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Summit Lodge raised $15K to build a school in Mexico

Crowd cheering at the Cinco de Mayo fundraiser at the Summit Lodge

On Friday May 5th 200 guests and members of the Whistler community came together at the Summit Lodge to kick-start our summer-long fundraising series for Mission San Quintin.

Our goal is to raise $40K by fall 2017. That’s enough money to send a team and supplies to the San Quintin Valley in Mexico to build a school in a rural town.

Thanks to our silent auction partners including the Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver, Sunwolf, Canadian Wilderness Adventures, Black Tie Ski Rental, Opus Hotel, Mountain Home Decor and more who donated thousands of dollars worth of prizes.

See the full list of amazing silent auction donors and prizes here

Plus a very special thank you to Mountain FM for being our official radio sponsor, and to Whistler FM for giving us a Tuesday Takeover slot to share out story.

And last, but not least, thank you to El Furniture Warehouse Whistler for hosting the official Cinco de Mayo fundraiser afterparty.

Stay tuned on our Facebook Page for announcements of our full list of summer fundraisers.

Want to come to Mexico with us? You can buy a place on the school build team for a donation of $1400 CAD. That includes flights, accommodation, meals, transport, and a donation to the build-a-school fund. For more details email tony@summitlodge.com

Photos from the night

We’re Turning Out The Lights For Earth Hour


Every March we celebrate Earth Hour’s symbolic “lights off” movement. Earth Hour started in 2007 as a small idea with a big goal: to unite people all over the world in one moment of solidarity, conversation, inspiration and action around climate change.

We are currently the only hotel and business in Whistler with an event registered to celebrate Earth Hour. One day we’d like the whole town to turn out the lights together, in one giant show of environmental consciousness for the beautiful province and country we love in. Please share this post and help us lead others to join Earth Hour, too.

Why do we celebrate Earth Hour?

As travel becomes more accessible and affordable we feel that as a hotel, and individually as stewards of our planet, it is our duty to be positive ambassadors for the protection of the environment that so many travel here to experience. We also believe that the hospitality industry, as a whole, has a responsibility to help guests live a sustainable lifestyle on vacation, as they would at home.

We are by no means a perfect gold-standard of sustainability, but we’re continually taking one more step to get us a little closer. Sharing Earth Hour with our guests is an important way to show that making a change is not about big grand gestures, but about striving to be better every day.

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to make many ripples” – Mother Teresa

Enjoy the candlelight

We won’t leave you entirely in the dark on March 28th during Earth Hour, the hotel (and even the pool and hot tub) will be illuminated with the warm relaxing glow of candles and tea lights.

When is Earth Hour happening at the Summit Lodge

Date: March 28th, 2015
Time: 8.30pm – 9.30pm local time

Website: earthhour.org

Watch The Whole TED Conference Live With Us

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We’re very excited to announce that we’re going to be streaming the entire TED conference live, for you to come and watch. On top of that, we’re also going to host two TED-themed parties showing the most inspiring, fascinating and ingenious talks from the days before as well as a couple of classic TED crowd favourites.

The live stream from TED Vancouver

Showing all week from 6pm on Monday March 16th – 12pm on Friday March 20th, 2015.

When: March 16th – 20th at the times shown for each session
Where: Our lobby, full of comfy sofas and free coffee!

Summit Lodge Presents TED: An Evening Of The Best Talks – guests only

An exclusive, guest-only, free night of TED talks, inspiration and conversation. We’ll be playing a curated recap list of the best TED talks from the conference so far and a few TED classics, as we aim to spark your inspiration with meaningful conversation!

When: Wednesday March 18th

Time: 7.30pm – 10pm

Where: Summit Lodge Conference Room + snacks and beverages

Brown Owl + Summit Lodge Presents: An Evening Of The Best TED Talks – Public

We’ve partnered up with the Brown Owl Social Club for a unique night of creativity, inspiration and conversation. The Brown Owl will be curating a list of the week’s most fascinating, jaw-dropping, persuasive and funny talks from TED Vancouver, moderating short open discussions, and encouraging you to share your own ideas and thoughts on how any of the talks could be applied to Whistler.

