Whistler Museum

Whistler Museum

Located in the heart of the resort, the Whistler Museum and Archives is the place to discover Whistler’s post-contact history and heritage, as well as learn about the development of its unique mountain culture—from wilderness fishing lodge to world-class resort to Olympic venue. The museum offers a variety of exhibits, displays and events year-round focused on natural and human history, plus a busy program of seminars, activities and other events to suit all ages.

GEOLOGIC CONTEXT:

An archive of post-contact history including mining, logging and pioneering methods of avalanche control in the development of a mountain-based resort.

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The Whistler Museum is located at 4333 Main Street, the building behind the Whistler Public Library within Florence Petersen Park. Convenient pay parking is located beneath the library. Info: https://whistlermuseum.org

Decimal Degrees (DD)

50.118115, -122.957027

Degrees Decimal Minutes (DDM)

50° 7.0869' N  122° 57.4216' W

Degrees Minutes Seconds (DMS)

50° 7' 5.214" N  122° 57' 25.2972" W

What Are Pillars?

The Fire & Ice Aspiring Geopark comprises four main geological pillars referenced in all interpretive material: (M)ountain Building, (G)laciation, (V)olcanism and (C)ollapse.

MOUNTAIN BUILDING

Mountain building can involve several processes that contribute to the formation of mountains, such as the collision of tectonic plates that result in folding, faulting, metamorphism and the creation of subduction zones associated with volcanic activity and igneous intrusion.

GLACIATION

Glaciation refers to landform phenomena associated with the formation, movement and recession of glaciers and ice sheets. In temperate latitudes such as British Columbia, montane glaciation at higher altitudes is the norm while continental glaciation occurred during Ice Ages like the recent Pleistocene.

VOLCANISM

Volcanism is the eruption of subterranean molten rock (magma) and gasses onto the surface of the planet and includes the production of volcanic landforms and the effects of eruptions and flowing lava on pre-existing surface formations.

COLLAPSE

Collapse is a term that refers broadly to both slow processes of destabilization and erosion by wind, water and ice, as well as rapid processes like rockfall and landslides.

Whether acting as primary or secondary forces, one or more of these processes figure in the creation of each geosite.