Pem­ber­ton is world fa­mous for its virus- free seed pota­toes,

DIS­COVER A HID­DEN GEM

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NES­TLED IN A FER­TILE VAL­LEY AND TIGHTLY SUR­ROUNDED BY IN­CRED­I­BLE SNOWY PEAKS, THE VIL­LAGE OF PEM­BER­TON IS A HID­DEN GEM AT THE HEART OF THE COAST MOUN­TAINS. LO­CATED JUST 25 MIN­UTES NORTH OF WHISTLER, PEM­BER­TON ( KNOWN TO LO­CALS AS “SPUD VAL­LEY”) EN­JOYS A SLIGHTLY WARMER AND SUN­NIER CLI­MATE. COM­BINED WITH THE RAR­ITY OF FLAT GROUND AMIDST THE COAST MOUN­TAINS, THIS MAKES THE AREA A PRIME AGRI­CUL­TURAL ZONE.

which have been pro­tected by law since the des­ig­na­tion of the Pem­ber­ton Seed Con­trol area in 1949. Pem­ber­ton’s farm­ers pro­duce about 8000 tonnes of pota­toes each year, and dis­trib­ute them to grow­ers in : DVKLQJWRQ, 2UHJRQ, & DOLIRUQLD, $ OEHUWD, 1Hw BUXQVwLFN, DQG 0DQLWRED. $ VLGH IURP SRWDWRHV, D VXUSULVLQJ YDULHWy RI RWKHU FURSV fl RXULVK LQ 3HPEHUWRQ’V soil. Many lo­cal farms sell their prod­ucts from road­side stands or on- site stores, and there’s no bet­ter way to get fresh, health­ful pro­duce than to buy it right from the grower’s own hands. 7KRXJK IDUPHUV KDYH LQKDELWHG WKH 3HPEHUWRQ PHDGRwV VLQFH WKH WXUQ RI WKH ODVW FHQWXUy, WKH YLOODJH wDV RIfi FLDOOy LQFRUSRUDWHG LQ 1956. HLWFKLQJ posts still stand out­side sev­eral lo­cal busi­nesses and the rus­tic vil­lage still car­ries an Old West aes­thetic. It seems that all of Pem­ber­ton’s 2369 res­i­dents know each other in this tight- knit, friendly com­mu­nity. Mod­ern cul­tural events such as art shows and fundraisers are held reg­u­larly, and the venues are typ­i­cally packed with the sup­port­ive towns­folk. The ma­jes­tic Mount Cur­rie rises above the vil­lage, with its sculpted 8,000- foot ( 2,438 me­tres) face vis­i­ble from nearly any­where in town. It’s rocky alpine is surely a mem­ory you’ll hold on to, and yes- it gets skied in the win­ter ( ex­perts only)! Make sure to bring your cam­era; you won’t be dis­ap­pointed. 2XWGRRU UHFUHDWLRQ LV WKH KHDUW DQG VRXO RI 3HPEHUWRQ. : KHWKHU LW’V KLNLQJ, PRXQWDLQ ELNLQJ, KRUVHEDFN ULGLQJ, JROfi QJ RU VLPSOy VRDNLQJ XS WKH VXQ EHVLGH D ODNH, D JUHDW QXPEHU RI ORFDOV FDPH KHUH VSHFLfi FDOOy EHFDXVH RI WKH WHUUDLQ’V PDQy RSSRUWXQLWLHV IRU DGYHQWXUH. B&’ V UXJJHG EDFNFRXQWUy LV just steps away in any di­rec­tion, beg­ging for ex­plo­ration. Pem­ber­ton’s ex­ten­sive net­work of cross- coun­try moun­tain bike trails is world class, and en­joyed by a huge ma­jor­ity of the lo­cals who all seem to own a bike or two! Nu­mer­ous back­coun­try cab­ins ex­ist in the sur­round­ing moun­tains for overnight ex­cur­sions, and nearby at­trac­tions like One Mile Lake and Nairn Falls of­fer short hikes with great scenery and easy ac­cess. Last sum­mer, Pem­ber­ton com­pleted con­struc­tion of a skate park which has proven im­mensely pop­u­lar with the lo­cal youth.

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