One of the Sea to Sky area’s best kept secrets is hidden just 30 minutes north of Whistler.
To be truthful, “hidden” probably isn’t the best word to describe Pemberton – its towering mountains are hard to miss, and it’s easy to access by way of Highway 99. Yet the village of Pemberton remains highly underrated, particularly compared to Whistler or even Squamish.
Here are just a few reasons that you might want to put Pemberton on your radar.
Satisfy Your Inner Adventurer
If you dream of living among the mountains within a stone’s throw of outdoor recreational activities, you might be surprised at just how much Pemberton has to offer. Like Whistler, there are plenty of options for cross country biking and back country skiing – but there’s also a huge snowmobiling community and a multitude of trails for horseback riders, not to mention opportunities for trail running, snow shoeing, hiking, cross country skiing, etc. There is a lot of wilderness to explore, and it is much less crowded than elsewhere in the Sea to Sky.
Enjoy Peace and Quiet
One thing that you will find in Pemberton that you won’t find in Whistler is space – and lots of it. If you are seeking acreage in a rural area, Pemberton is the place to be. Whether you’re after a hobby farm or a cabin in the woods, you are bound to find something to satisfy your craving for a little peace and quiet.
That’s not to say that Pemberton doesn’t offer higher density properties. From regular residential neighbourhoods to town homes and condos within a stone’s throw of downtown, there are various options for Pemberton properties – though there’s no arguing that the Village of Pemberton will always be a little more relaxed than Whistler’s bustling village.
Get Maximum Value
You may be surprised at just how far your dollar will take you in Pemberton. For example, to date in 2016, the median sales price of a chalet (single family home) in Whistler is $1,615,000, whereas it is only $599,000 in Pemberton.
However, you should know that people are starting to catch on to Pemberton, and the local real estate market is becoming increasingly active. Inventory may be low in Whistler, but Pemberton is even smaller, so even fewer properties are listed for sale.
Enjoy Quaintness and Culture
With a population of approximately 2,500, Pemberton is what most would classify as a small town. Pemberton is a tight-knit community where it is easy to get to know your neighbours.
Having said that, Pemberton is also spoiled with fantastic amenities and attractions. From the annual Slow Food Cycle to festive seasonal celebrations at North Arm Farm; from meeting a friend for coffee at Mount Currie Coffee Co. to enjoying a post-bike ride burger at Mile One – there are plenty of hidden (and not-so-hidden) gems to appreciate in Pemberton.
Curious about Pemberton and want to know more? Read more on my website about this special community, browse current properties on the market, or simply get in touch with me – I’d love to chat with you about anything from Pemberton’s golf courses to local real estate opportunities.