Art & Culture: Top 3 things to do on Mother’s Day in Whistler

Whistler might be famous for skiing and snowboarding, but did you know that we have one of Southwestern BC’s most exciting arts and culture scenes?

The mountains, lifestyle, and international community create a hotbed for creative talent and expression from all over the world. From legendary artists like the late Chili Thom, to British Columbia’s newest world-class arts museum the Audain and the First Nations Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre; if your mom likes discovering vibrant arts communities you have to treat her to a weekend in Whistler.

Here’s our list of the Summit Lodge’s must-do arts and culture activities for Mothers Day 2017:

1. Matisse Drawings Exhibition at the Audain Art Museum

photo credit: Audain Art Museum

The Matisse Drawings, curated by Ellsworth Kelly from the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation Collection, is an important international exhibition for the Audain Art Museum. It marks the institutions commitment to hosting the best in visual art for museum members and visitors to Whistler. The exhibition features 45 drawings by master draftsman Henri Matisse spanning nearly five decades along with nine lithographs by accomplished American painter and printmaker Ellsworth Kelly – the curator of Matisse Drawings.

About the Audain Art Museum

Experience the art of British Columbia, from the traditional works of the province’s First Peoples through to its contemporary masters, in one of Canada’s most treasured wilderness destinations.

The Audain Art Museum displays up to three special exhibitions a year, encompassing a variety of mediums, themes, artists and time periods. Special exhibitions produced either in-house or on loan from other institutions are intended to enrich the museum experience as well as generate new perspectives on the Permanent Collection. We invite you to explore our current exhibitions below.

Related blog post: 7 Need-To-Know Facts About The Audain Art Museum Whistler

2. Free admission to the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

Traditional First Nations mask display at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

Whistler Mothers Day Special:

Mothers can enjoy Free Admission to the Museum and receive a gift of a beautiful day planner designed by Andy Everson of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation. Moms can also enjoy a free Spirit Bear organic fair trade coffee from our Thunderbird Café, and kids can participate in a colouring contest to win prizes.

About the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre showcases the two First Nations communities that lived in the Whistler area.

Many First Nations communities including the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations were oral societies. The Squamish and Lil’wat created written languages in the 1970’s. Storytellers had the immense and important role of being historians for their community. Both nations have real or true stories based on major events or people that were pivotal to them. They also have myths or legends that were used to teach their morals and values to their children. Each community chose and trained their storytellers in their own way, repetition was a key tool.

The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre is a museum dedicated to educating visitors and locals about the importance of our local First Nations history and culture.

3. Enjoy a self-guided tour with the Arts Whistler Culture Map

Arts Whistler's Interactive Culture Map

The Arts Whistler’s Culture Map series is a great starting point for creative discovery that helps you navigate Whistler’s cultural venues, museums, galleries and public art. Kick-start your curiosity, go explore, and find your path.

About Arts Whistler

Arts Whistler is a registered charity established in 1982 with the goal of weaving arts and culture into the fabric of the Whistler community. We advocate for the arts, local artists, and the local community, providing opportunities for people to have access to bold, inspiring, and engaging experiences in the arts community. Arts Whistler is the community’s umbrella arts organization, playing a significant leadership role in arts advocacy and cultural development.

If you need somewhere to stay Mothers Day weekend, you know you’re always welcome at out house. If you want us to book a room for you and your mom, give us a call any time on (604) 932-2778 or visit