GET CUL­TUR­ALLY CON­NECTED

Whistler Traveller Magazine - - RAVES & FAVES -

Al­though a lot of Whistler’s ac­tiv­i­ties are adren­a­line-fu­elled, there’s an­other side to this moun­tain re­sort that in­vites you to slow down, take a minute, and breathe in the beauty around you. If you calm the pace you’ll no­tice that Whistler has 55 pub­lic art pieces scat­tered around the val­ley, hid­den in forested groves, dec­o­rat­ing path­ways, and adorn­ing bridges and build­ings. The com­plete list can be found at whistler.ca/pub­li­cart or you can ex­plore Art Whistler’s Cul­ture Maps for lo­cally cu­rated, self-guided walk­ing routes in the Vil­lage, and art-filled bike ride or drive sug­ges­tions in the wider val­ley. You might also see yel­low ban­ners flut­ter­ing in the breeze, di­a­mond-pat­terned cross­walks, and bright yel­low chairs — these are the mark­ers for the Cul­tural Con­nec­tor, a path­way that links six of Whistler’s arts and cul­ture venues. These in­clude the Squamish Lil’wat Cul­tural Cen­tre, Pas­sivHaus, Au­dain Art Mu­seum, Maury Young Arts Cen­tre, Whistler Pub­lic Li­brary and the Whistler Mu­seum. Each venue has its own events cal­en­dar with the Maury Young Arts Cen­tre, home of Arts Whistler, act­ing as a hub. All the arts and cul­ture news in Whistler is then col­lated for the com­mu­nity in a free, sea­sonal pub­li­ca­tion called the Arts Scene. artswhistler.com An­other fas­ci­nat­ing way to learn about Whistler’s her­itage is to join a long-time Whistler lo­cal on the Whistler Mu­seum’s Val­ley of Dreams Walk­ing Tour, which de­parts daily at 11 a.m. through­out June, July and Au­gust from the Whistler Vis­i­tor Cen­tre. Hear tales of the pi­o­neers, the moun­tains and Whistler sto­ries from the 2010 Win­ter Olympic and Par­a­lympic Games. All tours are by do­na­tion, are easy to walk and ap­prox­i­mately one-hour long. whistler­mu­seum.org

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