Climate and Clothing

Whistler and Pemberton are in the Coast Mountain Range of BC and the climate is coastal rainforest. That means lots of rain in spring and fall, and, of course, snow in winter.  At the same time, the summers can be hot and dry. Winter temperatures will usually sit between 0 and -10°C although there may be periods when it is colder, and be ready for the temperature to drop a lot at night. Summer temperatures are usually between 21 and 27°C, but it can get hotter (especially in Pemberton). While all houses have heating to keep you warm in winter, it is not usual for houses to have air conditioning in the summer.

With four distinct seasons, you will find that you need clothing for all those seasons. You will not be able to wear the same clothing all year round. The good news is that most people dress very casually, even at work. Smart jeans and warm clothing are usually acceptable, but your employer will tell you if there are specific dress requirements, or if you are required to wear a uniform. The key to successful dressing is wearing many layers, so you can dress up to go outside and then take layers off when you are inside. In spring and fall, make sure you have a waterproof jacket and footwear – rubber boots are popular.  In winter you will need a very warm and waterproof coat and good, insulated boots. Also, remember to wear a hat and gloves as you’ll cool down quickly without them. Winter clothes can be expensive, especially when you have children who are growing fast. Watch out for garage sales where good bargains on winter boots and coats can be found, or on the popular website Craigslist.

Whistler Re-Use-It Centre

The Re-Use-It store carries second hand electronics, books, shoes, clothes, furniture, 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 in Function Junction. 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

Pemberton Re-Use-It Centre

The Re-Use-It store sells new and gently used household and sporting goods.  A few items they carry are: household items, small appliances, electronics, kitchenwear, 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 Center is located at 1343 Aster Street (across from the fire hall), 604-384-6101.  Check out their facebook page at

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.

How the Seasons Affect Life and Work

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.