historic hotel is located within Banff National Park

Banff Rocky Mountain Resort – located in the heart of Banff town, all suites and apartments here have kitchens and fireplaces

Banff Boutique Inn – a quaint 3 star hotel that is very close to the hustle and bustle of Banff town but tucked away enough that you feel at peace

Royal Canadian Lodge – featuring elegant rooms and suites, this intimate Banff boutique hotel offers 99 guestrooms, with a modern mountain-themed décor.

Thanks for reading my blog, Aimee

It’s easy to see why a road trip from Whistler to Banff is one of the best and most popular things to do in Canada. I mean, not only are there lots of amazing activities to enjoy but there are scenic mounatin views, gatorade-blue lakes and the chance to spot unique wildlife like bears, moose and wolves.

Thanks so much for reading. I hope this guide has helped you plan the perfect road trip between Whistler and Banff! If you found this blog helpful, be sure to browse around some more! I have guides on  Canadian road trip tips, luxury vacation in Whistler as well as doing a ski season in Whistler and so much more!!

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 The drive from Whistler to Banff is a stunning road trip and takes in giant snow-covered mountains, pretty waterfalls and bright blue lakes.

21 Unique Things to do in Whistler

Whistler is undoubtedly one of the most popular tourist destinations in Canada. – with well over 3 million visitors vacationing here annually. It’s popularity lies in the fact it is breathtakingly beautiful (think looming mountains and bright blue lakes) and of course its proximity to Vancouver – just an hours drive away!

I’ve been living in Whistler and renting in Whistler for a few years and I’m here to tell you that there’s much more to Whistler than skiing and partying. In fact, did you know Whistler is home to the USA and Canada’s longest zipline and it’s the only place in Canada that the public can try their hand at bobsledding (yep, the sport made famous in Cool Runnings).

So, if you’re lucky enough to visit Whistler I want you to know all of the best and unique things to do here. I’ve put together this incredibly detailed list of 21 best things to do in Whistler. I’ve sectioned it into Winter activities and Summer activities to make it an easier read, but, of course a lot of these activities you can do in both seasons.

Read Next – the ultimate guide to the drive from Whistler to Jasper including 12 awesome stops and great places to stay!

Here are the 21 best (& unique) things to do in Whistler, Canada!

From a bucket-list worthy private helicopter tour over the snow-capped mountains to the super-unique sport of axe throwing. There’s definitely an activity for every type of traveler in Whistler, Canada!

Another fantastic thing to do from Whistler is to take a road trip some of my favorite road trips I’ve taken whilst living here include driving from Banff to Jasper and driving from Whistler to Banff!

If Whistler is at the top of your bucket list, then you need to read this blog today!

Unique things to do in Whistler in Winter

1. Snow-mobiling

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Me on a snowmobile

Snowmobiling in Whistler is a true Canadian past-time – and there’s a tour for all levels of skill. Imagine cruising down wide groomed trails and deep into Whistler’s back country on a high-powered top-of-the-range snowmobile. For beginners I recommend the 2-hour tour whereas the 3-hour tour is suitable for the more adventurous and confident traveler. The 3-hour tour includes lunch at a cozy back country cabin.

2. Dog-sledding

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Me and my mom dog-sledding in Whistler

Sit back in your cozy sled and let your ‘Musher’ (guide) and sled dogs takes you through snow-covered forests and less-explored trails. Dog-sledding in Whistler is a magical adventure with the dogs at the center of the operation!

The base is located in Callaghan Valley – a 20 minute drive from Whistler CBD. You will be treated to the history of ‘mushing’ and learn some basic instructions as to how to use the dogsled before embarking on the magical journey. Your sled dogs may reach speeds of up to 32 km/h. It’s a 2.5 hour tour and finishes in a cozy hut with hot apple cider and cookies.

Did you know – dog sledding originated over 4,000 years ago. It’s true that life back then, in Northern Canada would never have been possible without sled dogs. These sled dogs have been bred to withstand cold temperatures and endure pulling sleds over long distances.

