The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) recognizes the value in Whistler’s rich heritage and natural history.
Whistler’s Heritage Strategy & Plan is currently in development. When complete, the RMOW anticipates that Whistler’s Heritage Plan will include a Community Heritage Register which will formally identify things that matter to Whistler residents – including places, structures, natural features, and traditions – and will acknowledge their importance to the community with statements of significance.
In advance of Whistler’s Heritage Plan and the anticipated Community Heritage register, the RMOW is keeping a close watch and, when necessary, conducting repairs on several historical structures on municipal property including the Rainbow Lodge cabins in Rainbow Park, the lodge at Cypress Point, and the original Alta Lake school all of which are among the oldest buildings in Whistler.
Public education initiatives to help promote the preservation of Whistler’s heritage and natural history include:
- Interpretive panels. Whistler has over a hundred outdoor interpretive panels throughout the resort that share stories about the area’s natural history and human heritage. These allow for self-guided discovery of Whistler that is weather independent. The interpretive panels are being updated over a period of five years (from 2018 to 2022). Updates range from refining text and images to wholesale changes with new text, illustrations and historical photos.
- Whistler 101 Lectures. A series of educational lectures are being developed for 2019 and beyond to provide Whistler residents and seasonal workers with a deeper understanding of Whistler’s geodiversity, biodiversity, heritage including First Nations, and the arts. These lectures will be similar to the Quest Lecture How Volcanoes and Glaciers Shaped Our Land hosted by the Whistler Public Library in partnership with the RMOW on November 14, 2018.
Establishing a Geopark
The Sea to Sky Region is home to many beautiful and rare geologic features.
To promote the natural history in the area, the RMOW is exploring developing a Fire & Ice Geopark.
A geopark is an area containing sites of geological importance to foster conservation and public awareness.
The Sea to Sky landscape has unique landforms and features found in few places on earth as a result of the interplay of glaciation, volcanism and plate tectonics. Landslides, avalanches, floods, earthquakes and restless volcanoes continue to define both its physical and human geography.
The establishment of a geopark in Whistler would include locations in close proximity to the Sea-to-Sky Trail and Highway 99. Details will be forthcoming.