Pique n' Your Interest 

You wouldn’t believe me unless you were forced to try it

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I thought that was a little weird because I lived in a place during summer and our landlord wanted us out before winter so he could attract some Japanese nationals.

The women went on, "you know, Japanese are very respectful and they don’t party as much as the Australians or French Canadians or the British and they’re used to the small spaces."

I didn’t flinch at this point but I did think to myself that if I was in a foreign country and most of my friends didn’t speak the language I’d be pretty quiet and respectful too. I also wondered what would happen to all the bars in town if there were suddenly no young Aussies, Quebecois or Brits visiting because they couldn’t find places to live.

Anyway, I was desperate so I asked, "how small are the spaces?"

And she says: "We’ve got 16 people in right now in bunks, so you wouldn’t be able to bring much stuff."

I really didn’t care so I told her I’d like to have a look. She said great, call back in 30 minutes.

Fifteen minutes later her husband calls back when I’m in bathroom and leaves a message that says, "sorry the place is already rented, but we’ve got another house in Pemberton".

Back to the phone and e-mail, where I find that there is nothing left.

This might have changed by the time this is published, but at one point there was not one advertised room left for rent in all of Whistler – not one.

The final straw occurred when I had somebody tell me they wanted $1,200 per room in their three-bedroom house, and then I received a letter from a kid, obviously fresh off the boat, who said he agreed with something I’d written in the Pique. In his letter he said, "I have applied at a number of places and have been turned down.

"One such place told me not to even bother applying… accommodation is another major issue, I am Australian and it seems that when an owner hears my accent they decline from renting me property.

"I have come to Whistler because I have heard so many wonderful things about this place, but it looks as if I will be going home without experiencing it."

Then another group of old friends call me and say they’re headed to Vancouver to stay because there was no room left in a hostel in Whistler.

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