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2017 LEGO Building Competition

The competition is sold out for this year! This year marks the 21st annual Building Competition with LEGO bricks. It is open for children under 15 and there are many great prizes to be won! Children are given 45 minutes to create something in their best interpretation of the theme. This year’s theme is “Imagination Transportation”, to showcase how much transportation has changed in the 150 years since Canada’s Confederation. After the time is up, our judges will choose the top three children from each age group to win special prizes. You don’t worry about winning, because every child will walk away with a goody bag full of fun stuff!

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Transportation has always been a crucial factor in history, affecting who visits a place, who stays, and how people live. Every major period in Whistler’s history developed alongside changes to Whistler’s links with the outside world. 150 years ago, the only way to get to Whistler was through the Pemberton Trail, which was winding and dangerous. When pioneers first began making the trek to the valley, about 100 years ago, it took three days. The first day would be spend on a steamboat from Vancouver to Squamish, followed by a three day journey on foot to get to Whistler. After that came the train, and since then cars, bikes, water-planes and many other methods of transportation have made their way into the valley. This year’s theme, therefore, is going to showcase transportation! Old or new, real or imaginary, show us what you think would be the best way to get around. Maybe you think everyone should do as they did back in 1914 and take the train everywhere they go. Otherwise, maybe in your fantasy world, the streets are filled with snow and everyone gets along with skis and snowboards. From horses to spaceships, or even to riding lions, let your imagination run wild!

This year the event will be taking place on August 5th in Florence Petersen Park from 2pm-4pm. 

It is $10 per child, to register please call us at 604-932-2019 or email our Program Coordinator at

We have great prizes from Armchair books, Cows, Escape!, The Great Glass Elevator, and Meadow Park Sports Centre, just to name a few. 

Crafts in the Park 2017

It’s almost time to begin another summer of Crafts in the Park, run collaboratively by both Whistler Museum and the Whistler Public Library! This year, as Canada’s 150th, the theme will be, “A Journey Through Whistler’s History”. Each week will cover a different aspect of how Whistler came to be! The event runs from 11:00 -12:00, every Friday from July 7 – August 18. It will be held in Florence Petersen Park, just in behind the library. The hour will begin with a story and information activity under the story tree, followed by an example and explanation of the craft. It is a drop-in program for all children ages 4-12, with a chaperone present.

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2017 Crafts in the Park Schedule:

Week 1 – July 7th: First Nation’s Traditions

A journey through Whistler’s history could not begin without exploring what Whistler was like thousands of years ago. The Squamish and Lil’wat First Nations have been using Whistler as shared territory for longer than we can imagine. Along with these people, there were also animals, each with its own meaning and connection to the First Nations Culture. We will explore the connections of four animals in particular – Eagle, Bear, Wolf, and Hummingbird – before colouring and completing a headdress of one of the animals. This craft will be tied together with a drumming song, where the kids can be taught to dance like their chosen animal! There will also be a second craft this week for the older children, the slightly more difficult task of completing their very own dream catcher!


Week 2 – July 14th: Beaver Builders

beaver.jpgThe valley itself has always had inhabitants, long before any pioneer settlers arrived. These pioneers were the animals of Whistler, many of which still live here to this day. One of Whistler’s pioneer animals was the beaver. In making the valley their home, beavers made dams along waterways. This changed the landscape for many years to come. Many of the rivers and streams in Whistler are still the way they are because of beavers. For the first craft, we will be creating both pinecone beavers and their paper bag dams to represent these early landscapes.


Week 3 – July 21st: Rustic Rainbow Lodge

Whistler’s most well known original settlers were Myrtle and Alex Philip. They came to Whistler with the dream of opening a fishing lodge – and they did just that! The lodge they build was called Rainbow Lodge, which they opened to the public as a summer’s weekend getaway. This week we will be building our very own Rainbow Lodges. Kids will piece together colourful popsicle sticks right in the middle of their personally designed paper plate landscape.


