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.

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Art Venues and Attractions

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 15% when you purchase tickets as a pass (regular admission is valued at $18 per attraction).

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

Fine Art Galleries

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

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'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

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.

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Artists experience a guided ski tour of the Spearhead Range in Whistler

Art Inspired by Our Backyard:
The Spearhead Hut Edition

Five Sea to Sky artists experience a guided ski tour of the Spearhead Range and create art inspired by their trip to fundraise for the Spearhead Huts.

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.

Winter in Whistler, BC

Winter in Whistler:
Feel It in Your Soul

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