The Whistler Olympic Plaza is the venue for outdoor concerts in summer, ice skating in winter, and a host to event celebrations year-round. It’s a place where the community gathers to enjoy lunch on picnic tables, a game of Frisbee on the grass, or a huddle around the outdoor fires when snow covers the ground. Framed by the mountains and in the heart of Whistler Village, this really is a special spot where the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra plays under the stars, spontaneous acroyoga occurs, and the odd snowball fight or snowman making competition is held.
The plaza was built as a place where the world could gather and celebrate during the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. This was where the athletes received their medals at the nightly victory ceremonies in front of a cheering crowd of thousands, and where the Paralympics hosted their Closing Ceremony. Although built for the Games, the long term goal was to create a place where the community could continue to gather for years to come, and looking at this vibrant space today it’s become a real hub of celebration.
Did You Know?
The Olympic Lightning Figure totem that towers over the plaza was created to honour the Olympic legacy and to pay homage to the legend of the Lightning Snakes who brought skills and tools to the Squamish and Lil’wat people.
Make sure you get a snap at the Olympic Rings!