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Museum Attractions in Whistler, British Columbia

Whistler is known today for its resort atmosphere and its well tended snowy ski slopes, but before it was a world-famous ski resort complete with Whistler vacation rentals, it was a place where pioneers settled to log the stands of trees and mine valuable metals from the mountains. Before that, the Whistler Valley provided a home for the first inhabitants of Canada: aboriginal Indians.

Whistler's fascinating story is on display for tourists today through several museum sites in the city. The Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre explains the native history of the region, informing visitors about the Squamish and Lil'wat nations that made the Whistler Valley home for thousands of years before the arrival of the first Canadian pioneers. Within walking distance of Whistler Village, this museum offers hands-on, interactive activities that will delight children as well as adults. Among the displays are traditional clothing and a hand carved canoe; live carving demonstrations are available hourly. Tourists can also try their hands at weaving a basket made of cedar bark. Perhaps best of all, the caf at the cultural center offers salmon chowder and other cuisine inspired by aboriginal food.

The rest of Whister's history is on display at the Whistler Museum and Archives, which features history beginning in 1900 and continuing up to the present day. Featured attractions here include a display of early winter gear such as wooden skis, photos of the original structure that made up the Rainbow Lodge, and a chronicle devoted to the 2010 Winter Olympics.

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Posted by Nikolett Bacso on Monday, June 23, 2008
No longer just a “ski town,” Whistler is a year-round destination and consistently ranked the number one resort in North America. This wonderful ground floor condo in Glacier’s Reach is a perfect home-base for all of your world class recreation activities. You’re only steps away from the Marketplace in Village North and a short walk to the Whistler Village gondolas. After enjoying some of the fine activities Whistler has to offer, including two epic mountains, four championship golf courses, mountain bike park, more than 200 boutiques and 90 restaurants a deck with your private hot tub awaits to rejuvenate you for your next adventure.

WHISTLER VILLAGE ... a winter wonderland!

Posted by Anne & Mike Murphy on Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Whistler/Blackcomb Ski Resort - rated #1 in North America - provides over 8100 acres of terrain, 200+ trails (most groomed daily), 5280' vertical drop (the highest in North America), 38 lifts and 33' average snowfall, numerous terrain parks and half-pipes, and is home to the 2010 Winter Olympics! Experience the Olympic Downhill runs and imagine yourself a Gold medalist. But don't be intimidated - Whistler/Blackcomb has skiing and boarding at all levels, short lift lines and 1 ticket covers both mountains! Improve your ability at the great Whistler Ski School with Adult, Teen, Adaptive and Children's programs. (Kids love the enchanted forest and magical castle and their happy friendly instructors). And ... For Nordic/Cross-country enthusiasts, Whistler provides miles of trails in the Village area (some lighted for night skiing) and at the newly opened Olympic Nordic Centre - so why not try out the trails of future Olympic champions?