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Guide Spotlight: Lovely Linda

Guide Spotlight: Lovely Linda
Photo by Shannon Heather at WFF17
Meet Linda, Whistler Tasting Tour’s very first Aboriginal guide! Having Linda join our team has been a great opportunity to learn about Indigenous lands in Whistler. She’s giving a Ted Talk on March 3rd at Quest University Squamish so make sure to check it out 🙂

 

How long have you been living in Whistler?

I’ve been in Whistler since 1997!

 

Where are you originally from?

I’m from Vancouver.

 

Where else do you work?

I recently started working at the Four Seasons Resort as a breakfast server so that I’m able to guide more tours!

 

Who is a co-worker that always makes you smile?

Bria, she’s great! We make each other smile. We became friends through Whistler Tasting Tours actually. I also found out that a lot of people I know used to guide for the company.

 

Describe the first time you guided a tour.

I immediately felt that it was something I needed to do more. I felt confident and comfortable right away because I love public speaking and sharing local knowledge of Whistler through an Aboriginal perspective. During my first tour I talked to guests about the Totem Pole and gave them information about the local dining scene, resorts and my connections with restaurants and people.

 

What is a great place to go for drinks that most people don’t know about?

A hidden gem to go out for drinks is The Point: Artist Run Center.

 

Can you tell me about your performances?

My best friend Andy teaches acting and got me involved with the Whistler Film Festival, I hosted the Aboriginal Filmmaker Fellowship inspiring women in film. I also performed and sang the women’s warrior song and performed at World Snow and Ski Festival. I frequently participate in acting and improv in Whistler as well.

 

What is your favourite way to de-stress after a long day of work?

I live at a condo complex which has a pool and a hot tub, it is the best way to de-stress!

 

How has Whistler changed since you first arrived?

It has changed quite a bit, it’s scary with the housing situation and the locals living in Whistler. Prices are getting extremely high. Living, accommodation and lift tickets are very expensive. On the bright side, there is a great artist scene and a supportive community of locals within Whistler. 

 

Which is your most memorable experience on tour?

We were walking along village stroll and I was telling guests about the Totem Pole and the story behind it. I was so happy that guests were so interested in the Aboriginal culture that they opened up and asked more questions. It wasn’t just about food and wine anymore, they were interested in the traditional land where Whistler sits.

 

Which is your favorite season in Whistler?

Rather than a specific season, I love every season change and transition  like when the flowers come out in spring. If I had to choose, I’d choose summer though. I love hiking, biking and the lakes. The sun gives everyone happiness 🙂

 

Click here if you want to request Linda for your next tour!

 

 

Posted by: Emily Tsai

 

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