Crafts in the Park is back! Each week we partner with the Whistler Public Library to present a story and craft in Florence Petersen Park. This year’s theme is “When I Was In Whistler, I Saw…” and each week will feature a different animal, activity or object that could be seen in Whistler, either in the present or in the past!
Crafts in the Park runs on Wednesdays from 11am-noon. It is a drop-in program for all children ages 4-12, with a chaperone present.
Week 1: July 10
Have you ever seen a beaver in Whistler? In making their home in the valley, beavers made dams along waterways and 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 our first craft, we’ll be creating cone beavers and paper bag dams.
Week 2: July 17
Traveling to Whistler became a lot easier in 1914 with the arrival of the Pacific Great Eastern Railway. Instead of 3 days, the trek from Vancouver now took about 9 hours (still a lot longer than we’re used to today). The railway had a major influence on making Whistler a popular resort destination, and we’ll be making our very own train engines in any colours you want.
Week 3: July 24
For this week, we’ll be collaborating with the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre to make animal headbands!
Week 4: July 31
Alta Lake became a popular fishing destination in 1914 and people caught many different kinds of fish. Just like those early visitors, we’ll be making our own mini fishing rods and fish. You’ll even be able to catch these fish with your rod, and fish can be designed however you want!
Week 5: August 7
Before the train came to Whistler, it took 3 days to reach Alta lake. The first day was spent on a steamboat from Vancouver to Squamish, and from there you would have to walk all the to Whistler, accompanied by a pack horse. When fishing lodges began opening on Alta Lake, some lodges kept stables and would take guests on rides around the valley. This week we’ll be making our very own horse, who can stand all by itself! For ambitious crafters, we’ll also be making clothespin riders.
Week 6: August 14
Sailing has been popular in Whistler for over 100 years and Alta Lake residents enjoyed taking all kids of boats out in the summer. We’ll be making our own sailboats out of sponges, corks and paper. Just like real boats, these really do float!
Week 7: August 21
While Whistler is very well known for its winter sports, in the summer mountain biking takes over the town. This week we’ll be making pipe-cleaner bikes and bikers!
Week 8: August 28
Downhill skiing came to Whistler in the 1960s and has been wildly popular ever since. Snowboarding was introduced to the hills in the 1980s, and now both sports are found on the mountains each winter. We’ll be making our very own skiers and snowboarders this week, as we look forward to another snowy winter!
We look forward to seeing you on Wednesdays!