Arts and Culture in Whistler

Where creative spirits roam free.

Whistler's vibrant arts and culture scene flourishes year round with workshops, engaging art exhibitions, lively music and dance performances to international film and culinary events. Learn more about Whistler's cultural institutions and offerings including galleries, local artists and tours.

Whistler’s Cultural Connector

A journey of adventure and discovery. Home to more than mountains, arts and culture flourish in the local community. Explore Whistler’s past and present – discover the stories, milestones and unique cultural institutions awaiting you in beautiful surroundings.

Audain Art Museum

The Audain Art Museum is Whistler's newest cultural hot spot. Located by the Village, the iconic building houses a permanent collection of artworks from British Columbia as well as rotating exhibitions from leading museums around the world. The permanent collection features an outstanding collection of nineteenth century Northwest Coast masks, one of Canada’s strongest Emily Carr collections, a selection of Vancouver’s celebrated photo-based art plus a gallery devoted to West Coast artist Edward J. Hughes.

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Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (SLCC) is the first centre of its kind in Canada. Two nations came together to celebrate and share their cultures with the world while creating meaningful employment opportunities for members of both the Sk̲wxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation, Coast Salish) and Líl̓wat7ul (Lil’wat Nation, Interior Salish) Nations. Designed to evoke the form of a Squamish Longhouse and Lil’wat Istken (earthen dwelling), the SLCC embodies the spirit of partnership between two unique Nations who wish to preserve, grow, and share their traditional cultures.

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Whistler Museum

Located in the heart of the resort, the Whistler Museum is the place to discover Whistler’s history and unique mountain culture. The Museum offers a variety of exhibits year-round, plus a busy program of seminars, interactive activities and other events. Extensive exhibits include engaging stories, historical photographs, multi-media presentations and displays including a complete original gondola cabin.

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Lost Lake PassivHaus

Located a short walk from the village, the Lost Lake PassivHaus was built for the 2010 Winter Olympics. The building is a state-of-the-art showcase of energy efficiency combined with modern design. Situated at the entrance to Lost Lake Park, the PassivHaus includes a retail and rental shop for biking in summer and nordic sports in winter, as well as a cafe.

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Maury Young Arts Centre

The Maury Young Arts Centre welcomes everyone to enjoy its community art gallery, theatre, and youth centre. Visit this vibrant hub to see an exhibit and leave with a packed diary of creative classes and live entertainment. Located in the heart of the village, the Arts Centre is the pulse of arts and culture in Whistler and home of Arts Whistler.

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Whistler Public Library

Located on Main Street in Whistler Village the Whistler Public Library is one of the busiest libraries in the province. The attractive building has been open since January 26, 2008 offering books, magazines, an audio and video library, computer access and community rooms. The Library boasts a busy event program offering training courses, workshops, seminars and movie nights plus regular singing and reading groups for children and parents. Known as ‘Whistler's Living Room’ the library is a cultural and community hub for locals, seasonals, and visitors.

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Vallea Lumina

Discover Whistler’s newest attraction – Vallea Lumina. A multimedia night walk in pursuit of hidden wonders, ignite your senses with an immersive light show set in the forested surrounds of Cougar Mountain. Follow the story of two long-ago hikers and the wondrous things that happened near Whistler that confirm the legends about this place are true.

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Fine Art Galleries

Whistler Wine Walk

Explore Whistler’s vibrant art gallery scene while sampling hors d’oeuvres and BC wines every Friday night in October. Each week, public and private galleries offer a new taste of Whistler’s eclectic cultural mix featuring local, regional, and international artists, and interactive art experiences.

Due to current public health guidelines, the October 2021 Whistler Wine Walk has been postponed to a later date. Please check back for updates.

Whistler's Art Gallery Scene by the Glass

Arts and Culture Events in Whistler this Month

Planning ahead? View the full Event Calendar for more events.

Meet Local Whistler Artists

The Whistler Area is home to artists, photographers and musicians who draw inspiration from the mountains for their creative process. Explore these Whistler Insider posts to find out more about the Whistler people and places driving art forward:

Galleries and Gatherings

Artists and Artisans in the Spotlight

Some of the following posts contain videos created by Arts Whistler, Whistler’s local arts council. Head over to the Arts Whistler website for more information the local art scene including events, workshops a full listing of local artist and information for practising artists.

