A Weekend of Arts and Culture

A Weekend of Arts and Culture

Experience Whistler’s cultural side with a few days exploring the resort’s art, history and outdoor creative works.

Though outdoor adventure is Whistler’s claim to fame, there’s a wonderful array of art and culture to explore. Designated as a Cultural Capital of Canada for 2009, Whistler’s vibrant arts and culture community took centre stage at the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Start your culture-inspired getaway with a look through our Events Calendar for any interesting festivals, literary readings or shows happening while you’re here. Once you’ve checked into your lodging, head outside to take in the fresh mountain air and a tour of Whistler’s outdoor art installations.

Arts and CultureA walk along the Village Stroll takes you to Storyteller’s Chair, a giant chair inscribed with multi-lingual versions of “Once Upon a Time” by Carlos Basanta. You’ll also see Glacial Traces, a set of paving patterns and glass snowflakes set into the stone walkways. Check out artswhistler.com for information on other outdoor works.

After a long afternoon of wandering the village, pick one of Whistler’s famous restaurants and indulge in a fantastic meal. From Italian to French to Japanese, your dining options are endless. After dinner, make your way to Bearfoot Bistro for a chance to hear Whistler’s own piano man, Cameron Chu, create musical art.

The next morning brings a leisurely breakfast followed by a trip to the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre. This gorgeous centre is dedicated to the history and culture of Whistler’s first inhabitants, the local First Nations people. Filled with Aboriginal art, wood carvings, crafts, interactive displays, exhibits and demonstrations, there’s also an outdoor interpretive forest walk featuring a Lil’wat Istken and Squamish Longhouse. Don’t miss the spectacular 15-minute film showcasing both traditional and modern cultures.

Have lunch at the Cultural Centre’s café; their indigenous-inspired menu offers up tasty options like Squamish salmon chowder, Lil’wat venison chili and maple sugar pie. A must try is the traditional bannock – fried flat bread that melts in your mouth.

Arts and CultureWith a full stomach, you’re now ready to hit the galleries and check out Whistler’s wide variety of visual arts with a walking tour. The inspiring mountain vistas have attracted many artists to the resort and their works include First Nations native art, sculpture, contemporary oils, watercolours, jewellery, prints and glass work. Don’t forget to pick up a souvenir.

Arriving back at your hotel, it’s time for a quick rest before heading out to dinner. Tonight, sample some of Whistler’s energetic nightlife with a stop at Buffalo Bill’s to listen to some live music. Don’t forget your dancing shoes! Or, if a pub is more your style, try Dubh Linn Gate; they offer live music in a cozy Irish setting.

After a late night, room service provides a wonderful breakfast in bed. You have two more stops on your cultural tour with a visit to the Whistler Museum and Whistler Public Library. Housing exhibits about Whistler’s past and unique mountain life, the Whistler Museum features the female pioneer who put Whistler on the map and the resort’s Olympic dream which first manifested in the 1960s. Built in 2008, the brand new Whistler Public Library often hosts author readings and other literary events. The building’s gorgeous architecture is worth checking out just for itself.

Your arts and culture weekend has come to an end but there’s still so much more of Whistler to experience. Have a look at other itineraries and plan your next adventure!

Call 1.800.WHISTLER (944.7853) to speak with a local travel consultant