It 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.
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.
Our (Whistler) Museum will be a leading centre for the collection, preservation, documentation, interpretation and celebration of Whistler’s mountain life.
Board of Directors 2019/20
- President - John Hetherington
- Vice-President – Colin Pitt-Taylor
- Treasurer – Roger Lundie
- Trustee – Dave Kirk
- Trustee - Roger McCarthy
- Trustee - Andrew Ross
- Trustee - Mary Murray
- Trustee - Jinny Ladner
- Trustee - Kathy Macalister
- Municipal Representative – Cathy Jewett
- Executive Director and Curator - Bradley Nichols
- Head Archivist & Collections Manager - Alyssa Bruijns
- Events & Community Manager - Allyn Pringle
- Discover Nature Coordinator- Kristina Swerhun
2019 Annual Report (Available upon request)
Museum Master Plan (2008)