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Pemberton (British Columbia)

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Pemberton is a village in the province of British Columbia.

Matier Glacier and Joffre Lake near Pemberton

Get in[edit]

Pemberton is located 158km north of Vancouver & just 32 km past Whistler - Wikitravel January 2014 Destination - along Highway 99 or Sea to Sky Highway, Route 99 & through Pemberton Valley AKA Portage Road. One may have to try all 4 names depending on the mapping system, also try imputing abbreviation "Hwy."

Get around[edit]

Bus[edit]

  • Bus:Served by Greyhound Canada 1-800-661-8747 & BC Transit 604.932.4020 http://www.transitbc.com/regions/whi/ out of Whistler. Being that Pemberton is a bedroom community of Whistler it is tied into the Whistler transit system too; fares $4.50. Greyhound Commuter to $8- $13.
  • Greyhound Canada provides daily bus service connecting Pemberton with Vancouver, via Squamish & Whistler. Bus terminus: pick-up/drop-off in Pemberton at the New Greyhound "Depot", the Husky Gas Station / Pioneer Junction Convenience Store,on Highway 99 at the edge of town. As of April 1, 2014 the Greyhound Bus will no longer enter the Village Centre, to its former depot at the old Train Station.[[1]]
  • The Pemberton Valley Transit System / WAVE runs a commuter bus between Pemberton & Whistler. There are four trips, with two in the morning and two in the late afternoon/early evening. Bus terminus pick-up/drop-off in Pemberton between AG Grocery & Old Pemberton Hotel. The fare is $4.50 each way (senior and student fare is $4).
  • The other Main stop is at Hwy 99. Whistler Transit / WAVE drops off & pick up at Pemberton Gateway Village Suites Hotel: Northbound Portage Rd Stop #102834; & across the street at the Petro Can Southbound Portage NS Arbutus Stop #102833 (Eastbound #100)
  • Pemberton Taxi Service Pemberton Taxi service runs a Valley Commuter Service to Mount Currie that meets up with the buses: tel 604 894-1111.
  • Party Bus, Squamish BC, [2]. Roomy 14 passenger charter bus, Sightseeing of Squamish & Whistler, YVR airport service $$.  edit
  • Landsea Tours & Charters (Vancouver Tours), 680 Industrial Ave. Vancouver, BC, V6A 2P3 (Can also book them through many Whistler Hotels), 604-255-7272 (toll free: 1-877-669-2277, ), [3]. >Roomy 14 passenger charter bus, Sightseeing of Squamish & Whistler, YVR airport service, transfers within Squamish. $$.  edit

Taxi[edit]

  • Taxi Pemberton Taxi service runs: Taxis & small buses: tel 604 894-1111.

Rail[edit]

  • Rail: No Direct Rail serviceany more - the Rocky Mountaineer just passes through.
  • Rail: Lillooeet - Salath - Seaton Portage The 2 car passenger train provides, besides daily round trip service, limited service farther south to Penderossa Ranch near D'Arcy & can be chartered to extend the Ponderrosa Run to D'Arcy - 45min North of Pemberton - at the head of Anderson Lake. Expect occasional minor delays by Mountain Goats &/or Big Horn Sheep. They scatter at sight of the CN freight trains on the BCR Line but show no fear of the 2 car self propelled passenger cars.

Air[edit]

  • Air: Heli-Skiing, Charter Planes & Helicopters. (Web Cam), [4].  edit
  • Pemberton Areodrome, Pemberton Airport: CYPS (local airport, regional airport), 604 894-6135, [5]. Mon-Fri 8am-5pm or by appointment. (50.3025,-122.7378) edit

Tie-down Accommodation Fees: Aircraft Weight < 2,000 kg 2,000 to 5,000 kg Day $7 $10 Month $60 $70 Year $260 $320

Landing Fees - For Commercial Uses Only: Landings Per Months Fees 1 to 10 $25 11 to 30 $22 30+ $20 Annual Rates for aircraft < 2,000 $600"

  • Coast Range Heliskiing Ltd, Head Offices, PO 16, 1641 Airport Road, Pemberton BC, V0N 2L0, Booking Office [[Whistler]], 218-4293 Mountain Square (Booking Office [[Whistler]]by Gondola), 604.894.1144 (toll free: 800.701.8744 Canada & US, ), [6].  edit
  • Blackcomb Aviation: (Prop, Jet & helicopters), 1850 Airport Road, Pemberton, BC, Canada. Mail:PO 1241, Whistler, BC, Canada V0N 1B, 604-894-5153 (toll free: 1 800-330-4354, ), [7]. Mon-Fri 8am-5pm or by appointment.  edit