3. Sunrise skiing

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A lone skier at Fresh Tracks on Whistler Mountain

Get up super-early to go up Whistler mountain between 7.15 and 8am for the popular Fresh Tracks. We did this several times during our ski season in Whistler and have to agree it’s an awesome experience!

This ticket includes a yummy buffet breakfast at Roundhouse Lodge on the mountain before getting to ski in fresh powder and perfectly groomed corduroy before anyone else. Fresh Tracks is limited to 650 people max. so tickets can sell out very quickly especially on weekends or during school holidays.

4. Ice skating on a frozen lake

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Locals ice skating on Nita Lake

Skating on Whistlers frozen lakes can only be experienced on a limited number of days in Winter. The temperature and ice conditions on the lake need to be just right – think temperatures of -15 celsius (5 fahrenheit). Ask at the Visitor Information Center on Gateway Drive if you’re unsure if conditions are safe. The best lakes to ice skate on in Whistler are Alta Lake and Nita Lake.

If you don’t fancy skating on a frozen lake you can try the outdoor ice-skating rick in Olympic Plaza.

You could also try out Ice Fishing on this very unique 3-hour experience!

5. Scenic flight over the snow-capped mountains

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A helicopter surrounded by stunning views on Whistler mountain

See the jaw-dropping beauty of Whistler from high up above on a bucket-list worthy scenic helicopter flight. You’ll see Whistler like you’ve never seen it before – spot ancient glaciers, hidden lakes and cool ice formations from the comfort of a top-class helicopter. One of the most popular flights is the Whistler Explorer Tour which is reasonably priced and lasts under 15 minutes (perfect if you’re short on time).

Some other helicopter tour options in Whistler include the BC Experience Tour (includes a landing on a glacier) and the Blackcomb Signature (40 minute flight).

If you’re after a luxury getaway Whistler is the perfect place – there’s lots of luxurious hotels (my favorites are Fairmont Chateau and Four Seasons) as well as plenty of fine dining restaurants (Bearfoot Bistro and The Grille Room to name but two).

If you’re after another truly unique experience this Whistler Seaplane Tour fly’s over glaciers, mountains and Garibaldi Lake. It’s a 30 minute tour. This Whistler Grand Circle Tour by Seaplane is also highly recommended!

6. Try bobsledding

The sport made famous in the hilarious movie Cool Runnings – bobsledding is definitely one of the most unique things to do in Whistler. In fact, the Whistler Sliding Centre (above Blackcomb mountain) is the only place in Canada that you can try bobsleigh.

The passenger bobsleigh experience gives you the chance to drive in a real bobsleigh (driven by a trained driver). You will speed through twists and turns at super-fast speeds – 125km/hr! You will feel the acceleration of up to 4 g-forces. This is definitely an activity for the more adventurous traveler.

7. Check out an ice cave

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Image from inside Whistlers ice cave

To get to the ice cave deep in Whistler’s backcountry you can either ski there (only recommended for highly experienced and confident skiers) or book a helicopter tour there.

The helicopter and ice cave tour is 4.5 hours total and includes a scenic helicopter flight as well as the chance to explore the ice cave with a guide.

If you wish to ski to the ice cave – take the showcase t-bar lift, from there hike up until you get to the lip, ski down from here to the glacier and then to the left. Follow the well-trodden tracks and people and you’ll see the ice cave on your right before a flat section.

Inside the ice cave you will see icicles stretching from floor to ceiling as well as cool sunlight reflections called the kaleidoscope effect.

As mentioned, if you do decide to ski to the ice cave use caution as avalanche risks are common in this area. Worth noting too is the ice cave is off-boundary of the ski slopes so you need to be comfortable with that.

