Filming & Film Locations
Filming in Whistler is easy with a step-by-step process that begins with contacting the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW).
With the exception of news media, any person or company wishing to access Whistler municipal property for the purposes of commercial photography, video, film and television — including documentaries — must obtain a film permit from the RMOW.
The RMOW asks that producers, directors or photographers first consider their location needs to make the permit application process as efficient as possible. Here are some basics about filming location options in Whistler.
Whistler Village, a unique pedestrian-only town centre, combines the charm of an old world alpine village with a level of modern sophistication not often seen in mountain resorts. This unique pedestrian village also includes two smaller satellite areas, Village North and Upper Village. Except for designated areas in front of the Whistler and Blackcomb gondolas, all exterior locations throughout the villages require RMOW film permits. Both Skiers Plaza and Upper Village gondola areas are under the jurisdiction of Whistler Blackcomb.
Particulars to note:
- Whistler Village pedestrian malls cannot be closed to public access to facilitate filming.
- Access to restaurants, stores and other services must be maintained.
- The RMOW requires that all impacted businesses in a location area be notified of filming in writing at least seven (7) days before filming.
Whistler Interpretive Forest
Need trees? A suspension bridge? Some serious biking trails? The 3,000 hectare Whistler Interpretative Forest is located 10 kilometres south of the Village, east of Function Junction.
Home to the breathtaking Cheakamus River gorge, House Rock and an enviable trail network, this RMOW managed forest is a favourite with production companies in part because of its excellent vehicle access.
Whistler has many beautiful parks, several featuring lakes, which are ideal for location shooting. Whistler also has a very active community engaged in many activities that take place at our parks.
While the RMOW endeavours to accommodate everyone’s schedules when it comes to park use, priority is given to local residents.
Click here for more information on Whistler's parks.
Shooting In Subdivisions
Whistler subdivisions offer great location possibilities with houses that run include everything from A-frame cabins to modern mansions. When shooting in these areas, the RMOW has two basic requirements outside of appropriated permitting.
- The RMOW requires that all impacted residences in a location area be notified of filming in writing at least seven (7) days before filming.
- The RMOW asks that the Film Permit Coordinator also be notified when filming on private property within the municipal boundaries.