The Brown Owl Social Club: “Creative meetups to educate and inspire. We organise events that connect the bright minds
and beautiful people of Whistler, BC”

When: Friday March 20th

Time: 7.30pm – 10pm

Where: Summit Lodge Conference Room

Keep an eye out on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for more updates and check out brownowlsocialclub.com

TED Schedule

Session 1: Opening Gambit

Hosted by Chris Anderson

Monday, March 16, 2015

6:00pm-8:00pm PDT

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Session 2: What Are We Thinking?

Hosted by Chris Anderson

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

8:30am-10:15am PDT

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Session 3: Machines That Learn

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

11:00am-12:45pm PDT

Hosted by Chris Anderson

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Session 4: Out of This World

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

2:15pm-4:00pm PDT

Hosted by June Cohen

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Session 5: Life Stories

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

5:00pm-6:45pm PDT

Hosted by Chris Anderson

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Session 6: Radical Reframe

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

8:30am-10:15am PDT

Hosted by Chris Anderson

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Session 7: Creative Ignition

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

11:00am-12:45pm PDT

Hosted by June Cohen

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Session 8: Pop-Up Magazine

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

5:00pm-6:45pm PDT

Hosted by Douglas McGray and Pat Walters

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Session 9: Just and Unjust

Thursday, March 19, 2015

10:30am-12:30pm PDT

Hosted by Chris Anderson

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Session 10: Building From Scratch

Thursday, March 19, 2015

2:15pm-4:00pm PDT

Hosted by Helen Walters

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Session 11: Passion and Consequence

Thursday, March 19, 2015

5:00pm-6:45pm PDT

Hosted by June Cohen

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Session 12: Endgame

Friday, March 20, 2015

9:30am-12:00pm PDT

Hosted by Chris Anderson and June Cohen

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#SummitLovesWAG A Twitter-Powered Donation



#SummitLovesWAG is a project that literally evolved on Twitter overnight, and we’re so excited that we’ve been able to make it happen with help from a few of our online friends. Hopefully you’re interested to find out all about it, so let us fill in the gaps:

Gap 1: While very excited last night that we had 1976 followers, we tweeted this…

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Gap 2: After a few retweets @timberloo suggested this this…

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Gap 3: And then @tatterededge one-upped us and added this…

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Gap 4: We’re now donating 50¢ to WAG for every new Twitter follower in October!

It really happened just like that. We asked our Twitter followers what we should do and this really means a lot to them, so we’re going with it and we’re incredibly excited! It’s not often, on social media, that you get to be part of something that genuinely has a direct impact on the community you live in. This is incredibly apt as it is also National Adopt A Shelter Dog Month, too – this impromptu fundraiser couldn’t have happened at a better time.

Sometimes the universe lays out the pieces and you just have to put them together. Thanks cosmos!

Gap 5: What is WAG and why is it important to us


Whistler Animals Galore (WAG) was founded in 1982 when two friends identified the need for an animal rescue service in the Sea-to-Sky corridor. Since then, WAG has grown into a respected community asset that has found ‘forever homes’ for thousands of animals from great danes to guinea pigs. Without them, many of our furry friends would not be living the happy lives they have today.

Follow WAG on Twitter @WhistlerWAG and on Facebook at /WhistlerWAG

Why is 2000 followers is important to us?

To some people 2000 followers might not seem like a lot, but to us this is a big deal. We relish every opportunity to meet new exciting people – and now we know almost 2000 awesome people, on Twitter alone!

For example, just yesterday we came across this a gorgeous photo of musician, actress and writer  at Lost Lake on Instagram. Interested in how her songwriting was going, we found her on Twitter which then lead to her visiting us in person for an inspiring creative afternoon at the hotel.

We love our online family, so when we realised we were almost at 2000 followers we asked everyone on Twitter what we should do to celebrate…and this is the happy ending.

How to share, follow and help raise money

First, please start by following us on Twitter at @WhistlerSummit. Second, share this post with everyone you know so they too can share the story of #SummitLovesWAG. Thirdly, please include the has hashtags #SummitLovesWAG and #SummitCommunity so we can track the progress.

Thank you for being part of the adventure!


p.s. It would be incredible if this went vital and we raised provincial or global awareness for WAG. Having said that, this awesome impromptu fundraiser was not in our budget, we just wanted to help make one of our followers ideas become a reality. So should it go viral, we sadly will have to cap our donation at $1000, but we will donate our time and social media networks to continuing to promote Whistler Animals Galore!