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Wedge Mountain cabin has long and storied history

Wedge Mountain cabin has long and storied history

With the successful completion of the Himmelsbach Hut in 1968, the British Columbia Mountaineering Club (BCMC) began looking for another location to build a Gothic arch hut near Whistler.
How condo-mania began in Whistler

How condo-mania began in Whistler

Today the term "condo" can be heard pretty much every day throughout most of Canada. When Whistler Mountain first opened in the 1960s, however, condominiums were almost unheard of.
Whistler's first newspaper

Whistler's first newspaper

T he Whistler Question , published from 1976 to the beginning of 2018, was Whistler's first official newspaper. The municipality only came into being in September 1975 and Pique wouldn't begin publishing until 1994.
Breaking trail on Highway 99

Breaking trail on Highway 99

If you've ever taken a look at the Whistler Museum's YouTube channel you might have seen a short film from the Petersen Film Collection that features the drive to Whistler in 1958.
Muni hall once hosted diners, DJs and dancing

Muni hall once hosted diners, DJs and dancing

Whistler has a history of re-using buildings. You may remember from a previous column that before today's museum buildings were the museum they were the post office, and then the library.
Settling on a town centre

Settling on a town centre

With Whistler Village now firmly established at the base of Whistler Mountain it's hard to imagine the town centre anywhere else.
Rocking Howe Sound

Rocking Howe Sound

You wouldn't expect a pulp mill, a pop-rock band and 20th-century settlers to have a lot in common, but in the Sea to Sky corridor, you can find the unlikeliest of connections.
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.