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BEST FREE THING TO DO
Break out those hiking boots and get out there — the beautiful backcountry is beckoning. And, best of all, it's free!!! It's free to walk to the shores of Cheakamus Lake. It's free to climb to the top of Rainbow Mountain. It's free to get to Black Tusk. It's free to discover Lost Lake, a little closer to home. The feeling of being out there, however, is priceless. Second spot goes to disc golf and the third pace goes to the Valley Trail/biking trails.
LITTLE KNOWN WHISTLER FACTOID
It's true Whistler was built on the dump, it gets its name from the whistling marmots and it was once a fishing resort before it was a ski resort — but there are lots of other interesting little tidbits to tempt our trivial pursuit of local knowledge as well.
Did you know: Whistler Blackcomb's lifts are powered by a hydro station on Fitzsimmons Creek (note: a run-of-river power project on the creek produces roughly the same amount of hydro used by WB). Or, that the town's first bank, housed in a trailer, was towed away in the middle of the night. Or, that "apparently the (pieces of) sports equipment on the yellow sculpture are actually Lumpy' skis, Ross' snowboard etc." That last one piqued our interest. We verified the facts. We are a newspaper, after all. Here's what the muni told us.
"The Village Square sculpture, known as rec-line, features castings of Rob Boyd's skis, Ross Rebagliati's Nagano snowboard, a Titanium mountain Bike, a paddle, a fishing rod (that was broken off) and a quote from Steven Vogler. The castings were made from the sports equipment, they don't include the equipment. The artists were Crosland Doak and Illarion Gallant." So, now you know!
BEST EXAMPLE OF WHISTLER ARCHITECTURE
The library . The Mushroom House. The Hemloft. First, second and third place. That rundown of Whistler architecture sums it up right there — multi-million dollar post and beam aesthetic to an eclectic egg hanging in a tree.
A $12 million library built of prefabricated wood roof panels, locally quarried basalt and a large sloping green roof, all designed to a LEED gold standard and packaged together in an award-winning civic facility. Indeed, Whistler's library is the first LEED Gold certified library in Canada, designed by Vancouver-based Hughes Condon Marler Architects. It's true; the library has had its share of news coverage over the years from the ever-increasing construction costs to the design kinks upon completion. Despite those, the library has become a hometown favourite, a quiet sanctuary of peace in the heart of the busy village. Just not on Sunday's. And once again, it wins for best example of Whistler architecture. The Mushroom House is a private residence in Emerald shaped like... a mushroom and the Hemloft is a secret egg-shaped treehouse.
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