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99 things to do Summer 2018 volume 12: issue 2

the insiders’ guide to whistler


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Welcome to Whistler

WELCOME TO WHISTLER

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The No.1 ski resort in North America more than holds its own in the summer.

EVENTS CALENDAR

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ON THE MOUNTAINS

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ACTIVITIES

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99 Things to Do See what locals do in the summer. Start checking off your list.

HIKING BIKING

Health, Fitness & Spas

PARKS

You’ve come to the right place PARK MAP if you’ve come to restore and rejuvenate the body. 99 THINGS TO DO

Shop Bring home a little piece of Whistler in your suitcase. We’ve got some ideas from skis to chocolate!

Food & Drink Whistler’s food and drink festival, Cornucopia, takes place every November. But there’s a cornucopia of choice every day in Whistler.

F.A.Q., The Insiders’ Guide is published by Whistler Publishing Limited Partnership, 103-1390 Alpha Lake Rd, Whistler BC V0N 1B1. Phone: 604.938.0202 Fax: 604.938.0201. ISSN 1911 6535. © Copyright 2018. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the publisher’s written permission.

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SHOPPING & SERVICES

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F.A.Q.'S

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welcome to whistler

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or the past decade, FAQ has been the go-to insiders’ guide for everything you need to know about Whistler.

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Why are there Inukshuks around town? A:

The name itself says it all — FAQ OR Whistler adopted the FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS. Inukshuk symbol If you’re wondering about Whistler — during the 2010 what to do if you see a black bear and Winter Olympic and where to cool off on a hot summer’s Paralympic Games day — wonder no more. With two when it was the Host editions hot off the presses every year Mountain Resort. The — one for summer and one for winter Inukshuk is a symbol — FAQ is the tell-all guide to the best from the North, used by First Nations in the places to dine, shop, play and après. Arctic region as a stone But we think it’s more than that too. FAQ is designed to give visitors a little landmark, a way of communicating. There more insight into the heart and soul are a few Inukshuks of this town — the true Whistler, the around Whistler, the community behind the No. 1 ski/bike most obvious at the resort in North America. entrance to the Village. Every edition we profile a handful of Always a good photo locals. They tell us why they moved to opportunity! Whistler, what keeps them here, how they contribute to the community, and why they think this town is special. Take Whistler Blackcomb’s business development manager Wendy Robinson, profiled in this issue.

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welcome to whistler “I really think that this place is the fountain of youth,” she says. Read more about Robinson on page 15.

“I really think that this place is the fountain of youth.”

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- Wendy Robinson

Or entrepreneur Pepe Barajas who says: “What I love the most about Whistler is just the sense of belonging, which I never had in Mexico City.” Read more on page 79. Brianna Beacom moved to Whistler for inspiration and has ended up carving out a career in the mountains at the Audain Art Museum. “Whistler’s been good to me,” she says on page 73. “I’ve been very fortunate to not only live in a place that I love but actually have a career in the arts and culture sector.” 

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welcome to whistler

Our insiders would all agree: there’s no other place quite like Whistler, a little town of 12,000 that hosts more than 3 million people every year. No mean feat!

Sure, they also want to experience the best bike park in the world; they want to hike and camp and fish and swim; they want to dine in awardwinning restaurants and chill out at the spas. But the Whistler way of life is definitely an appeal too. You can almost feel yourself relaxing into it as you drive up the Sea to Sky highway passing Howe Sound, the Tantalus mountain range coming into view, the rising Black Tusk next and finally Whistler’s lights. Where else can you ski on a glacier in the sun, ride down 1,524 metres (5,000 ft.) of vertical in a bike park, soak in the world’s best private collection of Emily Carr paintings at the Audain Art Museum and then cool off with a dip in a local lake on any given day? And that’s just to name a few things! Check out our list of 99 Things to Do, complete with input from our seven insiders, to figure out what else you’re going to do while you’re here. Most of all, we want you to see Whistler the way we see Whistler, in all its fun-filled, nature-loving, adrenalin-pumping glory. We guarantee: you won’t want to leave!  6

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From its humble beginnings as a lone fishing lodge on Alta Lake (before it was even called Whistler) to its upstart pretensions as an Olympic host town in the 1960s (a dream that wasn’t realized until 2010), Whistler has been full of characters and stories that have shaped its laid-back, West Coast vibe. That vibe is one of the reasons why people come and why they keep coming back.


SUMMER 2018 A N U N F O RG E T TA B L E M U LT I M E D I A N I G H T WA L K

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TO OUR INSIDERS:

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Whistler Blackcomb

MATT VAN DER HORST Whistler Bungee

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Four Seasons Spa

SCOTT GRIEVE Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

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Audain Art Museum

PEPE BARAJAS Mexican Corner

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94 NICK DOBSON

Handlebar Café & Après

ILLUSTRATIONS

PUBLISHER

INSIDER PHOTOGRAPHY

Cover art by Lindsey Ataya

Sarah Strother

Lindsey Ataya is a graphic designer who has lived in Whistler for 12 years and still hasn’t checked off all 99 things to do.

Alison Taylor

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99 Things by Jasmin Linton

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Karl Partington SALES MANAGER

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Throughout the Summer

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WHISTLER MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK OPENING DAY

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WHISTLER PRESENTS

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Free outdoor concerts at Whistler Olympic Plaza on select summer weekends. Check out Pique Newsmagazine, on stands every Thursday.

TOONIE RIDES Locations vary every Thursday for the weekly evening WORCA ride. Be a member. Ride with locals.

WHISTLER FARMERS’ MARKET

OPERA MARIPOSA Not your typical opera troupe! Check out whistlerchambermusic.ca for more. June 6-10

GO FEST It’s a four-day actionpacked long weekend to celebrate the change of seasons. Gear up for GO Fest and celebrate the great outdoor as Whistler bids adieu to another epic winter season and starts preparing for a summer of fun.

WRITERS ADVENTURE CAMP writersadventurecamp.ca June 8

May 26 NIMBY FIFTY BIKE RACE May 31-June 3

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THINKBIKE WHISTLER A multi-day expo where the world’s best bike and gear manufacturers descend on the world’s best biking playground. Check out thinkbikewhistler.com for more.

WHISTLER MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL June 9 COMFORTABLY NUMB Take the internationally recognized mountain bike trail on two feet in this 23+ km race, a must-do race for trail runners everywhere.

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TOUGH MUDDER

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POP ART PRINTS This special exhibition comes to Audain Art Museum with 37 works from the Smithsonian American Art Museum collection. June 30-July1

VANCOUVER SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The VSO performs for free at Whistler Olympic Plaza. Bring your blankets and folding chairs.

