Special events 

What: WHISTLER NATURALISTS SOCIETY'S MONTLY BIRD WALK Take a stroll and obsrve the birds native to the moutnains. It's open to all.

When: Saturday, September 4, 7 a.m.

Where: Meets at the foot of Lorimer Road by the Valley Trail


What: LATERRA EXTERRA CANADIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS La Terra Ventures Inc. presents the Xterra Canadian National Championships in Whistler. Racers swim in Alta Lake, doing laps of 750 metres in length with a short beach run between each, then do a mountain bike race on single track and climbs. $15 fee for insurance.

When: Sunday September 5, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Where: 2131 Lake Placid Road to register, go to www.xterracanada.ca for more.


What: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR XTERRA The Xterra event needs volunteers to help marshall and direct athletes. Volunteerd will be provided with an Xterra garment and visor and treated to a BBQ banquet at the Nita Lake Lodge. See above for event details.

When: Sunday September 5, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Where: All over. Email glamont@gmail.com for details.


What: A WORLD WITHOUT ISLAM Whistler Forum for Leadership and Dialogue presents Squamish author Graham Fuller, a former vice-chairman of the National Intelligence Council with the CIA, as he hosts a talk, discussion and book signing for his new book, The World Without Islam. $10 donation at the door.

When: Thursday September 9, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Whistler Public Library


What: BUSINESS EXCURSION The Whistler Chamber of Commerce is inviting its members on their first Business Excursion to Vancouver and experience the 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Junktion Tour. Followed by lunch at the Salt Tasting Room.

When: Friday September 10, bus boards at 7:30 a.m.

Where:  Visit www.whistlerchamber.com/Events for the itinerary and to register.


What: RBC GRANFONDO WHISTLER Royal Bank of Canada presents GranFondo, a race that will see cyclists ride all the way from Vancouver to Whistler, a grueling uphill trip along the Sea to Sky Highway. You'll climb 2,400 metres, enjoying views all the way. Go to www.rbcgranfondowhistler.com for more.

When: Saturday September 11

Where: Starts at Georgia and Burrard in Vancouver, ends at Lot 4 in Whistler


What: REDBULL 5000 DOWN For the second year, the downhill moutain bike race will hit Whistler Mountain for two days of...downhill mountain biking! Categories are open to both men and women 17 years old and over.

When: Saturday September 11 - Sunday September 12

Where: Whist;er Mountain Bike Park. To registrer, Visit www.eventsonline.ca/events/redbull5000down.


What: PEMBERTON COUNTRY FAIR The annual event will feature local artisans, baking, live music, fun kids activities and everything else you might expect. Except the rides.

When: Saturday September 11, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m,

Where: Grounds of the Pemberton Museum


What: 7TH ANNUAL BUSINESS AND THE ARTS AWARD LUNCHEON The Whistler Arts Council is hosting the event, which will feature Steven Thorne, a cultural tourism expert who will offer a preview of his forthcoming report.

When: Wednesday September 22, 11:45 a.m.

Where: Woodlands Terrace at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. Visit www.whistlerchamer.com/Events for more information.



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