Many come to Whistler to ski, snowboard or mountain bike but did you know that in addition to those heart-pumping activities, Whistler has a vibrant arts and culture scene? Bursting at the seams, you will find galleries, performances and events all surrounding creative pursuits. What’s more, many of these feature the talents of community members that are collectively inspired by the mountains. So get ready, we’re about to take you on a guided tour of the arts and culture in Whistler!
Audain Art Museum
The Audain Art Museum was opened in 2016 and features the traditional works of the province’s First Peoples and more contemporary pieces also produced by B.C artists. Additionally, there are three special exhibitions a year that are either created in house or loaned from other institutions. Collectively, this makes a visit a must-do part of your trip to Whistler.
Must See: The works of Emily Carr.
Arts Whistler Culture Maps
Art Whistler’s Culture Map series helps you find cultural venues, museums, galleries, and public art pieces all over town. Depending on what kind of experience you are looking for, you can select which type of map you would like to follow. Choose from a Village, Valley, Sea to Sky or Gallery map!
Must See: The Black Tusk Gallery which features fine artwork from British Columbia.
The Whistler Museum houses the history of Whistler. Here, you will be able to learn about the early days of the town, the people that inhabited it and finally, the growth that has led to it to become the four-season resort that we are familiar with today.
Must See: Artifacts from the pioneer era in Whistler.
Lil’wat Cultural Centre
Discover the legends, people, art, history and culture of the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations. The centre was built to share the cultural knowledge as well as help create respect amongst all people. The experience includes tours, workshops, exhibits, and a cultural journey that spans the Sea to Sky.
Must See: The What We Treasure Exhibit.
Whistler Children’s Festival
Whistler Children’s Festival celebrates it’s 34th birthday in 2017. Through performances, workshops and activities held from July 7th-9th, the festival aims to build and integrate the arts into the fabric of the community.
Must See: The free all-ages pyjama party on July 7th.
Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute at Whistler
In 2014, the Resort Municipality of Whistler and the Vancouver Symphony Society developed the Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute at Whistler with the goal of helping develop young musicians. Performances in Whistler by this orchestra are held throughout the summer months.
Must See: A performance at the Olympic Plaza on July 3rd.
Whistler Farmer’s Market
Located in upper village, the Whistler Farmer’s Market maintains a grown, baked or made in B.C policy. Amid the locally grown produce and artisan goods, there are also many tasty food stands, so bring your appetite!
Must See: Re:Creation is a clothing company that up-cylces clothing, bringing you one of a kind wearable pieces.
In Whistler, you will find a community bursting with culture and art. Explore galleries and discover things you never knew existed right below your two wheels or skis. Ready experience arts and cultures in the mountains for yourself? Start by booking your stay at the Listel Hotel, right in the heart of it all!