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CANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS The parade begins at noon throughout the Village; the party lasts all day and night. July 6-8 WHISTLER CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL With 35 years under its belt, the Whistler Children’s Festival knows how to put on an actionpacked weekend just for kids. Workshops. Live performances. Hands-on activities, and more.

SUBARU IRONMAN CANADA Now that’s one way to take in the sights of Whistler! Swim. Bike. Run. It’s the triathlon of all triathlons. Find your cowbell and get ready to cheer on these athletes as they race throughout Whistler.

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August 2-5

RED BULL 400 Olympic ski jumps aren’t just for going down. This is the steepest 400 metre race in the world and it’s all uphill.

WANDERLUST This is not just a yoga festival. Top chefs, renowned speakers, international DJs and more all converge in Whistler for the annual Wanderlust Festival.

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CANADIAN NATIONAL BBQ CHAMPIONSHIPS

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to Sky’s signature agritourism event.

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NEIL SIMON’S THE ODD COUPLE Presented by The Pemberton Community Theatre Group. August 19 CRANKWORX The world’s biggest mountain biking festival. Check out the best in the world during Whistler’s biggest summertime party celebrating all things on two wheels.

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PEMBERTON SLOW FOOD CYCLE SUNDAY Meander by bike through the Pemberton farmlands and taste fresh-fromthe-field food. This is also a chance to meet local growers in the Sea

RBC GRANFONDO That’s one way to experience one of the world’s most scenic highways. Vancouver to Whistler — 120 km – on bike.

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on Whistler in this ultra running race.

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10/OCT PHOTO: Beer Festival: JUSTA JESKOVA / TOURISM WHISTLER; Cornucopia: MIKE CRANE / TOURISM WHISTLER

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WHISTLER VILLAGE BEER FESTIVAL Celebrate everything about beer in the mountains. Sixty breweries featured during the Main Event (Sept. 15/16) with more than 120 craft beers. Festival includes taste testings, workshops and more.

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endy Robinson had a choice: mountain bike instructor in the new Whistler Mountain Bike Park or an alpine hiking guide. For someone who moved to Whistler for the snowboarding, this was an interesting dilemma — what to do in Whistler in the summertime? “I didn’t want to be a hiking guide,” she shrugs. “By default, I became a mountain bike guide.” Not too many years after that decision, she took first place at the Boneyard Bike Jam (a slopestyle event), securing an invite to the Crankworx Slopestyle the following year. And that pretty much sums up Robinson’s Whistler story to a tee — going for it and finding success. Robinson, who grew up in the Lower Mainland, always had her heart set on Whistler, ever since she first discovered it through the Schools on Snow program in Grade 8. By the time she was in high school, she had a season’s pass and had switched from skiing to snowboarding. She began travelling by bus to Whistler as much as possible, her mom calling the old Shoestring Lodge hostel at the Boot Pub so she had a place to sleep.

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“I didn’t have a credit card and I was underage so my mom would have to call and say it was OK,” recalls Robinson. She graduated high school, did the requisite travelling and some university but Whistler was always in the cards. Her first job was as a rental technician at Whistler Blackcomb (WB). It would be the first of many jobs as she’s worked her way up through the company these last 20 years — coaching, guiding, managing snow school and ultimately landing the position of business development manager. The job is all about exploring new opportunities, from working with third party operators who use WB’s tenure to overseeing large-scale projects like the new peak suspension bridge. Whistler has lived up to all her expectations — professional and personally. It doesn’t get much better than those few sublime trifecta days every year — snowboarding in the alpine, mountain biking in the valley, swimming in the lakes. “The lifestyle here is awesome,” says Robinson. “I really think that this place is the fountain of youth.”  15


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SKIING/SNOWBOARDING: The winter season never seems to end as skiing kicks off on the glacier on Blackcomb until mid-July. This is a hot-spot for summer camps but it’s open to the public too for anyone who wants to glide on snow in their T-shirts and sunscreen. HIKING: Whistler Blackcomb’s lift system has opened up the alpine for hiking to all. There are so many routes to choose

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TOP ELEVATION: 2,284 M (7,494 FT) VERTICAL: 1,609 M (5,280 FT ONE MILE OF VERTICAL) RENDEZVOUS: HOME OF CHRISTINE’S RESTAURANT HOME OF THE WHISTLER SLIDING CENTRE AND ONE OF THE FASTEST TRACKS IN THE WORLD SUMMER SKIING/RIDING: HORSTMAN GLACIER

WHAT’S NEW? 10-PERSON GONDOLA FROM THE BASE TO THE RENDEZVOUS. CONSTRUCTION TAKES PLACE THIS SUMMER.

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histler and Blackcomb mountains, traditionally the bastion of just skiers and snowboarders from November to April, transform into a sunny summer playground every year. Here are just a few of the highlights:

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Whistler Mountain

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TOP ELEVATION: 2,182 M (7,160 FT) VERTICAL: 1,530 M (5,020 FT) ROUNDHOUSE: HOME OF STEEPS RESTAURANT AND THE NEW UMBRELLA BAR HOME OF THE WHISTLER MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK CONNECTED BY THE RECORDBREAKING PEAK 2 PEAK GONDOLA

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from whether it’s a fast and easy green loop or a more challenging journey further afield. You’ll hike past alpine lakes and ancient glaciers, through alpine meadows that may be in bloom. Bring a picnic, bring your trail map, bring sturdy footwear.

BEAR VIEWING: Whistler is home to roughly 60 resident black bears who like to feed on the slopes. This is the only population in B.C. that has been studied for more than two decades so we know a lot about them. Get up close (but not too close!). PEAK 2 PEAK: This one doesn’t really need an introduction. It’s a breath-taking gondola ride stretching high over the valley between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. The views from this gondola never get old.

THE 130 METRE SUSPENSION BRIDGE FROM THE PEAK CHAIR ACROSS WHISTLER BOWL TO THE WEST RIDGE. Those are just a few of the highlights. MORE MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS Meanwhile, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park continues to dominate the sport IN THE CREEKSIDE ZONE. and the culture of mountain biking, pushing the limits of what humans and bikes can do. 

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f you asked Matt van der Horst what he was going to do when he got older, there’s no way the Port Moody native would have come up with: general manager and partner of a bungee jump company.

But in the summer of 2002, as he was backpacking around Europe, his dad called to say Whistler Bungee was a go; the bridge was officially open and ready for jumpers. It was time to come home and run the new family business. “It was something that I never expected our family to do,” smiles van der Horst. “It’s just so off the radar.” From the early years when it was really a summertime operation to a year-round business doing up to 18,000 jumps every year—the busiest, by far, in North America—Whistler Bungee has surpassed all expectations. “We’re just lucky we found the perfect setting here,” he adds, of the 91 metre (300 ft.) steel bridge spanning the Cheakamus River, tucked in the forest just south of Whistler. With about 750 jumps to his name, van der Horst is no stranger to the gamut of emotions that comes on the bungee bridge—the paralyzing terror, the determination to stare down fear, the absolute jubilation after the jump. It’s all very raw and primal. “It’s so unique; there’s such a quick transition from being so afraid to being so happy,” says van der Horst. “There are very few places in the world that offer this product and I think Whistler is a perfect place to showcase it.”

