In the heart of the Coast Mountains, Whistler is a sanctuary where the wild meets the refined, where every trail, tree and turn tells a story of respect and reverence for our extraordinary planet.

Although environmental gratitude is deeply ingrained in the ethos of the Whistler community, we are behind on some of the targets we set to hit in 2030. Knowing this, it’s even more important for us to come together, locals and visitors, to get back on track so we can protect what matters.

Earth Day to Earth Week with AWARE

AWARE, which stands for Association of Whistler Area Residents for the Environment, has worked with the community for three decades to deliver inspiring evidence-based solutions to the environmental issues that affect Whistler.

They believe that our world is at a pivotal moment and that a collective voice from citizens will help encourage governments and the private sector to take a leading role in the environmental crisis. Businesses, community organizations and individuals all hold the power to influence change. Every person’s actions are vital and Earth Week is a great time to learn what you can do to help move the dial.

This year, AWARE is leading a week-long series of workshops, presentations, events and fundraisers to take action and mobilize the Whistler community. Starting April 17, get involved and invite family, friends and colleagues to join AWARE and celebrate Earth Week. Let’s make this more than a moment, let’s make it a movement.

People reach for the ceiling at a yoga class happening in the lobby area of the Audain Art Museum in Whistler.
Stretch it out amidst stunning artwork at the Audain. Artwork – Paul Wong, No Thing is Forever, 2016. PHOTO AUDAIN ART MUSEUM

Whistler’s Earth Week Events

April 17: Yoga for the Planet

Connect to the earth through movement and mindfulness with a gentle Hatha yoga class at the Audain Art Museum to set your intentions for Earth Week. The class is from noon to 1:30 PM and is $10, get your ticket here (bring a mat and water bottle).

April 18: Re-Love-It Clothing Swap

Reject fast fashion and swap clothes, shoes and accessories you no longer need or wear. Fill a bag of your previously loved clothes and meet us at Nita Lake Lodge to exchange them for a wardrobe refresh! Visit the AWARE event page for more info.

Hikers explore the rainforest in Whistler in spring.
Find these beautiful trees on the Ancient Cedars Trail in Whistler. PHOTO JUSTA JESKOVA

April 19: Value of Old Growth and Biodiversity Talk

Hosted by the Cheakamus Community Forest, learn how old-growth ecosystems link to biodiversity, and the well-being of people and the planet at a talk with Dr. Andy MacKinnon, renowned forest ecologist, educator, and co-author of Plants of Coastal British Columbia. This event is from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at The Longhouse at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, tickets are $15.

April 20: Pitch-In-Day + BBQ

Volunteer with Whistler community groups and roll up your sleeves to clear litter in neighbourhoods from Emerald to Function. Fuel up at a post-event community BBQ hosted by the Resort Municipality of Whistler. Learn more on AWARE’s event page.

April 21: Repair Café + Reimagine Your Wardrobe

Don’t toss it… repair or reimagine it with workshops and services to upcycle and repair clothing and household items. Bring your items to the Whistler Public Library and retail partners to fix and upcycle your pre-loved gear. Reduce waste and support a circular economy. This is a non-ticketed, by-donation event happening 10 AM to 2 PM.

April 22: Party for the Planet + Silent Auction

Party for the Planet: Après Style at Dusty’s in Creekside thanks to Whistler Blackcomb and supported by Vail Resorts EpicPromise. Dance, enjoy drinks, snacks and great prizes! Bid on gear, goods, and experiences in a silent auction to support AWARE. This event is from 6 to 9 PM and tickets are $30 or $100 for four.

Nature-Themed Silent Auction: April 8 to 22

Starting in early April, supporters of Whistler’s natural environment – both near and far – will be able to browse through an online Nature-Themed Silent Auction. Vie for the top bid and enjoy some friendly competition while you shop, while supporting Whistler’s environmental charity.

Featuring hand-picked gear, goods and experiences from local businesses, there will be an online and in-person component with exclusive items reserved for the main event on Earth Day: The Party for the Planet at Dusty’s on Monday, April 22, 2024. Keep an eye out on the AWARE website and social channels for when this auction goes live.

Sustainable Thrills

Whistler wants to deliver eco-friendly adventures and experiences that fuel your adrenaline while honouring our ecological commitments to community-led conservation efforts. To learn more about what’s happening in the sustainability space in Whistler, visit our dedicated page, which has links to our Changemaker Video Series, which highlights what local businesses are doing to move the dial.

Join the Movement: Celebrate, Participate, Advocate

This Earth Week, immerse yourself in Whistler’s blend of exhilaration and environmental mindfulness. Participate in AWARE’s events, join a guided eco-tour, or simply bask in the serene beauty of Whistler’s landscapes. Earth Week is a chance to celebrate our planet, contribute to its preservation and carry forward the message of conservation.

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You can often find Dee exploring all Whistler has to offer with her three-kid tribe in tow. Originally from the UK, Dee enjoys balancing out high-thrills adventures with down-time basking in the beauty of the wonderful place she now calls home.