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A crash course in archives

A crash course in archives

The Whistler Museum and Archives is collecting donations of objects, photographs, video, and other documents to record Whistler’s experience during the pandemic. We’re accepting items Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Happiest in the mountains: Stefan Ples Part II

Happiest in the mountains: Stefan Ples Part II

There is an often-told story of the first meeting of Stefan Ples and Franz Wilhelmsen of Garibaldi Lifts Ltd. on Whistler Mountain. Apparently Franz arrived at the top of the mountain by helicopter to find Stefan there on skis.
Happiest in the mountains: Stefan Ples

Happiest in the mountains: Stefan Ples

Well before people started to pay for lift access and a day's skiing, skiers were climbing Whistler and the surrounding mountains, either in search of skiable terrain—such as the George Bury expedition in 1939—or simply to spend time outd
Bill Bailiff's records of Alta Lake

Bill Bailiff's records of Alta Lake

Living in a place with such a beautiful landscape, where people spend a lot of time enjoying activities outdoors, environmental concerns are always relevant.
Dick Fairhurst of Cypress Lodge: Part II

Dick Fairhurst of Cypress Lodge: Part II

This week, we're continuing the story of Dick Fairhurst, who first came to Alta Lake in 1943.
Pranks at Witsend

Pranks at Witsend

When describing summers spent at Alta Lake, Florence Petersen (founder of the Whistler Museum & Archives Society) once explained how she, June Collins, Kelly Fairhurst, Betty Atkinson and Jacquie Pope (her fellow Witsend residents) would plan the
Dick Fairhurst's memories: Josef Janousek

Dick Fairhurst's memories: Josef Janousek

Many of the people we learn about at the museum are introduced to us through the stories of others. Sometimes these stories are told as oral histories and others come from documents in our research files at the museum.
Grace Woollard at Alta Lake

Grace Woollard at Alta Lake

While some of the stories we hear or read about at the museum provide only a glimpse into the lives of individuals who lived in the Whistler Valley (such as Josef Janousek, the subject of last week's article), others provide a much more complete pict
Fire at The Keg

Fire at The Keg

While cataloguing the Griffith Collection (a collection of roughly 50,000 images donated by photographer Greg Griffith), our assistant archivist Stephanie recently came across slides of a fire at The Keg building that we had previously only seen in b
Bringing the first television to Whistler

Bringing the first television to Whistler

Bringing television access to Whistler was no easy feat before cable and satellite, but Walter Zebrowski can be credited with bringing it to the valley.