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Now a married father of two, van der Horst has gone from living in Whistler in the summers to moving here full-time to raising his family here. And while Whistler Bungee is much busier in summer compared to winter, van der Horst says there’s nothing that quite beats a calm bluesky day after a snowstorm when the Cheakamus River takes on a blue/ golden colour and the only sound in the forest is the rushing river. There is one job hazard, however, in the company with the perfect safety record: there’s a perception out there that if you jump naked, it’s free. “We get that question a lot,” admits van der Horst. The answer is a simple: You still pay. But, it’s worth every penny.  19


alpine hiking

Feature hike

Garibaldi Lake

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CONSIDER BEFORE LEAVING: The 18 km round-trip hike to the lake and back takes roughly five to seven hours through moderate hiking terrain with 820 metres of elevation gain. Along the way, you’ll hike through the forest as well as alpine meadows which could be in full bloom, depending on the time of the year. There are campsites at the lake but it’s a good idea to make a reservation. 

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here are few sites more welcoming than a shining alpine lake at the end of a long hike — an oasis high in the mountains. Such is Garibaldi Lake located in Garibaldi Provincial Park. This is arguably one of the most scenic alpine spots in a place renowned for its alpine beauty so don’t forget your camera.


alpine hiking Q:

What causes the turquoise colour of the lake? A:

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The colour is caused by “rockflour” or glacial flour. This is sediment from the glacier. The sediment is suspended in the water and it absorbs and scatters the sunlight, which makes the water bright blue. Don’t be fooled by the Caribbean colour. Garibaldi Lake is chilly!

Garibaldi Lake lies 1,500 metres (4,900 ft.) above sea level, approximately 19 km south of Whistler. The massive turquoise waters (the lake is almost 10 square km) are surrounded by mountains, volcanoes and glaciers, most notably Sphinx Glacier. Along the northwestern shore, you’ll find the aptly-named Battleship Islands, a series of lava outcrops, rising out of the water like a naval advance. From Garibaldi Lake there are more hiking trails to Black Tusk and Panorama Ridge, each with unbelievable views and surroundings. The whole area is a pristine backcountry wonderland ready for exploration. Black bears, mountain goats, deer, marmot and pikas all call Garibaldi Provincial Park home as well as bird species such as golden eagles, bald eagles and ptarmigan. 

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mountain biking

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here mountain biking in Whistler begins every season — quite literally. The Zappa trails in Lost Lake Park are where many riders in Whistler kick off their mountain biking adventures every year — blue intermediate trails in the heart of town to get the feeling of being back on two wheels again. This is also a great place for the

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mountain biking TRAILFORKS TRAILMAPPS

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uninitiated Whistler mountain biker — fun and flowy, well-marked in the forest, easy to get to, and close to smooth gravel beginner trails if you need to duck out. The trails are named after the late great musician Frank Zappa of Disco Boy, Dwarf Nebula, and Fountain of Love fame. 

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SCANDINAVIAN SPAS Scandinave Spa Experience one of our relaxing Massage & Scandinavian Baths packages at our spectacular 25,000 sq ft outdoor spa. There is no better way to complement a long hike, ski day or relaxing getaway than indulging in a soothing massage and baths experience. For the ultimate relaxation, enjoy a Swedish Restorative or Deep Tissue Massage.  604.935.2424  info.whistler@scandinave.com  scandinave.com AD PG30 MAP  PG106 #1

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Meadow Park Sports Centre Affordable fun for the whole family. Meadow Park Sports Centre offers an NHL-sized ice rink, a 4,500 sq.ft. fitness centre, a fitness studio, two squash courts, a half basketball court, a 25-metre lap pool, a sauna, a hot tub, a steam room and a kids pool. Located five minutes north of the Village at 8625 Highway 99.  604.935.PLAY(7529)  parksrec@whistler.ca  whistler.ca/recreation AD PG22 MAP  PG106 #6

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WATERSPORTS Backroads Whistler Lakeside Park on Alta Lake. Boat rentals. Alta to Green Lake down the River of Golden Dreams “Go With the Flow” excursions. Spectacular views, gentle water, wildlife, great equipment, guides and free shuttle service.  604.932.3111  fun@backroadswhistler.com  RiverOfGoldenDreams.com AD PG2 MAP  PG36 #4

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elcome to Whistler’s parks — not to be confused with its terrain parks, skateboard park or the bike parks. Just your average, run-of-the-mill parks. Except in Whistler, there’s nothing run-of-the mill about the local parks. There are 31 parks in town. Yes, that’s correct – 31 parks. That includes the little neighbourhood parks dotted throughout the valley as well as the big destination parks. This is where you’ll find the people of Whistler in the summertime when they’re not on the trails or on the mountains. There are endless things to do at the local parks — canoe, kayak, swim, walk the dog, hit the playgrounds, slackline (use the slackline posts, not the trees), chill, BBQ, picnic, beach volleyball, build a sandcastle, watch the sun rise, bask in the afternoon alpenglow. Like the locals, you’ll have your favourite park before too long. The Valley Trail can get you to most parks, by foot or by bike. The popular food truck program will be back again this summer, setting up at Rainbow Park, Lakeside Park and Lost Lake Park from June 30 to September 3. The local lakes are another hotspot in the summertime. There are five valley lakes: Green Lake, Alta Lake, Lost Lake, Alpha Lake, and Nita Lake. They may be chillier than you’re used to but don’t let that stop you! You’ll find even more lakes further afield.  35


parks & lakes Whistler Parks 1 Alpha Lake Park 2 Wayside Park 3 Alta Lake Park 4 Lakeside Park 5 Rainbow Park 6 Blueberry Park 7 Balsam Park 8 Rebagliati Park 9 Meadow Park Sports Centre 10 Spruce Grove Park 11 Lost Lake Park Bayly Park (Cheakamus - Not on map)

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ALTA LAKE PARK #3 You’ll find a quiet fishing dock at this small artsy park.

BLUEBERRY PARK #6 Nestled in the forest, a 5 minute nature walk will take you to three docks.

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REBAGLIATI PARK #8 Located between Whistler Village and the Upper Village, Rebagliati Park is named after Whistler Olympian Ross Rebagliati. MEADOW PARK #9 Watch people meandering down the River of Golden Dreams on various forms of flotation devices! There’s an outdoor water park here too to keep kids entertained in the summer sun. SPRUCE GROVE PARK #10 Baseball diamonds and a clubhouse are here as well as a concession.

