Whistler's Great Outdoors Festival Launches May 16-19, 2014

Publication Date: 
February 19, 2014 - 8:00am

Whistler’s summer event calendar just got a boost with a new festival kicking off the season on the Victoria Day Long Weekend, May 16-19, 2014. GO Fest, Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival, funded by the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) through the Province of British Columbia’s Resort Municipality Initiative, will celebrate the unique time of year in Whistler when people can choose their own adventure, whether it be winter or summer themed pursuits.

“I am thrilled to see the creation of GO Fest on the Victoria Day Long Weekend,” said Whistler Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden. “Whistler has a robust calendar of events and festivals and adding a festival in May will further strengthen Whistler’s year-round offerings. May is one of the best months of the year to participate in all the activities that make Whistler an amazing destination, and we are working with the festival producers to present a four-day schedule of active programming that celebrates Whistler’s great outdoors and the convergence of winter and summer recreation activities.”

The Victoria Day Long Weekend has long been the launch of summer activities in Whistler with golf courses opening their greens, the mountain bike trails and Whistler Mountain Bike Park reclaiming their turf, and skiers and snowboarders getting their last spring turns on Whistler Blackcomb’s high alpine slopes. The challenge in experiencing Whistler in May is simply deciding what to do first.

While GO Fest’s schedule of events is still being finalized, participation, education and inspiration will be cornerstones for the family-friendly programming. The festival producers have revealed The Great Snow-Earth-Water race, last held in Whistler more than 20 years ago, will make a comeback on Sunday, May 18 as one of the anchor events. The exact format and route of the race is not yet finalized but it will stay true to its roots as a multisport, team relay featuring snow, earth and water.

“The details for GO Fest are coming together quickly and we anticipate, in addition to the Great Snow-Earth-Water Race, we will have a mass participation event designed for a broader range of fitness on the Saturday, as well as other scheduled events over the weekend showcasing exciting, higher level of competition for both competitors and spectators to enjoy,” said Darren Kinnaird, General Manager of Crankworx Events Inc., the production company to which the RMOW awarded the contract to produce the inaugural GO Fest, Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival.

The development of GO Fest during the Victoria Day Long Weekend is part of the RMOW’s Festival, Events and Animation program and is one component of the larger May Long Weekend Initiative.

More information about GO Fest, Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival, will be available as soon as the schedule of events is finalized. Check back at www.greatoutdoorsfest.com.

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About GO Fest, Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival

The inaugural GO Fest, Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival, will take place May 16-19, 2014 in the Resort Municipality of Whistler, located in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia 125 kilometres (78 miles) from Vancouver, British Columbia. GO Fest celebrates the convergence of winter and summer in North America’s premier four season mountain resort. Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival is an initiative of the RMOW and is funded through the Resort Municipality Initiative. The contract to produce the festival has been awarded to Crankworx Events Inc.

For more information, visit www.greatoutdoorsfest.com.

Whistler’s Festival, Events and Animation Program

Celebration has always been an important aspect of Whistler culture as was highlighted during the 2010 Winter Games when the community presented the most outstanding display of sport, entertainment and culture the town had ever seen. The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) and resort partners have continued to build on this momentum by coming together to develop quality year-round, programming to help ensure Whistler offers a non-stop line-up of festivals, events and resort animation. Complementing the many great events the resort has become known for, the Festivals, Events and Animation (FE&A) program showcases a variety of events, concerts and lively village entertainment for all ages. The FE&A program is financed by the funds it receives from the Province of British Columbia’s Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) designed to invest in programs and projects to build tourism in the province. The program is overseen by the FE&A Oversight Committee, which is comprised of staff members from the RMOW and Tourism Whistler, a community member at large and one member of Whistler Council.

The Resort Municipality of Whistler

The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is Whistler’s local government led by an elected council and administered by an executive team and staff on behalf of approximately 10,000 residents and 2.5 million annual visitors. The RMOW manages municipal planning and development, park and Village operations, sports facilities and recreation, public utilities and environmental services, bylaws and enforcement, fire rescue, fiscal planning and financial services, legislative services, human resources, communications and the administration of the Whistler2020 Comprehensive Sustainability Plan and Whistler’s Official Community Plan. The RMOW collaborates with in-resort and external partners to create visitor experiences and enrich community life.

Whistler’s vision is to be the premier mountain resort community as it moves toward sustainability. Whistler was the proud Host Mountain Resort for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Media Inquiries

Michelle Leroux, GO Fest, Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival
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Resort Municipality of Whistler Communications
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