Creekside: Where Whistler Started

Early CreeksideWhistler opened itself to the world of skiing in February 1966, with one six-person gondola, The Red Chair lift and two T-bars under the guidance of the Garibaldi Lift Co.

Previously known as London Mountain, a group of Vancouver-based businessmen had eyed the peak at Whistler Creek as a potential Winter Olympic site in 1960. Seeing the potential, Franz Wilhelmsen and some like-minded associates launched the Garibaldi Lift Company and began to build the dream.

The lifts started carrying skiers to some of the best ski terrain in North American and soon "A"-frame cabins, hostels, a pub, a gas station and basic ski town amenities soon sprouted up in what became Whistler's first neighbourhood. With the development of Whistler Village in the 1980s, the community became known as Creekside.

Franz Wilhemsen's Legacy - Whistler Creekside Village

Today, Creekside is a vibrant community that many locals are proud to call home. Thanks in part to a multi-million dollar revitalization in the early 2000s that saw the creation of the Whistler Creekside Village retail complex, the community offers a variety of retail choices, great dining options and entertainment alternatives. Ski essentials, from Whistler Blackcomb equipment rentals to beginner ski lessons at Whistler Kids, are easily found at the slope-side shopping area. From the mountain club ambiance of Rim Rock Cafe to the cool casual of Creekbread, there's something for every appetite in Creekside.

Whistler CreeksidePositioned at the foot of Whistler Mountain, Lodging Ovations' three condo style hotels Legends, First Tracks Lodge and Evolution are truly ski-in, ski-out, making for memorable winter vacations.

Less crowded than Whistler Village, laid back Whistler Creekside is the perfect location for visitors wanting a quieter Whistler experience. Creekside nightlife means sharing a pint or two at Roland's Pub, a late dinner at Creekbread or a couch in front of a roaring fire. Perfect for families and couples in need of a little rest and relaxation. Days are spent on the hill, browsing the shops, walking The Valley Trail or just going wherever your feet may take you.

Photo Credit: Steve Rogers, David McColm, Whistler Museum & Archives Society

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