8. Have drinks in an ice bar

The Bearfoot Bistro in Whistler village is home to the coldest vodka tasting room in the world. The room is set to a freezing -32C (-25F) but don’t worry you’ll be given a warn Canada Goose parka to keep you warm. The in-house vodka expert will explain all about the distillation and filtration of vodka and you’ll be given the chance to taste 4 vodkas of your choice.

The Bearfoot Bistro restaurant attached to the ice bar is one of the best restaurants in Whistler, if not B.C. Try their 4-course tasting menu for date night!

9. Heli-skiing

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Perfect runs as part of the heli skiing experience

Heli-skiing in Whistler is the perfect activity for ski obsessives – think 432,000 acres of big mountain terrain all to yourself (and a handful of others). It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience, that’s for sure. That whopping 432,000 acres includes 173 glaciers and 474 runs. Would you believe the heli-skiing area is 50 times the size of Whistler Blackcomb mountain.

10. Cross-country skiing

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Trying out cross-country skiing at Whistler Olympic Village

Head out to Callaghan Valley to experience the charm of nordic skiing or cross-country skiing. It’s very different to traditional skiing and it’s something not a lot of people have tried before. Firstly, the skis are long and very narrow and you have to almost walk/glide through the snowy forest terrain. Watch out for the icy parts – I fell far too many times!

Afterwards enjoy a hot cup of chocolate or a beer, whatever you fancy at the onsite Cafe/Restaurant.

11. Visit Keyhole Hot Springs near Pemberton

Keyhole Hot Springs is an amazing natural gem, featuring several natural stone tubs with running hot water near Pemberton.

The Keyhole hot springs aka Pebble Creek hot springs have become less accessible recently due to closure of access to access road. They are located 100 km from Whistler village, most of the road into the Springs (after Pemberton) is on a logging road and is driveable by most cars without any trouble. 

Getting here – At 33.1km turn right onto Prospect Street. At 55.2km turn right, cross the bridge over Lillooet River and onto Lillooet River FSR. At 100km look for the roadside parking and trailhead for the Lillooet River Trail to Keyhole Hot Springs.

Important information – crampons are recommended on the trail as some sections of the trail are icy. The Springs are closed from Apr 1- Nov 15 due to Grizzly Bears habituated to humans in the area.

Unique things to do in Whistler in Summer

12. Axe throwing

I’m almost certain that most people have not heard of the sport of axe-throwing but once you try it you won’t believe how much fun the sport of throwing axes is! Spend the hour session getting the hang of throwing an axe correctly and then participate in some fun axe-throwing games with the guidance of an experienced coach. Forge Axe Throwing is located in Function Junction and they sell beer and other alcoholic beverages for you to enjoy after.

13. Horseriding

A mountain horse riding experience through the Coast Mountain range near Whistler, climb through epic scenery up to 2,000 feet. Spot Fowl River Falls and Sun God Mountain on your way as well as native wildlife. Lunch is included and you will get to enjoy this at a breathtaking scenic viewpoint.

14. Offroad buggy

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On our 4×4 adventure – so much fun!

Learn how to drive your very own 4×4 offroad buggy and drive up backcountry mountain roads and narrow thick-forested tracks. You will even get to power through creeks (don;t be afraid to get wet) and drive your vehicle over boulders if you’re confident enough. It;s easy to get carried away, I went hell-for-leather and managed to puncture my tyre! You may even be lucky enough to spot native wildlife like deer and grouse on your drive. Each trip is 3 hours total.

Important information – drivers must be at least 19 years of age with a full, valid driver’s license equivalent to a BC Class 5 license.

15. Ziplining

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Me and my nephew all kitted out for twilight ziplining

Ziptrek Ecotours offers 4 distinct zipline tours, and the TreeTrek canopy walk. It’s also home of the Sasquatch – the longest zipline in Canada and the USA. The Sasquatch is 2km in length! There are several tours to choose from the Bear Tour (4 ziplines); the Eagle Tour (5 ziplines) and the Sasquatch one monster zipline.

