Whistler and Pemberton Community Connections

Whistler Re-Use-It Centre

The Re-Use-It store carries second hand electronics, books, shoes, clothes, sport equipment, and all the stuff you need in Whistler.  Prices are low and the goods are used, but in good condition. This is a great place to get started and buy anything from dishes to winter clothing.  The store is at 8000 Nesters Rd. The money made from the Re-Use-It Centre supports over 27 Whistler programs and services, including the Whistler Community Services Food Bank. The store is open from 11-6 daily. Call 604-932-1121 or e-mail reuseit@mywcss.org.

Whistler Re-Build-It Centre

The Re-Build-It Centre accepts donations of used building materials, carpets, furniture, shelves, appliances, lighting and more, and is also a great place to pick up these items for cheap.  All sales support Whistler Community Services Society programs.  Open 7 days per week from 10am-5pm.  It’s located at Lynham Rd, Function, Whistler. See https://www.mywcss.org/re-build-centre  for more information or call 604-932-1125

They also have a tool borrowing scheme. For $50 per year you can borrow tools for up to 7 days at a time.

Facebook

There are many Facebook pages for secondhand, clothes, furniture, sports goods

  • Whistler buy and sell
  • Whistler ski board swap
  • Whistler buy/sell/trade/baby
  • Whistler bigger kids
  • Whistler where the locals shop
  • Squamish buy and sell
  • Craigslist
  • Kijiji
Pemberton
Re-Use-It Centre

The Re-Use-It store sells new and gently used household and sporting goods.  Examples of items they carry are: household items, small appliances, electronics, kitchenware, sports equipment, tools, games, puzzles and toys.  They are open Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Donations are accepted on Fridays and Saturdays from 12-3 p.m.  The Re-Use It Centre is located at 1343 Aster Street (across from the fire hall), 604-384-6101.  Check out their facebook page.

Prospect Thrift Shop

The Prospect Thrift Shop sells new and gently used kitchenwear and clothing for the whole family.  A few items they carry are: winter jackets, dresses, shoes, boots, purses, baby clothing, dishes, books, DVD’s.  They are open Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The Prospect Thrift Shop is located at 7421 Prospect St, 604-935-9549.

Traditionally, “Slow Season” or “Shoulder Season” is what the locals call the quiet couple of months in the Fall between the September Labour Day weekend and the middle of December, and then again in the Spring between Easter and July 1st. It’s during this time that things in Whistler slow down with fewer visitors and many seasonal jobs come to an end. This is when you may find yourself without enough income to pay the rent, buy clothes or do the other things you enjoy. Although these seasons seem to be getting shorter, it’s a good idea to plan ahead and put some money away for a rainy day – literally.
Whistler
  • Our Lady of the Mountains Roman Catholic Church, 6299 Lorimer Road  604-905-4781
  • Church on the Mountain  www.churchonthemountain.ca  604-902-4111
  • Whistler Community Church www.whistlerchurch.ca  604-932-3139, 6195 Lorimer Road, at Myrtle Philip School
  • Jesus Rock of Ages Ministry (JRAM) Whistler. Meets at Maury Young Arts Centre, 4335 Blackcomb Way. 604-719-2475 roses.evangelista@gmail.com
Pemberton
  • St. David’s United Church, 7422 Dogwood St, 604-894-6981
  • St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 1360 Pemberton Farm Road, 604-894-6380
  • Jehovah’s Witnesses Pemberton Congregation, 1400 Pemberton Farm Road, 604-894-6573

911 – call 911 for police, ambulance and fire for an immediate response. Watch a video to find out more about 911 services.

4315 Blackcomb Way

911 – (Emergency)
604-932-3044 (Non-emergency)
www.bc.rcmp.ca

To report a crime anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or see the website: http://www.bccrimestoppers.com/.  You may get a cash reward if the information you provide leads to a conviction. 

Whistler Fire Rescue
911 (emergency)
604-935-8260 (Non-emergency)

Whistler Search and Rescue – helps the RCMP in providing search and rescue operations. Website provides information on how to “not get lost”.  See: www.whistlersar.com

Pemberton Medical Clinic
1403 Portage Road, Pemberton, BC, V0N 2L0
Phone: 604-894-6454
Fax: 604-894-6918
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, Tuesdays, 9am to 7:30pm (nurse and physician on-call 24-7)

Pemberton Village Fire Department
1350 Aster Street, Pemberton, BC, V0N 2L0
604-894-6111 

Pemberton Police/RCMP
7413 Prospect Street, Pemberton, BC, V0N 2L0
604-894-6634

Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW)

4325 Blackcomb Way

604-932-5535

www.whistler.ca
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Conservation Officer
1-877-952-7277 (for animal conflict emergencies)

In B.C., you are not allowed to drink alcohol in a public place—such as a street or a park—unless it has been specially approved as a place where drinking may occur (during a community festival where there is a liquor license in place, for example). You may drink alcohol outside at your home or at your campsite.

Alcoholics Anonymous – 604-905-5489 Tues, Thurs Sat & Sun at 8pm at the Whistler Health Care Centre

Alcohol & Drug Referral Line – 1-800-663-1441, 24hrs a day, 7 days a week.

Drugs

Most drugs, except cannabis, are illegal in BC. It is also illegal to drive when under the influence of drugs. If you get caught using or carrying you will be charged with drug possession and end up in Canadian court.

Be aware! if you are caught driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol this is now a serious crime and has a big impact on your application to stay and even your status as a permanent resident. If you are convicted, this could mean you will be deemed inadmissible to Canada – this means

  • Permanent residents might lose their status and have to leave the country;
  • Temporary residents — including visitors, international students and foreign workers — may not be able to enter or stay in Canada as permanent residents;
  • Refugee claimants may be ineligible to have their claim referred for a refugee hearing.

