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When train tracks connected Alta Lake to the outside world

When train tracks connected Alta Lake to the outside world

When Bob Williamson first arrived at Alta Lake (now Whistler) in February of 1930, he found himself in a valley bearing little resemblance to the bustling resort town of today. Even getting there was a completely different experience.
The great toad migration

The great toad migration

Whistler's Western toad migration is almost done! If you've been up at Lost Lake recently, you may have seen these tiny toads behind the black barriers in the wetlands or crossing the paths around you.
Remembering an iconic Whistler venue: the Boot Pub

Remembering an iconic Whistler venue: the Boot Pub

With all the bands, concerts and events going on in Whistler in the summer, it's easy to forget about the Boot Pub and all its past glory in laying the groundwork for the entertainment scene we know today.
The archives at the Whistler Museum

The archives at the Whistler Museum

The Whistler Museum houses a permanent exhibition chronicling the growth of Whistler, the journey to the 2010 Olympic and Paralympics Games, and the history of the ski resort.
DeBeck family letters offer history lessons

DeBeck family letters offer history lessons

When going through accounts of life at Parkhurst one name that keeps coming up is Denis DeBeck. The eldest of six siblings, he worked alongside two of his younger brothers, Ward and Keary, for a few summers at Parkhurst.
The history of the highway

The history of the highway

Whistler's steep, mountainous terrain is part of what makes it so attractive as a tourist destination. It's perfect for skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking and hiking.
Life at the Parkhurst Mill

Life at the Parkhurst Mill

A season working in Whistler can mean many different things. For some, a season means spending as much time as possible on the mountains; for others, it can mean settling for the next few decades of your life.
Parkhurst lands once successful logging mill

Parkhurst lands once successful logging mill

Parkhurst may now be known primarily as a ghost town, but it was once the site of the first large and more-permanent mill operations in the valley. Mr. and Mrs.
Early dining—Whistler style

Early dining—Whistler style

Whistler hasn't always been a resort town. In the 1920s and '30s Whistler was still a collection of permanent and part-time residents on the shores of Alta Lake. In those days, storing and preparing food was a little different than it is today.
Looking back on a busy year

Looking back on a busy year

A special thank you to everyone that came out to our annual general meeting (AGM) held last Wednesday, June 13 to reflect on 2017.