Pemberton Trail is completed linking the Pemberton valley to
the Pacific coast, north of Vancouver.
and prospectors settle in the area. Alta Lake is the original
name of Whistler. The name "Whistler" is used by these settlers
because of the shrill whistle sound made by the western hoary
marmots who live among the rocks.
and Alex Philip arrive in Vancouver from Maine. They hear about
Whistler's spectacular beauty.
from Myrtle Philip's Rainbow Lodge, now in the renamed
Lodge cabins provided guest lodging on the shore of
Alta Lake and Rainbow Creek.
and Alex take the three day journey to Whistler: a steamer ship
from Vancouver to Squamish, overnight in Brackendale, and a
two-day horse trek to Whistler.
and Alex buy ten acres of land and build the Rainbow Lodge on
the shores of Alta Lake.
Great Pacific Eastern Railway (now BC Rail) is built to Alta
Lake and links the valley to the outside world. Whistler becomes
a base for logging and mining. Myrtle and Alex's Rainbow Lodge
is the most popular resort destination west of Banff and Jasper.
Way to go, Myrtle!
lodges open throughout the valley. The abundant fish stocks
make Whistler a summer resort destination long before it is
considered a winter one.
Vancouver businessmen envision Whistler as the site to host
a future Winter Olympic Games. The bid is unsuccessful; however,
the Garibaldi Lift Company is formed with Franz Wilhelmsen as
president. The goal is to create a ski hill.
still has no road, electricity, or sewer systems.
Mountain finally gets the name "Garibaldi Whistler Mountain".
A four person gondola, a double chairlift, two T-bars, and a
day lodge are constructed.
officially opens for skiing.
becomes the first "Resort Municipality" in Canada.
The new municipality is given 53 acres of Crown land to develop
a town centre.
begins on the new town centre that will eventually become Whistler
Mountain opens creating one of the largest ski complexes in
Mountain expands it's terrain and becomes North America's only
"Mile High Mountain".
Country Magazine votes Whistler the "Number One Ski Resort in
North America" and the trend continues for almost a decade.
Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains merge under Intrawest Corporation.
and the Callaghan Valley hosts Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Cross-country
Skiing, Nordic Combined, Ski Jumping, Bobsleigh, Luge, and Skeleton
events for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter and Paralympic