Arts and Culture in Whistler
While Whistler is known around the world as North America's premier resort destination for year-round outdoor adventure, it is also home to a vibrant arts and culture community. Whistler is honoured to have been designated the "Cultural Capital of Canada" in 2009. The designation is awarded to a community that demonstrates a strong and ongoing commitment to arts and culture.
Whistler's Arts and Cultural Commitments
Whistler Arts Council
For more than 25 years, the Whistler Arts Council (WAC) has served as the resort's arts & culture "umbrella organization". WAC's mandate is to coordinate, stimulate and promote the growth of performing, literary and visual arts in the Whistler area through ongoing music, dance, theatre, festivals and other events for locals and visitors.
Whistler Film Festival Society
The Whistler Film Festival Society (WFFS) is a charitable cultural organization dedicated to furthering the art of film by providing programs that focus on the discovery, development and promotion of new talent culminating with a must attend festival for artists, the industry and audiences in Whistler. WFFS produces one of Canada's leading film festivals and plays a leadership role in offering project development programs and opportunities for filmmakers.
A strong arts and culture community means there's always something exciting happening in the resort. From celebrations and festivals to special parties and international events, Whistler offers a unique and entertaining mountain culture, year-round.
Over the years, the Whistler area and its inspiring mountain vistas have attracted many artists and art-lovers to the resort. With a number of art galleries located around Whistler, you'll easily find the finest in all artistic mediums, from paintings and sculptures to jewellery, prints and First Nations pieces.
The Whistler Gallery Association represents the interests of Whistler's fine art dealers and organises art events such as the Whistler Gallery Walk.
Whistler Winter Arts Festival
Whistler Winter Arts Festival is an annual month-long showcase of the performing arts, literary events, film screenings, snow sculpting, art exhibitions and outdoor stage and street performances.
Squamish Lil'Wat Cultural Centre
Newly opened in summer 2008, the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre showcases and celebrates the joint history of the local Squamish and Lil'wat First Nations, past and present, by offering a unique glimpse into their histories, creative works and cultures.
Whistler Museum & Archives
You can learn about the area's rich and entertaining cultural history at the Whistler Museum & Archives . The brand new exhibit on Whistler's Olympic Journey features stories, artifacts and multi-media presentations.
Whether you’re single, a couple or group, Whistler is sure to have the perfect activity. Book online or call us directly in Whistler at 1.800.WHISTLER.