The Resort Municipality of Whistler is currently studying a potential new well supply source located along the Valley Trail (between Rainbow Park and Lorimer Road). Read more.
Freedom of the Municipality
The Freedom of the Resort Municipality of Whistler is the highest honour a council can bestow.
The Freedom of the Municipality honours citizens for their outstanding contributions to the community, and in practical terms gives the recipient the right to vote in Whistler elections regardless of property ownership or residency in Whistler.
A council may, by unanimous vote, confer freedom of the municipality on a distinguished person or a distinguished unit of the armed forces of Canada or another nation.
Current recipients include:
- Joan Richoz – had a vision for the development of the Whistler Public Library, where she was the first librarian
- Drew Meredith – former Whistler mayor
- Jim Godfrey – Former RMOW chief administrative officer, who served on the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) board of directors and helped secure Whistler's pivotal role in the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
- Garry Watson – one of Whistler’s original council members
- Al Raine – one of Whistler’s original council members
Past recipients include:
- Florence Peterson – founded the Whistler Museum and Archives and has authored several books about Whistler’s past
- Myrtle Philip – Whistler’s pioneer settler, established the iconic Rainbow Lodge and the Alta Lake School Board
- Pat Carleton – one of Whistler’s original council members
- Franz Wilhelmsen – helped to bring the ski industry to Whistler and was the president of the Garibaldi Lifts Ltd. and Whistler Mountain Ski Corporation
- Trevor Roote – guided the first phase of the Valley Trail and parks construction
- Chester Johnson – contributed significantly towards the development of Whistler as Whistler Land Corporation Chairman
- Resort Municipality of Whistler bestows special honour on Jim Godfrey – October 5, 2010
- Whistler residents receive the Freedom of the Municipality – June 4, 2012