Frequently Asked Questions About Buying or Selling Real Estate in Whistler & Pemberton, British Columbia.

Frequently asked questions about buying and selling real estate in Whistler, British Columbia:

Q: What is Phase 1 zoning?
A: Phase 1 properties are zoned for nightly rentals and unlimited owner usage. Phase 1 properties can be found throughout Whistler Village, Benchlands and Whistler Creekside. See below to see the full list of Phase 1 buildings in Whistler.

Q. What is Phase 2 zoning?
A: Phase 2 zoning allows for 56 days of personal use per year.  Phase 2 buildings are located in Whistler Village and Benchlands only. See below to see the full list of Phase 2 buildings in Whistler.

Q: What is the Whistler Listing System®
A: The Whistler Listing System or WLS is similar to the Multiple Listing System, but it is specific to Whistler and Pemberton only. Only agents with brokerages in Whistler or Pemberton can access the WLS. If you are selling a property in Whistler or Pemberton, it is vital to work with a LOCAL AGENT. 

Q. How long is the ski season in Whistler?
A: The ski season will typically start around American Thanksgiving at the end of November. Ski season will typically commence after the Whistler Ski Festival at the end of April. Whistler and Blackcomb close for winter operations at mid-May. Blackcomb will open in mid-June for summer skiing and snowboarding.

Q: When is the 'slow' or 'shoulder' season in Whistler?
A: The mountain closes for winter operations mid-May. The bike park and golf courses will open mid-June. The bike park and golf courses close mid-October. The mountain opens at the end of November.

Q: Can Non-Residents of Canada buy property in Whistler?
A: Yes. There are no current restrictions. This could change as of January 1, 2023. More information to follow.

Q: Can Non-Residents of Canada sell property in Whistler?
A: You should always seek professional tax advice when buying or selling property in Canada. A Seller will need to provide a Clearance Certificate to obtain the full amount of the purchase price. Non-resident sellers will need an accountant to order a Clearance Certificate. The Clearance Certificate can not be ordered until the seller has entered into an 'Unconditional Contract of Purchase and Sale.' The Clearance Certificate will typically take 6-8 weeks to obtain. If the seller does not obtain a Clearance Certificate prior to the 'Completion Date', up to 50% of the purchase price can be withheld until the Clearance Certificate is obtained.

Q: Is there a Non-Resident Tax in Whistler?
A: No. There are no current restrictions. This could change as of January 1, 2023. More information to follow.

Q: Is there an Empty Home Tax in Whistler?
A: No. There is not an Empty Home Tax in Whistler.

Q: Is there a Speculation Tax in Whistler?
A: No. There is not a Speculation Tax in Whistler.

Q: What is a Tourism Whistler or TW Fee?
A: The Tourism Whistler Fee is used to market short term rental properties and fund the Whistler Village shuttle. Only properties zoned for nightly rental will pay a TW Fee. More information on the TW Fee in Whistler.

Q: What is a strata fee?
A: A strata fee is a portion of the fees associated with operating a stratified property. An owner will pay a portion of the total strata fee based on their Unit Entitlement.

Q: Is a Homeowners Association (HOA) the same as Strata?
A: Yes. In Canada, we have The Strata Property Act.

Q: What is Unit Entitlement?
A: An owner will pay a portion of the total strata fee based on their Unit Entitlement.

Q. Which buildings in Whistler have Phase 1 Zoning?
A:
  • Alpine Greens
  • Aspens
  • Blackcomb Greens
  • Blueberry Heights
  • Blueberry Hill Estates
  • Bluffs
  • Carleton Lodge
  • Cedar Creek
  • Cedar Hollow
  • Cedar Ridge
  • Cedars
  • Courtyard
  • Crystal Ridge
  • Cypress Place
  • Deer Run
  • Englewood Greens
  • Falcon Ridge
  • Falcon’s Nest
  • First Tracks Lodge
  • Fitzsimmons Condos
  • Fitzsimmons Walk
  • Forest Creek
  • Forest Trails
  • Four Seasons Private Residence
  • Foxglove
  • Gables
  • Glacier Ridge
  • Glaciers Reach
  • Gleneagles
  • Goldenwood
  • Gondola Heights
  • Gondola Six
  • Gondola Village
  • Granite Court
  • Green Lake Estates
  • Greyhawk
  • Greystone
  • Hearthstone Lodge
  • Heights
  • Highland Annex
  • Highland Lodge
  • Highpointe
  • Hilton Whistler Resort
  • Ironwood
  • Kadenwood
  • Lagoons
  • Lake Placid Lodge
  • Le Chamois
  • London Lane
  • Lookout at Taluswood
  • Lost Lake Lodge
  • Lynx
  • Market Pavilion
  • Marketplace Lodge
  • Marquise
  • Montebello (50/50)
  • Mountain Star
  • Nicklaus North Clubhouse
  • North Star
  • Northern Lights
  • Painted Cliff
  • Powderhorn
  • Powderview
  • Ravencrest
  • Ridge
  • Snowberry
  • Snowbird
  • Snowy Creek
  • St. Andrews House
  • Stone Ridge
  • Sundance
  • Sunpath
  • Symphony
  • Taluswood
  • Tantalus
  • Town Plaza
  • Treeline
  • Tyndall Stone Lodge
  • Vale Condos
  • Whistler Creek Lodge
  • Whistler Creek Ridge
  • Whistler on the Lake
  • Whistler Resort Club
  • Windwhistle
  • Wintergreen
  • Woodrun
  • Woods

Q. Which buildings in Whistler have Phase 2 Zoning?
A:
  • Adara Hotel
  • Alpenglow
  • Blackcomb Lodge
  • Blackcomb Springs Suites
  • Cascade Lodge
  • Delta Whistler Village Suites
  • Four Seasons Resort
  • Pan Pacific Mountainside
  • Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre
  • Westin
  • Whistler Peak Lodge
  • Whistler Village Inns

Q. Which buildings in Whistler are Shared Ownership?
A:
  • At Natures Door - Fairmont
  • Evolution
  • Horstman House
  • Legends

Q. Which buildings in Whistler are Employee Restricted?
A:
  • Eva Lake Village (50/50)
  • Eaglecrest
  • Nordic Court

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