Stay in Whistler and Take the Shuttle to Pemberton Festivalby
There’s going to be a whole lot of music and fun pumping through the bucolic Pemberton valley, in the shadow of majestic Mount Currie this summer. The four-day Pemberton Music Festival is set to return Thursday, July 14 to Sunday, July 17 with headliners like Pearl Jam, The Killers, J. Cole, Kaskade, Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Ice Cube, and Billy Idol packing multiple stages. There’s also Pemby Comedy, to laugh your butt off (when you’re not dancing your butt off), food trucks, activities, days on end of sea-to-sky summer fun.
Camping is now sold out for Pemberton Festival so your best bet is to stay in Whistler and take the shuttle in to the festival site. I have done the shuttle every year I’ve covered Pemberton so here are some of my top reasons for staying in Whistler:
A comfortable place to rest your head
Whistler is packed with hotel, condo, town home and and full house rentals either right in the village or on the beautiful and serene mountainside. When you’re out all day (walking and dancing) at in the summer heat at Pemberton, having your head hit a comfortable pillow at the end of the night to recharge you for the next day is key. Walk from your room down to the Whistler Village Shuttle and start your festival day all over again feeling refreshed and ready to go.
Bonus accommodation activities
If you book with an accommodation like Nita Lake Lodge (one of my favourites) in Creekside, you’ll not only be able to take the Creekside Shuttle to Pemberton Festival, but you’ll have hotel perks like complimentary bikes for guests, stand-up paddle boarding, canoeing on Nita Lake, and delicious dining options. They also have a spa, outdoor pool, and hot tub. When booking our accommodation this year, “hot tub” was at the top of our wish list.
Dining in Whistler
Pemberton Festival offers some amazing food truck options (from gluten free noodles to burgers, beef bowls, tacos, and everything in between) but when you’re starting (or ending) your day in the village, there are some sweet early morning and late night places to nosh. El Furniture Warehouse in Whistler (so very close to the shuttle pick up/drop off location) offers a $5 menu — everything is $5 — until 1:00am. For breakfast, I’ve come to love Stonesedge. The have amazing breakfast bowls like The Woodsman with pulled venison, two poached eggs, roasted butternut squash, arugula, ancient grains, croutons and chipotle hollandaise.
Be a tourist
You’re in one of the most spectacular, natural, world-class mountain-side locations in the world, why not explore a little? Before you head up to Pemberton on the shuttle for the day check out the Peak 2 Peak Gondola, which holds world records for the longest free span between ropeway towers. One over on Blackcomb, do a quick alpine hike before taking the lifts back down to the village. Check out the Whistler Village Farmers Market on Sunday, or visit the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre for more local heritage and culture.
Full ticketing details and prices for Pemberton Festival, including Regular General Admission, VIP and Super VIP packages, are now available online. You’ll love staying in Whistler and taking the shuttle to Pemberton Festival, letting someone else do the driving for each day of your festival experience.
Win Passes to Pemberton Music Festival
I have 2 full Pemberton Festival passes along with shuttle passes to give away to one lucky reader! Here’s how you can enter to win:
- Leave a comment naming your favourite thing to do in Whistler (1 entry)
- Like, comment on, or share this Facebook post (1 entry)
- Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Wednesday, July 6, 2016.
Produced and promoted by Huka Entertainment, in collaboration with the Village of Pemberton and land partners Sunstone Group, Lil’wat Nation and Squamish-Lillooet Regional District, the festival turns Pemberton Valley, located less than thirty minutes from Whistler, BC, into a premiere musical playground.
Follow Pemberton Music Festival (#PembyFest) on Twitter and Facebook for more information.
Update The winner is @angiiecav on Twitter!
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my favourite thing in Whistler is definitely hiking. The beauty of the area is unmatched
My favourite is the peak to peak,with the amazing views
I love spending the day at the lake and then apres lake patio hopping!
Hiking for the fantastic views.
Dining in the village.
I love hiking in Whistler!
I love to hit up the golf course during the day or the spa then have a fantastic meal in the evening!
I love dining up in Whistler
Finding the ice cave
We love the amazing playground!
Love hanging out in the village – outdoor music is fun too.
My favourite thing to do is to go to Whistler Olympic Park and test my skills at the Olympic Biathlon Range!
I like to check out the village, sit on a patio and spend time with my family.
My favourite thing to do in whistler is walk the village. I love everything about whistler in the summer! It is a must!!!
Riding the Peak to Peak Gondola!
Reliving childhood memories of summer weekend trips to Whistler from spending time at Alta Lake to wandering around the village and packing a picnic heading up the mountain on the gondola. Camping not too far in the outskirts at Alice and Cat Lakes are always a treat too!
Adventure around and find new little spots to shop or eat and I look forward to finding seat at the Dubb Lime Gate and listening to the live bands!
Favorite thing to do in Whistler is nature walks and hottubs
Using snow blowers!
I love spending the morning hiking and then hitting up the Scandinave Spa in the afternoon. Pure bliss!
