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:

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)


WSAR & Whistler Blackcomb Partnership

This year, Whistler Search & Rescue is proud to partner with Whistler Blackcomb’s 2016-17 “Big Picture” documentary series that explore the issues facing the future of the ski and snowboard industry. Education is a critical piece to foster safety and awareness for people while on the mountain. Backcountry skiing is the fastest growing segment of the snow sport industry, but are people ready to accept their responsibilities when they step beyond the boundary?

Backcountry awareness is highlighted in Part 3 which can be viewed here .