There's a saying I heard when I first moved to Whistler. "People move here for the winters, but they stay for the summers." You only need two weeks of a Whistler summer to want more and understand exactly what the locals are talking about.
Of course, summer also brings Canada Day, a day to celebrate all things Canadian with fervent national pride. Whistler knows how to celebrate our national pride! Digging out our best red and white accessories there is a full day of fun and activities for the whole family.
The theme for 2016 is “Strong. Proud. Free”
The Canada Day setup starts at 10:30am in Day Lot 3. At 11:50am, the parade leaves Lot 3 and turns right onto Blackcomb Way. At noon the first float will enter the village stroll via the Olympic Plaza crosswalk, where the parade will continue past the rings and all the way up the village stroll to end at Springs Lane.
For me, and many others, the start of summer in Whistler is truly marked by the Canada Day concert.
Canada Day Parade Map
The day ends with a special evening performance by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at 8:30 p.m. in Whistler Olympic Plaza which ends with Tchaikovsky's rousing 1812 Overture. There is a second chance to see this concert on 2nd July in the same location.
This incredible versatile outdoor space in Whistler Olympic Plaza is our ice skating rink during winter months, it was a centre for youth tennis in May, and is home to the VSO concerts on July 1st & July 2nd.
Bring blankets, chairs, or just sit on the grass and enjoy, the choice is yours. No one can deny the beauty of a live orchestra on a summers evening, set beside the Olympic rings with our two beautiful mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb acting as giants of nature backdrop.
There is possibly no more beautiful setting for a summers eve concert.
As locals we are constantly reminded of the joys of living in a resort town that enjoys 2.7 million visitors a year. The resort municipality of Whistler rises to the challenge with unbridled enthusiasm. So many of the amazing events and concerts in Whistler would not happen without tens and hundreds of volunteers from the community. I have to say that I have witnessed no greater community spirit than that of this wonderful mountain town.
Have a wonderful Canada Day!