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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 1950s.  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 1970s, 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.  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 and educational programming, as well as continuing to preserve and protect the Museum’s archives and artefacts.  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 2018/19

    • President - John Hetherington
    • Vice-President – Colin Pitt-Taylor
    • Treasurer – Roger Lundie
    • Trustee – Dave Kirk
    • Trustee - Jim Cook
    • Trustee - Andrew Ross
    • Trustee - Mary Murray
    • Trustee - Jinny Ladner
    • Trustee - Kathy Macalister
    • Municipal Representative – Cathy Jewett

    Staff

    • Executive Director and Curator - Bradley Nichols
    • Collections Manager - Alyssa Bruijns
    • Events & Community Manager - Allyn Pringle
    • Discover Nature Coordinator- Kristina Swerhun

    Organization Documents: 

    2016 Annual Report (Available upon request)

    Museum Master Plan (2008)

    Whistler Museum Closures April 2019

    April 13th, 2019
    The Whistler Museum will be closed Friday, April 19.  We will also be closing early at 3pm on Tuesday, April 16 for a...Click here to read more detail about 'Whistler Museum Closures April 2019'

    Whistler's Lakes: Records of Environmental Change

    April 2nd, 2019
    Thursday, April 11 Dr Ian Spooner will be at the museum to show how lake sediment records are obtained and analyzed and di...Click here to read more detail about 'Whistler's Lakes: Records of Environmental Change'

    Whistler's World Cups: From Fiasco to Fiesta

    March 20th, 2019
    Thursday, March 28 Rob Boyd and Alex Kleinman will join us at the museum to talk about what went into putting on these rac...Click here to read more detail about 'Whistler's World Cups: From Fiasco to Fiesta'