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99 things to do


99 things to do When it comes to finding things to do in a new town, local intel can make all the difference. Our seven “insiders” offer up their top ten things to do in the summer from disc golf to fishing and the gamut of things in between. We added a few more ideas to give you 99 Things to Do. There’s no chance of getting bored in Whistler!

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1. THE GLASS GONDOLA Wait for the glass-bottom gondola on the recordbreaking PEAK 2 PEAK. See what the birds see soaring over the valley between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.

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SPOT A MARMOT! You can find these cuties in the alpine among the rocks. Listen to what the marmots have to say as they whistle! That’s how Whistler got its name.

3. EXPERIENCE THE WILDFLOWERS

Get into the alpine in August when the wildflowers are in bloom.

Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre is the story of Whistler’s neighbouring First Nations.

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PICK YOUR ADVENTURE Is it horseback riding? Sky diving? ATV’ing? Zip trekking? White water rafting? Jet boating? Rock climbing? Whistler is all about pushing your limits and having fun.

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SOAK IN THE ALPENGLOW Look up as the sun dips behind the mountains in the afternoon, turning the peaks pink, yellow and orange.

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LOVE OUR BEARS Don’t litter. Don’t put your garbage outside. Love our black bears like we love do. Once you see one, you’ll understand why: Try the Valley Trail around the Whistler Golf Club, one of their favourite hang outs. Or go on a bear viewing tour.

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REMEMBER WHISTLER Bring home something to remind you of Whistler: a Museum and find out a little bit more piece of hand-made jewelry from one about us. Did you know: The first lodge, of our local artisans, some made-inRainbow Lodge, was built more than Whistler chocolate, a pair of hand100 years ago? crafted skis, a piece of local art.

4. LEARN ABOUT US Visit the Whistler 5. GO FURTHER BACK IN TIME The

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TAKE A HIKE! From easy routes around Lost Lake to long walks in the alpine, Whistler has a variety of hiking trails to explore.

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GO MOUNTAIN BIKING Whether in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park or on any of the trails that the Whistler trail network has to offer.

13. TRY E-BIKING This is the best way to see all of the lakes in Whistler.

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STAND UP Paddle boarding on Alta Lake.

15. CRANKWORX Come watch the

world’s best riders race, whip and flip down the mountain.

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WHISTLER CRAFT BEER Sample a flight of beer at all three of our local breweries; Whistler Brewing Co., Coast Mountain Brewing, and the Brewhouse.

17. LIVE MUSIC AT WHISTLER

OLYMPIC PLAZA Soak in some free entertainment; don’t miss the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, by far one of the best shows of the summer.

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ATTEMPT THE TRIFECTA Bike, ski (or snowboard), and swim in a lake on the same day.

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RAINBOW PARK For a few games of volleyball and a dip in the lake.

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across the brand-new Peak Suspension Bridge and West Ridge Lookout, take photos and tell your friends!

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and Coast Mountain Brewing. You’ll 3,2,1… Jump! Hit up Whistler Bungee and check it off the bucket list. probably find a bunch of my staff there.

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HOUSE ROCK Grab a picnic and ATV TIME? CWA does a great tour check out House Rock on the other with a Salmon Bake at the top of the Crystal Hut on Blackcomb. Great food side of the highway in Cheakamus. You might even be lucky and see some and an even better view. kayakers going by. COOL OFF You want to go rafting? FAMILY TIME Take a cruise up Go all in and do the full day trip on the Elaho River, you won’t be disappointed. the highway to Pemberton and let the little ones explore the animals at North TEE IT UP We’re spoiled with so Arm Farm. many great golf courses in the Sea to TRAIN WRECK IN FUNCTION Great Sky. I’d recommend checking out the Fairmont Chateau Course, challenging little spot with easy family access and parking in Cheakamus. and unique.

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bobsled and skeleton at the Whistler Sliding Centre. It’s intense! And just like bungee jumping ,there are only CHEERS Head south of the a handful of places to do this in the village and check out Whistler Brewing world.

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LAZE BY THE LAKE Grab some JUNCTION It’s called Whistler’s snacks, a cruiser bike and hit the lake “industrial zone” but Function has a lot early afternoon. Just chill. going for it, not the least of which is WAKE UP EARLY Eat a good two local breweries. breakfast, and make your way up STRETCH IT OUT Catch a yoga Wedge Mountain. It’s straight up. But class at Y Yoga (Neo Whistler) early in oh so worth it. the morning, grab a smoothie at Olives, GET WILD Grab your tent, a friend followed by dog walk around Riverside/ with a 4WD, and a portable BBQ. Head Farside trail. north to Birkenhead Lake. Stay there as RELAX Book in a Sea to Sky long as you can. Massage at the Four Seasons. Arrive UPPER VILLAGE Take a stroll in early for a steam, stay late for an the Upper Village on a Thursday, and hit outdoor sauna and drink by the pool. up the all-you-can-eat BBQ at the Four DOWNLOAD TRAILFORKS Go Seasons. Vegans and meat lovers will get lost, and found, in the woods on both find something they like here. your bike. WALK A DOG Go check out STAND UP/SUP (Stand Up the good people at WAG (Whistler Paddleboard) on Alta Lake by Animals Galore), the local animal sunset, equipped with snacks and shelter. Take a rescue dog for a walk drinks. around Green Lake. 42

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41. RENT GEAR If you don’t have a

bike, rent one and explore the many trails around the valley.

42. FIND THE ANCIENT CEDARS Go to

45. GO NORTH Take a scenic drive to Pemberton and stop at the Pemberton Distillery and sample their wares.

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Cougar Mountain and hike the Ancient DIP IN Go for a dip in Lost Lake Cedars trail; check out the amazing zip or Alta Lake (Whistler gets hot in the lines there too. summer).

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PATIO SESSION Have a beer on DINE OUT Depending on the time the GLC patio and check out the riders of the summer look for specials at any as they session the of the high-end restaurants. If there are bike park. no specials then splurge... it’s worth it!

48. GET INTO THE ALPINE There are

some great hikes that give great views of Whistler and the surrounding area.

49. PLAY A ROUND Of frisbee golf at the local Lost Lake course.

44. COOL OFF Stop for ice cream at The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory!

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50. FIND A LOCAL Pick their brain to

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51. ART EXPLORATION Find your

favourite artwork in the Audain Art Museum; the public tours can help with this.

Festival at The Point Artist-Run Centre.

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FIRST NATIONS EXPLORATION Take a guided tour at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre. Learn about the Squamish and Lil’wat neighbouring First Nations.

