The Village of Pemberton is a spectacular 20-minute drive north of Whistler Resort, accessible directly off Highway 99. The Village, located at the foot of majestic Mt Currie, is the hub of the district. The district includes the Village, the first nations community of Mt. Currie, plus the Pemberton Valley, D'Arcy and Birken. The area population is 1,887 as of 2006 census. The Pemberton district abounds with natural beauty surrounded by three of the most beautiful Provincial Parks in BC. There is ample opportunity for camping at Birkenhead Lake, Garibaldi, Joffre Lakes and Nairn Falls parks.
Pemberton BC - Adventure Begins Here:
The area was developed at the turn of the century as a result of forestry and agriculture. Pemberton offers world-class activities and recreation including snowmobiling, horseback riding, skiing, golfing, hiking, rafting, jet boating and gliding. The district also provides a variety accommodations and activities.
Pemberton is easy to reach by road and air. Highway 99 is a well maintained major provincial highway. The Village's airport provides access for fixed wing and helicopter traffic.
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1. Head west on W 12th Ave toward Cambie St
2. Turn right at Cambie St
3. Continue on Cambie Bridge
4. Continue on Smithe St
5. Turn right at Seymour St
6. Turn left at W Georgia St
7. Continue on Stanley Park Causeway
8. Continue on HWY-1A/HWY-99/Lions Gate Bridge Continue to follow HWY-1A/HWY-99
9. Take the exit toward N Vancouver/Capilano Canyon/Grouse Mountain
10. Merge onto Marine Dr
11. Turn left at Capilano Rd
12. Slight right onto the Rte 1 W ramp 35 m
13. Keep right at the fork to continue toward HWY-1 W/Trans Canada Hwy W and merge onto HWY-1 W/Trans Canada Hwy W
14. Take the HWY-99 N exit toward Squamish/Whistler
15. Merge onto HWY-99/Sea to Sky Hwy Continue to follow HWY-99
16. Turn left at Portage Rd
Europeans first settled here more than 100 years ago. Today it is known for its seed potatoes, for which it is a major supplier to British Columbia, Alberta, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and California. Before European settlers came to the area, Native peoples from the Interior Salish tribe were the first to call this area their home. The band settled at the foot of majestic Mount Currie and the head of Lillooet Lake where Mt. Currie village exists today. In the early 1880s, the area saw an large number of Europeans settle on the rich farm lands, when most were travelling north to the gold rush. Pemberton was named after Joseph Despard Pemberton, a surveyor-General for the Hudson's Bay Company in the 1850s. Pemberton entered the age of the railway in 1914, when the first passenger train rolled through bringing with it more families to settle in the valley.
As the gold rush dwindled, those that remained tapped the rich farmlands to establish the Pemberton Valley as a growing area. In 1967, the Pemberton Valley became the first commercial seed potato area in the world to grow virus-free seed potatoes. The Valley’s natural isolation created by the surrounding mountains, plus careful crop monitoring, helps to ensure the continuing success of this industry. To find out more about the history of the Pemberton area, visitors can wander through the Pemberton Museum (image above) on Prospect Street.
The largest historical house on the site is two stories, built of hand-hewn timber in the 1880s. Surrounded by a covered porch, the house is furnished with antiques recreating life in the early 1900s. Of the two smaller historic homes on the site, one is furnished in the style of a one-room schoolhouse while the other is used to display a variety of items, including a collection of native Indian hand-woven baskets and early dentistry equipment.