TRAVELLER I LOCAL VIBE
LOCAL LINGO – WHISTLER
Whistler’s network of pathways and green spaces is justly
famous, and like a lot of places, the Resort Municipality
of Whistler strives to honour some of its pioneers and
community builders by naming parks and other landmarks
after them. But who are these people?
Nebbeling Bridge spans Village Gate Boulevard on the
Village Stroll and is named for Ted Nebbeling, who served
as mayor of Whistler from 1990 to ’ 96 and as the region’s
representative in the B.C. Legislative Assembly from ’ 96 to
2005. Having married longtime partner Jan Holmberg in
2003, for a brief time he was the world’s highest-ranking
government official who was a partner in a same-sex
marriage. He passed away in 2009.
Florence Petersen Park, located next to the Whistler
Library and Whistler Museum, is named for a historian,
author and marriage commissioner who founded the
Whistler Museum and Archives Society. Before her passing
in 2012, Petersen was the longest-tenured living resident of
the Whistler Valley, having arrived in the 1950s.
Rebagliati Park, within Fitzsimmons Creek Park, along the
pathway between Whistler Village and the Upper Village,
is named for Ross Rebagliati, winner of the first Olympic
men’s snowboarding gold medal ever awarded (Nagano
1998). He is also the founder of Ross’ Gold™, a company
that sells apparel and medicinal marijuana.
Eva Lake Park in Nordic Estates is named for the daughter
of Walter Zebrowski, a Polish immigrant and World War
II veteran who developed much of the Nordic Estates
neighbourhood and donated the land for the park. A bridge
over the Cheakamus River, accessing the Cheakamus
Crossing neighbourhood, bears Zebrowski’s name.
Millar’s Pond Park in the Bayshores neighbourhood is
named for “Mahogany” John Millar, the pioneering trapper
who ran his stopping house along the Pemberton Trail at
nearby Millar’s Creek in the early 20th century.
STORIES BY DAVID BURKE
IMAGES BY JOERN ROHDE
FLORENCE PETERSEN PARK