54. LOUNGING IN OLYMPIC PLAZA

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SUNDAY Stroll through the Whistler GRAFFITI BOX CARS From Farmers’ Market, every Sunday 11–4. Cheakamus check out the Train Make sure to hit Portobello for the best Wreck trail. custom sandwich around.

the sights from James Stewart’s Jeri, a sculpture overlooking Fitzsimmons Creek. Continue exploring. If you’re PERSONAL PUBLIC OPINION With lucky the journey lands you on the front almost 150 pieces to discover, steps of the Scandinave Spa. determine your favourite public art FALL INTO LOCAL MUSIC Pick a piece throughout Whistler. patio, any patio, but don’t miss the THEATRE, MUSIC AND COMEDY Here and Now local music series this Every August take in the Flag Stop September. 44 Soak in the sun and sounds with the Whistler Presents free concert series.

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BRUNCH ON GREEN LAKE One of FIND A LAKE Set up your tent and the best patios for brunch at Nicklaus camp next to it. North Golf Club, overlooking Green Lake. START GREEN/BLUE Ease into FORE! Golf at one of the four mountain biking on the Lost Lake trails where you’ll find green beginner trails championship courses or hit the driving range. and blue intermediate trails.

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64. LAKESIDE BBQ There are BBQ

stands at some of the local parks— Meadow Park, Rainbow Park, Lakeside Park—so grab some food and do some outdoor cooking.

65. SWIMMING IN THE LAKES There

are five lakes in the valley—Lost, Green, Alta, Alpha and Nita—to take a dip. Venture out for something a little further afield.

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69. GET BERRIES Head north to farmcountry in Pemberton and pick your own berries. Delicious.

70. PERFECT YOUR SERVE Book a tennis lesson at the Whistler Racquet Club.

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explore or set up a guided trip. Endless on an Explorer 100, but better via canoe! opportunities for great trout fishing in CAMPING Pick a spot on the map Sea to Sky country. and let the adventure begin. LIVE MUSIC! Summer Concert Series brings up some great acts at Whistler Olympic Plaza.

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74. HIT THE BIKE PARK Don’t be intimidated! There is a lot of fun mellow stuff for beginners.

75. RAINY DAY? Escape! Whistler.

Not literally. The Escape Room in the Village is a super fun activity for families or a group of friends.

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APRÈS It’s not just for skiing! Hit the HandleBar patio after activities 71-80 on the list and enjoy some of the best craft Beer B.C. has to offer.

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TOP TEN DECADENT 81. SHHHHHH! Experience the hot

steam rooms and the cold plunges at the Scandinave Spa and follow the no talking policy for the full effect of quieting the mind, body and soul.

summertime evenings at the Roundhouse on Whistler Mountain. Check out the Mountain Top BBQ Series or the Winemakers Dinners featuring B.C. wines paired with locally-sourced food.

86. HELI TOURS Check out Whistler from high above in a helicopter sightseeing tour.

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SAVOUR FORT BERENS Head north to Lillooet and visit Fort Berens Estate Winery. The tasting room is open daily during the summer from 10 am to 6 pm.

82. VODKA ROOM The chilliest room

in Whistler and the coldest vodkatasting room in the world. Get cozy in a puffy parka and get ready to “tickle” your tastebuds at the Ketel One Ice Room at the Bearfoot Bistro.

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TASTING TOURS Travel throughout Whistler on a food lovers’ journey with Whistler Tasting Tours.

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ORCHESTRA Grab your blanket and a picnic and head to Whistler Olympic Plaza for the VSO—wonderful music in the mountains.

GLAMPING Take camping to a whole new level at a yurt tucked into the forest at the Riverside EXPLORE ANCIENT ICE Soar to Campground. The yurts have electricity, heating and fireplaces but no running the Pemberton Ice Cap via helicopter and explore the magical ice caves. water. Talk about “glamourous camping!” READY, AIM… Try your hand at biathlon at Whistler Olympic Park in the Callaghan Valley. It’s a nature-lovers’ paradise where you can rent fat bikes and do some Olympic sightseeing as well as trying to hit the bulls eye. 47  /faqwhistler

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ROCK OUT Beginners can try their hand indoors safely and with guidance at The Core climbing facility. Or get outside for a slightly different perspective. There’s always the Via Ferrata too—‘the Iron Way’ on Whistler Mountain using metal rung ladders and fixed cables.

94. ROLLING THUNDER Head down

one of the fastest bobsleigh tracks in the world with a professional bobsleigh pilot at the wheel.

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95. GET SCARED IN WHISTLER’S

GHOST TOWN It’s called Parkhurst and it’s a little piece of our logging history on the shores of Green Lake, MAKE YOUR LIST Use our 99 site of Whistler’s once-booming logging things as your inspiration and make community. your own Whistler bucket list! GET STOKED You’re in Whistler. PLAN YOUR COMEBACK Whistler STAY SAFE Wear a helmet, follow is a whole new world to explore in the the hiking safety rules, make good winter. We’ll have 99 more things to do decisions, drink lots of water, rest come November. Start making plans when tired. while you’re here. 49  /faqwhistler

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ost people don’t work in a job where they can say everyone is always happy to see them; Robin Jewers can.

Jewers is one of two lead therapists at the Four Seasons Resort Whistler spa. Part of her job as a massage therapist is helping people heal. “I think there’s something super important about human touch,” says Jewers of the work she does with clients from around the world. “Not enough people get enough human touch.” And she gets something in return too: “Helping somebody else heal is super healing for me as well.” Of course, this was never supposed to be a full-time gig. The plan was to do one season in the mountains to learn how to snowboard, says the Halifax native. “I thought I was coming here for six months. The spring came and then the summer came and I thought ‘it’s amazing.’ So I just kept repeating it.” That was 13 years ago. She can still remember looking at the mountains when she first arrived and thinking: What have I gotten myself into? This was far cry from the slopes at Martock, outside Halifax, where she first tried snowboarding. It was, she says, humbling. But that didn’t stop her.

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Not long after she arrived she got a volunteer job at Whistler Blackcomb as a mountain host. Pretty soon she was linking turns on her board. And in more recent years, the mountains have become a summer playground on her mountain bike. Humbling, to be sure, but exhilarating and life-affirming too. Admittedly, there have been moments over the years where she has thought about leaving. A few years ago she completed a six-week yoga teacher training course in Bali and she wondered if perhaps she should settle somewhere else, somewhere warm. And then she got on the Sea to Sky highway on her way back to Whistler and it all just fell into place again with a new perspective. “I need to be in the mountains,” she says, of the revelation. “This is where home is.”  51


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or a handful of days every summer Whistler turns into a haven for yoga lovers around the world. It’s called Wanderlust and it is now a staple in Whistler’s summertime events calendar.

