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About Us

WitsendGirls2It was the chance for a weekend get-a-way spot that spurred Florence Petersen and four friends to purchase a small cabin at Alta Lake, in the mid 50s.  At the time the valley was a quaint summer fishing resort with only a handful of year-round residents.  In the years following, the valley would transform from its humble beginnings into the internationally renowned four-season resort we know today.  With so much change taking place in the 70s, early pioneer Myrtle Philip and Cypress Lodge owner, Dick Fairhurst confessed to Florence a worry that the early days would soon be forgotten.  Florence eased their fears by promising them that she would somehow ensure that their stories would be remembered and true to her word in 1986, after retiring from school-teaching, Florence kept her promise by starting the Whistler Museum and Archives as a charitable non-profit society.  Over twenty years later Whistler has grown beyond the early trail-blazers’ wildest dreams and the Museum is proud to continue to collect, preserve, and tell the stories of mountain life and the people who live it.



Membership

By becoming a member of the Whistler Museum and Archives, you are supporting heritage in your community.  Your support will allow us to continue to offer the community fantastic services such as exhibit development, educational programming as well as continuing to preserve and protect the Museum’s artifacts.  As a member, not only will you be more involved with your community, but you will also receive a number of benefits. 

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    Listen the Museum's founder, Florence Petersen, talk about starting the museum.

    Mission

    To collect, preserve, document and interpret the natural and human history of mountain life – with an emphasis on Whistler – and to provide a forum in which to present an innovative range of exhibitions and education programs to enrich the lives of residents and guests.

    Vision

    Our (Whistler) Museum will be a leading centre for the collection, preservation, documentation, interpretation and celebration of Whistler’s mountain life.

    Board of Directors 2015/16

    • President - John Hetherington
    • Vice-President – Colin Pitt-Taylor
    • Treasurer – Roger Lundie
    • Trustee – Penny Eder
    • Trustee – Dave Kirk
    • Trustee - Jim Cook
    • Trustee - Andrew Ross
    • Trustee - Mary Murray
    • Trustee - Jinny Ladner
    • Municipal Representative – Andrée Janyk 

    Staff

    • Executive Director and Curator - Bradley Nichols
    • Collections Manager - Alyssa Bruijns
    • Assistant Archivist - Janell Lancaster
    • Community Coordinator - Allyn Pringle
    • Whistler Question Digitization Project Coordinator - John Alexander

    Organization Documents: 

    2014 Annual Report (Available upon request)

    Museum Master Plan (2008)

    Speaker Series: Weasel Workers

    March 15th, 2017
    Our next Speaker Series event will take place Wednesday, March 22.  Join long-serving Weasel Workers Owen Carney, Col...Click here to read more detail about 'Speaker Series: Weasel Workers'

    Kids Après: March Break

    March 6th, 2017
    Kids Après at the museum is back for March break this year!  Come by March 20 - 31 from 3 - 6pm for colouring,...Click here to read more detail about 'Kids Après: March Break'

    Whistler Museum Open House

    February 6th, 2017
    To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the incorporation of the Whistler Museum & Archives Society we will be hosting an...Click here to read more detail about 'Whistler Museum Open House'