Musical Heroes

Go Whistler Tours

Our curated tours guide you to unique experiences and locations throughout our resort, from art galleries to nature walks, and help you adventure more deeply in Whistler.

  • Take free, self-guided tours of Whistler's Cultural Connector, nature trails, heritage spots and other art experiences.

Valley of Dreams Walking Tour with the Whistler Museum

Take a gentle stroll around Whistler Village with a knowledgeable member of the Whistler Museum to learn more about the history of Whistler. Tours run July - August (by donation) with private tours and large group tours available on request.

Art Gallery Tour (Self Guided)

Many of Whistler’s art galleries are locate within walking distance around the Village. The Whistler Visitor Centre have put together a guide to help you walk between them and explore some of the public art along the way.

Public Art Tours (Self Guided)

As well as a number of art galleries that house collections of world-class fine art, Whistler has a thriving public art program. Artworks are located throughout the Village, Village North, Upper Village and Whistler Creek as well as in the Village and on the Valley Trail.

A self-guided walking tour of Whistler’s public artworks is a great way to experience Whistler’s art and culture scene and landscape. Each piece of art on the tour is identified with an interpretive sign, with additional information accessed through a phone or QR code.

Whistler Cultural Pass – $30 per person

The Whistler Cultural Pass provides access to the Audain Art Museum as well as the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre at a reduced price. Save up to 20% when you purchase tickets as a dual admission pass.

Please note that the Audain Art Museum is closed Monday - Wednesday and the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre is closed on Mondays. Passes are not dated and can be used at any time.

Whistler's Arts and Culture Institutions

Whistler's community is committed to improving the arts and culture scene. The following institutions work tirelessly to promote the arts and provide opportunities for locals and visitors to experience Whistler's unique culture:

Arts Whistler (formerly Whistler Arts Council)

Arts Whistler are a passionate bunch – passionate about Whistler, about arts, and about making arts and culture an integral part of day-to-day life. The magic happens at the Maury Young Arts Centre, right in the heart of Whistler Village, where Arts Whistler run a variety of creative classes and workshops, showcase a lineup of exciting live shows for the Performance Series, and host year-round free admission exhibits in The Gallery. Annual events include the Whistler Children’s Festival, Whistler Street Entertainment, Bizarre Bazaar, ArtWalk and Art Workshops on the Lake. As a non-profit organization established in 1982, the only thing that Arts Whistler seeks to make richer is Whistler’s love for arts and culture.

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 the must attend, 5-day Whistler Film Festival for artists, the industry and audiences in Whistler over the first weekend of December. The WFFS produces one of Canada’s leading film festivals and plays a leadership role in offering project development programs and opportunities for filmmakers.

Art Gallery Association

The Whistler Gallery Association was formed in 2012 by the eleven commercial art galleries with locations in the Whistler area. Most of the galleries are in Whistler Village, with two located in the Function Junction district, 8 minutes south of Whistler Village and one in Whistler Creekside, 5 minutes south of the Village. The Association represents the interests of Whistler’s commercial fine art dealers, and provides a venue for co-operative marketing campaigns such as the Whistler Gallery Walk.

Whistler’s Public Art Program Committee

The Whistler Public Art Program Committee meets monthly to discuss art projects and sets the program for obtaining and implementing public art. The Committee consists of ten volunteers who are appointed by Council and includes: artists, gallery owners, Whistler Arts Council members, business community members, urban designers and developers, a member of Council; and Whistler residents who are passionate about art. Members have knowledge of contemporary art, are committed to excellence, and represent the community. They are also responsible for managing all public art projects to ensure that they are safe and durable.

Discover Arts & Culture in Whistler

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Whistler's Feral Nifty's bronze sculpture Held

Living Their WhisLife:
Women of Whistler

In celebration of International Women’s Day, the Insider caught up with four women of Whistler to ask what makes them thrive in the mountains.

Painting workshop at Audain Art Museum in Whistler

Moments of Inspiration:
A Whistler Arts Itinerary

Prepare to be surprised and delighted when you uncover our creative side, where art is woven into everyday life and you're invited to join the fun.

It's a Spring Thing

It's a Spring Thing
in Whistler

Spring in Whistler brings long days and endless adventures, along with dining specials and great savings on accommodation. It's time to come out of hibernation!