The picturesque Village of Pemberton, tucked away in a valley 8,000 feet below the rugged peak of Mount Currie, is a scenic 25-minute drive north from Whistler. Steeped in history, thanks to its pioneer and First Nations heritage, the area has a personality all its own, with a laid back and homespun feel in contrast to the more cosmopolitan vibe of Whistler.
A bounty of summer and winter recreational activities abound
Often referred to as the ‘Gateway to Adventure’, Pemberton's easy access to wilderness—including three Provincial Parks—makes it an ideal jumping off point for experiencing world-class golfing, mountain biking, fishing, hiking, camping, horse-back riding and even jet boating and soaring in the summer, and alpine and heli-skiing, ice fishing and snowmobiling in winter.
The Village of Pemberton serves as the hub for the Pemberton Valley area and district, which also includes D’Arcy, Birken and the community of Mount Currie; the heart of the Lil'wat Nation whose Interior Salish people were the first to call this area their home.
From golden nuggets to nugget potatoes
Europeans settlers who decided to forego the gold rush of the mid-1800s to put down roots on the fertile farmland, gave rise to a thriving agriculture industry that continues to be a mainstay of the local economy. Nicknamed ‘Spud Valley’ by locals, Pemberton’s world famous seed potatoes are just one of the local crops.
Forestry, ranching and more recently tourism, including agri-tourism, also contributed to the growth of the area over the next century. An industrial park as well as a number of new hi-tech connected 'work, live and play' residences and office, retail and manufacturing space, have brought many new business ventures to the area.
The region’s rural setting and natural assets, combined with a growing selection of amenities and services, has attracted a vibrant mix of recent settlers—families, singles and seniors—who have chosen to call Pemberton home. The range of real estate opportunities, from affordable townhomes to sprawling ranches, hobby farms and vacant acreage, adds to Pemberton’s appeal for both residents and business.
It’s no wonder the Pemberton area, with a resident population of just under 2,300, is B.C’s fastest growing community and one of Canada’s fastest growing rural communities.