Pemberton is a village north of Whistler in the Pemberton Valley of British Columbia in Canada. Until the 1960s the village could be accessed only by train but that changed when highway 99 was built through Whistler (then named Alta Lake) and Pemberton. The climate of Pemberton is very warm and dry in the summer and mild and wet in the winter. Pemberton was named for Joseph Despard Pemberton, a surveyor for the Hudson's Bay Company and Surveyor-General for the Colony of Vancouver Island in the 1850s. Joseph Pemberton had laid out Victoria's townsite, and supervised the construction of British Columbia's first legislature building, "the Birdcages".
Pemberton is an important agricultural community famous for producing seed potatoes, and diversifying into market gardening, cranberries, food products and events. The main seed potato producers are located along the Pemberton Meadows Road, many of whom have been there for generations. Potatoes are typically rotated with beef cattle and hay production. Notable farming family names are Ronayne, Miller, Ross, Van Loon, Hellevang, Gilmore, Marinus, McEwan, Helmer, McLeod, Kuurne and Beks. Agri-tourism is growing, pioneered by Mayor Sturdy's North Arm Farm and popularized by Slow Food Cycle Sunday.