One of the reasons why Wanderlust is a perfect fit in Whistler is that it caters to all. Everyone is welcome. There are classes for every level and style from beginners doing their first downward dog to seasoned yogis who can do a warrior pose while on a stand up paddleboard. They make it look easy too! This festival also fits Whistler’s general sense and sensibilities. This is a town geared to health and wellness with people committed to finding ways to maximize their time in the mountains whether on skis or bikes or by foot. Wanderlust combines it all, making the body and the mind and the spirit whole and connected. Check out more information at wanderlust.com.  52

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This summer Wanderlust takes place August 2-5, bringing music, inspiring workshops, yoga classes and the full Whistler outdoor experience together in one amazing festival. Wanderlust is the perfect complement to Whistler’s laid-back West Coast vibe. It’s also a nice change of pace after July’s Ironman (the ultimate triathlon) and before the 10-day craziness of Crankworx, the world’s biggest mountain biking festival.


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cozy atmosphere to provide individual treatments specifically tailored to meet your needs. Suite #206, 4368 Main Street  604.938.0777  bookings@bluehighways.ca  bluehighways.ca AD PG54 MAP  I14

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Scandinave Spa Experience one of our relaxing Massage & Scandinavian Baths packages at our spectacular 25,000 sq ft outdoor spa. There is no better way to complement a long hike, ski day or relaxing getaway than indulging in a soothing massage and baths experience. For the ultimate relaxation, enjoy a Swedish Restorative or Deep Tissue Massage.  604.935.2424  info.whistler@scandinave.com  scandinave.com AD PG30 AD PG57 MAP  PG106 #11

Avello Spa Where health and luxury meet. Signature treatments include: sports, hot rock and Thai massage; European facials; manicures and pedicures in our state of the art pedicure lounge. Located at the Westin Resort & Spa hotel.  604.935.3444  whistlerspa.com MAP  W13 Blue Highways Reward your body, release your stress. Our Canadian & internationally licensed therapists have served Whistler for over 20 years. We bring together advanced therapy techniques and a calm and

Whistler Physiotherapy Therapeutic massage for chronic or acute injuries and relaxation. All of our therapists are BC registered. Two locations.

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Whistler Physiotherapy Physiotherapy and therapeutic massage for chronic and acute injuries. Splinting, bracing, orthotics, acupuncture, IMS, manual and manipulative physiotherapy. Two locations.  Marketplace 604.932.4001  Garibaldi Highlands (Squamish) 604.898.1009  whistlerphysio.com AD PG53 MAP  F14

SALONS Be Beauty Spa & Tanning Lounge Whistler’s No. 1 spa & tanning lounge. Best waxing and nails in town featuring both hard and strip wax. Featuring I Love My Muff products and eyelash extensions. Wedding or party rates available. Parking in Whistler Marketplace.  604.962.6900  bebeautywhistler.com AD PG57 MAP  I14

SCANDINAVIAN BATHS Scandinave Spa Experience one of our relaxing Massage & Scandinavian Baths packages at our spectacular 25,000 sq ft outdoor spa. There is no better way to complement a long hike, ski day or relaxing getaway than indulging in a soothing massage and baths experience. For the ultimate relaxation, enjoy a Swedish Restorative or Deep Tissue Massage.  604.935.2424  info.whistler@scandinave.com  scandinave.com AD PG30 AD PG57 MAP  PG106 #11

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Avello Spa Where health and luxury meet. Signature treatments include: sports, hot rock and Thai massage; European facials; manicures and pedicures in our state of the art pedicure lounge. Located at the Westin Resort & Spa hotel.  604.935.3444  whistlerspa.com MAP  W13 Scandinave Spa Experience one of our relaxing Massage & Scandinavian Baths packages at our spectacular 25,000 sq ft outdoor spa. There is no better way to complement a long hike, ski day or relaxing getaway than indulging in a soothing massage and baths experience. For the ultimate relaxation, enjoy a Swedish Restorative or Deep Tissue Massage.  604.935.2424  info.whistler@scandinave.com  scandinave.com AD PG30 AD PG57 MAP  PG106 #11 The Spa at Nita Lake Lodge Indulge and feel the tension melt away. Our welcoming full-service spa provides an unforgettable experience that will relax 56

and restore mind, body and soul. Nita Lake Lodge, 2131 Lake Placid Road  604.966.5715  spa@nitalakelodge.com  nitalakelodge.com MAP  PG71 #11

Whistler Integrative Wellness Centre Whistler’s best and only holistic wellness centre offering acupuncture, Chinese medicine, laser acupuncture, naturopathy, osteopathy, massage, & IV vitamin therapy. BC registered practitioners. Professional grade, natural supplements & herbs. Eminence Organic Skin Care distributor. #208-4368 Main Street  604.962.8828  whistlerintegrative.com MAP  W13

TANNING Be Beauty Spa & Tanning Lounge Whistler’s No. 1 spa & tanning lounge. Four stand-up super tanning beds and tanning lotions. Jewelry by Christy Feaver and JKO Designs. Parking in Whistler Marketplace.  604.962.6900  bebeautywhistler.com AD PG57 MAP  I14


health, fitness & spas YOGA Yogacara Studios Yoga and wellness services in the heart of the Village! Promoting community, wellness & authentic yoga in a peaceful environment. Small class sizes (15 student cap).  604.935.2020  whistleryogacara.com MAP  Q12

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fter his first five years owning and operating a store in one of the prime spots in Whistler Village, Scott Grieve felt like he had gone through the rigours of an MBA program. After another few years, he felt like he had a PhD. There’s nothing quite like doing business in Whistler, no guidebook to prepare for the ebbs and flows of resort retail, the highs and lows of seasonal hiring. So for Grieve, who was 29 years old when he bought the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, the move was a baptism of fire of sorts, learning everything from the ground up, from making fudge and paying the bills to managing staff and ordering product. Nothing in his geography degree from the University of Victoria had really prepared him for it. “I think you’ve got to go with what makes you happy,” says Grieve. “I knew I needed skiing and biking in my life and I knew that Whistler had everything from the lifestyle perspective that I needed.” Grieve had been coming to Whistler since he could walk, learning to ski on Rainbow Mountain in the late 70s. “It seemed like every chance we had we came to Whistler,” he reminisces.

