Whistler Sailing Association operates on the shared, unceded territory of the Lil’wat People, and the Squamish People.
Why Whistler Sailing?
Founded in 2008, Whistler Sailing is a local nonprofit sailing association formed by a group of passionate dinghy sailors looking to bring the sport of sailing to the community of Whistler. Operating on Alta Lake, WSA is home to a regular thermal that routinely meet the shores every day. The fresh water provides a perfect location for beginner sailors, and the mountainous terrain creates shifts that can keep any advanced sailor on their toes.
Through the passion of dedicated volunteers and an incredible team of people, the association has grown into a fully operational sailing school offering summer sailing programs for kids and youth, and adult programming including learn to sail and race nights.
Our purpose is to promote sailing in our community by offering affordable Learn to Sail courses and clinics for all ages and abilities with a strong focus on kids, aged 5-18 years.
Our goal is to introduce and provide affordable sailing in our community, with a focus on teaching children aged 5-18. Lessons focus on the art of sailing, instilling confidence and pride through discipline, team work, companionship, leadership, and healthy competition. To accomplish these goals, WSA teaches safety, planning, strategic thinking, and teamwork; skills that will serve our students for a lifetime.
The History of Whistler Sailing
There is a long history of sailing on Alta Lake. Before alpine skiing became the main activity in Whistler in the late 1960’s, Alta Lake was the main attraction. Myrtle and Alex Philip purchased 10 acres of land on Alta Lake in 1914 and established the Rainbow Lodge on the West Side of Alta Lake. Rainbow Lodge and other railway-dependent tourist resorts, collectively known as Alta Lake, became part of British Columbia’s first Resort Municipality in 1975. The lodge was primarily a summer destination, with boating, fishing and hiking among the most popular activities. On May 1st 1966, the Alta Lake Sailing Club was formed.
Alta Lake Sailing Club Charter, May 1st 1966
Let it be known to all that on the first day of May, 1966 the Alta Lake Sailing Club was formed to bring together all those who would enjoy the prevailing southerly on Nature’s Jewel in the shadows of the great giants. Only a happy heart may sail in our Ranks-This being the foremost requirement. Competition shall be second to friendship brought about by a common bond. Club commodore will be elected each September and will appoint able assistants and plan the activities of the following season. A master log of all activities shall be maintained and be passed on to his or her successor.
WSA embraces the spirit of this Charter to this day.