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About Whistler Sailing

Welcome to our passion.

Founded in 2008, Whistler Sailing is a local nonprofit sailing association formed by a group of 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.



Whistler Sailing Association operates on the shared, unceded territory of the Lil’wat People, and the Squamish People.

Sailing history on Alta Lake

Our History

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.

Our GM

Francois Hebert

Francois is a CYA certified Orange Level III sailing coach and holds National Coach Certification Level III Theory (NCCP).


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Sailing Highlights:

  • 2023 ILCA 7 US Masters National Champion 

  • 22nd at the 2022 Tasar World Championships

  • Quebec Sailing team member 2000 – 2006

  • Bronze Medalist Canada Games 2001

  • 5th place Laser East Coast Championships 2005

  • 3rd place Laser Great Lakes Championships 2005

  • Qualified for 2005 Laser World Championships in Fortaleza Brazil

  • 11th Overall in North America in the Laser Class Grand Prix standings

  • Recipient of The Miranda Grassi Faraggi award in 2000 for the most dedicated sailor at the Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club in Montreal

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Our Board

Whistler Sailing Association's board of directors is made up of a group of passionate volunteers that work to bring the sailing experience to the community.

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