Whistler has a reputation as a party town; unfortunately, this sometimes means drugs are frequent in nightclubs. Please watch your drinks when you are in a club, also keep an eye on friends.

If you know someone who is suffering with a drug or alcohol addiction, go to www.heretohelp.ca

WCSS works with community groups and other non-profit organizations to provide programs and services that support social sustainability in Whistler.  Check out the WCSS Welcome Guide for new arrivals from other countries, available at the Community Services Building, 8000 Nesters Rd. WCSS raises funds by operating the Re-Use It and Re-Build It Centres, and from donations.  For more detailed information on programs and services offered by WCSS, please see their website www.mywcss.org.

8000 Nesters Rd, Whistler, BC, V8E 0G4
Phone: 604-932-0113

Whistler tries to be a “zero-waste” community.   Reducing, Reusing and Recycling is encouraged.   Because we have a lot of wildlife in our community, Whistler does not have door-to-door garbage pick-up.  Your building may have a garbage dumpster or other facilities, or you may have to transport your waste to local garbage & recycling depots. Be aware of bears!  Bears will eat your garbage, so be sure to keep it secure indoors until you are able to take it to the depot.

Be aware – there is zero tolerance for littering in and around Whistler, and if caught you could find yourself with an expensive fine. 

There are two places in Whistler where you can take your garbage and recycling.  One is in Function Junction at the south end of town, and the other is at 8001 Nester’s Road in the north end.

For Garbage Collection Information, see the RMOW

Things that can be recycled include paper, plastic, metal, glass, batteries, electronics, kitchen and yard waste, and much more.   For a complete list of what items can be recycled, check with the RMOW.

The Nester’s depot location also has a bottle depot, so you can get some money back for your empty beverage containers and electronics.  Hours and information.

Composting

The depots also collect organic material such as food scraps to turn into soil which can be purchased for your garden.  For more information on how and what to compost, click here

Reusing

Instead of throwing things you no longer need away, why not let someone else use them?   Whistler has two places where you can donate items you no longer need.

Garbage and Recycling in Pemberton

There is no garbage pickup in Pemberton but you can bring your garbage and recycling to the Pemberton Transfer Station located in the industrial park. The hours of operation are Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 1-6PM and Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5pm. Click here for more information.

You can also bring your recycling to the Pemberton Bottle Depot and Recycling Centre in the industrial park.  The hours of operation are Tuesday to Saturday, 9:30am-4:30 pm.

You can arrange to have your garbage picked up by Carney’s Waste. Click here for more information.

There are over 100 bears in the Whistler area, specifically Black bears, and most people will meet a bear at one point or another.  Black bears can be all colors, so don’t be confused by the name.  They tend to be shy and generally avoid people, which is often the same way we feel about them.  If you come across a bear, it’s important to know about how bears behave, as well as what you should do.  When a bear sees you, it may stand up on its hind legs with its nose up in the air. Although this looks fierce, he is mostly just being curious. The bear may also huff, slap or stomp the ground and even come towards you.

But don’t worry, follow these simple rules:

  • Be calm. Stop where you are, and stand your ground. 
  • Speak in calm, soothing tone. “Hey Bear, Whoa Bear.”
  • Back away slowly. Walk, don’t run and watch the bear to see how it will react.

Most times the bear will walk away. If you find a bear in your neighborhood or in town, you can scare the bear away by yelling at it or making loud noise, from a safe distance. This lets the bear know that it’s not welcome in human environments. It is important that the bear has a clear path out, so don’t corner it!  Be careful of bears with cubs, as they are very protective of their young and not as shy as your average bear!

It’s important to know what you need to do to help keep bears away:

  • Never feed a bear. Feeding bears will make your neighbours angry, and it will also result in a big fine, up to $350, and the bear may then be at risk of being relocated or killed.
  • Keep your garbage secure. Bears can break screen windows, climb up decks and even open doors or tear them off to get at garbage. A garbage-loving bear will do a lot if it knows there is food, and its behavior can result in relocation or death, so do your part and keep your garbage secure.

Read the document called Ten Things You Should Know About Bears

For more information on living with Whistler bears, visit www.bearsmart.com.  If you see a bear, want to report bear attractants such as unsecured garbage, or learn more about bear proofing your home, call 604-905-BEAR (2327).

Good online information about bears:

For a safe close look at bears you can join a mountain tour on Whistler Blackcomb 

Whistler

There are 3 daycares in Whistler:

If you choose to hire a babysitter, be aware that babysitters are not licensed or regulated by the BC government.

Children’s’ activities and programs in Whistler.

There is also a mom and tots drop in at Myrtle Philip community Centre 9-12 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during school term time.

Subsidies & allowances

Visit the Childcare Subsidy information from the BC government. 

Contact Whistler Community Services  https://mywcss.org/programs/play-credit

Pemberton

Healthy Pregnancy Outreach Program (HPOP)

This program helps women maintain good health throughout their pregnancy and have healthy babies. It provides a weekly drop-in discussion group and one-on-one support. The program is for women who are pregnant or whose child is nine months old or less.

Every Tuesday from noon to 2 pm., 1341 Aster Street, Pemberton.

Contact the Pemberton office at 604-894-6101 for more information.

Strong Start

Strong Start play group for children under 6 at Signal Hill Elementary: Monday to Friday from 9:00-11:45am. Contact the Pemberton office at 604-894-6101 for more information. www.sscs.ca for information on other child development programs in the Pemberton area

Have a Question?

Contact our Settlement Worker
or drop in to the Welcome Centre at the Whistler Public Library

Monday 3 – 6 p.m and Friday 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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