Art on the Lake…literally

Art on the Lake…literally – THANK YOU!

Thank you to all of those who got on the water for Art on the Lake…Literally 2020!
We had a lot of fun, and it looks like you did too.

“…probably the best Whistler art event ever. I saw so many beautiful faces I hadn’t seen in too long. Sunshine, water, art and good people all round. Felt like exactly what we all needed!”

Vanessa Stark, Pemberton BC

Photos by Jeremy Allen – @TheFullTimeHobby



Join us for a FREE family-friendly afternoon on Alta Lake, immersed in nature, surrounded by local art and music, in a setting perfectly designed for physically-distant fun on the water.


Date: Thursday, August 27, 2020 (If required, we will post a weather delay notice on Facebook 48h in advance. Weather delay date September 3.)
Time: 3-7pm
Venue: Alta Lake
Price: FREE
Age restrictions: All Ages

Bring your own kayak, canoe, paddleboard or boat, or rent from one of Whistler’s adventure rental companies, and enjoy a paddle around Alta Lake. Arts Whistler will transform the south end of the lake into a floating art exhibit featuring docks with five live painters, and 30+ pieces on display by local artists. Enjoy the sounds of local musicians as they perform around and on the lake, as it all comes together to create Art on the Lake…literally! 

Come with your friends! (but, please practice physical distancing)

Artists and Musicians around the lake:

Lakeside Park:

Artists: Taka Sudo, Anna Lynch and Matt Henry

The Stone Circle:

Musicians: Bob and Charlie

Wayside Park:

Artist: Andrea Mueller
Musicians: Rebel Appliance, Susan Holden, Sean Rose

Alta Lake Station House:

Artists: Vanessa Stark, Dave Petko, Ben Poechman
Musician: DJ Foxy Moron

There is even more art!
Discover more than 30 artworks from 17 local artists in locations around the lake:

Alli Van Gruen
Andrea Mueller
Ben Poechman
Chili Thom 
Dave Petko
David McColm
Heidi Denessen
Jeremy Allen
Karen Love
Kylie Millar
Levi Nelson
Lisa Geddes
Ron Denessen
Simon Bedford
Stacey Bodnaruk
Taka Sudo
Vanessa Stark

Download full program and map (PDF)

Download full program and map (JPEG-1 – front)

Download full program and map (JPEG-2 – back)


Safety Guidelines:

Practice physical distancing of at least 2 metres.

Wear a mask indoors or in busy outdoor spaces.

Remember to wear sunscreen and a hat.

Key steps to safer boating:*

  1. Wear Your Lifejacket. Legally you must carry a Canadian approved PFD on board, appropriately sized for each passenger. But don’t just carry it, WEAR IT.
  2. Don’t Boat Impaired. Boating under the influence of alcohol or recreational drugs is not just illegal; it’s irresponsible. Wait for the end of the day when you are back on land and your boat is safely moored.
  3. Be Prepared. Ensure your boat has all the required safety gear. Be sure the weather is suitable for your and the vessel’s capabilities.
  4. If using a paddleboard, leashes are strongly recommended
  5. Beware of Cold Water Risks. Cold water is a significant risk. Learn how to protect yourself.

*adapted from the Canadian Safe Boating Council


Looking for a way to get on the water? 

Kayak, Canoe and Paddleboard rentals available from local providers:

Backroads Whistler at Lakeside Park and Whistler Eco Tours at Wayside Park.

Their expert staff will give you the equipment and knowledge you need to paddle the lake and enjoy this unique celebration of Whistler’s art and culture.