Also known as the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre, this facility opening in Fall 2007 will be a world-class authentic cultural centre to celebrate the joint history of the Squamish and Lil'wat Nations, showcasing their histories, creative works and cultures.
Live theatrical performance, an interpretive centre, with permanent and temporary exhibits and demonstrations, and an authentic First Nations restaurant offering traditional native and West Coast cuisine.
The Whistler Museum & Archives was founded in 1986 as a non-profit organization for the purpose of collecting, cataloguing and conserving artifacts and photographs of the pioneer history of the Whistler Valley. The Museum has since expanded to include information on the Resort Development and Natural History of the entire Whistler region. Tours and multimedia presentations are available. (4329 Main Street)
Whistler's outdoor market is located in the Upper Village alongside the Chateau Whistler near the base of Blackcomb mountain. The season begins on Fathers' Day, open Sundays 11 am to 4 pm until Thanksgiving. There's plenty to do and see, with amazing fresh food and produce from local folks.
The Whistler Racquet Club is Whistler's finest tennis facility and the home of Whistler Tennis Camps. Facilities included: 3 indoor tennis courts, 1 centre court & 7 outdoor courts, Pro Shop & Stringing, Excellent certified coaching, Seasonal Pool & Hot Tub, and Exercise room. (4500 Northlands Blvd)
Vancouver Cigar Co. has Whistler's largest selection of Cuban cigars as well as its only walk-in humidor. They also ship to the USA. (#31-4314 Town Plaza, Main Street)
Canada's quality clothing staple, the official outfitter of the 2002 Canadian Winter Olympics Team. Roots is also known for their quality leather goods and accessories. (4229 Village Stroll)
Lush fresh handmade cosmetics offers scented selections of luxury skin, hair, bath, and body treats loaded with natural ingredients like herbs, fruit, flowers and essential oils. The store concept is a cosmetic deli, with soaps piled high on Provencal-style wooden tables like exotic cheeses, and fizzing bath bombs presented around in fruit carts. (#10 - 4308 Main Street)
The Path Gallery is one of Whistler's main resources to see Northwest Coast Salish and First Nations Native artwork. The collection is from artists living on the Pacific Northwest Coast, featuring traditional objects such as jewelry, masks, carved panels, paddles and drums, boxes and contemporary sculpture. All the items are priced by the artist themselves - not the gallery. This puts emphasis on the artist who can best represent the value of the artwork as he/or she sees fit. (122- 4338 Main Street)
The gallery represents internationally-known Canadian artists, featuring the best in oils, acrylics and sculpture. (#109 - 4090 Whistler Way)
Birks is home to the finest jewelry, timepieces and gifts in Canada. Established in 1879, Birks is famous for their precious rings and gorgeous diamonds. (#114 - 4295 Blackcomb Way)
West coast favorite clothier Lululemon offers an array of sleek yoga athletic pants and tops in flat-seamed designs that protect against moisture. The garments are high-quality performance oriented, comfortable and stylish. (#118 - 4151 Village Green)
The Great Glass Elevator has more than a thousand different kinds of every imaginable treat and you can even find imported candy and chocolate from the United Kingdom. (#115 - 4350 Lorimer Road)
Ride the ten person gondolas up to the top of Whistler for breathtaking views. In only twenty minutes, travel more than 6000 feet above sea level with epic views of a snow-capped landscape. Get your cameras ready! Go even higher on Whistler Mountain on the Peak Chair. Rising to an elevation of 7160 feet above sea level, the views are positively spectacular.
In the summer, there are over 45 km of hiking trails on Whistler Mountain, open from July to September depending on snow pack levels. The area is filled with trails, hikes, climbs, and secret pathways that can take you past babbling brooks, over a suspension bridge, and through fields of colorful wildflowers. Some routes are minutes from the Whistler Village, while others take you up to the peaks of snow-capped mountains.
There are also countless options for mountaineering, camping, and nature tours in Whistler, so be sure to drop by the Whistler Activity and Information Center for such information. (4010 Whistler Way)
Whistler is famous for their mountain biking opportunities. There are hundreds of free singletrack and doubletrack bike trails throughout the Whistler valley area, ranging from more technical trails to others offering forest views and mountain scenery.
Whistler's many parks offer abundant possibilities for picnicking, fishing, hiking, camping and alpine encounters with animals. Home to a thriving black bear population, Whistler also features regular sightings of deer, elk, marmot, pika and other wildlife. Naturalists and expert guides are also available to enhance your experience.
Because it is on the migratory route of many bird species, Whistler has the world's highest concentration of Bald Eagles in Brackendale, a 45 min drive south. In addition to the salmon-loving Bald Eagles, you can also catch a glimpse of Hummingbirds, Steller's Jay (the official bird of BC), Ptarmigan or Whiskey Jack, just some birds that inhabit the region year round.
Whistler's European history stretches back to the 1860s with Alta Lake being the original name. "Whistler" was the name later used by settlers because of the shrill whistle sound made by the marmots that live among the rocks in the area.
In 1914, Myrtle and Alex Philip built the Rainbow Lodge on the shores of Alta Lake. In the same year, the Great Pacific Eastern Railway (now BC Rail) reached the area, linking the valley to the outside world. Whistler then becomes a base for logging and mining and the Rainbow Lodge becomes the most popular resort destination west of Banff and Jasper.
In the1950's, other lodges open throughout the valley. The abundant fish stocks make Whistler a summer resort destination long before it is considered a winter one. Winter travel becomes possible when a gravel road to Squamish is carved from the cliffs of Howe Sound.
In 1965, Whistler Mountain finally gets the name "Garibaldi Whistler Mountain". A four person gondola, a double chairlift, two T-bars, and a day lodge are constructed and in the next year, Whistler officially opens for skiing.
In the late 70's, construction begins on the new town centre that will eventually become Whistler Village. Blackcomb Mountain opens in 1980, creating one of the largest ski complexes in North America.
Snow Country Magazine votes Whistler the "Number One Ski Resort in North America" in 1992 and the trend continues for almost a decade, leading to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) pick for Vancouver/Whistler as a Host City for hosting the 2010 Olympic Winter and Paralympic Winter Games.