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Power for the people

Power for the people

Throughout B.C. we are blessed with an abundance of mighty rivers from which we get almost 90 per cent of our electricity. Here in Whistler we're surrounded by hydro-generating stations of all sizes, notably the IPP on Fitzsimmons Creek.
Air travel comes to Alta Lake

Air travel comes to Alta Lake

For most of the year floatplanes overhead are a common sight (and sound) above Whistler. Today, these planes land and take off from Green Lake—an everyday occurance. But in the 1920s floatplanes were an adventurous way to arrive at Alta Lake.
Healthy eating in the early days of Whistler

Healthy eating in the early days of Whistler

In Alta Lake's early days, there were no grocery stores or farmers' markets. Shipping fresh food up from Vancouver was expensive and unreliable, so Alta Lake residents procured as much food locally as possible.
Celebrating Whistler's World Cup Downhill races

Celebrating Whistler's World Cup Downhill races

Historically, in the month of March, Whistler would be hosting a World Cup Downhill event. Up to 500 weasel workers would be working 12-hour days preparing the racecourse, installing safety nets and removing and moving snow throughout the course.
The hills were alive ... with the sound of music

The hills were alive ... with the sound of music

In September 1988 an article written by Joanna MacDonald about a performance by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) appeared in The Vancouver Sun .
Celebrating Myrtle Philip Day

Celebrating Myrtle Philip Day

You might not have heard of it, but this Monday, March 19 is a holiday unique to Whistler. On March 10, 1986 the council of the day voted to declare March 19 "Myrtle Philip Day" in honour of Myrtle Philip's 95th birthday.
Recession killed recreation centre plan

Recession killed recreation centre plan

Walking through Olympic Plaza in the winter, chances are you'll see some people out skating on the ice. Plans for an ice rink in Whistler Village date back to the 1980s, though the original plans looked a lot different than the rink you see today.
Critters of the winter

Critters of the winter

Discover Nature tent allows visitors to find out about Whistler creatures, even the wily wolverine
How to host an Olympics

How to host an Olympics

Key organizers share their stories of the Whistler 2010 Olympics at museum talk
The 1976 Winter Olympics — a dream almost realized

The 1976 Winter Olympics — a dream almost realized

In May 1970, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) gathered in Amsterdam to choose the winning bid for the 1976 Winter Olympics.