This week, Whistler B.C. is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the first settlers to the Whistler Valley in British Columbia. They were Myrtle and Alex Philip. In 1914, the Philip’s bought 10 acres of land on Alta Lake and established the Rainbow Lodge, a log cabin that stood until 1977 when it burnt down. The Rainbow Lodge quickly became a very popular tourist destination west of the rockies, especially after the completion of the Pacific Great Eastern Railway.
Beginning progress on a ski resort in the area started in 1962. It was not until 1966 when Garibaldi Lift Company was formed and land shares were distributed that Whistler Mountain was open as a public ski resort. Now, Whistler Mountain and the acclaimed Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort see some of the most skiers and boarders than any other resort each year. In 2010, the area really got a lot of mountain lovers with the Vancouver Winter Olympics securing now as an Olympic landmark.
The Whistler Museum and its partners are having a 100 Years of Dreams, a five day festival of events for the celebration of the Philip’s journey and settlement. The celebration kicked off yesterday on August 3 and continues until August 7. These five days of excitement includes a Rainbow Park Flotilla day, Mountain FM’s Whistler Anthem Project, a Retro Toonie Race and lots of street entertainment.
It’s time to get out in Whistler and celebrate Canadian-style! I don’t know what that means, if anything. Perhaps since every Canadian I’ve ever met is down-to-earth then it means just a very cool, happy party.
For more information on all events August 3-7 happening for this 100 Years Of Dreams Anniversary celebration including venue maps and merchandise, please visit the Whistler Museum’s website at: www.whistlermuseum.org/100YearsOfDreams.
Happy 100th Birthday Whistler! Here’s to another great 100 years!