Local Housing Information

Where you live in town can make a big difference. You want to make sure that you’re in the best place for your family and for your needs.

You’ll probably need to start by renting a place to live while you become more familiar with the different neighbourhoods and housing options locally and decide where you’d prefer to set down roots.

Many people rent, at least to start. Rental rates are expensive in Whistler, and are increasing in Pemberton. At the same time you need to make sure that you and your landlord know and understand what you can and can’t be asked to pay for.

For people living here permanently, the Whistler Housing Authority offers long-term rental and ownership housing opportunities. See the bottom of this page for more information or visit the Whistler Housing Authority website.

For any questions about or help with Housing in Whistler or Pemberton contact your Settlement Worker at the Welcome Centre

Whistler: phone 604.698.5960  email: info@welcomewhistler.com

Pemberton: phone 604.967.1664  email: info@welcomepemberton.com

Finding a Place to Rent

In Whistler

Before you decide where to live, it is good to check out the different neighbourhoods in Whistler to see which suits you best.

Some neighbourhoods have more young people living there. Some neighbourhoods have more families. Some neighbourhoods have more people who live in Whistler full time, and some have more nightly rentals where visitors will stay. Remember that those neighourhoods with more nightly visitors and young seasonal workers will usually be more noisy and busy than the neighbourhoods where more families and full-time Whistler residents live.

Finding a place to rent in Whistler can be more or less difficult depending on the time of year you are looking. The average rate for a bedroom only is around $700-$1000, for a 1 bedroom apartment it is $1100-1500, and for a 2-bedroom it is $1200 up. The rent may be more expensive the closer to the centre of the Village it is. Take the time to check out the neighbourhoods before you choose where to live. Some have a high percentage of tourist (nightly) rentals and can be noisy. Others have more permanent residents living there, and may be more family friendly. Many homeowners have apartments, or suites, to rent in their houses.

To see what’s available, check out the classified ads in the back of local publications available for free around town or online:

The Pique newsmagazine

Another resource is Craigslist, which is an online classified advertisements website with sections devoted to jobs, housing, personals, for sale, items wanted, services, community and discussion forums.

Also look for advertisements posted on notice boards in your community, or at your workplace.

Take the time to look at different places.  Some will include electricity and heat (utilities), others will not, and you will have to pay for those charges separately from your rent. Some will be furnished (furniture is provided) but you need to check what is provided and what is not. It is good to check:

  • If the rental is furnished, what is included?
  • If it is not furnished, is it only furniture not included?
  • Does the rental have a stove, fridge, washer/dryer and other appliances?

If you are looking at renting a suite in a private house, you may also want to ask about whom else lives there.

  • Are there children or pets above you?
  • Are there shift workers or people that like to party?

Think about whether you will hear the other people and if that’s important.

If you’re looking at rental ads and aren’t sure you understand what is being offered, check out understanding Canadian rental ads terms.

There are many hotels in Whistler but only a few hostels and less expensive lodges in town to stay while you are looking for a rental home.

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In Pemberton

The Whistler Housing Authority

The Whistler Housing Authority partners with the community to provide long term affordable rentals and ownership housing. You can only rent or buy these properties if you are Canadian citizens or landed immigrants, and live and work in Whistler.

Today, Whistler has approximately 1,900 units of affordable rental and ownership housing in many neighbourhoods around Whistler.

To rent or buy you will need to sign up with the Whistler Housing Authority. There is often a waiting list. Check the Whistler Housing Authority website to see how to qualify and other information.