The Resort Municipality of Whistler is a mountain community located in British Columbia, Canada incorporated as a town since 1965.
Whistler was the host to the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games and has been voted the number one ski resort for many consecutive years over the past decade by leading ski and mountain publications. With this coming of age, the town has adopted lofty sustainability goals and stakeholders have undertaken a wide ranging planning and visioning exercise to define its culture, realize the value heritage brings to the community and visitors and establish culture and heritage management for the region.
Although a variety of artifacts depicting the eras of history and existence of culture are found in the local museum, there is a disconnect to the local heritage sites throughout the town. Many of which have been either neglected or destroyed over the years. The rapid assessment study suggested that partnerships between local government and non profit organizations undertake a Heritage Needs Assessment to this end and include this in the implementation of the actions needed to meet arts, culture and heritage sustainability goals.
This study determined that there was a high probability of success but there would be a need for adjustment established through appropriate and accountable monitoring mechanisms that included observation and analysis of visitor environmental and soci0-cultural impacts, budget outcomes and the ability to reach or miss projected tourism and heritage management goals.