About Dean Nelson

Dean Nelson is the CEO, Executive Producer of GayWhistler.com + the annual Whistler Pride and Ski Festival. Dean is also the founder of the Pride House movement with the opening of the first Pride House at the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver/Whistler. Dean is an LGBT activist and social media contributor. He is also a travel writer. You can follow him on most channels at @gayWhistler

Whistler Writers Festival

Literary Greats take a Risk at the annual Whistler Writers Festival
The annual Whistler Writers Festival October 12-15, 2017 is bringing in some incredible authors sharing their take on the festival's theme of “Risk.” Two queer authors include Michael Harris and Jane Eaton Hamilton.

Michael Harris will be in the “Doug Saunders in Conversation brunch” event […]

Recharging your Soul at the Kingfisher

Island Escape the perfect remedy for recharging your Soul
Hard to believe we are already into the fall swing of things. Now is a good time to recharge with a mini Island escape to the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. Just a quick flight from Vancouver or Seattle. My fiancé and I enjoyed a scenic flight […]

October 1st, 2017|Travel|0 Comments

Whistler Rainbow Crosswalk

Whistler Rainbow Crosswalk official opening and blessing ceremony
September 15, 2017

The community of Whistler gathered on the traditional and unceded territories of the Squamish and Lil’Wat Nations to celebrate the opening of Whistler's Rainbow Crosswalks. Performing the Two Spirit First Nations traditional Down Ceremony was the Greater Vancouver Native Cultural Society. Legacy Princess 40, The […]

September 17th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Vancouver Pride 2017

Vancouver Pride 2017 Review
The 39th annual Vancouver Pride 2017 Parade and Festival is one that will no doubt go down in the history books as one of the best. Perhaps it was the weather of being hot and dry? Was it the smoky haze from the BC Wildfires that helped to keep the intensity […]

August 9th, 2017|Travel, Vancouver|0 Comments

Sports Contest

Whistler Pride Sports Contest
Whistler Pride is proud to partner with the Whitecaps FC in our Sports Contest. Please take our short survey for your chance to win two tickets to the Pride Night at BC Place Stadium on Saturday, August 19th 7PM as the WhiteCaps FC take on the Houston Dynamo.
** Congratulations to Felix Tavira […]

Vancouver Sports Day 2017

Vancouver Pride Sports Day + annual Pride Run/Walk 2017
Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 was the annual Vancouver Pride Run and Walk hosted by the Vancouver Frontrunners and the first annual Vancouver Pride Sports Day. Taking place at an exciting new venue for the Pride Society at the park at Second Beach. We loved the location. […]

July 26th, 2017|Vancouver|0 Comments

WorldPride Review

WorldPride: Madrid Loves All

Reflecting back on the week of WorldPride 2017 hosted in the city of Madrid, Spain – one word. WOW. Every two to three years one city is chosen by the InterPride Organization, an association of all Prides around the world, to host one WorldPride. The city of Madrid won the right to […]

July 25th, 2017|Travel|0 Comments

LGBT Tourism Leader of the Year

Dean Nelson named LGBT Tourism Leader of the Year
Travel Gay Canada, the nation's LGBT tourism association, names Whistler Pride's CEO, Dean Nelson, Tourism Leader of the Year.
On Thursday, June 15th at the fifth-annual LGBT Summit of the Americas hosted by the Canadian Gay Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC) in Toronto, Ontario, Travel Gay Canada […]

June 18th, 2017|In the News|0 Comments

Orlando Reflection

Orlando Reflection
Earlier this month I had the opportunity to travel to Miami for the 4th World Outgames. Here they had a memorial for the Orlando fallen. This was part of my Orlando reflection on our current LGBT environment in light of the changes at the White House in the USA. We have witnessed first […]

Whistler Pride Summer Contest

Whistler Pride Summer Contest sizzles!
Have you entered our Whistler Pride Summer contest yet? We are now entering our final weeks leading up to summer pride in Vancouver and we have a fantastic prize to giveaway! Stay two nights (Saturday, August 5th to Monday, August 6th, 2017) at the luxurious LGBT friendly Loden Hotel. You […]