For the uninitiated, the prospect of finding housing in Whistler can be a stressful, daunting process. If you’re ready for the hustle, here are some tips to avoid the scams and get you on your way to living your new Canadian mountain dream.
Don’t I need a job before finding housing in Whistler?
Believe it or not, finding a job in Whistler may be easier than you think. Employers struggle to find good staff because the town cannot accommodate enough workers. At job interviews be prepared for the first question to be “have you found somewhere to live?” Some establishments may not even give you an interview until you can demonstrate you have accommodation sorted already. So searching for somewhere to live when you arrive should be your priority, then find a job.
Whistler is in the midst of a full-blown housing crisis. You know the drill; not enough supply, too much demand, sky-high rents. Whistler’s rents are right up there with San Francisco or London. It’s not for the faint of heart nor the short on budget. It’s so bad that many resort to living in their vans and cars to make it work, so much so that even parking spots for RVs and vans are hard to come by, and the Municipality of Whistler is starting to crack down on this.
After a season in Whistler you’ll no longer be astounded that #VanLife is actually a thing, you’ll even know a handful of “VanLifers” and be gobsmacked that with just a small amount of lumber, foam bedding, a USB plug-in coffee maker, and a daily pit-stop at the local leisure centre for a shower you can actually make #VanLife work successfully in the back of a Toyota Prius.
If you’ve decided that living in #HotelPrius is not your thing, don’t fret. As bad as the housing crisis is, the fact is every year thousands of season workers can and do make it work, albeit with a lot of compromise and some savings.