As Whistler gets busier and days are filled catering to resort guests, he remains hands-on in his business in every way. It’s so important, he says, to remember why you choose to live here. “I consider myself lucky that I live in Emerald,” he says, referring to Whistler’s northernmost neighbourhood. “The second I hit Green Lake and I can see alpenglow on the mountains, I can sort of relax and go ‘OK, that’s why I’m here.’”  58

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After the unforgettable 1998-99 ski season, one of the snowiest on record, Grieve set his mind to making his life here full-time—skiing in the winter, mountain biking in the summer. His uncle owned a hot tub company and put him to work. After three years, he was ready to put down more permanent roots and the chocolate store at the base of the mountains was quietly up for sale—an interesting choice for the guy without much of a sweet tooth.


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SHOPPING GUIDE GET THE GOODS

HERE - The Personal Globe Mark the places you have visited or plan your future adventures.

$45-$55

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VSSL Survival kit Be ready for everything on your summer adventure.

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SOLES OF WHISTLER Mix Mooz Amanda

Chic and effortless, this shoe will take you from the beach to the park and back again in style.

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SQUAMISH LIL’WAT CULTURAL CENTRE

Manitoba Mukluks Moccasins

Travellers moccasin with crepe soles. Made with traditional techniques and materials, make them cozy additions to your everyday life around the house or at the cabin.

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Mac Ausland’s Blankets Camp out with a 100% virgin wool blanket made in P.E.I. Canada.

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Trucker hats Keep the sun out of your eyes with a trucker cap from Whistler’s Own CAMP Lifestyle and Coffee.

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shops & services CANDY STORES The Great Glass Elevator Candy Shop Whistler’s candy shop is 1,000 square feet of sweet located in Marketplace. Featuring bulk candy, Jelly Belly’s, British, nostalgic candy, gourmet popcorn and a CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES great selection of cards, party supplies and balloons. Visit today and make all your candy dreams come true! #115-4350 Lorimer Road  604.935.1076  whistlercandyshop.com AD PG64 MAP  H13 Inside Out Boutique - Not Just Lingerie CAR RENTAL Specializing in personal bra fitting for over 29 years. Not Just LingerieAvis Rent a Car - Whistler collections of unique streetwearWide variety of mid and full size cars for supporting Canadian-Made. Tunics, tops, exploring Whistler plus a full range of mini vans, 4x4’s, 10 passenger vans, cargo and dresses, leggings, accessories, quality 16’ cube vans for moving! One-way rentals sleepwear and Saxx underwear for men. Also featuring intimate apparel from available to Vancouver or from the airport Chantelle and Calvin Klein. Whistler Town and downtown to Whistler. After-hours key Plaza, #30-4314 Main Street drop. Open 8:30am to 5:30pm - 7 days a  604.932.2145 | MAP  K 12 week. 364 days a year. 4315 Northlands Blvd. Cascade Lodge Lobby. CAN-SKI  604.932.1236 Whether you are relaxing poolside or  sheri.warm@abglocalmarket.ca enjoying the adventurous side of Whistler, CAN-SKI delivers the ultimate shopping MAP  M15 #100 THING TO DO:

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shops & services experience. CAN-SKI is fashion focused and performance conscious. Visit us at: CAN-SKI Village, Crystal Lodge  604.938.7755 MAP  S12 CAN-SKI Blackcomb, Glacier Lodge  604.938.7744 MAP  M5 CAN-SKI Westin, Westin Resort & Spa  604.905.2262 MAP  W 13 CAN-SKI Alpine, Fairmont Chateau Whistler  604.938.7733 MAP  N5 CAN-SKI Performance, Marketplace  604.938.7137 MAP  H14

wilderness. Making technically advanced and innovative ski, golf, training apparel and more, comes from “the love of the great outdoors.” We simply want to inspire people to be adventurous. Town Plaza, Whistler Village North.  604.905.1183  peak-whistler.com MAP  L12

Showcase Snowboard, Surf & Skate Shop The most recognizable retail brand in Whistler, Showcase continues to be the Cool As A Moose focal point of the local snowboard and Whistler’s largest and finest selection of skate community. Featuring the best in souvenirs and resort-wear, with a wide range of gifts for the whole family and free equipment and clothing, Showcase is balloons for the kids. 11-4308 Main Street the place for your summer rides and style. Located in the Sundial Hotel, (Village Stroll across from Cows) Mountain Square  604.962.0099  604.905.2022  001@cudmoregroup.com MAP  S11 AD PG63 MAP  N12 Snowflake Peak Performance Clothing For over 35 years, Snowflake has always Peak Performance was born in 1986, showcased the best in great Canadian in the heart of Sweden’s great northern

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GOURMET CHOCOLATE

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Breathe in the sweet aromas and see fudge, caramel apples, peanut brittle and sponge toffee made before your very eyes. Be sure to try our delicious ice GAS STATIONS cream! Open late. Located at the base of Green Lake Station the Whistler Village Gondola. Only a few minutes north of Whistler  Village. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or supper 604.932.4100 AD PG68 MAP U12 at our cafe patio with a beautiful view. You can fix your hair at our stylish GROCERY STORES bathrooms and... take a “selfie” too. This is “the nicest GAS STATION ever!” - Nesters Market & Wellness Centre say our customers. “Where the Locals Shop.” Great fresh

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shops & services seafood and meat, deli, pharmacy, produce & wellness centre, bakery and groceries. We deliver. Located 1km north of the Village.  604.932.3545  nestersmarket.com AD PG108 MAP  PG106 #7

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Roland’s Creekside Beer & Wine Store Whistler Kitchen Works Open 11am -11pm 7 days a week, Whistler’s unique kitchenware and gift store with fantastic product selection and including holidays. 2129 Lake Placid Road  604.932.5926 friendly staff. A popular local store for 23 years! Cookware, linens, tea towels AD PG88 MAP  PG71 #1 and souvenirs. Come visit us! Located in Whistler’s Marketplace Blackcomb Liquor Store  604.938.1110 Home of the finest in local and international MAP  H13 beers, wines, and spirits! Coldest beer in

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shops & services town and best selection of premium BC PHARMACY wines. Located at the base of Blackcomb in the Upper Village. Delivery available. Locally owned and operated since 1996. #1-4573 Chateau Blvd  604.932.9795 Shoppers Drug Mart MAP  M5 With a prestigious Beauty Boutique MARKETPLACE and a full-service pharmacy offering travel vaccinations, medication Whistler’s Marketplace reviews, prescription deliveries and Experience Whistler’s premier shopping much more, Shoppers Drug Mart has centre located next to Whistler Olympic everything you need for your health, Plaza. Offering a variety of specialty beauty, and convenience. boutiques, restaurants and professional  604.905.5666 services. Owned and managed by  shoppersdrugmart.ca headwaterprojects.com MAP  P11 AD PG66 MAP  H13

