Long before the 2010 Winter Olympic Games and the flood of international thrill seekers. Well before the building of the ski resort, and the arrival of adventurous Europeans, Whistler was the main trading route of the Squamish and Lil’wat First Nations. These pioneers, the natural mountain environment and outdoor recreation have since inspired a vibrant arts and culture community. In 2009, Whistler was designated the “Cultural Capital of Canada” for its’ strong and ongoing commitment to arts and culture. So, while in Whistler, get cultured!
Start your journey at the Whistler Museum to learn about the area’s rich and entertaining cultural history, carry on to the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre to get a glimpse into the First Nations unique histories, creative works and cultures. Be entertained by the various events presented by the Whistler Arts Council, and then meander through the many art galleries around town.
Whistler Museum & Archives
The Whistler Museum tells the story of how a small remote valley came to be one of the most famous tourist attractions in the world. The Museum features stories, artifacts and multi-media presentations that continue to preserve and tell the stories of mountain life and the people who live it.
Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre
This state of the art building showcases and celebrates the history of the local Squamish and Lil’wat First Nations people. Visitors will walk away with an understanding of traditional legends, carvings art, songs and ceremonies, and can take a piece of culture away with them from the Gift Gallery.
Whistler Arts Council
The Whistler Arts Council, located in Millennium Place hosts many annual events such as The Whistler Children’s Art Festival, Bizarre Bazaar, Performance Series, and ART WALK, Whistler Arts Council, and is your one-stop-shop for arts and culture. Check their event calendar for listing of upcoming events.
Whistler Art Galleries feature some of North America’s finest artists – showcasing Canadian and world-class artistry. Art tours in Whistler are offered by the arts community. Take a tour, a stroll, a walk, and learn about Whistler’s arts and cultural scene.