New to Whistler
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 five hostels and lodges that provide budget accommodation:
2113 Nordic Drive (Nordic) 604-932-4660
2117 Nordic Drive (Nordic) 604-932-4545
Hostelling International Whistler
1035 Legacy Way (Cheakamus Crossing) 604-962-0025
10-2102 Lake Placid Road (Creekside) 604-938-6477
Finding Long-Term Housing
Pique Newsmagazine, a free weekly paper, has a number of classified ads:
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.
Websites and Social Media
Online pages, such as Craigslist, and several social media groups are devoted to connnecting people to housing in Whistler. Accomodation 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.
The WHA has general listings provided by landlords requiring tenants in the private market. This rental list is updated regularly and can be viewed on the Available Rental Listings section of this website.
Employer Provided Housing
Some employers provide housing to their local employees. Check with employers directly, or review ads online or in The Pique for employment opportunities that include
Word of Mouth
If all else fails, it doesn't hurt to ask around. Often good accomadation in Whistler never reaches the local papers. 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.
Whistler Housing Authority Waitlists
The Whistler Housing Authority has waitlists for long-term housing in the rental and ownership housing programs. If you meet the qualificaitons of employee housing programs, you may want to apply to one or both waitlists. Please note that it is unlikely to find housing through these programs in less than a year, and that several years on either or both waitlists are typical. Minimum lease length is 12 months.
The Whistler Survival Guide is published every fall by whistler Community Services Society to help introduce community resources to newcomers. The Survival Guide is a must have resource to help you get to know your new community.