The Cultural Connector experience is moving from vision to reality – with construction moving ahead on the physical elements of the scenic pathway and bikeway.
Once complete, the multi-year project will link significant cultural institutions in Whistler and cement Whistler’s emergence as a vibrant cultural destination.
Features on the Cultural Connector include the Audain Art Museum, Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, Maury Young Arts Centre, Whistler Public Library, Whistler Museum, Lost Lake PassivHaus, and public art sculptures and installations. This project will enhance the physical and virtual linkage between these facilities.
“The Cultural Connector is one of several cultural tourism initiatives lead by the Resort Municipality of Whistler to further advance the resort’s economic success,” says Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden.
“The Cultural Connector experience adds to Whistler’s fast-growing arts, culture and heritage scene. It complements other recent additions like the Audain Art Museum and Susan Point public art piece, and builds on the various cultural initiatives, events and galleries that have been established in our community over the years.”
Physical elements of the Cultural Connector route are being built in a multi-year phased approach, with an expected completion in Fall 2017.
Work for 2016 includes:
- Connecting the Audain Art Museum and Whistler Skatepark with a new Valley Trail section, which was completed on June 30.
- Developing a new forest walkway south of the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, currently in the planning stage.
- Creating a sculptural landmark for the Upper Village by Chateau Boulevard, currently in the planning stage.
- Relocating the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre’s information kiosk to a prominent location, pending building permit approval.
- Installing wayfinding and Cultural Connector branding elements, currently in the planning and procurement phase.
Last year several improvements were made along the Cultural Connector route, including upgrades to the Florence Petersen Park forested area as well as the park located between Sightlines Bridge on the Village Stroll and the section of Blackcomb Way in front of the Maury Young Arts Centre.
Susan Point’s masterpiece sculpture A Timeless Circle was also unveiled outside the Maury Young Arts Centre in March 2016, and James Stewart’s bronze sculpture Jeri was temporarily installed near Fitzsimmons Bridge in June 2016.
Details on the 2017 work plan will be released next year.
Brochure now available
A printed brochure and map outlining the Cultural Connector experience is now available to guide visitors and locals through Whistler Village’s cultural highlights.
The brochure was developed by the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW), in collaboration with the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, Arts Whistler, the Audain Art Museum and the Whistler Museum.
Thank you to the Province of British Columbia and the Government of Canada
The Cultural Connector is supported in part by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia’s Resort Municipality Initiative.
“Whistler is a world class destination, and now visitors and residents alike will have better access and wayfinding to the rich culture here in Whistler,” said Jordan Sturdy, MLA for West Vancouver-Sea to Sky. “Through the development of a pathway and bikeway people can have improved opportunity for an active, healthy approach to exploring our arts, culture and heritage locations.”
Funding from the Resort Municipality Initiative enables Whistler to diversify its tourism product, attracting more visitors with a wider range of interests.
A grant from the Strategic Initiatives Program of Canadian Heritage was awarded to Arts Whistler and other Whistler partners including the RMOW earlier this year to contribute to the Cultural Connector project and a variety of other arts, culture and heritage projects, events and marketing.Learn more about the Cultural Connector.