BC: Whistler - Celebrate the Art of Summer.
Discover public art; take in a free concert; share a heritage walk or join the circus with your kids. BC delivers on summer family vacation fun and Whistler is the perfect base. Here’s the scoop.
For art enthusiasts of all ages - those wanting to explore Whistler's arts and cultural heritage, whether it be through a stroll of the resort's many studios and galleries, through an interactive public art tour or a hands-on circus workshop - Whistler delivers the ultimate art experience.
This summer, Whistler takes art to a new level, offering enhanced public art programs, a new heritage and art walking tour and a host of activities and entertainment including workshops, artist demonstrations and concerts. Artwalk is free.
Running from July to early September, Artwalk features the works of more than 50 regional artists and artisans displayed in more than 40 host venues throughout the resort. Artwalk is a walking tour that showcases the synergy between studio arts and local businesses. Throughout the village of Whistler cafes, retail outlets, hotels, and restaurants take on the role of venue, so that works of art, in a variety of mediums, may sometimes be viewed in the most unlikely of locations. Join a summer walking tour.
Art and heritage tours are offered Friday through Sunday throughout the summer. The tours leave from the Whistler Visitor Centre at with local, knowledgeable guides sharing stories from Whistler's past while focusing on the diverse public art that is displayed throughout the village. The Valley of Dreams Walking Tour, offered by the Whistler Museum, leaves from the Whistler Visitor Centre daily in July and August. Learn about Whistler's unique history in this one-hour tour led by long-time Whistler locals - some of the most colorful characters of the community. Hands on art with children.
Whistler's a great place for children to participate in hands-on art workshops during the Whistler Children's Art Festival. The festival offers a comprehensive schedule of workshops for all ages in a variety of mediums, as well as entertainment and activities. Bonus points:
This year, the Vancouver Circus School will present free performances and workshops at Whistler Olympic Plaza. Wait for it!
In addition to the onsite entertainment, popular children's groups The Monkey Bunch and Mexican folk/ Latin soul group Locarno perform in Village Square with the Monkey Bunch taking to the stage. Summer music in the mountains.
The music continues in Whistler throughout the summer with upcoming Whistler Presents concerts including The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, The Mocking Bird and Wil, Chantal Kreviazuk, Jason McCoy, Spirit of the West, Great Lake Swimmers, Vince Vaccaro Band, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, The Boom Booms and Kytami, and Emmanuel Jal. Improv at the Point.
In July and August improv theatre workshops take place at the Point – an artist consortium. Plus, expressive art workshops in songwriting, theatre, jewelry design, fashion makeup and face painting, mixed media painting, recycled fashion design, and interpretive dance take place through July and August, leading toward a performance and art exposition at the Flag Stop Theatre and Arts Festival in August. (Details at www.whistler.com/events
) Location on the planet.
Whistler is located the Coast Mountains 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.Make it happen.
Family vacation activities include world-renowned skiing and snowboarding, mountain biking, golf, hiking, rock climbing, ziplining, and water sports. Whistler-based travel consultants at whistler.com can also customize a vacation package, taking care of flights, transportation, accommodation and activities. Call toll-free 1-800- WHISTLER (1-800-944-853) to request a no-obligation quote or visit whistler.com Content provided by Whistler Tourism. Photo credit Mike Crane. Copyright 2012.