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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Celebrate Fourth of July holiday with Canadian friends – and free Vancouver Symphony Orchestra concerts – in Whistler

Tourism Whistler media release
For immediate release - June 26, 2014

 Celebrate Fourth of July holiday with Canadian friends – and free Vancouver Symphony Orchestra concerts – in Whistler


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Whistler, B.C. – Whistler invites Americans friends to travel north to celebrate the Fourth of July with free concerts throughout the Village.

Town Plaza, Village Square and Whistler Olympic Plaza will host performances by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra throughout the first week of July. Join us as we celebrate Canada Day on July 1 with the VSO and extend your vacation to include the U.S. national holiday with a full orchestra performance in Whistler Olympic Plaza on Friday, July 4. The July 4 program includes both the Canadian and American national anthems, Bernstein’s Candide Overture, Copland’s Rodeo: Corral Nocturne and Saturday Night Waltz, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, John Williams’ Star Wars Suite and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

The VSO performances are part of the Whistler Presents Outdoor Concert Series which delivers free outdoor concerts in Whistler throughout the summer.

For the most detailed Whistler events calendar, visit www.whistler.com/events while the Whistler Insider gives readers the scoop on Whistler’s must-see summer concerts.

Also on July 4, Whistler welcomes the 14th Western Regional HOG Rally, with members of the Harley Owners Group as they tour Highway 99 from Squamish to Whistler, where their bikes will be showcased in Skiers’ Plaza.

July 3-6 features the Whistler Longboard Festival with events for spectators and participants, such as the skate bowl jam and boarder cross. The 2014 International Downhill Federation’s Canadian World Cup Downhill Race will take place at the Whistler Sliding Centre.

While in Whistler, be sure to check out the offerings at the Whistler Farmers’ Market in the Upper Village. Each Sunday, as well as Wednesday evenings, through the summer, the market offers a feast for the senses with locally grown produce, a variety of tasty foods, local artwork, live entertainment and activities.

Monday, June 30 marks the last day to take part in the Book Early and Save promotion, offering a third night free on select accommodation. From the Rocky Mountaineer train package to the Scandinave Spa package, Ziplining, floatplane and train or bear-viewing, whistler.com offers summer vacation packages to suit all tastes. Whistler-based travel consultants at whistler.com can also customize vacation packages, taking care of flights, ground transportation, accommodation and activities. Whistler.com offers the largest selection with no booking fee for accommodation and activities and the price match guarantee. Call 1.800.WHISTLER (1.800.944.7853) to request a no-obligation quote or visit whistler.com for more details and offers.

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Whistler is Canada's premier year-round leisure and meeting destination located in the Coast Mountains 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Consistently rated the top ski resort in North America, Whistler was the Host Mountain Resort of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The resort offers an extensive range of accommodations totaling 10,000 bedrooms among 24 hotels as well as townhomes, condos, B&Bs and chalets. Whistler also boasts more than 100 restaurants and bars, 200 retail shops, 25 spas and countless activity options from world-renowned skiing and snowboarding, mountain biking and golf, to hiking, rock climbing, and watersports. The Resort Municipality of Whistler is home to a diverse community of more than 10,000 permanent residents.

Tourism Whistler is the member-based marketing and sales organization representing Whistler, operating the Whistler Conference Centre, Whistler Golf Club, Whistler Visitor Centre, as well as 1.800.WHISTLER and whistler.com - Whistler's official source for visitor bookings and information. As the convention and visitors bureau for the Resort Municipality of Whistler, Tourism Whistler represents more than 7,000 members who own, manage and operate properties or businesses on resort lands including hotels, restaurants, activity operators and retail shops.

Broadcasters: Whistler now has the capability to take you live with our enhanced fibre network. The significantly expanded network of more than 200 kilometres of fibre optic cabling throughout the resort allows instant transmission of HD signals to any location at any time. Details on how to access, and book the fibre are available on our media site. http://media.whistler.com/contact-us/filming-in-whistler/

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Patricia Westerholm
Manager, Communications
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E: pwesterholm@tourismwhistler.com

Kristine George
Manager, Travel Media
T: 604.938.2718
E: kgeorge@tourismwhistler.com

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