WSAR Team Photo June 2018

Welcome to the Whistler Search & Rescue Society

The Whistler Search and Rescue Society is a registered non-profit organization in the province of British Columbia, Canada. It’s primary function is that of a community resource to assist the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in a variety of search and rescue functions.

Recent News & Videos:

June 1, 2018:

WB MH WSAR Donation
Derek Stembridge, Mtn Host Supervisor, Greg Newton, WSAR Director, Dale Hotell, Mtn Host Assistant Manager & Rosemary Hotell, Mtn Host.


Whistler Blackcomb Vail Resorts presented Whistler Search & Rescue Society with a cheque of $7,800 on behalf of the Mountain Hosts from tips generously received from guests.

The Mountain Hosts provide complimentary orientation tours for guests throughout the winter season.  We are grateful for Whistler Blackcomb Vail Resort’s support to WSAR and recognition of the service we provide.




October 17, 2017: Renata Lewis, WSAR Member, Shares Learning Points on Rescues & Tips for Trip Planning

RLewis Mountain FM

Whistler Search and Rescue Volunteer Renata Lewis dropped by the Whistler FM 101.5 “Apres Lounge” to talk about what the team behind the scenes of backcountry emergencies does, and their taste in music.

Recorded on 10-17-2017. To listen, click here: Whistler FM Tuesday Takeover with WSAR


October 16, 2017Annual Whistler Search & Rescue Fundraiser Raises Over $75K!

WSAR Wined Up Live 2017October 14th, marked our 18th year for the annual Whistler Search & Rescue Wine’d Up 2017 Gourmet Dinner & Auction Fundraiser. Every year, this single event raises vital funds to support our incredible community of 33 volunteers who donate their time 24/7 at a moment’s call for service.

Wine’d Up 2017, held at Dusty’s Creekside, sold out within the first 2 weeks, which speaks to the support of our amazing community. We thank and recognize our community of supporters throughout the Sea to Sky, who joined us for this delightful experience of gourmet food, wine tasting and lively auction. We beat our expectations, once again, on the generosity from our guests, and we can’t thank you enough.


June 8, 2017: Inside Whistler’s Search & Rescue: We go behind the scenes with WSAR to meet the women who volunteer their time to help others in their community – very proud to feature Paige Bell and Renata Lewis!

April 2, 2017

Danielle MH WSAR HaircuttingWhistler Search & Rescue is very grateful to Whistler Blackcomb’s Mountain Hosts who this year are donating the tips they receive from guests to WSAR.

We also want to especially acknowledge Danielle Lesperance, a Mountain Host who donated her time and services on Sunday, April 2, offering haircuts to anyone on Whistler Mountain. Danielle raised $360 cutting hair at 6,000 feet!


March 9, 2017

Each year, the Province recognizes Public Safety Lifeline Volunteer Award winners and their significant contributions to emergency and disaster response throughout British Columbia. These award winners are a select few among thousands of Public Safety Lifeline Volunteers who conduct air and ground searches, help the victims of serious car accidents, set up networks of volunteer teams, and co-ordinate services for victims of natural disasters.

Brad Sills 2017 Recogntion
Brad Sills, President WSAR

On March 9, 2017, the following recipients received awards:

  • Emergency Social Services – Deborah Reid (Vancouver Island Region, Victoria)
  • Search and Rescue – Brad Sills (South West Region, Whistler)
  • Radio Communications – Bernie Leaker (South West Region, North Vancouver)
  • PEP Air – Al & Kathy Kasatkin (South West Region, Abbotsford)
  • Road Rescue – Fernie Road Rescue (South East Region, Fernie)
  • Lifetime Achievement – Ron Essex (Central Region, Salmon Arm)