The shared economy is hot right now and Whistler is booming with destination guests. There’s a house on down the street from your North Vancouver home. The Richmond condo tower where your sister lives is full of units up for nightly rental on Airbnb. Whistler would be perfect!


Many potential purchasers’s want the option of doing some nightly rental in their Whistler property to help with expenses. People looking in Whistler often feel it’s unreasonable to be told what they may do with their home. In most of the world people are renting out their property as it suits them.

The pioneers who fell in love with London Mountain designed a winter resort community for the 1976 Olympics. London Mountain (due to the fog) was renamed Whistler Mountain (after the marmots) and Alta Lake became the first Resort Municipality in British Columbia. We are a planned destination resort.

Areas that were adjacent to lifts, planned amenities were zoned to allow tourist accommodation while areas further away were zoned residential. The Village and Creekside provided tourist accommodation as did the Blackcomb Benchlands as this neighbourhood was built. If you want to do nightly rental you need to buy a property with appropriate zoning. There are some homes and townhomes in Green Lake Estates on the golf course that have nightly zoning due to that amenity.

So it’s not so much that your neighbour in North Vancouver is allowed to rent their home out nightly; more so that it was never contemplated or envisioned that there would be an opportunity to do so. Strata corporations in the Greater Vancouver area can pass bylaws to stop nightly rental. In Whistler, a strata corporation cannot ban nightly rental in a building where the land is zoned for that tourist accommodation.
That said, there’s opportunity in Whistler today to start your own Airbnb business. I’ve had personal experience with VRBO and other owner direct booking websites. It was rewarding and I made some lifelong friends. If you are interested in pursuing this, let’s go look at some real estate zoned for nightly rental.