3 Historical Sites to Visit in Whistler, British Columbia

If you only know Whistler, British Columbia, has a skiing and snowboarding paradise, you only know half the story of what makes this one-of-a-kind village Canada’s greatest tourist destination. It’s also home to a rich and multi-faced historic legacy.

Hold onto your snowshoes, history buffs; by the time you’re done reading this list, you’ll be on the hunt for real estate for sale in Whistler. I guarantee it.

Olympic Plaza

Let’s get the skiing stuff out of the way first. Between the area’s two great mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb, you’ll find some of the most varied, scenic, and adrenaline-pumping runs in not only North America, but the world.

Don’t take it from me; take it from the Olympics planning committee, who chose Whistler as the site for some of the biggest events of the 2010 Winter Games. Today, sports fans can visit Olympic Plaza, a repository of memorabilia and exhibits commemorating the event which houses the Olympic rings and the cauldron used during the opening torch-lighting ceremony, among other irreplaceable items.

The Black Tusk

Though known for its winter snowfall, Whistler can bring the heat, too. And not just any heat. I’m talking about volcanic heat. Evidence of that can be seen in the imposingly named Black Tusk, a towering, jagged spire of volcanic rock that can be seen from just about any and every vantage point in Whistler.

Believed to have supernatural significance by the indigenous Squamish people, who called it “the Landing Place of the Thunderbird,” the Black Tusk was formed roughly 170,000 years ago. Today, it’s surrounded by stony lava fields, which adventurous visitors are free to hike. Though a difficult climb, those who make it to the summit are rewarded with the chance to touch a piece of ancient history while simultaneously enjoying a truly breathtaking view.

Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Center

Above, I mentioned the Squamish, an indigenous nation that occupied Whistler long before the European settlers. The Squamish were not alone, sharing the land with the Lil’wat nation. Centuries later, the legacies and lineages of these two great peoples are celebrated at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre.

With architecture designed to evoke the traditional dwelling places of both groups, this Cultural Centre is the first of its kind in Canada. On top of a large collection of permanent exhibits, visitors can experience live demonstrations and even make their own dreamcatcher or medicine bag through unique educational workshops.

 

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