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.
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
50° 7.0869' N 122° 57.4216' W
50° 7' 5.214" N 122° 57' 25.2972" W
Geosites of the Aspiring Geopark lie wholly within the unceded traditional territories of the Líl̓wat Nation and the Sk̲wx̲wú7mesh Nation. The nations have lived in—and shared parts of—these territories since time immemorial, with many landscape features and geological events woven into their cultural and oral histories. We are grateful for, and committed to, the opportunity to learn and share these perspectives of the land alongside its original stewards.
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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 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 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 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 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.