Whistler is a mountain resort community like no other. Located in the Coast Mountains, 120 kilometres north of Vancouver, Whistler has a population of 9,824 permanent residents and hosts two million visitors annually.
From the early pioneers to the energetic and innovative community of today, all embrace Whistler’s relationship with nature and the outdoors and a built environment that matches the majesty and quality of the natural surroundings. Outdoor adventure draws residents to Whistler, and the community, vibrancy and lifestyle makes them stay.
The village centre, nestled at the base of the renowned Whistler Blackcomb ski area, is the centre of the community. The pedestrian stroll links the diverse array of restaurants, shops and services, as well as community amenities such as the library, Millennium Place Theatre and the Whistler Conference Centre. The many neighborhoods, trails, parks, schools and other amenities are peppered throughout the valley connected by the 40-kilometre Valley Trail.
Whistler was the Host Mountain Resort for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and has an exciting sports and cultural community supported by events, initiatives and facilities.
The municipality spans an area of 12,630 hectares, with about 90 per cent of the land set aside as natural area, including 19 parks and six lakes surrounded by mountains.
The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) provides leadership, planning, stewardship and investment toward an engaged, successful and prosperous community that helps make Whistler one of the world’s favourite mountain destinations.
About the Resort Municipality of Whistler
The RMOW is Whistler’s local government led by an elected council and administered by an executive team and staff on behalf of almost 10,000 permanent residents and 2.5 million annual visitors.
Whistler’s success is the result of passion and innovation of its residents and its visionary leaders from the First Nations to Whistler’s first settlers and those who developed the area into a world-class resort and Host Mountain Resort for the 2010 Winter Games.
Facts and Figures
Find facts and figures about the RMOW and its residents.
2010 Winter Games
Learn about Whistler’s experience as the proud Host Mountain Resort of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
Whistler and Karuizawa became the 67th pair of Canadian-Japanese Sister Cities in 1999. Learn about the Sister City Exchange Program.
Self-Guided Village Tour
Download the self-guided Village tour podcasts and experience the main points of interest that make Whistler a world-renowned destination.
Learn more about the partners, corporations and other organizations affiliated with the RMOW.