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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!


#SummitCulture: Pecha Kucha Whistler Oct 17th 2014

Whistler's only Pecha Kucha night is back on Oct 17th 2014

After a two year break, Pecha Kucha Nights are set to return to Whistler on October 17th 2014, and we can’t wait!

If you’re familiar with the original Pecha Kucha Nights (here or anywhere else) you’ll know why they’re now becoming known as “that thing that’s kind of like TED”. It’s not the most glamorous description in the world, but it’s pretty accurate given that this humble little night of intellectual and creative presentations has now grown to become an international network.

Thanks to pechakucha.org there are now 778 cities (and counting) around the world, each with their own Pecha Kucha “Chapter”.

The new Whistler Pecha Kucha nights are being organized by the Brown Owl Social Club, who have arranged some great local speakers. Volume #7 is themed “trepidation” and will have presentations covering a range of topics from mountaineering, to engineering, to photography.

To come and watch, tickets are by free or by donation at http://pechakuchawhistlervol7.eventbrite.ca

So. What is a Pecha Kucha?

Pecha Kucha is the Japanese “art of precise presentation” where you present your idea with only 20 slides and 20 seconds to talk per slide. Each Pecha Kucha talk will then last about 7 minuets, so if you’re new to it you don’t have to be up there for very long!

Here’s a couple of examples of our faves, just click the images to watch the Pecha Kucha:

1. Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time                                     2. Transformer Apartment

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The format was invented by two architects, Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham from Klein Dytham architecture for one simple reason: “architects talk too much! Give a microphone and some images to an architect (or most creative people for that matter) and they’ll go on forever!”.

During a Pecha Kucha talk the images advance automatically, so there really is no way you can get suck rambling on one point for too long.

What are Pecha Kucha Nights?

Photo courtesy of Pecha Kucha Tokyo

PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, work, thoughts, projects, adventures – just about anything, really – in the PechaKucha 20×20 format. Presenters are arranged before hand to keep everything running smooth and on time, and there are typically between 5 – 10 different presentations in one night.

These nights are super casual, anyone can join and anyone can present. If I’d like to talk at the next Pecha Kucha please send a quick email to vicky[at]brownowlsocialclub.com.

Who can talk at a Pecha Kucha Night?

Anyone, that’s the beauty of it. Whether you’re 5 or 75 if you’ve done something rad, learned something new or made something you’re really proud of you can come and share it.

The key to a Pecha Kucha slideshow is just to talk about something you love. Most people use PechaKucha Nights to present their latest creative projects or work, but some people share their passion and show off their prized record collections, while others share their latest holiday photos, adventure journals, artwork, favourite recipes or even new inventions. The youngest person to do a Pecha Kucha was a 5 year old girl who talked about her drawings!

“We’re always looking for people to tell their stories. We have such an incredible community of creative and intelligent people in Whistler. This is a great way for us all to get together and discover what projects eachother is working on, and maybe find new like-minded friends.” – Victoria, Founder, Brown Owl Social Club

Victoria recommends that new presenters watch a few Pecha Kucha presentations online first to get a good feel for what it’s all about.

Sign-up to talk at a Whistler Pecha Kucha Night: email vicky[at]brownowlsocialclub.com

Is Pecha Kucha like TED?

It’s kind-of like TED in that you’ll learn a heck of a lot from the super smart, adventurous and creative people in your community in short, sharp shots of inspiration.

But at the same time it’s not like TED at all, because with a Pecha Kucha night you can get up from behind your computer screen and actually meet, make friends with, and share a beer with the people who present.

Come and join a real social network for the creative and curious!

#SummitCulture: Best Coffee In Whistler Is Not What You’d Expect


Best Coffee In Whistler Mount Currie Coffee Co

Jitter juice, jet fuel, morning thunder…what ever you choose to call it coffee is important to locals and guests here in Whistler. It perks us up on early morning pow days, gets us up for extended play in the bike park after a long day at work or out adventuring, and it is regularly used as a gift from guests to retail assistants to show appreciation for really great service.

So being at the heart of a town that some-what runs on ‘jitter juice’ we are regularly asked by people who stay with us “Where’s the best coffee in Whistler?”.

When asked, it’s a question we ponder carefully because no-one wants to be ‘that person’ who recommended a bad coffee. So after rigorous, and somewhat scientific testing, we stumbled upon Whistler’s best kept coffee secret and we’re about to let you in on it.

So shhhh, don’t tell everyone.

The Big Secret: Emma at Mount Currie Coffee Co.

Whistler’s secret coffee weapon is not a special bean, an innovative new machine or a particular method, as you might expect. It’s pure passion…. in the form a person.

A person we’re going to call “Emma”. Why? Because that’s her name and we really want you to ask for her next time you’re in town!

Disclaimer: You have to be in Mount Currie when you ask for her, we can’t guarantee you’ll get the right Emma (or even coffee) if you ask for her at any other establishment in town

Who: Emma

Where She’s From: Calgary, Alberta

Moved To Whistler: June 2014

Lives In Whistler Because: “The mountains are right there! In Calgary you have to travel to get up the hill, here it’s right on my doorstep”

What Makes Emma’s Coffee So Awesome: She was trained by some of the best barista’s in the country – Phil & Sebastian, in Calgary. Coffee-lovers you may know Phil & Sebastian because their staff regularly make appearances at The Canadian National Barista Championship as competitors and judges. And thankfully for Whistler, they passed on their golden knowledge to our new favourite barista, Emma.

To find Emma and her exquisite coffee just mosey on down to Mount Currie Coffee Co on Main Street, Whistler. It’s just a few steps from the hotel and we know you’ll love her and her joe.

She Makes The Best Coffee In Whistler, Literally. They’re Not Paying Us To Say This

Honestly. We won’t go anywhere else now, we’re hooked. See you there!

Emma At Mount Currie Coffee Co Making A Cappuchino

New here?  Welcome and thanks for stopping by!

Review: Leonardo DiCaprio’s UN Climate Change Summit is Brutally Honest and Rightly So

Two days ago, at the UN Climate Change Summit, Leonardo DiCaprio compelled the United Nations, and the world, to “make history” or “be vilified by it.​”.

In his first speech as UN Messenger of Peace the celebrity environmental activist told dignitaries that “this disaster has gone beyond just what individuals can do, it’s now about our industries and governments around the world taking decisive large scale action”.

Why Leo’s Speech is Important to Us

First and foremost, we love this planet we call home. We love the people, the trees, the coffee, and especially the lakes! But on a deeper level, actively striving to reduce our environmental impact is a long term investment. An investment that we’re making not to “jump on the bandwagon” but as an investment in the future, for our employees, our guests and our town. We are incredibly lucky to have a team here that are environmentally conscious right from the front desk staff, to housekeeps, to management. If we can have even a small impact on our industry, by changing how we operate, it will be a win for everyone.

“We’re looking seriously at what we can do as a hotel that goes beyond just changing our lightbulbs and separating our recycling. We have a long way to go because the Summit Lodge is located in an old building and we’re part of an industry that naturally produces a lot of waste…but we are constantly searching, every day, for new products, suppliers and ways of operating that will reduce our carbon footprint and strain on the local and global environment” – Tony Medd, GM, Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel

We’re in This Together

The Dali Lama wisely said “when you speak you only repeat what you already know, when you listen you may learn something new” and in that spirt we’d really like to hear your thoughts on Leo’s speech. Please leave a comment below and (unlike many other blogs) we’ll actually read them.