16. Hike the SkyWalk Trail

Completed in 2014, the Skywalk Trail is a true valley to alpine hiking experience. Hike up to Iceberg Lake (over 1000 meters of elevation gain) and take in the breathtaking views.

This is a loop trail that passes through rainforest, Iceberg Lake and several other smaller lakes. It’s definitely one of the most scenic hikes in Whistler and if you’re doing the whole track I recommend having a high level of fitness. You can choose to do shorter sections of the trail if you wish.

Did you know – the trail was completed by a group of volunteers from the Alpine Club of Canada .

17. Go wild bear spotting

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A baby bear spotted at the base of Blackcomb Mountain

Whistler is certainly a hot spot for bear sightings. With lush green landscapes and crisp mountain air, it is unusual not to spot a black bear. Would you believe – both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains are home to more than 100 black bears.

Here are the best places to go bear spotting in Whistler during the Summer months –

  • Callaghan Valley
  • At the base of the mountain in Creekside
  • Whistler Olympic Park
  • Fairmont Golf Course

With so many bears in Whistler, it is so important to practice bear safety. Check out Bear Smart BC’s, Bear Smart brochure before going wild bear spotting in Whistler.

18. Go strawberry picking in Pemberton

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North Arm Farm – a picture perfect setting for strawberry picking

At North Arm Farm in Pemberton you can pick your own delicious strawberries in the Summer months. They are typically available to pick for only four weeks. Bring your own containers and pick your strawberries from your designated patch. You will pay at the end and price is dependant on weight.

There’s also a great Cafe here and a farm store to pick up some homegrown supplies.

19. Walk the snow walls on the mountain

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So high – the snow walls on Whistler mountain

Buy a PEAK 2 PEAK sightseeing ticket and get the gondola up Whistler Mountain to see the snow walls before they melt from the sun. These snow walls were formed thanks to the abundance of snow the mountain receives during the winter months. Some are well over 12 feet tall. The best time to visit the snow walls is from late May to early June.

The walls are located just above Pika Traverse.

20. Walk to the train wreck

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My husband checking out one of the train wrecks

Head out to Cheakamus Crossing to do one of Whistler’s most famous short hikes to the Train Wreck – a set of abandoned rail cars turned art installation. It’s a very easy mostly flat walk and the main feature is of course the brightly colored graffiti train cars but you will also be treated to gorgeous views of the Cheakamus River. 

The track is approx. 1 km each way and starts from Jane Lakes Road car park near Cheakamus Crossing.

21. Hike to Brandywine Falls

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Photo taken from the base of Brandywine Falls

Brandywine Falls is a spectacular 70-metre waterfall that can be seen from the viewpoint, a short walk from the car park. Or if you’re fit you can do as the locals do and hike to the base of the falls.

To get to the base of Brandywine Falls – from the viewing platform pass the fence on the far left side. Walk straight through the forest following the edge of the cliff until you reach a rocky area. Make your way down a makeshift set of steps. Continue on the trail until you come to a white rope you will need to use this to carefully climb down. Follow the track over the boulders until the track turns left into the forest. After this, the track is well-marked and follows through the forest until it meets the stream that goes into the falls.

Where to stay in Whistler

Hilton Whistler Resort and Spa – right in the center of Whistler Village and very close to the gondola, this large hotel is very popular with families

Nita Lake Lodge – located in Creekside, a 10 minute drive from Whistler Village and looking onto stunning Nita Lake this is one of my favorite hotels in Whistler

The Westin – is a nice luxury option in Whistler’s lower village, it’s right next to the gondola and the rooms are spacious with great views

Four Seasons Resort – this is probably the most luxurious hotel in Whistler, located in Whistler’s Upper Village and close to Blackcomb Gondola this hotel is frequented by celebrities

Thanks for visiting my blog, Aimee x

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An honest experience of living in Whistler



You want to know what living in Whistler is really like. In this blog post, I’ll give you the lowdown on finding a job, finding an apartment and whether its better to be a skier or a snowboarder in Whistler.

