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Welcome to the 2007 CAPL Conference Website

Whistler, BC
September 16 - 19, 2007.
Fairmont Chateau Whistler.

Welcome to the 2007 CAPL Conference website - we hope in the months ahead, that you will visit the site often as we hope to provide you with ongoing current information regarding planning activities for this very exciting conference.

In preparation for our annual conference, we have been collecting some interesting facts and figures regarding Whistler ... thought you might be interested in the following ...

The location

The village of Whistler is located within the Coast Mountain range of B.C., 40 km inland from the Pacific ocean and a 120 km panoramic drive north from Vancouver. Situated at the base of Blackcomb and Whistler mountains is Whistler's award-winning "pedestrian village" characterized by its alpine architecture and superb accessibility to both ski terrain and surrounding valley locations.

The history

  • Tourismwhistler.com states that "the Coast Salish First Nations people inhabited the land around Whistler for many thousands of years, hunting and gathering and living a nomadic lifestyle long before European settlers arrived." Although originally an isolated valley wilderness, it eventually became a "way point" for the First Nation trading routes between present day North Vancouver, Howe Sound and the Lillooett areas.
  • In 1877, the Pemberton Trail was completed linking the valley to the Pacific coast which enabled trappers and prospectors to settle the land - the area was originally named Alta Lake. This settlement later became known as Whistler - and its new name was attributed to the characteristic whistling sound made by the western hoary marmot commonly living among the rocks of the area.
  • In 1910, Myrtle and Alex Phillip arrived from Maine, having heard of the natural beauties of the Whistler area and by 1914, had bought 10 acres of land and built the Rainbow Lodge on the shores of Alta Lake. With the completion of the Great Pacific Eastern Railway, the area became the most popular resort destination west of Banff and Jasper.
  • Over the next 30-40 years, the area developed as a base for logging and mining and grew its reputation as a summer destination with its increasing number of recreational lodges and fine offerings of sports fishing in the many mountain lakes.
  • In 1964, the vision of the ski hill began to take shape with construction of a single lane road connecting Whistler to Squamish - a drive from Vancouver would at that time take 5 - 6 hours.
  • In 1966, Whistler officially opened as a ski resort, complete with a two-lane paved highway from Vancouver.
  • In 1977 the municipality was given 53 acres of Crown land to begin development of what is today 'Whistler Village'. By 1980 Blackcomb Mountain opened. With further expansion of Blackcomb in 1985 - the area offered one of the largest ski resorts in North America, boasting the only "Mile High Mountain".

Current statistics

  • Today Whistler is populated by 9,500 permanent residents. The community holds strong values of natural preservation and has been internationally recognized for its sustainability plan - "Whistler 2020 - Moving Toward a Sustainable Future".
  • There are 9,100 part-time global home owners, with 4,500 seasonal residents.
  • Population peaks over the Christmas period typically at 45,000.

The tourism

  • Many of the top accommodation spots in Whistler, and in particular the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, have consistently received international awards for their top-notch facilities. There are 115 hotels, condos and B&Bs providing in excess of 5,200 rooms to visiting guests from around the globe.
  • Whistler has developed its world-class reputation through its offerings of all-season activities, along with its fine dining, superior accommodation and conference facilities - not to mention the unique shopping opportunities!
  • During September, local events will include Creekside Street Festival, Comedy Festival and the Mountain Bike Festival.

The skiing

  • Whistler/Blackcomb boasts not only the highest lift-serviced vertical in North America (2,182 m and 2,284 m respectively), but also the largest ski terrain totaling 3,300 hectares.
  • The 30+ lifts between the two mountains are capable of delivering 30,000 individuals to over 100 runs every hour
  • Average annual snowfall in the alpine areas is 914 cm or 30 feet!
  • The ski terrain of both mountains totals 3,300 hectares

There is little doubt that Whistler will provide a unique and special experience as we gather for our annual conference in September. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!