We are pleased to present our third annual Best of Pemberton awards, as voted by our readers.
While this is hardly a scientific poll with a plus-minus margin for error, it's interesting after three years to see how much - and how little - has changed in one of B.C.'s fastest-growing communities.
It's been a big year for families with the opening of the Community Centre and pump track, and both facilities are being put through the paces.
It's also been a big year in terms of growth, with a proposed international GEMS school passing some important hurdles with the Agricultural Land Commission, Village of Pemberton and Squamish-Lillooet Regional District.
In terms of development, Signal Hill Homes is moving ahead with plans to add up to 1,000 new homes near the town centre, while the Village is also looking to jazz up its downtown through a downtown improvement study.
On a broader scale, the VOP is looking to amend its Official Community Plan, as well as changing its governing structure in conjunction with the regional district AND pursuing a boundary expansion with the provincial government that is now being reviewed at the highest level of the provincial government.
It's also looking positive that Pemberton might house Olympic employees in temporary structures at the industrial park, making an important and likely rewarding contribution to the Games.
The Pemberton Music Festival didn't make it back for a second year as dialogue with the Agricultural Land Commission stalled and the global economy tanked, but proponents have made it clear that they want it back. Maybe in 2010.
In a nutshell there is a lot to celebrate and anticipate, and a lot of optimism that Pemberton will remain the same great place to live even as it grows and changes in so many ways, so very quickly.
How do you like them potatoes?
Best Daytrip Destination
Why would you ever want to leave? Well, some people do every once in a while, and when they do Pembertonians like visiting Meager Creek Hot Springs - a nice trip up the Pemberton Meadows and the Lillooet River Forest Service Road. Located on Mount Meager, it's a Japanese-style hot spring in a natural outdoor setting, with natural rock baths, a self-composting toilet, change rooms and nearby recreation sites for camping. Trails B.C. maintains the spring. Pay a $5 fee for day use and relax to the max. Strawberry Point also figured as a popular daytrip destination, as did Anderson Lake... but only when it's sunny.