It's time to dust off your red and white garb, maple leafs and flags—Canada Day celebrations are set to take place around Whistler and in the corridor this weekend.
Fuel up for the July 1 party with a pancake breakfast at Whistler Olympic Plaza from 9 until 11 a.m. (with a $5 minimum cash donation). Then stay put to catch the Canada Day Parade, which will wind its way from the plaza to Mountain Square along the stroll. (The theme this year is Great Canadian Camp Out.)
If you and the family are on bikes, be sure to take part in Pique's pedal parade, where bikes and riders decorated using the parade theme can win great prizes. Pique's sign-in tent and judges will be in the municipal parking lot starting at 10:30 a.m., with the parade beginning at noon. Go to www.piquenewsmagazine.com to register online or just come to the tent Sunday morning.
From Saturday, June 30, until Wednesday, July 4, you can also catch street entertainment roving through the village from noon until 6 p.m., as well as food trucks daily in Lost Lake Park, Lakeside Park and Rainbow Park.
On Saturday and Sunday, a wine and beer garden will be set up in the plaza from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m., coinciding with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performances. (More on that on page 60).
Over in Pemberton, lace up your shoes for the annual Spud Run three- and 10-kilometre races, starting at the Pemberton and District Community Centre at 8 a.m. At 10 a.m., catch the Canada Day Parade, followed by a community celebration, including a market, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the community centre.
Live painting at Adele Campbell Gallery
On Monday, July 2, Whistler's Adele Campbell Gallery will feature Yukon painter Halin de Repentigny.
The acclaimed artist will offer a live painting demonstration at the gallery from 12 until 3 p.m. Visitors will have a chance to chat with him and enter a raffle to win the piece he creates while on site.
For more information or to RSVP, search "Live Painting Demonstration with Halin de Repentigny" on Facebook.
Alta Lake Station House hosts new workshop
Whistler might regularly serve as inspiration for landscape paintings, but on July 14 and 15, it will host a workshop led by a renowned urban landscape painter.
Jon Shaw will teach Over the Edge: Contemporary Urban Landscape at the Alta Lake Station House where participants will learn more about his daily art practice to "create edgy and unique illustrative landscape painting," according to the description. "Jon will provide students with a fresh skill set that you can utilize in your own practice. He will guide you through these techniques in four components, taught over the two days," it continues.
While the sessions are geared towards artists with some painting experience, everyone is welcome (aged 16 and over).
Registration is $275 for Arts Whistler members and $300 for non-members. To see more of Shaw's work visit jonshawpaintings.com. For more information on the workshop, or to register, visit artswhistler.com.