After years of polling the people of Whistler about their favourite people, places and things, the Pique finally got around to asking Pembertonians about their preferences in 2007. We’re pleased to present the second annual Best of Pemberton awards for 2008, with a far larger turnout of voters and responses.
Because we opted to give space for replies instead of a multiple choice quiz, we received a broad range of responses to all of our questions that showed that Pemberton residents are A) well informed, B) funny, and C) passionate about their town.
While Pemberton has been at a crossroads for a long time, things are starting to evolve for the town. A new community centre recently opened, creating new opportunities for education and fitness. An international private school is hoping to open a school in Pemberton at the earliest opportunity, expanding the town’s economic base. The Pemberton Festival put the town on a global stage, and looked good doing it. The proposed boundary extension will give the town more say over planning for the town, preventing sprawl and guiding the development that’s coming as Pemberton continues its reign as the fastest growing community in B.C.
The agriculture side of Pemberton is also being embraced like never before — 2,300 people at the Slow Food Cycle, the Slow Food movement is promoting a 100-mile diet, and local farmers are now speaking directly to grocery stores and restaurants at home and in Whistler to keep the farming economy local.
There should be lots to talk about when the municipal election ramps up this fall. So without further ado, we present The Best of Pemberton 2008.
They are a tight-knit community on Meadows Lane, by far the most popular vote in the Best Neighbourhood category. With more than twice as many votes as runner up Vinyl Village/ The Glen, Meadows Lane (a.k.a. Pemberton Meadows Road) probably has an advantage just by its sheer length and the number of proud residents in the Meadows. While number two for the second year in a row, Vinyl Village/The Glen did top last year’s pick for best neighbourhood, Creekside. Just behind Creekside in fourth place was The Peaks.
Party of 2008
What you really want to know is which party was number two.
Yes, the Pemberton Festival was the run-away winner in this category, and given the international attention the highly-successful festival garnered, the accolades, the community support, the financial windfall… the only vote against the festival seems to be from the Agricultural Land Commission.