August 11, 2011 Features & Images » Feature Story

Growing Up Whistler 

Whistler may be the ultimate playground for the rich and famous, but at the heart of the community can oftentimes be found in the sand and on the slide at the real playgrounds


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The group created a calendar, which lists free and nearly free weekly activities for families. The events are now posted on

They also looked at the gaps in services for families of young children, and realized there were not enough arts activities. Thus Music Together was born.

It's a program led by a trained instructor where parents and kids get together to enjoy music. They listen to different kinds of music, try percussion, and move to the beat. The first weekly session last fall sold out, so two sessions were offered in the winter. They sold out too. So did the three sessions this spring. Four sessions will be offered this coming fall.

Another focus of Moving Mountains is to bring low-cost opportunities for families to Whistler. The group decided there wasn't much for young people at the south end of town and since not everyone has easy access to the village, they started a Monday pre-school open gym at Spring Creek Community School.

"It was extremely popular," says Millen. "In the middle of winter, we had 40 kids in the gym. It's hard for little kids to be outside in the snow for long periods of time."

Whether it's through improving childcare, bringing musical experience to town, or starting a summer arts camp, Whistlerites are always working to enrich life for families. Whistler has come a long way since parents pushed their strollers along the highway in 1980.

Still, making a life for your family in Whistler is a conscious choice.

Sometimes that choice includes making the decision to drive - a lot - or to fill a need yourself, or to make do with what's here.

But when you look around and see all that's here, sometimes the choice is easy to make.



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