Whistler Search and Rescue Society

Whistler Search and Rescue Society
Search and Rescue
General Information

Whistler Search and Rescue Society is one of the 78 ground search and rescue groups in British Columbia. We are part of 3,400 hard working volunteers, highly skilled and trained members who each donate hundreds of hours every year in order to search for and rescue subjects in need.

If you require help, call 911 as soon as possible and stay in one location until found. There is no charge for rescue.

Media coverage

Our local Whistler news magazine (The Pique) regularly highlights news/articles on WSAR’s activity in the community and Whistler Sea to Sky corridor. Here’s one article of many. https://www.piquenewsmagazine.com/local-news/whistler-search-rescue-response-volume-third-year-6749890

On October 10, WSAR, along with mutual support from more than 19 BC SAR groups and agencies, began a search for a missing senior. This article highlights the extensive search that also included local community support: https://www.piquenewsmagazine.com/local-news/where-is-whistler-senior-robert-mckean-7705626

Social media

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In 2021, WSAR recruited new members. It represented our largest intake of new volunteers since 2014. If you’re interested in joining us, please reach out for more information on recruitment.



Interesting Insights

The search for the T-33 Silver Star

WSAR’s annual training exercise includes the ongoing search for pilots and their aircraft.  Every autumn, WSAR continues the search for two missing RCAF pilots that went down with their T-33 Silver Star in March 1956.

WSAR’s continued search and training efforts are now focused in the area of Callaghan FSR and the creek, south of the lake. To learn more about the story and their efforts please click on the video: https://videopress.com/v/2J6raTrB

Our annual Wine'd Up event

Our annual Wine’d Up event is the only fundraiser that the Whistler Search & Rescue Society holds to raise funds for the society and volunteer members.

In 2022, our fundraiser was very important, as it served to help us equip and train our new cohort of fourteen members in training. We are honoured to have added this talent to our team.

We raised more than $120,000 – an astounding amount that has surpassed our expectations, and the highest result since we started this event 23 years ago.

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Get to know search and rescue in BC

More than 3,400+ unpaid professionals in 78 SAR groups provide search and rescue services to residents and visitors in B.C., free of charge. Need search and rescue? Call 911.