My fave is shopping and dining in the village.
My favourite summer Whistler adventure is definitely mountain biking!
When in Whistler, you jump! Down a zipline or into a lake, summer in Whistler is for jumping! Jump, jump, jump, jump, jump!
Favorite thing would be dining out.
Snowmobiling also in winter.
I love wandering through the trails and then having a bite to eat on one of the lovely outdoor patios.
My favourite thing to do is Riding the Peak to Peak Gondola.
Eating and drinking! Definitely!
My favourite thing to do in Whistler is hiking or snowshoeing!
My favourite things to do in whistler is hiking.
My favourite thing to do is Whistler is walking around the village eating a sprinkle ice cream cone.
Bobsledding at the sliding center and being thankful for the spectacular scenary that is beautiful B.C
I like the farmer’s market and the food
My favourite thing about whistler is to take my pup on all the dog friendly trails!
I love hiking around the area and enjoying the pool at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler
My favourite activity in Whistler is the snow to surf, AKA skiing followed by world class sushi 😉
Absolute favourite thing in Whistler? The Audain Art Museum! A fantastic showcase of PNW Aboriginal artwork as well as local, contemporary art. The backdrop doesnt hurt either 😉
My fave thing to do in whistler is cornucopia! The best wine festival 🙂
My fave thing is skiing.
Every year my coworkers and i do the Whistler 50 run!
So many things are my favourite… village stroll, lake swimming/paddleboarding, festivals, hikes…
My favorite thing in whistler is def crushing the downhill trails on two wheels.
Normally it would be getting some good grub on a patio but last time I went Ziplining there and it was by far the best and coolest thing! Will always do that.
Favourite thing to do in Whistler is to visit Scandinave!
Love sitting outside with a beer, in the village and people watch! Fascinating!
I love bringing my Australian friends and touring the art galleries.
I love to stroll the Villiage and end up at Cow’s for a double scoop
In a fresh waffle cone! Mmm! ?
When I am in whistler I love to eat an aussie meat pie for lunch and ride blackcomb!!!
Zip Lining and the bungee jump!!!!!
Scandinavian Spa and dining out!
Love all the hiking!
The favourite thing during summer will be hiking while winter is boarding!
I like the gondola!
I like hanging out in the village at Whistler.
Hot tub and relax with friends.
Explore the village and eat at restaurants.
I love to go white water rafting!
My favourite thing to do in Whistler is hiking the Musical Bumps. Have yet to go to the Pemberton Festival. This would be a great completion to my bucket list
Walking through the village and then taking the gondola and connecting with the peak to peak.
Whistler Farmer’s Market
My favourite thing to do is go snowboarding
I love mountain biking and would love to go to the Music Fest!!
My fav thing to do in Whistler is look at house prices
My favourite thing to do in Whistler is go skiing & for Apres!
Whistler is amazing for so many things! One thing that stands out for me is the hiking and taking in he gorgeous sights.
Love the lakes and biking!
My two favourite things to do in Whistler are RZR touring and alpine hiking! Can’t beat it!
My favourite thing to do in Whistler is relax in the jacuzzi after a day of hiking, shopping and eating in the village
Speed runs down Easy Out!
I love going out on the atv tour’s! Going to Scandinavian Spa, walking the village…..
I love hiking!!! In whistler!
Skiing, of course!
Shopping in the village
Hiking and eating.
I love snowboarding and sitting in the hot tub in Whistler
Favourite thing to do in Whistler? Snowboarding buddy yeah!
My favorite thing to do at whistler is snowboarding!
I love going for walks through woods
My favourite thing to do in Whistler is strolling through the village and people watching.
Sitting on a patio drinking a beer, summer or winter!!
I just love walking around the village checking out the shops. There is such a diversity of people in Whistler it is great to chat with people from such a variety of backgrounds!
My favourite thing to in whistler is play on bikes with my shred sisters; be it cross-country, downhill or dirt jumping!
I love the fresh powder that whistler has to offer. Skiing with my dad was the only bonding experience we had since we didn’t really have much in common. Whistler was a great commonplace to that.
some of the best concerts of my life have been in Whistler! And I think they’ve all been free, too! ?
Whistler? Best part is when a stellar’s jay leads you to a river with its raspy summer time song.
Walking and hiking around the lake
I love zipping through the bike trails around Whistler in the summer!
My fav thing to do in Whistler is the peak 2 peak!
Favourite thing to do in Whistler is hitting the pub with friends and watching the dirt bikers or the skiiers coming down the main hill, checking out the farmer’s market and hiking.
My favourite thing to do is relax and eat!
The hiking around Whistler is amazing!
The Scandinavia Spa! <3
Drinking cilantro margaritas at The Mexican Corner!
Squamish-Lil’wat cultural centre, a hike and then some drinks and dinner!
My favourite thing to do in Whistler is summer in general! I love the mountain of opportunity available (pun intended).
Walking the village dinner and then dancing! So many choices.