Whistler has been my home for the past two years, and what a crazy, beautiful madness it is. Living in Whistler  is unlike anywhere else I’ve ever lived. It’s an adrenalin-junkie’s dream with skiing & snowboarding being the sport of choice in the Winter. Which winter sport you choose will determine your destiny here, more on that below.

I’m sure you’ve already heard/ read that Whistler is one of the best ski destinations in the world. And in Summer you can enjoy downhill mountain biking or kayaking in its many lakes. You can even try your hand at the very unique sports of bobsledding and axe-throwing in Whistler. There are just so many unique things to do in Whistler!

In Winter, the town almost triples its population, with young people flocking from Australia and the UK predominantly, to call this ‘Winter Wonderland’ their temporary home.

If you’re interested in applying for a Working Holiday Visa to Canada, read all my detailed instructions!

Living in Whistler: Finding suitable housing

As you can imagine, it can be very difficult to find decent housing in Whistler. It is a very competitive market and rent is incredibly expensive and most of my friends shared a room with several others. Some people even live in their campervan in the villages’ outdoor carpark (we don’t recommend this – it gets very cold in Winter). In fact I’ve written an incredibly detailed guide about renting in Whistler – I’m certain you’ll find it helpful!

To be successful in finding a place to rent in Whistler, here’s what we recommend:

  • Search in the Pique – the local online magazine classifieds section
  • Ensure you have good previous rental references (even if they are from overseas) and enough money for a bond and your first months rent
  • Try to arrive in Whistler before the peak seasons begin – if you’re planning to stay for the Winter season arrive in October and for the Summer season arrive in April. This way you will have more choice and slightly more reasonable rental options available to you.

How much is rent in Whistler?

Rent prices in Whistler vary massively, our two-bedroom apartment in Bayshores was $1800 CAD per month. Which was very reasonable, but the maximum number of tenants allowed was two. A big plus was it had a large wrap-around balcony and garden.

For units in Whistler village you are likely going to pay at least $2000 CAD per month for a studio, and from $2200 for a one-bedroom apartment. If you go further afield to Pemberton (a 30 minute drive) average rental prices for a one-bedroom decrease to about $1500 CAD per month. Further away in Squamish, a 45 minute drive from Whistler you’re lookign at about $1600 CAD for a one-bedroom.

If you really want to save money on rent, you can rent a bed in a room from about $500 CAD per month, this is just a bed so you will be sharing the room with one or two other people. Again this price massively depends on where the house is located and the condition of it. Some share houses are truly awful. Similarly, you can rent your own room in a share house from $1200 per room.

Read Next – doing a road trip while living in Whistler is one of the best things you can do. Our three favorites include the drive from Whistler to Banff, the road from Banff to Jasper and the long but worthwhile drive from Whistler to Jasper!

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Backcountry hut on Whistler Blackcomb

The best neighborhoods to live in Whistler

There are a couple of neighbourhoods in Whistler, here I will list the best/most popular. We lived in Bayshores for two full years and loved it.

  • Whistler Cay – is the closest area to Whistler village, the prices here are a little more expensive but the apartments/ houses here are generally of good condition
  • Creekside – the “original Whistler village” is a mini-village in itself and has some stores, bars and even the gondola to go up the mountain – meaning you don’t have to make your way into Whistler to ski
  • Bayshores – a family-friendly neighborhood with some beautiful chalet-style homes. It is a 10-15 minute drive into Whistler and a 15-20 minute walk to Creekside. Regular bus services operate from here.
  • Alpine Meadow/ Rainbow – home to Meadow Park Sports Center and a large supermarket. It is a very popular and relatively cheap area to rent. It’s a 10-15 minute drive into Whistler, with a regular bus service operating.
  • Function Junction/ Cheakamus Crossing – these are the first neighborhoods you will come across as you drive up from Vancouver. Function Junction is more of an industrial area with some housing scattered within, it is home to the locally famous Re-use It Center. Cheakamus Crossing is the furthest neighbourhood from Whistler village, but most of the rental units here are new.

