Visitors to Whistler Village and beyond are able to more easily navigate their way as well as explore cultural venues, thanks to two projects undertaken in recent years to enhance the visitor experience.
The Wayfinding and Cultural Connector projects are nearing completion, after both being launched four years ago. Both projects were also funded through the Province of British Columbia’s Resort Municipality Initiative.
“These two projects have elevated the visitor experience in Whistler, and it is now hard to imagine Whistler without them,” said Whistler Mayor Jack Crompton. “The enhanced signage is consistent with best practice in both its design and its breadth, and the Cultural Connector has certainly further promoted Whistler’s cultural offerings to our guests, as well as our residents.”
“Through the Resort Municipality Initiative, our government provides funding that supports a wide range of projects to help resort communities like Whistler attract visitors year-round,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. “I’m impressed with Whistler’s Wayfinding and Cultural Connector projects, which will definitely add to its world-class visitor experience.”
The Wayfinding project will celebrate a major milestone this December, when two new gateway signs are installed at the entrance to Lorimer Road and Village Gate Boulevard.
After the signs are installed, the project will be substantially complete.
The project was launched to help visitors navigate the resort and promote safeness and secureness within the guest experience. The project was undertaken by the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) in collaboration with a broad range of resort stakeholders.
Following a master planning process, new signs, banners and portals were installed no the Village Stroll and municipal parking lots in 2016 and 2017. New signage was then installed along the Valley Trail and major parks. The new gateway signs mark the last major component of the Wayfinding project.
Once complete, hundreds of new signs, banners and portals will have been installed throughout the Whistler area.
In addition, this year the RMOW updated several maps to further help guests get around.
- Summer Valley Trail Map, including a companion small tear-away map provided to guests through Village Hosts and the Visitor Information Centre.
- Off-road recreational trail maps, also available at select trailheads.
Learn more at whistler.ca/wayfinding
The Cultural Connector also marked a major milestone this fall with the completion of enhancements adjacent to the Whistler Skate Park and Whistler Fitzsimmons Bike Park. This included infrastructure upgrades like the adding potable water and electrical services as well as safety improvements on the nearby Valley Trail.
These enhancements added to the refinements undertaken earlier this year, including installing the Thunderbird First Nations public art piece on the Upper Village Stroll, refinishing the two Full Circle murals below the Blackcomb Way overpass, improving the sidewalk along Chateau Boulevard and upgrades to the Valley Trail between the Whistler Skate Park and the Village Centre/Upper Village.
Future work is planned for outside the PassivHaus at the entrance to Lost Lake Park. Details will be forthcoming.
Started in 2014, the Cultural Connector is a scenic pathway through Whistler Village and to the Upper Village that links significant cultural institutions and public art pieces. The project was launched to complement the Audain Art Museum and the Timeless Circle public art piece by Susan Point.
Learn more at whistler.ca/culturalconnector
Thanks to Resort Municipality Initiative
Both the Wayfinding and Cultural Connector projects were made possible by the Resort Municipality Initiative – with the Cultural Connector also funded in part by BikeBC.
A revenue source for eligible resort municipalities since 2006, RMI funding has been invested in a range of programs and services that support and help grow tourism in Whistler.
“Resort Municipality Initiative funding from the Province of British Columbia has been the foundation for many projects that have helped to build and enhance Whistler’s tourism experience,” added the Mayor. “It is one factor that has enabled us to continue to contribute 25 per cent of British Columbia’s tourism economy.”