The Whistler Museum offers a number of different historical educational programs. The following is an overview of current program offerings. Advanced booking is required for some programs.
Valley of Dreams Walking Tour
On the Whistler Museum’s Valley of Dreams Walking Tour, you’ll uncover the pioneer history of Alta Lake, tales behind the mountain development, and the stories behind Whistler’s journey to the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. The tour is approximately one hour long and is for all ages. Walking Tours begin at 11 am daily in July and August and each tour is led by a Whistler local, each with their own personal knowledge of Whistler’s story to add. Meeting at the Visitor Information Centre on Gateway Dr., these tours are offered by donation. Tours are limited to 10 participants.
Nature Walking Tour – [Video guided]
Launching July 1, our guided nature walking tours will be offered digitally this year. This online tour corresponds with numbered, designated locations along the Nature Trail that starts at Lost Lake PassivHaus and includes video and images related to Whistler’s rich natural history. For more information visit http://www.whistlermuseum.org/naturewalk.
Discover Nature at Lost Lake Park
This “pop up” museum explores Whistler’s unique natural history and includes visual displays* and on-site interpreters. Different themes and aspects of Whistler’s natural history are rotated and explored daily. Discover Nature will rotate to different parks throughout Whistler (location schedule to be announced), Mondays through Thursdays ** in July and August. 10 am – 4 pm.
*We plan to have “no touch” tables this year, but will be focusing on visual interpretation **Number of days per week may change
Crafts in the Park
Crafts in the Park is going virtual this summer! The Whistler Museum and the Whistler Public Library have teamed up again to present Crafts FROM the Park, offering a different craft every week from July 11 through August 22. Each Saturday we will share a video filmed in Florence Petersen Park to share a little about Whistler’s history and lead you through a craft project. You’ll find the video on Facebook and on the Library and Museum’s websites. Families can sign up to receive weekly craft supply packages (email firstname.lastname@example.org to register) and we will also share the craft supply list for each week. Please note that these crafts may require some parental assistance!
Find each week’s craft here: www.whistlermuseum.org/crafts_in_the_park/
In January 2011, the Museum began running a monthly Speaker Series. These events typically take place in January, February, March, April, and May. With a great line-up of speakers, you won’t want to miss out. Please check under Events for information on current Speaker Series events.
Programs Currently on hold
Mountain Bike Heritage Week
In celebration of the trails, talent, and passion that makes mountain biking in Whistler special, the Whistler Museum hosts the annual Whistler Mountain Bike Heritage Week each spring! Events include a classic film screening, workshops, retro bike Show and Shine, and Speaker Series on topics related to mountain biking. Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Whistler Mountain Bike Heritage Week has been postponed.
This program is a great chance to bring the whole family by the museum to learn something new about Whistler’s history, enjoy free hot chocolate, add your own colour to archival images, and take home a unique button (magnet or pin) created by you! Entry is free. Program runs at various dates during the winter months. Check events for more information.
The museum offers a multimedia slideshow presentation which focuses on the history of the development of Whistler Village, in conjunction with the events surrounding the history of Whistler’s Olympic bids. Presentations are facilitated by long-term local Whistlerites and can be held either at the museum or at an off-site location.
School Programs and Teacher Resources
e School programs are offered to classes and schools and can either be facilitated at the museum or within the classrooms. A combination of instructional and interactive techniques ensures an entertaining and educational experience for participants of all ages, grade levels, and learning styles. All materials, handouts, and activities are available to instructors as teacher resources.