Week 4 – July 28th: Giddy Up Horsey
horsey.jpgAt the time of the earliest pioneers, getting to Whistler was not easy. In fact, it would take three day to get here from Vancouver. The first day was spent on a steamboat from Vancouver to Squamish, and from there you would have to walk all the way to Whistler, accompanied by a pack horse. To represent this journey, we will be making our very own horse, who can stand all by itself! We will also make a little clothespin rider, because even though the horses weren’t ridden to get to Whistler, once they arrived they sure were!


Week 5 – August 4th: Travel by Train

Travelling to Whistler became a lot easier in 1914 with the introduction of the railway. Instead of 3 days, the trek now took about 9 hours; still a lot more than we are used to in modern times. This railways had major influence on making Whistler the popular resort destination it is today. This craft will entail creating our very own popsicle stick railway, and a train to go along with it.


Week 6 – August 11th: Fun with Fishing

Long before Whistler was a winter skiing destination, people came here for the summertime. Whistler was known for horseback rides in the mountains, and swimming and fishing in the lakes. In fact, the iconic Rainbow Lodge was opened as a fishing lodge. People heard of the “lakes overflowing with fish”, and excitedly made their way to Whistler to stay at the lodge for the weekend. Many people loved it so much that they never left, and from there it grew and developed into this summer and winter town.


Week 7 – August 18th: Bobsled Runners

Franz Wilhelmsen had a dream of opening Whistler mountain in order to host the 1968 Winter Olympic Games. Although that bid was turned down, the dream did not die. On July 3 2003, Whistler and Vancouver won the bid to hold the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. This pushed Whistler to develop even more, such as in building the Whistler Sliding Centre. As the fastest ice track in the world, this track held the bobsleigh, skeleton, and luge events at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. To give a nod to the Olympics as part of Whistler’s more recent history, the final craft will be to make our very own cup bobsleds and a pipe-cleaner rider.

Join us for some summer-time fun!


Speaker Series: The life and times of Neal Carter


In conjunction with our current temporary exhibit showcasing photographs from the historic 1923 Carter-Townsend Mountaineering exhibition, this event will showcase the life & times of Neal Carter. For nearly half a century, Neal Carter explored the vast Coast Mountain wilderness. garnering dozens of first ascents. and discovering up whole regions of unexplored backcountry for the enjoyment of future generations.

More than just a climber, Neal Carter also had a wide-ranging professional career in hydrology, cartography, marine biology, and geographical nomenclature. We are extremely fortunate to have none other than Karl Ricker, a local legend in his own right who knew Neal Carter personally, speaking about Carter’s wide-ranging personal and professional accomplishments.


From the Carter Collection: The view south from Wedge to our familiar W-B backcountry.: (l to r) Overlord, Pattison, Davidson, Castle Towers, and Decker.

Karl’s talk will be followed by a presentation by Whistler Museum Programs Manager Jeff Slack, showcasing a selection of gorgeous photographs from Neal Carter’s 1923 mountaineering expedition in Garibaldi Park, adding stories and context along the way.

As a bonus, we will also be screening a compilation of Neal Carter’s home videos from several other pioneering mountain expeditions throughout the Coast Mountains. This video was recently made available to us by Neal Carter’s daughter, Louise Schmidt, and has never been screened publicly.


Impressive solitude near Whistler’s peak.

Where: Whistler Museum

When: Wednesday December 7. Doors at 6, Show at 7pm.

Tickets: $10, $5 for Museum members and Club Shred.

For tickets and more info call 604-932-2019.

Big Kids LEGO Competition 2016

Our annual Big Kids LEGO Building Competition is back!  This year’s theme (Creative Solutions to Whistler Living) is sure to inspire some fascinating creations.  There are only 25 spots for competitors so be sure to register soon by dropping by the museum or giving us a call at 604-932-2019.  Building begins at 6:30 pm and spectators are encouraged!


A huge thanks to our sponsors for the amazing prizes:

  • Scandinave Spa Whistler
  • Nesters Market
  • Peaked Pies

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