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Whistler Rainbow Crosswalk Unveiling
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Whistler Celebrates Diversity With Rainbow Crosswalks

Friday, September 15th is the official launch date of Whistler’s new Rainbow Crosswalks! You can come out and watch the unveiling events on Friday at 3pm at the Whistler Public Library Square.

Rainbow Crosswalk Whistler Unveiling

Mayor of Whistler, Nancy Wilhelm-Morden, Seas to Sky Member of Legislative Assembly, Jordan Sturdy, and Whistler Pride + Ski Festival, Dean Nelson will be unveiling the two new Rainbow Crosswalks in the heart of Whistler Village. These iconic crosswalks will receive a First Nations Blessing along with a few short acknowledgments and thank you’s from community leaders and members before being permanently open to the public. Check out the unveiling schedule at the bottom of this post!

After the grand unveiling, Whistler will be the first ski resort to have a Rainbow Crosswalk. This permanent LGBTQ public art demonstrates Whistler’s commitment to ensuring all guests and residents feel safe and respected regardless of gender, sexual identity or orientation.

Whistler has been celebrating diversity for 25 years and the addition of the Rainbow Crosswalks is great way to show it throughout the community.

Whistler Pride Ski Festival 2017

Whistler hosts Canada’s largest LGBTQ winter festival, the Whistler Pride and Ski Festival. This January 2017 the festival celebrated it’s 25th anniversary and it shows no signs of slowing down. Whistler Pride and Ski Festival receives an estimated annual attendance of 3,000 guests from over 26 countries, including people from Australia, Hong Kong, China, South Africa, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Mexico, Brazil, USA, and more.

These Rainbow Crosswalks aren’t the first of their kind. In recent years, Rainbow Crosswalks have been showing up in various cities and towns across British Columbia and Canada. These crosswalks are brightening up neighbourhoods around the province and also show support for the LGBTQ community.

Back in July 2013, Vancouver unveiled the very first permanent Rainbow Crosswalk in all of Canada during Vancouver Pride Week celebrations. The Rainbow Crosswalks, located at Davie and Bute, were quickly accepted into the LGBTQ-friendly Davie Street Village and have remained a staple and attraction among tourists, often taking photos with the colourfully painted asphalt.

The success of the Rainbow Crosswalks in Vancouver has inspired other municipalities to create their own. You can take find more locations of Rainbow Crosswalks across British Columbia at 604Now.

Whistler Rainbow Crosswalk Schedule

Photo Credit: Mike Crane

Posted by on Thursday, September 07, 2017