  • Air: Helicopters & Sea Planes (land at both nearby Whistler's Heliport & Whistler Aerodrome (Whistler Airport)), (15-20 minutes south). (50.15,-122.96667) edit
  • Whistler Heliport: Helijet, 9960 Heliport Road, Whistler, BC V0N 1B9 (15-20 minutes south), (toll free: 1-800-665-4354, ), [8]. $200/person 1 way. (50.100436,-122.540354) edit Scheduled flights to & from downtown Vancouver Harbour Heliport, YVR / Vancouver International Airport, & Victoria Harbour Heliport Helijet.
  • Whistler Heliport: Blackcomb Aviation:, 9990 Heliport Road, Whistler, BC V0N 1B9. Mail:PO 1241, Whistler, BC, Canada V0N 1B (15-20 minutes south), 604-938-1700 (toll free: 1 800-330-4354, ), [9]. Mon-Fri 8am-5pm or by appointment. (50.100436,-122.540354) edit
  • Whistler Aerodrome (Whistler Airport): YWS (Harbour Air / Whistler Air), 8069 Nicklaus N Blvd, Whistler, BC V0N 1B8 (at Nicklaus North on the South end of Green Lake), 604 932-6615 (toll free: 1 800 665 0212 Canada & US), [10]. $$. (50.15,-122.96667) edit

Direct Flights to Vancouver & Victoria. See Whistler for details about connections Bus/Air via Whistler, Vancouver, or Seattle.

Bike[edit]

  • Bike: Almost 200 Km of Free Trails for X-country skiing, biking, walking, or riding a horse in the whole Valley System.
  • Bike / Cycling (23 Km from Whistler Town limits to Pemberton. It's a popular, though challenging, hilly route. Part of the annual Whistler IronMan Race), [11]. July 27, 2014.  edit

See[edit][add listing]

  • Tourism Pemberton, Pemberton, British Columbia (20 minutes north of Whistler, BC on Hwy 99), 604-894-6175, [12]. Open Summer Only. Official website for Tourism Pemberton with business listings, events, news & travel advice. Free. (50.321135,-122.799897) edit
  • Party Bus, Squamish BC, [13]. Roomy 14 passenger charter bus, Sightseeing of Squamish & Whistler, YVR airport service $$.  edit
  • Landsea Tours & Charters (Vancouver Tours), 680 Industrial Ave. Vancouver, BC, V6A 2P3 (Can also book them through many Whistler Hotels), 604-255-7272 (toll free: 1-877-669-2277, ), [14]. Roomy 14 passenger charter bus, Sightseeing of Squamish & Whistler, YVR airport service, transfers within Squamish. $$.  edit
  • Pemberton Taxi Service Pemberton Taxi service charters small buses: tel 604 894-1111.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Saint Agnes Well Hotsprings (T'sek Hotsprings, Skookumchuck Hotsprings), In-SHUCK-ch Forest Service Road (1 3/4 hrs to the East of Pemberton just before the town of Skookumchuck (trad.) renamed Skatin is on the In-SHUCK-ch Forest Service Road, In Shuck ch FSR, AKA Lillooet River Road, North. Key words Google Maps: Skookumchuck Hot Springs.), [15]. $10/vehicle, $10/person, kids 10 & under free. If you don't overnight there's no vehicle charge. $7.50 per adult Overnight.. (49.937778,-122.408333) edit
  • Keyhole hotsprings (Keyhole, Pebble Creek Hotsprings), Upper Lillooet FSR 44Km (1hr West of Pemberton, on serviceable dirt road, being improved. Lillooet Forest Service Road, AKA Upper Lillooet Forest Service Road), [16]. 24/7. Summer 2014 being built: New trail longer but easier, ~ 1mile / 1.5 km long, new parking at ~ 42.5 Km, new bridge & new improved dirt road. Area up hill of Hotsprings is a designated "Ungulate Area" for Mountain goats...if you must bring a dog keep it leashed - also a good idea because of all the bears around. Road plowing scheduled to start April 7th for Upper Lillooet Dam (only road not parking area). Free & Free Camping. (50.668178,-123.455064) edit
  • Meager Creek Hot SpringsSummer only. Bridge washed out & slide activity. Need current photo mosaic maps. 1 way Dawn to Dusk + 2hrs. Best to start in twilight before dawn so there is a little wiggle room. Or plan to camp 1/2 way in. Try Keyhole in same area fed from same Geothermal source.

New logging road being built Spring Summer 2014 will head to far end of Valley & cross at unaffected far bridge, then back track, back east along south bank.

