Welcome to Whistler!
The WHA provides long-term year-round leases and ownership opportunities to Whistler employees meeting specific eligibility and waitlist requirements for the Employee Housing Program.
The WHA does not have any immediate availability of rental or ownership properties. When Employee Housing rental and ownership properties become available, they are offered to waitlist applicants prioritized on a first-come, first-served basis based on their application date to the Employee Housing Program. Units in the Employee Housing Program are typically not someone's first home when they arrive in town. However, the WHA hopes to be able to assist with your long-term housing plans if you decide to stay working and living in Whistler.
The following are some resources to help you get settled and find your first home in Whistler.
The Whistler Navigator is published by Whistler Community Services Society to introduce community resources to newcomers. The Navigator is a useful resource to help you get to know Whistler.
Good Neighbour Guide
The Good Neighbour Guide is published by the Resort Municipality of Whistler and has excellent information about living in the Resort.
Pique Newsmagazine, a free weekly paper, has a number of classified ads: www.piquenewsmagazine.com
This paper can be found in the Village at various locations, in Alpine at the Alpine Meadows Market and Meadow Park Sports Centre, and in Creekside at the Husky Station, and Creekside Grocery or online.
Websites and Social Media
Websites, such as Craigslist, and several social media groups are devoted to connecting people to housing in Whistler. Accommodation can vary in type (from a shared bedroom all the way up to a chalet), duration, and price. Be cautious, and report rental scams to the Whistler RCMP (non-emergency).
Employer Provided Housing
Some employers provide staff accommodation for their employees. Check with employers directly, or review ads online or in The Pique for employment opportunities that include staff housing.
Word of Mouth
Ask around; often good accommodation in Whistler never reaches the local ads and websites. Local residents may be able to give you a lead on a place for rent or put you in touch with people who are looking or other people who need roommates. Talk to your friends, colleagues, employers, and your Whistler network to see what's out there.
Local Property Managers
Check with local property management companies to see what housing they might have available to rent.
FINDING SEASONAL ACCOMODATION
*The Whistler Housing Authority does not provide seasonal accommodation.*
Upon first arriving in Whistler, there are a number of ways to find accommodation for the short term (i.e. for the winter or summer season).
If you need something immediately, there are hostels and lodges that can provide short-term accommodation. See the Whistler Navigator for contact details.
It is common for seasonal rentals to be within shared housing, either as a bedroom within a home or a bed within a shared room.
If you have exhausted your local options, consider commuting from Whistler's neighbouring communities of Squamish and Pemberton (limited public transit options).
Almost all neighbourhoods in Whistler are in close proximity to public transit (bus).
Getting to Whistler
The Whistler Housing Authority gratefully and respectfully acknowledges that our workplace and inventory of employee homes are located in the unceded territory of the Sk̲wx̲wú7mesh (Squamish) and L̓il̓wat7úl (Lil’wat) Nations. We respect and commit to a deep consideration of their history, culture, and stewardship of the land we now know as Whistler.