To help celebrate Whistler's one-year post-Olympic milestone, the Whistler Museum is opening their doors up to the masses, inviting everyone in to check out their new exhibit and even get a bit crafty with some hands-on activities.
On Sunday, Feb. 13 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., anyone can wander in to enjoy a cup of tea, coffee or hot cocoa and check out the museum's latest exhibit, dubbed "Whistler's Olympic Journey," which explores Whistler's beginnings as a pioneer community, the development of the mountain and the six separate bids that culminated in the 2010 Winter Games. The newest section, "Hosting the World," takes a closer look at Whistler's own story of the 2010 Winter Games, allowing visitors to hoist the Olympic torch, try on a racing bib and much more.
While the adults are exploring the exhibits, kids can get creative under the supervision of Orkidz Art Studio, delving into some great arts and crafts projects. After their projects are finished, kids can grab an "exhibit passport" to guide them through the museum.
The open house is by donation, and everyone is welcome!
The backcountry goes to the city
In just one week's time, outdoor adventure enthusiasts will emerge from B.C.'s backcountry and make the trek down to Vancouver to take part in the 14th annual Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (VIMFF).
The event features an incredible nine full days of films, guest speakers and awe-inspiring presentations, starting with an opening evening featuring live mountain standup comedy by "clownber" Timmy O'Neill , aptly nicknamed "America's most outrageous climber" (AMOK), a multimedia presentation by award-winning mountain filmmaker and kayaker Bryan Smith , photo competition awards and much more.
For a full schedule of events, visit www.vimff.org and check under "Schedule." Tickets to events are available on their website and at MEC stores in Vancouver and North Vancouver, or over the phone at 604-984-4484. Also, if you become a fan of the VIMFF Facebook Page , you'll be entered into a draw to win complimentary tickets to VIMFF events.
B.C. gets cultured
Culture Days, Canada's newest nation-wide arts and culture initiative, is gearing up for its second year of cross-country initiatives and activities, and B.C. is getting involved in a big way.
The collaborative volunteer-driven event was started in 2010, inviting people from coast-to-coast to celebrate and explore arts and culture within their community, raising awareness and engagement in the process. As part of the program, participating groups and municipalities are encouraged to provide cost-free opportunities for the public to learn more about their cultural activities: for example, cultural groups can open their doors to the public to provide interactive cultural experiences, and individual artists can open their studios to the public and provide demonstrations or hands-on experiences.