I haven’t been in so long. However I used to love the lake up there. So pretty 🙂
It’s impossible to pick one thing! I love shredding 7th heaven in Winter, hiking and kayaking in summer – and getting a taste of home (Oz) from peaked pies – complete with the BEST ginger beer ever – Bunderburg!
I’ve got a friend flying over from france this July & as Pearl Jam is my favourite band ever winning this would totally make my summer 🙂
Favourite thing to do in past was when I was a teenager was toboggan down the hill by the Wizard Chair at Backcomb mountain at midnight on New Years Eve 1997 with a sparkler in my hand to ring in the New Year with friends and family almost 20 years ago and then go back to hotel pool and have a midnight swim 😀
Hiking every mountainous trail possible!
I love hiking in Whistler!
I love shopping in the Village and checking out all the cute boutiques and cafes
My favorite thing to do is ride my bike on the Alta lake bike path.
My favourite thing to do in Whistler is to go zip lining through the trees!
I love everything about Whistler, but especially the Sunday morning Farmers Market in Upper Village.
My favourite thing to do in whistler is hiking!
We are staying at the Northstar later this week, been going there for 6 years in a row for summer vacation. Whistler in the summer is an under-rated vacation spot.
I’d love to win.
I love walking or jogging the village stroll.
Love going for walks with hubby and checking out the shops
Summer and winter’s the best 2 seasons to visit Whistler. Take advantage of Alta Lake and dip into the warm lake waters or head up the mountain for amazing scenery!
Would LOVE to win 🙂
Never had a chance to go to the Pemberton Music Festival. Thanks for the chance to do so!! 🙂
My fav thing to do in Whistler is to spend time at Scandinave Spa!
When I can I love to hit up the buck a shuck on Araxi’s patio and then find a hot tub for the day!
I love to? snowboard in whistler, never been up in the summer yet ?.
Vodka Tasting Room!
Peak to Peak Gondola, Zipline & Village Farmers are great headline acts in Whistler. # #PembyFest #604Festivals
I’m kind of embarrassed to say that in my 53 years of growing up in the Lower Mainland I have only ever been to Whistler for an hour to see the Trews play a free concert….and I’ve never been to Pemberton! THREE bucket list items in one! #Whistler #Pembyfest #Pemberton
I haven’t done The Peak to Peak yet but would love to do that. I just love the restaurants, lounges and cafes at Whistler, great to go chill with friends at.
My favourite thing to do there is snowboarding! Specifically waiting for the Peak Chair to open after big overnight snow.
My favourite thing to do is bike riding the trails then going to Scandinavia spa….Whistler is my favourite place ❤️
My favorite thing to do in whister is hang out with friends and eat delcious food all will taking in the beautiful scenery!
My favourite thing to do in Whistler is to stay there during the weekend of Pemberton ?
My favorite thing to do is explore the town and people watch. With great shops and coffee shops I am sure I could spend a few days easy. Plus Pemberton in between it would truly be a fantastic break for my wife and I.
Hiking would probably have to be my favorite Whistler activity, followed closely by the Scandinave Spa.
Hiking all day and grabbing a drink at longhorns with the girls 🙂
Having a caesar at GLC!
Hiking the Singing Pass and having a cold beer after!
Favourite thing to do in whistler that i’ve tried so far is scandinave spa for the day then go down to the warehouse to grab some drinks and cheap food!
I love to hike.
A nice evening at Lost Lake spent with my babe & a bottle of wine!
I love meeting the tourists that visit and the night life at Whistler
I want this SO bad!!!! Whistler is our favorite summer time spot and Pemberton is gorgeous!!! We love everything about Whistler in the summer. Swimming, hiking, exploring the village.
I love walking around Whistler village and people watching!
I love walking or biking along the vast valley trail system all day, followed by a soak at the Scandinavian Spa.
Hiking and food tasting 🙂
I love mountain biking in whistler!
I love the Scandinavian spa in whistler! I go there every time!!!
I love zip lining the most in Whistler. And plus skiing of course!! 🙂
I have often gone to Whistler to snowboard! That’s my favourite activity among checking out the village events!
Patio hopping in the summer and snowboarding in the winter ! 😀
My favourite thing to do in whistler is hike and spend time at the lakes or in the village. Definitely one of the most beautiful places I have been to, still so much left to explore there!
i have never been, so I hope I get the opportunity to go! :O
Cross country skiing. I’m new to it really enjoy it, can’t downhill anymore.
Favorite thing to do in Whister,in the summer, is hiking!
Skiing!! In winter
Hiking!! In summer!
Kayaking River of dreams, Alta lake and Green lake. Riding the Valley trail system. Hiking around Parkhurst and sitting on a patio with a jug of beer watching the people go by.
My favourite thing to do is Whistler … is simply to take first time visitors to BC on the scenic drive up and then grab a drink in the Village and people watch! It’s such a beautiful resort. I’m really looking forward to going up to see the new museum with all the wonderful art too!