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All About Whistler Village’s History

Photo courtesy Tourism BC

Vancouverites sometimes complain about the two-hour drive to Whistler—despite the fact that the highway winds through the most gorgeous scenery on the planet—but two hours is nothing. Back in the early 1900s, the journey required a steamer ship from Vancouver to Squamish, then two days by horse. The trek didn’t deter visitors, however, and the area grew in popularity as a resort destination. In 1966, Garibaldi Whistler Mountain (as it was known back then) opened with a single gondola, chairlift and day lodge. The town tried repeatedly over the years to host the Olympics, finally succeeding with the 2010 Winter Games. Today, Whistler Blackcomb is consistently rated the top ski resort in North America by industry magazines. For more about Whistler’s local history, visit the Whistler Museum.—Sheri Radford

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