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Whistler Museum 2019: Year in Review

This was a highly successful year for the Whistler Museum & Archives Society. The museum continues, with the help of the Board of Trustees, staff, and volunteers, to preserve, protect, and interpret Whistler’s history.

Over the course of 2019, the museum welcomed 14,410 exhibit visitors. This is an increase of 1,552 people or 12.6% over 2018. In addition to exhibit visits, WMAS attracted a further 905 people to our building through programs and events. WMAS also held a number of events and programs outside the museum, which attracted approximately 9,486 people. In total, the museum provided services to approximately 2,480 individuals. This marks the busiest year in the museum’s history for the fifth year in a row.

The museum expanded many of its programs in 2019, including the ever-popular Discover Nature program. This program, which ran through July and August in Lost Lake Park, offered a chance for locals and visitors to learn about Whistler’s rich biodiversity through the use of touch tables and face-to-face engagements with our knowledgable and dedicated interpreters. This year we were able to expand the program by an additional day to five days a week, Monday to Friday, and our scheduled nature walks were expanded from June to August, seven days a week.

The touch table at Discover Nature in the summer.

We had another strong year for other events and programs as well, including established favourites like our Valley of Dreams historical walking tours, Speaker Series events, numerous children’s crafts such as Crafts in the Park, our annual LEGO Building Competition, and Mountain Bike Heritage Week.

The museum continued to develop special exhibitions throughout the year. In 2019, these included Finding a Place: A History of Housing in Whistler and Construction of Whistler Village: 1978 – 1984. These temporary exhibits give the museum a chance to explore and present aspects of Whistler’s history that are not part of our permanent exhibit, and to use assets from the museum’s ever-expanding archival and artefact collection.

One of the highlights of 2019 was the Legends of Whistler Speaker Series that was hosted in conjunction with the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) and the Whistler Public Library. This three-part event was moderated by Mayor Jack Crompton and featured special guests sharing their own stories and knowledge of Whistler’s history.

Eldon Beck and Drew Meredith speak at the event on the development of Whistler Village.

Speakers included a cross-section of Whistler’s community, including former mayors, Olympians, former Whistler and Blackcomb managers, artists, librarians, musicians, and developers. Subjects ranged from development of Whistler Mountain during the 1960s, the design of Whistler Village, the life of a professional athlete in Whistler, Whistler’s cultural sector, and the Whistler and Blackcomb merger.

Eldon Beck, the architect of Whistler Village, spoke during one of the events and expressed his thoughts on the events in an email to the museum stating, “It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me. I felt an attachment to early Whistler never realized before, very special.”

I would like to take a moment to thank our funders and supporters: the RMOW, the Province of British Columbia, the Community Foundation of Whistler, American Friends of Whistler, Canadian Heritage, and our museum members for their continued support over the years.

I would also like to say a special thank you to everyone who has visited our exhibits, attended our events, read our Pique column, followed us on social media, and otherwise helped spread the word about Whistler’s fascinating people and history. We look forward to seeing you in 2020 (maybe at our first Speaker Series on Wedneday, January 29, where we will screen Pro Patrol, Curtis Petersen’s 1980 short documentary on ski patrol on Whistler Mountain, followed by a talk on changes in ski patrol and mountain safety with Roger McCarthy, Brian Leighton, and Bruce Watt.)

The 2019 Building Competition with LEGO Bricks!

Back by popular demand (and because it’s just so fun!), this year will mark the 23rd Annual Building Competition with LEGO Bricks!

This year’s theme is “What makes Whistler awesome to me?”  Basically, you can build anything that you thinks makes Whistler awesome.  Maybe you think bears are awesome, or marmot, or fishing, hiking, skiing or biking – anything you think is awesome goes!

Every participant will walk away with a treat-filled goody bag and you might even win one of our amazing prizes, generously donated by Whistler businesses!

The competition will be held on Saturday, August 10 from 2-4pm.  In Florence Petersen Park.  Kids ages 3 and up are welcome!

We fill up every year, so register now!  $10 per kid, payable by cash or credit.  Contact us at 604-932-2019 or events [@] whistlermuseum.org.

Big Kids LEGO Building Competition 2017

You’re never too old for LEGO building!  Our annual Big Kids LEGO Building Competition is back on Tuesday, December 5.  This year’s theme is “Build Your Dream Backcountry Hut (or Campsite)”, so start thinking about what you’d like to see in your own hut!

There are only 25 spots for competitors so preregistration is encouraged.  You can drop by the Museum to reserve your spot or give us a call at 604-932-2019.  Building begins at 6:30 pm and spectators are encouraged!  Registration is $10 and includes 1 drink ticket. 19+.

