At a Glance
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Whistler is an ethnically diverse town with many languages spoken within the resort. English is the most widely spoken and understood.
All persons entering Canada must fill out a declaration for Canada Customs.
Each visitor over the age of 19 may import, duty free, a maximum of 40 ounces (1.1 litres) liquor or wine, or 288 ounces (8.5 litres) of beer or ale, up to 50 cigars, 200 cigarettes and 8 ounces (200 grams) of tobacco.
For entry requirements regarding travel visas for Canada, contact Immigration Canada at 1-888-242-2100 (in Canada) or visit their website at www.cic.gc.ca. For travelers outside Canada, please contact the nearest Canadian Embassy, High Commission, or consulate in your region.
Outlets and voltage (110 volts) are the same as in the United States. The frequency of electrical current in Canada is 60 Hz. For visitors from other countries, an adaptor may be required for electrical appliances.
Credit Card use is widespread. Visa, MasterCard, American Express and JCB International are accepted in nearly all shops, restaurants and hotels.
In addition to banks and hotels that exchange currency, there are currency exchange locations in the village.
Tipping is standard practice. The standard minimum tip is 15%. Tips are also given to taxi drivers, hairdressers, bartenders, spa therapists, hotel attendants and bellhops.
A 5% GST is applicable for most transactions, while an additional 8% PST is levied for accommodations, 2% HRT and 10% PST for alcoholic beverages.
Due to Whistler’s coastal proximity, temperatures are moderate through the winter season, rarely dipping below -10°C (12°F) in the valley and -15°C (5°F) in the alpine during the coldest part of the year. Expect -5°C (22°F) average daily alpine temperatures during most of the winter months. Summer in Whistler brings temperatures ranging from highs of 21°C / 70°F to 27°C / 80°F with August being the warmest month.
The average snowfall is 469 inches/39.1 feet/11.9m per year on summit (10-year average).
Total Terrain: 3,307 hectares/8,171acres Whistler Village Elevation: 675m/2,214 feet Creekside Elevation: 653m/2,140 feet Longitude/Latitude: 122° longitude/50° latitude
Total Trails: 200+
Highest Lift Accessed Elevation: 2,284m/7,494 feet
Number of Lifts: 37 hourly
Lift Capacity: 65,507
Canada follows the International Metric System. Temperature, rainfall measures, distance, weight and velocity are expressed in metric units. Distance is measured in kilometers (km).
Money and Banking
Banking hours are generally Monday to Friday 9:30 am to 4:30 pm with extended hours on evenings and weekends at some locations. Most banks have automatic teller machines (ATM) which are accessible 24 hours a day. ATMs accept Cirrus, Plus and Interac.
Ambulance, Fire and Police: 911