Everyone has their own reasons for loving Pemberton — great food, wicked recreation, a slower pace of life, fresh farm-to table food — the list goes on. There is no doubt that Pemberton has grown ever-more important to the corridor, as it becomes a source of not just fresh and tantalizing foods, but also a host to events that draw thousands to the region. But what do the "insiders" say about all that Pemberton has to offer? Read on to find out where Pemberton residents like to eat, play, shop and stay... perhaps even a few secrets will be revealed.
Best daytrip destination
On tripadvisor.ca, Joffre Lakes Provincial Park has 27 reviews and a five-out-of-five average score, so it is not surprising that voters in the Best of Pemberton named it winner in this category and gave it three times more votes than its nearest competitors, Mosquito Lake, Tenquille Lake and Birkenhead Lake.
The first lake at Joffre is close to the parking lot, so you can have a short break from driving the Duffy Lake Road and take in its gorgeousness, or you can take a couple of days and really explore the Lower, Middle and Upper Joffre Lake system and its icefields and valleys. Joffre has hiking, camping, mountaineering, wildlife viewing and fishing.
The Glen, once more Pemberton's most popular neighbourhood, is described by realtor Danielle Menzel as "really family oriented with a great park." It's close to schools and stores, too. It's a mix of old and new houses and is the place for Halloween candy treats and maybe a few tricks, too. Pemberton Meadows came a close second this year and Menzel describes it as a popular place for people wanting a bit of land and farming, "the Pemberton feel." Pioneer Junction came third and is all about density, with a mix of townhomes and condos, and is off the One Mile Lake Trail and next to the community gardens.
SLOW FOOD CYCLE SUNDAY
Slow Food Cycle Sunday was far and away the most popular event for voters. Co-organizer Anna Helmer said being selected confirmed for her "there is something about Pemberton and biking and fresh air, seeing the fields and the mountains, and having a good bite to eat that is very appealing."
The pounding music night of 2 Acre Shaker came second and coming third with the wistful vote was the 2008 Pemberton Music Festival. Just as well, a new festival for 2014 has been announced!
Best Pemberton trend
Biking culture is the number one trend, with 63 bike trails in the region.
Mayor Jordan Sturdy is not surprised. "I've become a road cyclist and I continue to be a mountain biking enthusiast. The development of the trail network in the Pemberton Valley is tremendous and the focus of local government on those pieces that connect the community, like the Friendship Trail, is very important." He believes biking is becoming more important both in terms of recreation, positive impact on the environment, and also for the economic impact it has.
Number two Pemberton trend is healthy living and organic food and number three is babies – Pembertonians make a lot of them!