The Olympic and Paralympic Athletes’ Village in Whistler – otherwise known as Cheakamus Crossing – is one of the most tangible legacies of the 2010 Winter Games.
Not only was it home to more than 3,500 athletes and officials during the Games, the neighbourhood now provides much-needed affordable housing to Whistler residents.
Located south of Whistler Village and within Whistler’s municipal boundaries. Cheakamus Crossing is now home to a vibrant mixture of residents, hostel visitors and athletes.
Cheakamus Crossing is home to approximately 700-1000 residents at any given time. What’s more, the 19,500-square-foot High Performance Centre plays an important role in Whistler’s capacity to host world-class athletes.
The village was built in partnership with land donated by the provincial government (specifically for resident housing), a VANOC contribution of $37.5 million to the project and RMOW’s wholly owned subsidiary, the Whistler 2020 Development Corporation, managing and funding the project.
In many ways, the legacy of the Cheakamus Crossing neighbourhood meets a very specific need. Decades ago, Whistler residents and businesses recognized that the part of the community’s long-term success depended on retaining a stable, resident workforce: people and families, who live, work and play in Whistler. Affordable resident housing remains a top priority for Whistler Council today.