So, you’ve decided on the job in Whistler that you really want and you’ve got a cunning plan to snap-up some cool mountain accommodation? Well done, soon you’ll be calling yourself a bona-fide Whistlerite, you lucky devil!
Don’t get me wrong, there are many drawbacks to living in such close proximity to one of North America’s premier ski resorts with housing affordability and low wages being right up there as two of the main ones, but as we have covered these issues elsewhere on Moving2Canada.com, you should be fully prepared for what lies ahead.
Whether the perks of living in Whistler are enough to outweigh these drawbacks is always a personal decision. For me, they most definitely are. The bottom line is if you’re the outdoors type who loves mountains and nature, you’ll never want to leave.
So, what’s so great about living and working in Whistler?
1. You’ll feel like you’re on vacation EVERY single day
When you are living in Whistler you effectively call a place that looks like the front of an Evian bottle, home, and you’d be forgiven for thinking that you’re on vacation every single day. This is especially true if you have a tourism job and are lucky enough to be working with some of the 2.1 million who people visit Whistler each year for a mountain holiday of a lifetime. The cool vibe is pretty contagious, some might even say, an occupational hazard. And even if you never saw yourself in a customer-facing role before, you may be pleasantly surprised in Whistler.
And if you’re so fortunate (or well prepared) to have clinched a job that, let’s be honest, is so cool you’d probably do it for free —yes, I’m looking at you Ski Patrol and Mountain Guides — work will never even feel like work.
Lastly, and certainly not least, is the commute! Whether you zip past Green Lake on your way to work or come from further afield like Squamish or Pemberton, prepare to have your senses assaulted with jaw-dropping beauty at every turn. Now, take a deep breath and fill your lungs with that crisp mountain air.
2. The mountains are your new backyard
They don’t call the area around Whistler and Squamish the “Sea-to-Sky Corridor” for nothing. Glacier ski in the morning, have a kite-surf back in Squamish in the afternoon when the wind picks up.
It’s magic to be able to meet mates for a spot of Sunday lunch and suddenly decide to go for a quick Snowboard before last chairlift, in the same way that anywhere else in Canada, you might go for a quick pint before last orders. And, no need to take two weeks off work for this privilege – anyone from the UK or Ireland will know exactly what I mean!
Even if you’re not a certifiable powder hound (yet), Whistler has this uncanny ability to catapult you from couch potato to IRONMAN in just a short season (or two), with beautiful hikes, lakes and activities abound. Whistler is an outdoorsy place, and it’s catchy! Before you know it you’ll be a mountain biking or hiking fiend with buns of steel and will have dropped a few jean sizes too. Go you!