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Destination BC: The Audain Art Museum

On March 12, 2016, Canada’s newest art museum, the Audain Art Museum, opened in Whistler, BC. A building like no other, The Audain Museum transports you from the iconic ski town into a surreal space of ‘modern-forest’. The spectacular 5,203 m2 (56,000 sq ft) building was designed by Patkau Architects with the intention that, “The museum will be quietly inserted into a void within the forest,” explains architect John Patkau.

The walkway leading to the Audain Art Museum in Whistler A look at the modern architecture of the Audain Art Museum in Whistler. Photo: Caley VanularA long, narrow hallway in the Audain Art Museum in Whistler. Photo: Caley VanularA mask in the Audain Art Museum in Whistler. Photo: Caley Vanular

This objective is completely achieved with the build. The windows inside only expose forest and mountains, engulfing you in a quite and crisp atmosphere, ensuring you feel like you are outside of reality. Take some time and wander down the long hallways to experience the open rooms and flow throughout the museum with ease.

Admiring the art in the Audain Art Museum in Whistler. Photo: Caley VanularThe open spaces of the Audain Art Museum in Whistler. Photo: Caley VanularExploring art on the walls of the Audain Art Museum in Whistler. Photo: Caley Vanular

Explore the endless amounts of iconic art, as Canada’s newest ‘Class A’ art museum houses a large portion of the personal art collection that Michael Audain and his wife Yoshiko Karasawa have amassed over the past 40 years. This astonishing Northwest Coast art collection is on permanent display at the museum, while a temporary exhibition wing hosts a rotation of exhibitions featuring Canadian and international art.

A quaint sitting area in the Audain Art Museum in Whistler. Photo: Caley Vanular

If you are headed to the museum for the opening exhibition, plan on experiencing the art of BC through everything from traditional First Nations pieces, to the work of contemporary masters including Emily Carr, E.J. Hughes, Stan Douglas, Rodney Graham, Jeff Wall and Ian Wallace. While you are visiting, be sure not to miss the temporary collection of Mexican Modernist works by Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros and José Clemente Orozco, known as Los Trés Grandes. Combined, the exhibitions create a unique cultural and education experience.

Emily Carr (1871-1945) The Crazy Stair (The Crooked Staircase), c. 1928-30 Oil on canvas 110.2 x 65.7 cm Audain Art Museum Collection, 2013.014. Photo courtesy of

The exterior of the Audain Art Museum in Whistler. Photo: Caley Vanular

Quick Facts about the Audain Art Museum:

  • Open from 10 am to 5 pm, six days a week. Closed on Tuesdays
  • 5,203 sq m (56,000 sq ft) building designed by Patkau Architects
  • One of Western Canada’s largest museums
  • Class A Art Museum
  • Home to Emily Carr’s 1928 painting The Crazy Stair, worth $3,393,000 (the highest paid dollar amount for a work by a Canadian woman artist and the fourth most expensive work of art at an art auction in Canada)
  • Endowment fund is $7.5 million, to-date, with the aim of it eventually reaching $25 million

How to Get There:

The Audain Art Museum is located at 4350 Blackcomb Way in Whistler. Parking is available in the day lots. For directions to the museum, click here.

To learn more about the Audain Art Museum, visit their website at

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Arts, Culture and History in Whistler, British Columbia

Destination Canada: A Local’s Guide To Whistler


A Local’s Guide To Riding Whistler

The many sides of Whistler Photos: Caley Vanular

Whistler BC, is an amazing place to grow up. The beautiful outdoors, inspiring people and unmatched terrain is an experience only those who visit can truly understand. Especially in the past few years. With the arrival of new restaurants, facilities, retail stores, terrain access, express lifts and more, Whistler has grown from a small ski town to a globally renowned ski resort, featuring a community filled with amazing opportunities for action, adventure, cuisine, and culture.

Follow along as I give you some locals tips to skiing and snowboarding in one of the best places on earth, for the easy riders, powder hounds, park rats and backcountry enthusiasts in your group…


I woke up surrounded by Delicas.#onthemoon #canada #explorebc #mountain

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For The Easy Riders:

Whistler Blackcomb is a huge resort, with over 8,171 acres of skiable terrain. It is smart to take a look at the trail map to get an idea of where you want to ski before you hit the slopes. My favorite morning runs are on the green Family Runs. Featuring beautiful scenery and perfect corduroy, it is a nice way to ease into the morning.


Dropping next. #pipejocks #wssf #shredshow #boarding #funtimes @duckworth

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For The Park Rats: If you or someone in your family is looking to ride park, Whistler Blackcomb has some of the best terrain parks in the world. Ranging from green to extreme, the resort has something for everyone. Whistler’s park is traditionally the novice level park, with fun jibs and welcoming jumps. Blackcomb terrain park is built on a steeper run and hosts a blue, grey and black park. The black park is where you will see professional athletes and Olympians training, it has the biggest jumps and requires a special pass and helmet to ride.


