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Myrtle and guest on skis

Copy of photograph showing Myrtle Philip and guest on skis in front of Rainbow Lodge cabins

Skiing at Rainbow Lodge

Myrtle Philip and friend skiing on the edge of Alta Lake. Rainbow Lodge cabins at left.

Jean and Myrtle with skis

Jean Tapley and Myrtle Philip with unidentified man, all with skis. Rainbow Lodge, bridges and mountains in background.

Helmer Fonds

  • WMA_P05_016
  • Fonds
  • [1930s]

Photographs taken by Dorthy Helmer at Alta Lake in the 1930s. Photographs include staff, visitors, and people visiting or working at Rainbow Lodge.

These names are marked on the back of some of the photographs: "Myrtle Philip", "Gillespie", and "Helmer".

Helmer, Dorothy

Group at Rainbow Station

Photograph of a group of people standing at Rainbow Station. Left to Right: Bob Jardine, Pat Woods, unknown, Myrtle Philip, Charlie Lundstrum, Betty Woods holding her son Kenny Woods, [Vern Lundstrum or Jack Woods], Alex Philip, and [Fred Woods].

The annotation on the verso reads "Bob Jardine, Pat Woods, about 1932; Myrtle Philip; Charlie Lundstrum; Betty Wood and Kenny; Vern Lundstrum; Alex Philip."

Whistler - The Magazine, 1985

Whistler-themed magazine, published by Paul Burrows, containing the following articles:
"A Letter From the Editor"
"Whistling Jack"
"A Town in the Making"
"Whistler Village - It's all by Design"
"Whistler Accommodation Guide"
"Reflections on Whistler"
"The Year in Revue"
"Shop Talk"
"Top of the Table"

Philip Fonds

  • PHILIP
  • Fonds
  • [c. 1890]-1986

The fonds consists of personal papers of Myrtle Philip, including education documents, journals, diaries, banking records, certificates and passports, legal and property records, correspondence, birthday and recipe books, postcards of the Alta Lake/Whistler area, scrapbooks, reference material, and photographs. The photographs depict the Philip family, people (including guests at Rainbow Lodge), events, and scenes of the Whistler area. The fonds includes Alex Philip's manuscripts, as well as records relating to his estate. The fonds also includes records of Rainbow Lodge, including guest registers (1915-1947), a cashbook (1928-1952), employee records (1941-1948), invoices, and receipts.

Philip, Myrtle

Magazines

Articles include information on Myrtle and Alex Philip opening Rainbow Lodge, the development of the resort on Blackcomb Mountain, grand hotels at resorts like the Chateau Whistler, driving the Sea to Sky Highway, living in Whistler, summer activities, Bosa Development Corp. building Blackcomb Mountain, how Blackcomb Mountain's previous season went, and development of hotels on Blackcomb Mountain.

Blackcomb Resort Magic Volume 1 Spring 1988

The Magic magazine released by Blackcomb Mountain, volume 1, spring 1988.
Table of Contents:
3 The Art of the Grand Resort
5 A Passion for Building
2 The Blackcomb Vision
4 Summer Magic
Articles include information on Myrtle and Alex Philip opening Rainbow Lodge, the development of the resort on Blackcomb Mountain, grand hotels at resorts like the Chateau Whistler, driving the Sea to Sky Highway, living in Whistler, summer activities, Bosa Development Corp. building Blackcomb Mountain, how Blackcomb Mountain's previous season went, and development of hotels on Blackcomb Mountain.

Whistler Museum & Archives Society Calendar Diary 1988

A Whistler Museum & Archives Society 1988 Calendar Diary. Contains monthly calendar pages from January-December 1988. Also contains numerous archival photos and captions as listed below;

  • "1921 Peak Experience viewing 7th Heaven?" : Alex and Myrtle Philip (in dark clothes) guide guests on a day's hike from Rainbow Lodge.
    -"She'll be coming round the mountain when she comes ..." : Myrtle Philip poses with officials of the Pacific Great Eastern (P.G.E.) railways by the 1935 ford with flanged wheels used to travel on the railroad.
    -"Whistler's First Hotel" : 1926 Deluxe accommodation - the Alta Lake Hotel - built and operated by Russ Jordan near the Alta Lake P.G.E. station near the south end of Alta Lake.
  • "Bring your own knap-sack" : Green Lake General Store: Saddle & Pack - J.C. Rougier, prop.
    -"Teddy Bear's Picnic!" : May 1926: Orphaned "Teddy Bear" was raised at Rainbow Lodge by Myrtle Philip. When grown, he was 'retired' to the Stanley Park Zoo in Vancouver, B.C.
  • "You should have seen the ones that got away!" : The day's catch: Myrtle Philip and guests at Rainbow Lodge, Alta Lake, B.C. c.1915.
    -"Ivan's Workout - Rainbow Style" : Ivan Ackery of Vancouver's Orpheum Theatre fame was a frequent guest at Rainbow Lodge, Alta Lake, B.C. c.1930.
  • "The Happy Gang" : The first picnic of the Alta Lake Community Club was held in 1923 at Rainbow Point. Mr. Harry Horstman presided with the coffee pot.
  • "Early Local Trapper":
    -August 1911: Lou Penniston and Myrtle Philip (right) pose with Charlie Barbour and John Miller (centre) at Mile 34 1/2 on the P.G.E. Railway - now the site of Function Junction. Miller Creek, named for John, flows southward from Alpha Lake.
    -John Miller and Charlie Barbour with Alex Philip (right) stand in front of Miller's cabin and chicken house. This recorded the first visit by the Philips to the Valley after a long walk from Squamish. John rented out bunks at 50¢ per night to travellers.
    -"On the Edge"
    • Sept. 10, 1923. Neal Carter on Wedge Mountain with Alta Lake showing in the background.
    • Sept. 12, 1923. Charles Townsend on the summit of Mt. Turner viewing Turner Glacier.
  • Myrtle and "the boys" trail riding at Rainbow Lodge, Alta Lake, B.C., with Armchair and Wedge Mountains in the background.
  • "Horsepower" : (Left to Right): Jack Jardine, Tom Neiland, Pat O'Neill and Jenny Jardine logging out poles in 1931 on Neiland's Ranch at Mile 34 1/2 near today's gravel pit at Function Junction. Wedge and Armchair Mountains show in the distance.
  • Christmas holidays in the 1920s at Rainbow Lodge, Alta Lake, B.C. :
    • Jean Tapley, followed by her sister Myrtle Philip skiing down "Lorimer Road".
    • Guest with Jean and Myrtle waiting for the train at Rainbow Station with the "Bridge of Sighs" in the background.
      -Mr. & Mrs. Coleman from Seattle with Myrtle, 1923.
    • Skating on Alta Lake, looking north.
      -"Peace, quietness and graciousness lives in the lives of those who have made this spot their home"
      The last pages also include a request for donations of pertinent material to the Museum and Archives, a brief history of the Alta Lake Community Club, Photography acknowledgements and a thank you for purchasing the calendar.
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