  • Hike - Pemberton has some of BC's finest hiking and back country camping opportunities - 200km. of free trails.
  • Backcountry Skiing (Skins, Telemarking, X-country Nordic Skiing), Pemberton Valley & Valley Trails, [17]. In Winter Airport Webcam -East End of Valley- shows snow conditions similar to West End of Valley because of same shadowing. Free.  edit
  • Backcountry Skiing (Skins, Telemarking, X-country Nordic Skiing), Mearger Glacier/ Pemberton Ice Cap. Free.  edit
  • Joffre Lakes Provincial Park (Joffre Lakes), (45min -1hr North of Pemberton), [19]. A moderate hike past three pristine turquoise lakes feed by Matier Glacier. To the 1st Lake; about 45min ea way in Summer. Its a full day to the 3rd top lake & back. 7 mountain peaks clustered together offering exceptional skiing equal to Charmonie on the Swiss French Border, with slopes orientated to all the compass points. You can almost always find a face with perfect snow. Popular for Snowshoeing too.  edit
  • Cerise Creek & Cabin short hike through forest in the Joffre Group of Peaks. 1 hr drive north from Pemberton along the Duffy Lake Road. Elevation of hike is only 300 m./yrds as the trail head starts near the Roads summit.

Cerise Cabin AKA "Keith's Hut", officially the Keith Flavelle Hut Memorial cabin is near the headwaters of Cerise Creek - French for cherry- fed by the Anniversary Glacier. Keith Flavelle was a very experienced climber & BC mountaineering community pioneer. He was killed on an expedition to Mount Logan, his family & friends built the hut in his memory. There is no formal fee structure, but if you are staying at the hut, please contribute to upkeep & repairs (use the dropbox or mail a cheque), especially if you use firewood (this is transported in by helicopter). Try to bring in some of your own & pick up wind fall debris while hiking as kindling.

Every Sept a work party organized by the family ventures up to the hut to perform repairs and maintenance - watch the VOC , UBC Varsity Outdoor Club, message board for announcements.

Views from the hut: Joffre Peak, Mount Matier & Vantage Peak. At the pass between Mount Matier & Vantage Peak one can see Mount Hartzell, Mount Howard, Twin One Glacier & far off to the south Snowspider Mountain. Great fun all year round. Be prepared for snow till July. Be prepared for a freak snow storm even last week of Aug. Always dress in layers. Weather changes really fast.