We recommend (if your budget allows) renting a cheap airbnb whilst you look for suitable long-term housing, here’s a list of some airbnbs we recommend –

  • This Studio apartment in Whistler Village, costs from $75 CAD per night. It features a gas fireplace, Queen bed, Queen pull-out bed and is steps away from all the restaurants/ bars in Whistler.
  • This Studio Apartment located in Creekside, costs just $45 CAD per night. It is located above locals favorite Creekbread restaurant and features a seasonal pool, patio with BBQ and a hot tub (which is available all-year for a small fee).
  • This Cozy Studio on Main Street with a hot tub & pool costs from $75 CAD per night. From the Studio it is just a 7 minute walk to the base of both Whistler & Blackcomb Mountain.
  • This super-luxurious ski-in-ski-out 1 bedroom apartment in Whistler’s Upper Village is trully gorgeous. Average nightly price is $250CAD per night!
  • This Studio apartment for $130 CAD per night is located within the Mountain Side Hotel in Whistler Village. It’s ski-in-ski-out and is rated highly 9.5/10) by past guests
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The snow outside our home in Whistler

Living in Whistler: Finding a job

We got incredibly lucky with our apartment and our jobs, even though I had to work two jobs to ensure that I had enough money for my number one hobby – travel.  Regardless of the long hours we worked, we were incredibly happy living in Whistler. I worked at the Fairmont Chateau hotel during the day and the Mexican Corner restaurant in the evenings. My husband worked in construction in the Summer months and in the kitchen of an Italian restaurant in the Winter.

How to find a good job in Whistler

Unlike the limited amount of good housing available, there are heaps of good jobs available to you in Whistler. You have to remember that Whistler is a booming tourist destination, so, most of the jobs here are in the hospitality sector.

Below is a list if the best places to search for a job in Whistler:

  • Pique online magazine, as mentioned above the classifieds section of the Pique is where a lot of businesses will advertise available jobs
  • Craigslist – not as popular in Whistler as it is elsewhere in Canada, you will likely find short-term jobs listed here
  • Indeed – most of the large hotels or office-type businesses will advertise available jobs here
  • Word-of-mouth – get out and socialize in Whistler when you first arrive, locals know that the best jobs are obtained by a good referral from a friend or acquaintance
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Our ‘old home’ in Whistler. Canada

Is it expensive to live in Whistler?

Whistler is definitely expensive, but once you start earning money you will notice this less and less. Items like chicken and cheese are notoriously expensive in the supermarkets. But, thankfully you can dine out quite cheaply – firm favorite El Furniture Warehouse does meals for $5.95 CAD and a lot of other restaurants do locals deals.

Here’s a list of some of the best cheap eats in Whistler Village.

One of the best value for money supermarkets we found to be Your Independent Grocer out in Rainbow. Otherwise if you have a car you can save money on groceries by hitting up Squamish for Save-On-Foods.

Day to day costs in Whistler tend to be reasonable, for example eating out, drinking out and your takeaway coffees are no more expensive here than other major cities in Canada. Your biggest expense is of course going to be your rent. For our power we went with BC Hydro and found them to be very fair and reasonable price-wise.

My estimation is that start-up costs to move to Whistler will cost you approx. $5,000 CAD. This figure takes into account your first months rent, your rental deposit (usually half-a-months rent), a ski pass, ski gear, stuff for your apartment like bed sheets, cooking utensils etc. But thankfully most places here come fully furnished. 

Are you a snowboarder or a skiier?

I’m a skier as are most Europeans whereas the majority of Australians and Canadians prefer snowboarding. On the mountain you will likely ski with your skier friends only, and vice-versa for snowboarding. Skiing and snowboarding are at different paces. The saying goes it’s easier to learn to ski but harder to ‘get good at’, whereas snowboarding is harder to learn but easier to ‘get good at’.