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For The Powder Hounds:

Looking for powder on Whistler Blackcomb? You will need to know where to go. If you are on Whistler and see Peak Chair switch from ‘closed’ to ‘stand-by’, rip on over and jump in line. When it opens, you will experience amazing snow, endless terrain, and big open bowls. Ride back down to the lift and enjoy a show as skiers and snowboarders drop off cliffs viewable from the lift line. You can lap Peak Chair to Red Chair, all day and explore different routes and traverses leading you to some of the best terrain the resort has to offer.

If it is too windy to open Peak Chair on Whistler, take the Peak-To-Peak gondola over to Blackcomb. Blackcomb mountain is steeper and features the new Crystal Ridge Express chair which gives you access to playful terrain and powder-filled glades.


In the belly with my good ol’boardin pal @luisakhp. @whistlerblackcomb #powday #trees #neature

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So many fun things to do just off the Duffy.

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For The Backcountry Enthusiasts:

Not only does Whistler play host to the world-renowned ski resort, Whistler Blackcomb, it also has numerous backcountry access points within a thirty-minute drive. From epic heli skiing, snowmobiling to split boarding, it is worth checking out the operations in the area and getting yourself a guided tour of the surrounding mountains. Only if you want bottomless powder and no lift lines that is…  


Lunch break. #cave #natureporn A photo posted by Caley Vanular (@caleyvanular) on

Such a great day : ) #lotsoflols #sunshine #backcountry

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Destination Canada: The Unofficial Mayor of Whistler


Known as the ‘Unofficial Mayor’ of Whistler, Rube Goldberg made his mark on the world-renowned ski town for his notable snowboarding, extensive backcountry knowledge, and overall amazing personality. Living in Whistler, British Columbia for over 20 years, Rube developed a way to make the ‘ski bum’ lifestyle a sustainable reality. In the first portion of his Whistler life, Rube worked as a professional snowboarder exploring the Whistler backcountry by snowmobile and filming video parts. As Rube transitioned out of professional snowboarding, he focused his skills on guiding the next generation of snowboarders, owning a painting company and property managing. His love for the town and ability to adapt to new roles has helped him create a comfortable community and the accessibility to snowboard everyday.

Rube Goldberg – Ruckus In The Rockies by Transworld Snowboarding

We sat down with Rube to learn about his productive 2014 season, favorite things about Whistler and his plans for the upcoming season…

Rube, where are you from originally? I am from Hudson, Quebec, Canada.

Where did you spend the most time snowboarding in Quebec? I grew up riding at Mt. Riguad and Mt. Saint Sauveur.

How many years have you been snowboarding? I’ve been snowboarding since 1988.

What inspired you to make the move from Quebec to Whistler? I moved out to Whistler in ’95. I just needed a break from school. I was originally planning on only taking a year off, but that plan fell apart quick.

How did you first get into the Whistler backcountry? Well I was a park rat to start, and then one day I was invited to go for a hike around Whistler and Blackcomb and jump off cliffs and hit big jumps with my friend Rick Johnston for his new movie. Pretty sure his company was called FaceShot Productions. It was awesome! The next year I bought a snowmobile and tried to hang with Treetop Films. They were definitely pushing snowboarding in the backcountry back then. It was not easy to hang. I slowly progressed and from there went on to shoot with a bunch of other crews over the years. Neoproto, Kidsknow, Brainwash, Whiteout, Sandbox.

Did you know anyone living in Whistler before making the big move? I had a few friends that had lived here before I came. They showed me where Tommy Africa’s was!

Can you tell us the top five things you love about Whistler?

  1. The mountains.
  2. The proximity to the mountains.
  3. The proximity to Vancouver.
  4. The snow.
  5. The people.

What are your top five restaurants in Whistler?

  1. The Furniture Warehouse – Cheap food, good people, good vibe.
  2. Samurai Sushi – Quick, easy and tasty.
  3. Splitz Burger – Best burger in town.
  4. Earls – Great company.
  5. Rim Rock – Amazing food.

Where are your favorite places to ride backcountry in Canada? Whistler and Revelstoke.

Where is your favorite place to go Heli-Boarding in Canada? Whistler. Next question.

This year you filmed for The Pathology Project, how did that happen? My good friends Bryan Fox and Austin Smith always come to town and make me do things that I don’t want to do anymore. I can never say no, so I hung out and threw my body around for a few days. The film crew was massive and mixed with skiers and snowboarders just doing what we love to do… Play in the snow!

What are your plans for next year? Will you film a snowboard part again? Well I’m definitely going to keep playing in the snow. If somebody wants to film it then I guess I’ll be filming again.

In the meantime, enjoy some classic videos of Rube snowboarding below…

Shine On – Sandbox Films Trailer
Etienne Gilbert and Rube Goldberg segment in “Sugar Shack”
Kevin Sansalone & Rube Goldberg – Time Well Wasted