In the 1980s the Whistler Question began posing a question to three to six people and publishing their responses under “Whistler’s Answers” (not to be confused with the Whistler Answer). Each week, we’ll be sharing one question and the answers given back in 1982. Please note, all names/answers/occupations/neighbourhoods represent information given to the Question at the time of publishing and do not necessarily reflect the person today.
Some context for this week’s question: Whistler was just beginning to market itself as a summer destination in the early 1980s. The Whistler Village was still under construction and only a small number of businesses were fully operating.
Question: What were the things that impressed you the most, and the least, during your visit to Whistler?
Ash Dhanani – Sales Rep – Burnaby
The architecture here – the way the whole thing has been done is really very nice. I’ve been coming up for 10 years and it’s one of the nicest places around.
But you need more activities here. You can’t sit in a restaurant all day. Maybe there’s a communication problem in telling visitors what’s available.
My friends in Vancouver say it’s really nice here, but needs some rounding out.
Jean Doench – Teacher – Toronto
I think the camaraderie and friendliness is very apparent. The town has a laid-back atmosphere, but it’s still productive. Architecturally, it’s like a jewel in the mountains.
The one basic weakness I’ve found is that the involved personnel tend to talk about economic failure. There is a worry about what’s happening here, and I think it’s unwarranted, it just doesn’t fit.
One thing that is terrible is the hum of fans in the square.
Ellen Hodge – Federal Government Employee – Port Coquitlam
I think the nicest thing is the appearance of the buildings, plus the beautiful scenery. I especially liked the Village Square which has a feeling much like the little towns in the Laurentians.
But I thought there would be more – more shops, more streets, more of a village. I guess it’s because it’s so new here. I imagine there will be more, it will just take a couple of years.