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Daily views on Whistler Blackcomb

Best hotels in Whistler

Hilton Whistler Resort and Spa – right in the center of Whistler Village and very close to the gondola, this large hotel is very popular with families

Nita Lake Lodge – located in Creekside, a 10 minute drive from Whistler Village and looking onto stunning Nita Lake this is one of my favorite hotels in Whistler

The Westin – is a nice luxury option in Whistler’s lower village, it’s right next to the gondola and the rooms are spacious with great views

Four Seasons Resort – this is probably the most luxurious hotel in Whistler, located in Whistler’s Upper Village and close to Blackcomb Gondola this hotel is frequented by celebrities

What we love the most about living in Whistler

We love the long cold days spent skiing, the quirky restaurants, our amazing multi-cultural group of friends, but above all we will love the fun, care-free environment Whistler seems to effortlessly emanate at all times.

Have you ever considered living in Whistler or a similar Ski resort? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

Thanks for reading my blog, Aimee x

Thanks so much for reading. I hope this guide has helped you plan your move to Whistler! If you found this blog helpful, be sure to browse around some more! I have guides on  Canadian road trip tipsluxury vacation to Whistler as well as doing a ski season in Whistler and so much more!!

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What it’s really like to live in Whistler for a ski season

9 home truths about working in Whistler for a ski season! Everything you need to know before you go. 

I’m sure you’ve probably heard of Whistler before, but in case you’ve been living under a rock all these years, it’s a little mountainside village in British Columbia, Canada. Whistler is a two hour drive from Vancouver. It’s famous for skiing and it’s consistently ranked as the top Ski Resort in North America. But don’t let this villages’ small size fool you – Whistler is home to some of the best restaurants and hotels in the world. Plus, the locals are super-friendly.

Why I loved working in Whistler for a ski season

I loved living & working in Whistler, I really really did. And, because I love it so much I want to spread the word about life in Whistler and attempt to convince you all that living in a Ski Resort has got to be done. But before you get too excited and start packing your winter woolies, there are some truths you need to know about. 

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The skiing in Whistler is out-of-this-world

Out-of-this-world. Fact. That’s all I need to say I think. This season was made infinitely better by the fact that it was the most snowfall Whistler had seen in 15 years. As a result of the epic snowfalls the resort gets, skiing on weekends or Public Holidays is a no-go unless you want to wait in line for 2 hours.

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Whistler is so pretty it’s distracting

It’s pretty, too pretty almost. In fact it’s so pretty that it almost makes up for the fact that it’s so goddamn expensive. Honestly, google image ‘Whistler’ go on I dare ya and try to stop yourself from booking the next flight over here. In Winter it’s all snow-covered evergreen trees and looming white mountains. In Summer it looks like a less-moody version of the set of Twilight.

Whistler is expensive

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, living in Whistler is outrageously expensive. If you’re planning a move here for the next Winter season I recommend you start saving now. Rent is going to be a lot more expensive than where you currently live.  Expect to pay anywhere between $1800 to $2200 CAD for a one-bedroom apartment.

You will leave the supermarket both angry and confused at the cost of groceries. FYI – chicken and cheese is outrageously expensive. I saw on Facebook the other day, that one girl paid $20 CAD for seven tomatoes. They were the fancy on-the-vine kind, but still, that’s insanity!

Your ski pass won’t be cheap, see prices.  You have to add ski gear into the equation too. It all adds up.

My estimation is that start-up costs to move to Whistler will cost you approx. $4,000 CAD. This figure takes into account your first months rent, your rental deposit (usually half-a-months rent), a ski pass, ski gear, stuff for your apartment like bed sheets, cooking utensils etc. But thankfully most places here come fully furnished. Then add in another $1,000 CAD to fill up your fridge (jokes)!

