Arts and Culture in Whistler

Where creative spirits roam free.

Whistler's vibrant arts and culture scene flourishes year round. From engaging local workshops, art exhibitions, music and theatrical performances, to international film and culinary events, learn more about Whistler's cultural institutions and offerings.

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Art Venues and Attractions

Fine Art Galleries

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.

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.

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.

Local Artists, Art Gatherings and Inspiration

Discover Arts & Culture in Whistler

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Indigenous artists featured in The Gondola Gallery by Epic

Indigenous Art
Takes to the Skies

Reconnection, resilience and reconciliation. Our Whistler Insider talks artwork with the Indigenous artists featured in The Gondola Gallery by Epic.

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.

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Summer in Whistler:
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Book a summer getaway that lets you slow down, consider your impact, explore the lesser known, and make connections with people that value what you do.