  • Climbing - surrounded by the Coastal Mountains, Pemberton has many opportunities for rock climbing, bouldering,ice climbing, and mountaineering. While not as popular as Squamish, there are several climbing areas located within a short drive of the village. Detailed listings can be found in any of the area's climbing guide books.
  • Pemberton Beach artificial man made beach of clean white sand, at man made lake ^ Mile One Lake Village park in Town. Paddle boards for hire SUP, wooden boardwalk,hiking trails, picknick area, & site of local champion dragonboaters. A short walk through the woods from both modern Hotels. No dogs allowed in water - dog beach at other side of lake. ^ Altered from Boreal Arboreal Marsh with increased water flow & depth.
  • Pemberton Meadows: (Meadows Golf), 1730 Airport Rd (10 min.s East just before Pemberton Airport.), tel. 1.800.390.4653 (toll-free) (), [20]. par 72 course with full service club house,Golf Shop,and Black Squirrel Restaurant. $$ Moderate.  edit Map:[21]
  • Big Sky Golf (Big Sky), 1690 Airport Road (10 min.s East just before Pemberton Airport.), tel. 604-894-6106) (, fax: 604-894-5545), [22]. Country Club with Fescues Restaurant. $$ Moderate.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Be Natural, herbal apothecary and foods, 108, 7433 Frontier Street (In the AG Foods strip mall), 604-894-8884. A health food store offering vitamin supplements, herbal blends, homeopathics, essential oils, personal care, bulk herbs and foods, healthy snacks, and specialty and organic groceries. Private health consults available by a trained Clinical Herbalist with knowledge in herbs, vitamins, nutrition, Bach Flowers, Reiki, and Reconnective Healing.  edit
  • Silvhorn Automotive, #71 7370 Highway 99 (Hwy 99 at the entrance to Pemberton Village), 604-894-5556, [23]. Silvhorn Automotive service and repair including electrical problems and diagnostic maintenance. (Latitude, Longitude 50.316243,-122.8017) edit
  • Closed:Pemberton Towing Ltd (Pemberton Towing), 1931 Carpenter Pemberton, BC V0N 2L0 (East of Pemberton Village in the Pemberton Industrial Park by Mount Currie), (604) 894-0024, [24]. on call 24/7. Calls redirected too Payless. $$ Moderate. (50.312099,-122.729260‎) edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • North Arm Farm (Northarm Farm), 1888 Hwy 99 (5 km east of the McDonalds, Red Clock Tower & PetroCanada gas station), +1 604 894-5379, [25]. 9AM-6PM daily. Local farm with a produce shop and bakery.Pick your own berries in season See the Farm animals. They sell their own organic produce and produce and cheese from other B.C. farms. There is also a lunch menu with homemade sandwiches. Hosting Special events like Feast of the Feilds & (Whistler) Cornucopia. Coffee $2.15, sandwiches $6-$10, baked goods $2-$5.  edit
  • Mile One Eating House (Mile One), 107 - 7330 Arbutus Street (Under the Clock Tower at the 1st Building at, 1st Traffic Light, junction Hwy99 Across from PetroCan at the Gateway Building, frontage on Portage Rd), 604-384-3842, [26]. 11am-9pm 'ish Tue-Sun. Not Fast Food - Fast Slow Food: Brunch, Lunch & Dinner. Independently owned & operated not part of a chain or run by the Hotel. Offering Burgers made of local Natural Beef &Buns from BlackBird Bakery, across the street, Potatoes from the Valley. BC 100 Mile inspired cuisine: Ocean Wise Tuna caught just off the Coast, BC Cheeses & Veg'.Sit outside, covered in all weather south facing deck & open air deck under Mt Currie...at the Pemberton Gateway Suites Hotel Building [[27]].Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013. WiFI Hot Spot. $$ Moderate. (50.317713,-122.798522) edit
  • BlackBird Bakery (Black Bird Bakery), 1436 Portage Rd (Hidden under the Water Tower at Portage Place, 2nd Building after, 1st Traffic Light, junction Hwy99.Beside PetroCan and Kitty Corner/across from the Gateway Building with the Clock Tower,), (604) 894-6226 (), [28]. Mon-Sat:6:am-6pm Sun:7am-5pm. Croissants, Cinnamon Buns, Fresh baked breads. Fresh roasted & ground Coffees. Small comfy couch in back. Small south facing terrace. Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013. WiFi Hot Spot. $$ Moderate.  edit
  • The Wood Restaurant & Lounge (The Wood), 1436 Portage Rd (Hidden under the Water Tower at Portage Place, 2nd Building after 1st Traffic Light, junction Hwy99.Beside PetroCan and Kitty Corner/across from the Gateway Building with the Clock Tower), (604) 384-0081, [29]. Mon-Fri:4pm–10pm; Sat-Sun:8am–10pm. Great Steaks. Amazing Pastas Sit outside,south & north facing patios.Sit up bar. Local Brunch Favorite the Eggs Benedict. WiFi hot Spot. Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013. $$ Moderate.  edit
  • Mount Currie Coffee Company (Mount Currie Coffee), #2, 7331 Arbutus St (2nd Building after, 1st Traffic Light, junction Hwy99. from the Gateway Building with the Clock Tower,turn onto Arbutus St.), (604) 894-3388 (), [30]. 6:30am–6pm. Amazing Coffees. Gelato, Panniis. Sit outside, covered in all weather south facing. Local Favorite. WiFi hot Spot. $$ Moderate.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Schramm Organic Potato Vodka, 1954 Venture Place, Pemberton Business Park, Pemberton, BC V0N 2L0, +1 604 894-0222 (, fax: +1 888 894 3676), [31]. Closed Sun;email for tour. $$$.  edit

Pemberton Distilleries' Spirits: Vodka, Gin & Whiskey available at BC Government Liquor Stores in Pemberton, Whistler, & Gov. Specialty Stores. At all others by request. Their other Products: Real distilled Vanilla,& Carbonated Non-Alcoholic Mixers i.e. Ginger & berry. available at Mile One Eating House [32] in the Pemberton Gateway Suites Hotel Building [[33]]

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Pemberton Gateway Village Suites Hotel (Gateway Hotel), 7330 Arbutus Street (20 min North of Whistler bc. Turn off Hwy99 at Red Clock Tower at 1st Light by PetroCan), 604) 894 8888, [34]. checkin: 3:30; checkout: 10:00. Toll Free 1 877 894 5929. Tweet: @PemGateway. Pet-Friendly hotel: nightly, weekly, or long-term. Mountain views. All 22 suites have kitchens. Free secure underground parking: a safe place for your vehicle at night or your sled / snowmobile, bikes, ATV's, & trailers. Free bike / Ski lockers. Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013. Free WiFi. Per night, +tax, from $99. (50° 19' 4.6915,-122° 47' 54.8019) edit
  • Pemberton Valley Lodge (Pemberton Valley Lodge Hotel), 1490 Portage Road (From Vancouver, go north on HWY 99, past Whistler to Pemberton, turn right at Harrow Rd.), 1.877.894.2800, [35]. All-suite Pemberton hotel with a contemporary, lodge style atmosphere. Soak away in the outdoor hot tub with 360 degree mountain views surrounding the property.Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013. Reasonably priced and perfect for families, couples and business guests alike. (50.315082,-122.79283) edit

Get out[edit]


Routes through Pemberton
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