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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Children's festival kicks off summer of family fun in Whistler

Tourism Whistler media release
For immediate release - July 10, 2014

Children's festival kicks off summer of family fun in Whistler


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Whistler, B.C. – Whether it’s taking in a mountain-top barbecue, frolicking at the beach and in the water, exploring the Valley Trail on bicycles or taking in the never-ending entertainment lineup, summer in Whistler is the perfect family escape.

In addition to the abundance of summer activities, the resort hosts the Whistler Children’s Festival July 12 and 13 at Whistler Olympic Plaza in the Village. The popular festival weekend includes hands-on workshops, crafts, multi-media, dance, music and much more. The festival takes place in Whistler Olympic Plaza, in the heart of Whistler, offering a beautiful outdoor family friendly space complete with stage, lawn and playground.

Dating back more than 30 years, the festival has become part of the fabric of a Whistler summer, offering workshops, entertainment and fun for locals and visitors alike. Art workshops are available for children aged 3 and up and provide a variety of options including soap stone carvings, circus skills, shaggy shakers, tin can robots, patio lanterns and more. Live performances including popular children’s bands, plays and demonstrations with special appearances by the Vancouver Circus School will keep everyone entertained.

The family faq gives vacationers all the answers they’ll need when planning their family vacation at Whistler while the family friendly fun itinerary provides a selection of favourite things to do with kids in Whistler.

For a complete list of summer events in Whistler, visit www.whistler.com/events/

Whether it’s sightseeing, mountain biking, ziplining or a round of golf that gets your adrenalin pumping, or if you’re looking for a relaxing spa escape, summer packages are available to suit everyone’s tastes – choose from some of the most popular vacation packages, or create your own and enjoy the carefree days of summer in Whistler.

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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About the FE&A program
Celebration is an essential aspect of Whistler culture. This was highlighted during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games when the community presented the most outstanding display of sport, entertainment and culture the resort had ever seen. The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) and resort partners continue to build on that momentum through the Festivals, Events and Animation (FE&A) program to develop and attract a wide range of high-quality, year-round programming, including an exciting line-up of festivals, events and entertainment for all ages and audiences.

The FE&A program is funded by the Province of British Columbia’s Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI), which invests in programs and projects to build tourism throughout BC. The FE&A program is overseen by the FE&A Oversight Committee comprised of staff from the RMOW and Tourism Whistler, a community member at large and a Whistler council representative. Learn more about the FE&A program.

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.

Media can visit whistler.com/media for Whistler facts, media releases, story starters, local personality profiles and access to images and B-roll.

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.

Media Contacts:
Kistine George
Manager, Travel Media
T: 604.938.2748
E: kgeorge@tourismwhistler.com

Patricia Westerholm
Manager, Communications
T: 604.938.2748
E: pwesterholm@tourismwhistler.com

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