Whistler started life in the late 19th century as a little-used trading route. The name comes from the cry of the hoary marmot. Early travelers, passing through the native area of Squamish 50km to the south, were enchanted by the beauty of the scenery in these valleys and by the magnificent mountain ranges.
To the distress and interest of the significant local bear population, in 1966 a ski-resort was opened and road and rail traffic was enhanced bringing Canadians and Australians in their droves to create what is the most popular ski resort in North America. The town continues to burgeon, as a year round resort, from the village that we knew when first visiting 20 years ago.
The studio of Jon Fathom in Whistler is the source of wonderful stone sculpture, carvings…