Skip to content
Join our Newsletter
Join our Newsletter

Letter: About that house on the hill…

"Whistler used to be a place to gaze at the stars in the dark, but with a lit-up development like this, those days are apparently gone."
starry night sky in Whistler BC
Whistler's night sky is no longer lit up by stars, writes one local this week, but by the glow of a massive mega-mansion on the west side of Alta Lake.

Most local residents would know the mansion that I am referring to. The one that sits high on the west side of Alta Lake at the south end, and is rumoured to be owned by a Los Angeles movie magnate who paid more than $88 million to have it built over three years. I have no problem with this, and am sure that it contributes handsomely to the Whistler tax base.

Unfortunately, it is also the one that is rarely occupied, yet leaves every one of its lights on for 365 nights of the year. This doesn’t seem acceptable in Whistler, which is vying to have the highest environmental standards of any town anywhere.

Aside from the waste of energy is the light pollution that it causes. Whistler used to be a place to gaze at the stars in the dark, but with a lit-up development like this, those days are apparently gone. (Beware, east side residents of Nita Lake, for what might come).

Formerly I would have walked up to the door and asked politely if the resident could turn down the lights. But I can’t get within a quarter kilometre of this highly secured and fenced-in property.

Besides, there is no one there anyway. Bylaw, please.

Jim Pipe // Whistler

push icon
Be the first to read breaking stories. Enable push notifications on your device. Disable anytime.
No thanks