With nature as your canvas, explore the iconic heritage and vibrant arts scene in Squamish, Whistler, and Pemberton. Filled with a collection of influential art galleries, award-winning museums and local artisan shops tucked along the dramatic Sea to Sky corridor, you can embark on your own cultural adventure and uncover art exhibits, live music, creative workshops, unique cultural journeys and much more.
The Sea-to-Sky Corridor is a route stretching North form Vancouver through Whistler, and it is renowned for its breathtaking ocean view and mountain ranges. Follow this self-guided journey that highlights this landscape and its rich stories and discover the mystery and meaning of the mountains according to First Nation oral history. Access the self-guided tour map here.
Climb aboard a train and rumble into an underground tunnel just like miners did. Spend your day panning for gold, enjoying interactive exhibits, gazing at our glittering mineral gallery, all while learning hidden gems through Britannia’s quick-witted and knowledgeable tour guides.
An attraction designed to please the whole family, The West Coast Railway Heritage Park provides visitors with the opportunity to tour authentic railway equipment in various stages of restoration. The park’s historic exhibits include a blacksmith forge, wash house, and vintage printing press, as well as 5 vintage trains, including the world-famous Royal Hudson steam train. Check out the newest addition to the park, the Billy Miner Escape Room, open 7 days a week by reservation – email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Gift Shop at 604 898-9336 to book a spot.
Whistler Cultural Connector
For years, passionate community builders have laid down a foundation for a rich cultural landscape, allowing arts and culture to grow and flourish. Through this self-guided tour, step back in time with the First Nations to unearth pioneer history, stride through the golden days of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter games, discover the stories that enrich Whistler’s culture, and follow the pathway that will lead you through beautiful surroundings and six cultural institutions: Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, Whistler Museum, Whistler Public Library, Maury Young arts Centre, lost lake Passivhaus, and Audain art Museum. Find the map here.
Audain Art Museum
Showcasing the art of British Columbia from the late 18th century to present, and an important collection of 19th and 20th century First Nations masks and works by some of Canada’s most celebrated artists including Emily Carr, E.J. Hughes and the internationally renowned photo-conceptualists Jeff Wall and Stan Douglas, the Audain Art Museum captures the diverse and rich culture of British Columbia, while showcasing a number of renowned international artists.
Take a day, visit the SLCC and be greeted by a welcome song, guided tour, captivating film and a cedar bracelet craft activity. Each of the centre’s guide has a unique story, making every tour a unique experience. Learn the meaning behind traditional regalia, legends, carvings, art, songs and ceremonies, and make sure to leave time for lunch in the Thunderbird Cafe and a visit to the gift shop filled with Authentic First Nation’s art.
The Pemberton and District Museum and Archives Society hosts a collection of artifacts and permanent exhibitions on a one-acre site in downtown Pemberton. Come for a visit and learn about those who came before in Pemberton and District, and check out the five historic buildings and two modern facilities that make up the Pemberton and District Museum and Archives.
Discover pristine natural beauty, rich cultural history, and rich Aboriginal heritage that makes the Sea to Sky the perfect Creative Community. Let us know if you enjoyed our list and make sure to stay tuned for part two of our Sea to Sky creative communities feature!