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Petersen Film Collection: 1955-1975 

The Petersen film collection is comprised from 8mm and super 8mm film shot by Andy and Florence Petersen within the Whistler Area  from 1955-1975. 

Florence and Andy on their wedding day in 1967
Florence and Andy on their wedding day in 1967. 

Longtime Whistler resident "Flossie" Petersen witnessed many changes to the Whistler community throughout its history - evolving from a cottage community to an international resort. Florence, a teacher from Burnaby, and four other teachers bought a cottage on Alta Lake in 1955, where they spent many fun-filled holidays and weekends swimming, hiking, and socializing. You could say they were the first Wave of "weekend warriors" to discover Whistler.

Florence met her husband Andy, a carpenter, at a Saturday night party at Rainbow Lodge and they married in 1967. Florence continued to teach in Burnaby, but spent her weekends with Andy at Alta Lake, until she retired from teaching in 1983 and moved to Whistler permanently.  

Florence and Andy had an incredible impact on the community with Florence serving many years as a marriage commissioner, and Andy being involved with many construction projects such as serving as the building superintendent  at the Rendezvous on Blackcomb during its construction.

The films contained in this collection give a very intimate look at what life was like in Whistler prior to the development of Whistler Mountain in 1965, and the transitional years that followed.

Witsend  c.1955

Driving up to Whistler  1958

Hiking Burnt Stew  1958

Skiing Cypress Lodge (Whistlers first lift)  1960

Alta Lake Train Station 
c. 1958

Skating on Alta Lake c. 1960

Hiking Rainbow Falls c. 1965

Winter Smimming at Alta Lake c. 1965

Sailing Alta Lake c. 1965

Skiing Mount Baker c. 1967

Boating on Alta Lake c. 1970

Bears at the garbage dump near the future site of Whistler Village  1972

Driving by Whistler Creekside  1974

Whistler Easter Parade  1974

Regatta on Alta Lake  1974




This project was made possible in part through:


The Royal BC Museum: Terry Reksten Memorial Fund

work_rbc_logo.jpgThe Fund annually offers an award of $1,000 to a community archives in British Columbia to assist in the work of acquiring, preserving, indexing or disseminating information on the archival documentary heritage of British Columbia in the broadest sense of the word. The award is administered by the Friends of the British Columbia Archives.. For more information click here.

We appreciate your generosity and making this exhibit possible, thank you!

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