The village of Pemberton is a spectacular 30-minute drive north of Whistler, accessible directly off the Sea to Sky Highway. The main village, located at the foot of majestic Mount Currie, is the hub of the Pemberton Valley and its district. The district includes the Village of Pemberton, the First nations Community of Mount Currie, plus the Pemberton Valley, D’Arcy and birken.
The first people to call Pemberton home were natives from an interior Salish Tribe. They settled at the foot of Mount Currie and at the head of lillooet lake. During the 1880s, a large number of Europeans settled on the rich farmland of the Pemberton Valley, instead of continuing northward during the Gold Rush.
The establishment of the first passenger train to Pemberton in 1914, coupled with the dwindling gold rush, encouraged more families to settle in the farmlands and grow Pemberton as an area for agriculture, noted for its world famous seed potatoes. In 1967 the Pemberton Valley was the first commercial seed potato area in the world to grow virus-free seed potatoes.
With the success of Whistler, Pemberton has experienced tremendous growth in the past few years and has become one of Canada’s fastest growing communities. Today, Pemberton has 2 world-class 18-hole Golf Courses, both with majestic views of Mount Currie and the surrounding vistas. Pemberton is also the place to be for many other activities, including horseback riding, fishing, hiking and mountain biking. It is very popular in the winter for snowmobile recreation. The district also provides a variety of shopping, dining, accommodations and a thriving service and light industrial sector.
There are approximately 2500 residents in the Village of Pemberton and its neighbourhoods. In recent years, Pemberton has undergone a building boom, transforming it from a sleepy little village to a vibrant community, blending tradition with new energy. Pemberton offers the real estate opportunities to purchase something truly special, with properties for the entrepreneur, investor as well as those looking for a secluded private retreat. Agricultural land, vineyards, inns, beds & breakfast, homes with acreage, equestrian centres and ranches, offer something for anyone looking for reprise from the fast pace of city life.
The majority of homes in Pemberton are built to appreciate the local environment and enjoy the magnificent scenery, large windows to frame beautiful vistas, gourmet style kitchens, wrap around decks, large garages, stables and barns with plenty of outdoor space are all features not uncommon to the area. Quality log and timber homes, country style cottages, mountain retreats, & homesteads are just some of the home styles found in the Pemberton Valley.
Pemberton is easy to reach by road and air. Highway 99 provides a direct route from Vancouver, Squamish and Whistler, while the Village’s airport provides access for fixed wing and helicopter traffic.
More on Pemberton’s Neighbourhoods coming soon!