We had an amazing day yesterday at the Multicultural Festival! The festival included crafts, games, entertainment, and cultural food and product stands. We had the pleasure of hearing some phenomenal vocals from a few young performers and watching gorgeous ethnic dancers—all while enjoying exotic food from the various tents set up in Florence Petersen Park. There is no doubt that the festival was a huge success and a great time for people of all ages. Until next year!
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On Friday June 13th the Multicultural Festival will be held in the Florence Petersen Park between the Whistler Library and the Whistler Museum. This event is a delightful way to learn about the many corners of the world the people of Whistler have originated.
The festival is free and open to the public. There will be performances, food, music, games, and arts and crafts all happening between 4 and 8pm.
A group from the SLCC perform during the opening of the 2013 Multicultural Festival. Photo courtesy of the Whistler Multicultural Network.
Whistler has always been a place for people from all over the world. It has developed into what we see today through the multicultural influences of not only its first settlers – such as Myrtle and Alex Philip, who were Americans from Maine, and Polish John Millar – but also everyone who has followed in their footsteps.
Myrtle hunting at Mahood Lake.
This includes individuals such as Billy Bailiff a trapper from Cumberland, England who wrote about the importance of preserving Whistler’s environment in the local newsletter.
And then in later years, skiing was brought to the valley by a variety of people, many of which came from European countries where skiing was a popular sport – such as Switzerland and Austria. A great example of this is Franz Wilhelmsen, a Norwegian who became the first President of Whistler Mountain.
The Whistler Museum will be open by donation for the duration of the Multicultural Festival.
Franz Wilhelmsen (left) at the top of Whistler looking toward the peak.