A huge thanks to our amazing sponsors for prizes:

  • Scandinave Spa Whistler
  • Escape Route
  • Nesters Market

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 programcoord@whistlermuseum.org.

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

LEGO Comp 2016 Recap

This past Saturday, we were once again overjoyed to welcome a horde of excited children to the museum as we hosted our 20th annual LEGO-building competition. We had wonderful summer weather, so held it outside at Florence Peteresen Park, a decision that everyone seemed happy about.

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This year’s theme was “What connects you to Whistler?” Although some competitors built railways and cars in a literal interpretation of the theme, we weren’t surprised that most designs ended up portraying the children’s favourite past times and activities, things like skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding, even zip-lining.

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Winner of the 12+ category at yesterday’s LEGO competition was this zip line (it actually worked, too). Unbeknownst to him, 1st prize included a zip line tour with Ziptrek.

 

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Judge Jack Crompton checking out some of the creations at the 6-8 table.

The final results were as follows:

Ages 5 and under:

  1. Kirra Jamieson
  2. John Martindale
  3. Elliot Durham

Ages 6-8:

  1. Isaac Purcell
  2. Hunter Guthrie
  3. Jake Dean

Ages 9-11:

  1. Kenta Okochi
  2. Sydney Guthrie
  3. Zach Durnin

Ages 12 & up:

  1. William Davies
  2. Colin Clark
  3. Harley Dundas
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Waiting to find out the winners.

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A bunny tower from the Duplo table.

 

Big thanks to our judges: Municipal Councillor Jack Crompton, Cathryn Atkinson from Pique Newsmagazine, Jeanette Bruce from the Whistler Public Library, and the Whistler Museum’s own Michaela Sawyer.

The level of support this event receives from the local business community is always wonderful. This year we received prizes and other support from Avalanche Pizza, the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Escape Whistler, Prior Skis & Snowboards, The Old spaghetti Factory, The Adventure Group, Resort Municipality of Whistler, Marketplace IGA, Whoola Toys, Hatley, Armchair Books, Imagine Cinema, Cows, and more!

And of course, a big thanks to all of the competitors (and their supporters) for coming out and sharing your creativity. See you next year!

… And for the “Big Kids” out there who want to play with LEGO too, fret not. We will once again be holding our “Big Kids LEGO Comp” in November.

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Whistler Museum’s 18th Annual LEGO Building Competition

It’s finally here, our 18th annual LEGO Building Competition! Happening next Saturday, August 9th, from 2-4pm. 50 kids will participate and anyone aged 3-12 is welcome. Only $5 per child.

This year’s theme is “What makes Whistler Awesome?” Essentially, you can build something, anything, that makes Whistler awesome to you. Perhaps you think bears are awesome, marmots, fishing, hiking, skiing—anything goes!

LEGO Building Competition, 2013.

LEGO Building Competition, 2013.

This year we’ve got tons of great prizes from Armchair Books, Whoola Toys, Fun for Kids Clothing and Accessories, TAG – The Adventure Group, Meadow Park Sports Centre, Village 8 Cinema, Prior, Fathom Stone Studios, Great Glass Elevator and Peekaboo Beans.

This event sells out in advance every year, so to avoid disappointment, stop by the museum or give us a call at 604.932.2019. Because of the event’s popularity, we cannot reserve spots without payment.

Last year's LEGO competitors!

Last year’s competitors!

We can’t wait to see all of the marvellous LEGO creations of awesomeness to come!

17th Annual LEGO Competition: August 10th

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It’s back. For the 17th straight summer the Whistler Museum will be opening its doors for a day of pandemonium (the good kind) as we welcome 50 kids to take part in our annual LEGO-building competition. It’s all going down on Saturday August 10th, from 2-4pm.

August is Bear Month at the Whistler Museum, so our LEGO theme is “What if YOU were a Whistler Bear?” Essentially, this means you can build something, anything, but it should be from a bear’s perspective. You can build the ultimate bear den, you can show you and your bear friends having a picnic, a car designed specifically for bears, whatever you want!

It’s only $5 per child, and is open for all children from ages 3-12. This year we’ve got tons of great prizes from Armchair Books, Whoola Toys, Cows, Earls, Marketplace IGA, Lush, Fun for Kids Clothing and Accessories, Caramba, TAG – The Adventure Group, Meadow Park Sports Centre, Village 8 Cinema, Prior, Creekbread, Fathom Stone Studios, Boston Pizza, Whistler Grocery Store, The Old Spaghetti Factory, and Blenz.

This event sells out in advance every year, so to avoid disappointment, stop by the museum or give us a call at 604.932.2019. Because of the event’s popularity, we cannot reserve spots without payment.

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