You can’t miss the eye-catching mural covering one side of the Whistler Museum. Painted by local artist, Kris Kupskay, it features Whistler’s most famous pioneer, Myrtle Philip, who built Rainbow Lodge in 1914 where people came to fish, hike, and honeymoon – Whistler’s first step into tourism.
The Whistler Museum invites you to discover the Whistler you don’t know. From Whistler’s colourful pioneers to the bid for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, the museum uncovers Whistler’s best kept secrets, mountain moments, and natural history. Their tickle trunk is a hit with the kids, and if you’re looking for an Instagram-worthy shot, take a snap holding a real 2010 Olympic torch.
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In the summer the museum takes you outside for their Valley of Dreams Walking Tour. This by-donation, hour-long tour starts just outside the Visitors Information Centre at 1pm daily in June, July, and August. The guides are passionate Whistler locals who know some great stories about the valley – ask them how you cook muskrat stew…
Note: This video is from 2015, but it gives you a good idea of what to expect!
Take a look at the museums events page on their website as they often host speaker series that talk about mountain culture, history, expeditions, mountain adventures and environmental issues.
For all upcoming arts and culture, events check out our What’s On page, below is what’s happening at the Whistler Museum…
Whistler Museum – Permanent Collection
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Learn about Whistler’s journey from wilderness to world-class resort. The Whistler Museum tells Whistler’s stories from fun-loving pioneers, to the creation of Whistler Blackcomb, to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games and beyond.
It was the chance for a weekend get-a-way spot that spurred Florence Petersen and four friends to purchase a small cabin at Alta Lake in the mid-1950s. At the time, the valley contained a quaint summer fishing resort with only a handful of year-round residents. In the years following, the area would transform from its humble beginnings into the internationally renowned four-season resort we know today. With so much change taking place in the 1970s, early pioneer Myrtle Philip and Cypress Lodge owner Dick Fairhurst confessed to Florence a worry that the early days would soon be forgotten. Florence eased their fears by promising them that their stories would be remembered. True to her word, in 1986, after retiring from teaching, Florence started the Whistler Museum and Archives as a charitable non-profit society. Over thirty years later, Whistler has grown beyond the early trail-blazers’ wildest dreams and the Museum is proud to continue to collect, preserve, and tell the stories of mountain life and the people who live it.