— Joseph B. Wirthlin
Welcome to Whistler. We hope you enjoy our summer 2017 issue. This is indeed a milestone year for Canada, an opportunity to showcase and celebrate all that we proudly proclaim as “Canadian” — from history and culture to art and our unique Canadian cuisine.
Though Whistler resort is significantly younger than the Canada that celebrates 150 years of Confederation in 2017, we have a proud and treasured history, one that is of great interest to visitors from around the globe. As a tribute, we present a brief insight into the history of early settlers in what is now known as Whistler Valley (“Parallel Histories — Whistler and Western Canada,” p. 24), and encourage you to explore preserved vestiges of the past and glimpses of how our future, and continued growth and success, are being built upon the dreams of those early visionaries.
Our long summer days inspire us to enjoy the abundant choices of recreation that have put Whistler on the tourism map, both in North America and around the world. Many of these activities helped shape Whistler as we know it, and became well- known long before the resort was recognized as a world- class winter destination. Our mountains, lakes and rivers beckon us to explore the beauty that surrounds us (“Whistler — A Trail Runner’s Playground,” p. 30 and “Upgrading the Mountain Hiking Experience,” p. 36), and calls to those who perhaps seek the thrill and adrenaline of a once- in- a- lifetime experience (“Feel the Rush of Rolling Thunder,” p. 40).
Dining in Whistler is a prominent part of any visit, and this summer many of our top chefs and bartenders invite you to experience their take on Canadian influences with featured dishes and cocktails (“Cuisine that says ‘ Canada’,” p. 56 and “Distinctly Canadian Cocktails,” p. 60.)
Your vacation can often be busy with adventure but your body also deserves some relaxation and rejuvenation, so take the time to recharge (“Revitalizing Your Body and Soul,” p. 76); and remember: adventure in Whistler doesn’t have to be high impact. Reflection and awareness through art is also an experience not to be missed (“Exploring Contemporary Art in Whistler,” p. 82 and “An Audain Art Museum Special Exhibition,” p. 22.).
This summer, get out and appreciate all that Whistler and the Sea to Sky Corridor offer and revel in the emotion of the present as it happens, creating memories that you and your family will long remember.
We look forward to welcoming you again soon. Thank you for sharing this issue with us. Your next adventure awaits.