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Finding a job is pretty easy

It may not be your ‘dream job’ but it is a job to help fund your time in this notoriously expensive village. Whistler has a severe labour shortage problem, it has done for years. Look through the classifieds section of the local Pique newspaper and you’ll find pages and pages of job adverts. Or just take a quick peek on Craigslist and you’ll understand the sheer amount of labour this village needs.

Most of the jobs are in the hospitality sector so if you’re any way good with people you will be fine. The hourly wage here averages about $11 – $17 per hour. The lower end being for servers due to the tips they receive. You will probably want to work evening shifts too, so that you can ski during the day. It’s an employees market in Whistler which is a rarity. So, if you quit one job you will probably be able to find another job starting the next day. That’s the reality of the labour shortage here.

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Finding a place to rent is not so easy

Okay, if you want to move to Whistler for the Winter, get here before October 1st. This is very important. This is when you have the most housing options available to you. You will probably score a nice one-bedroom apartment in a good location for approx $1800 CAD per month. Anytime after that and it’s slim pickings. Any decent apartments left will be charging an arm, two legs and a head!

We got pretty lucky actually, we didn’t move here until November 1st BUT we lived in Vancouver before relocating. So we had Canadian references (very important to a Whistler Landlord) and I was able to come up and view some apartments beforehand.

FYI – It’s a very good idea to preview some apartments if possible because there are a lot of scams unfortunately!

We managed to snag a beautiful two-bedroom apartment for $1800 CAD per month (this was in 2016/17). It may sound like a lot but I know some people who are paying $1800 for a bedroom! I should add that there are exceptions to the ‘getting here before October 1st’ rule. Like if you’re planning on staying in Whistler for more than a year or have Canadian relatives or partner then you will likely find yourself in a home a lot quicker and a lot cheaper than the 19 year-old Aussies you’re competing with.

snow in creekside whistler

Surprisingly, eating out can work out cheap

I’ve already explained the insane situation that is grocery prices here in Whistler. So, if you don’t  want to starve because you’re not willing to pay $10 for a chicken breast or $4 for a red pepper – then treat yo’self and eat out. There are actually lots of really good really cheap restaurants in Whistler, take for example the ever-popular El Furniture Warehouse where every meal is $4.95. See reviews here. Other restaurants also do ‘locals deals’ where you’ll find yourself enjoying a gourmet pizza and a craft beer for $15

You will likely drink more than you ever have

And that’s a big statement from an Irish girl who lived in Sydney for four years. Skiing and drinking go hand-in-hand, apres ski anyone?! The apres here is a lot of fun, live music and dancing on tables at 3pm is the norm.

Also, buying alcohol at the ‘Bottle shop’ is really cheap especially spirits, for example, a bottle of Bombay Sapphire (my drink of choice) will cost you just $25. Bring two forms of identification, because you will get asked to prove your age every time even if you are 29.

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If you’re over 25 you may be the oldest person in town

This is also a sad truth. The majority of the population here is 19 year old Aussie males who snowboard. There are so many Australians here in fact it’s been renamed ‘Whistralia’. If you dislike Aussies don’t come to Whistler. Luckily for me, I love them!

Must like snow!

It’s a ski resort – you have to like snow! This is very very important!

If you don’t like skiing or snowboarding thankfully there’s lots of other unique things to do in Whistler

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Working in Whistler – the truth

And there you have it, I think I’ve given you a pretty accurate description of what working in Whistler for a ski season entails. Sure, Whistler is very expensive but it’s also very beautiful. You may not be able to afford to buy a $10 chicken breast at the grocery store but you will be able to afford a $5 chicken burger at a cheap restaurant during ‘happy hour’. Sure, you will probably struggle to find an apartment but when you do you will laugh at how stressed you got.

But, the most important fact for me, is that working in Whistler for a ski season is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enjoy while you’re still young. You may blow all your savings living here, but for me experiences are so much more important than a hefty bank balance. Move to a ski resort, you won’t regret it!

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