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shops & services RETAIL Cool As A Moose Whistler’s largest and finest selection of souvenirs and resort-wear, with a wide range of gifts for the whole family and free balloons for the kids! 11-4308 Main Street (Village Stroll across from Cows)  604.962.0099  001@cudmoregroup.com AD PG63 MAP  N12

wraps, leggings and quality sleepwear. Also featuring foundations from Chantelle + Calvin Klein and Saxx for him. Whistler Town Plaza #30 - 4314 Main Street  604.932.2145 MAP  K12

Inside Out Boutique - Not Just Lingerie Specializing in personal bra fitting for over 30 years. Not Just Lingerie - Collections of unique streetwear - supporting Canadian-Made and independent European designs. Tunics, sweaters,

Mountain Kids Outfitters Whistler’s outdoor store for kids aged infant to 16. Mountain bike clothing, helmets and accessories, hiking boots, swimwear, Whistler tees, sunglasses, hats, backpacks, rainwear, cool clothing and much more. Conveniently located PREMIER WHISTLER’S S I N C E 1980

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shops & services in Mountain Square near Lululemon. 207-4293 Mountain Square  604.932.2115  info@mountainkids.ca  mountainkids.ca AD PG67 MAP  T12 Snowflake For over 35 years, Snowflake has always showcased the best in great Canadian design. Incredible selection of outerwear and accessories in cashmere, fur, leather and shearling. Luxurious collection of capes and wraps. Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Upper Village.  604.938.2019  snowflakecanada.com AD PG69 MAP  N5

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Whistler Kitchen Works Whistler’s unique kitchenware and gift store with fantastic product selection and friendly staff. A popular local store for 23 years! Cookware, linens, tea towels and souvenirs. Come visit us! Located in Whistler’s Marketplace. 604.938.1110 MAP  H13

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or the local scoop on shopping in Whistler, look no further than FAQ. At first glance, the Village may seem full of stores filled with kitschy Whistler swag and the latest mountain bike gear but that’s not all… if you know where to look.

The Village is a mixture of brand name and unique homegrown shops— The Gap, Aritzia, The Body Shop—beside Skitch, Ruby Tuesday and Inside Out Boutique. Don’t forget to walk up to the Upper Village too— particularly on a Wednesday afternoon or Sunday lunchtime during the Whistler Farmers’ Market. Further south you’ll find Creekside, Whistler’s original ski base and still full of old ski charm. Creekside has all the necessities—a grocery store, liquor Function Merchants 1 2

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rianna Beacom can’t decide: How do you choose a favourite from among almost 200 pieces of renowned B.C. art?

When she first took on the role of associate director of operations at the Audain Art Museum (AAM) more than a year ago, Beacom had a ready answer — one of the Rodney Graham’s, she says, before quickly qualifying her answer to include the work of Jeff Wall and Stan Douglas — all Vancouver photographers featured at the museum. That made sense for the Ryerson University grad who has a degree in fine arts focused on photography. Then, Beacom took a tour with a new docent. “She had me focus on the (Frederick) Varley’s,” she says of the work of the Group of Seven artist. “I hadn’t given the Varley’s the time and attention that they deserved and I left the galleries with my new favourite.” It’s called Dusk — Tantalus Range. “It glows from the inside,” says Beacom, then pauses to consider her answer. “But now the Lawren Harris is back and that’s also a favourite of mine. So to choose one is almost impossible!”

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This is perhaps one of the job hazards of working at the AAM but Beacom isn’t complaining. Instead, she feels uniquely fortunate to have found her professional niche in a place where career jobs aren’t that easy to come by. For the last several months she has stepped up to the plate, temporarily filling in the museum’s biggest role as interim acting director. It’s turns out Whistler is the ultimate inspirational place for a smalltown Ontario girl with big city aspirations. A self-described creative “dabbler” in anything from painting to pottery, Beacom’s work in arts and culture began with a job at Arts Whistler, starting as the front of house administrator. After five years, and five job titles, she had worked her way up to the general manager’s role. And then came the opportunity at the AAM that she couldn’t turn down. “It was as beautiful and as mind-blowing as I expected it to be,” she says. Almost like that propitious move to Whistler more than a decade ago. “Whistler’s been good to me,” she says. “I’ve been very fortunate to not only live in a place that I love but actually have a career in the arts and culture sector.”  73


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ou could be forgiven for thinking Crankworx — the renowned mountain bike festival born and bred in Whistler and now in three more stops around the world — was all about how fast and high you can go on a bike. It’s not. Far from it. As it has evolved these past 15 years, Crankworx has embraced the storytelling side of mountain biking — the photographers and the filmmakers. The result? Arts and culture have a big presence at the 10-day festival, which takes place this year in Whistler August 10-19.

Not to be outdone by the photographers, the filmmakers and athletes also take centre stage in Dirt Diaries. Teams of riders and videographers showcase their skills and their love of the sport in a short come experience Whistler’s unique history!

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Take the annual Deep Summer Photo Challenge where five photographers from around the world, and one wildcard entry, put their biking photos to music in epic slideshow presentations.


art scene movie, combining mountain biking with a great storyline. Crankworx likely took its cues from its winter predecessor — the World Ski and Snowboard Festival (WSSF), which has always had a major arts and music component reflecting Whistler’s deep-rooted ski culture. Though Whistler may be a ski and bike town at heart, the arts and culture of those sports have always played a significant role in our collective conscience. And it doesn’t end there. The Whistler Film Festival, billed as “the coolest film fest in North America”, has deep roots in the community as does the Whistler Writers Festival. In more recent years, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) has been coming to Whistler to play free outdoor concerts over the Canada Day long weekend. The VSO also offers a summer institute for young musicians. So while summertime visitors may come for the double black trails and the biggest bike park in the world, we like to think they stay a little longer because Whistler is so much more than an awesome place to ride bikes.  Tourism Whistler/Justa Jeskova

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UPPER VILLAGE GALLERIES

Mountain Galleries Celebrating 25 years in Canadian fine art, Mountain Galleries has grown to become Western Canada’s largest commercial art gallery with locations in Whistler, Jasper and Banff. Worldwide Shipping. Located in the Upper Village, Fairmont Chateau Whistler  604.935.1862  mountaingalleries.com MAP  PG76 #1

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Arts Whistler Arts Whistler’s heart and soul is arts and culture. Festivals, classes, and events such as Art Workshops on the Lake, the Whistler Children’s Festival, and ArtWalk help to complete Whistler’s vibrant cultural scene.  604.935.8410  info@artswhistler.com  artswhistler.com MAP  PG76 #6  /faqwhistler

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epe Barajas has big dreams. He envisions a day when his La Cantina taquerias will be in cities and towns across Canada, bringing an authentic taste of Mexico to the North.

He’s off to a good start, with two locations of the urban-style taco joints in Whistler, among his other business ventures, and another La Cantina location in downtown Vancouver. And to think: 10 years ago he had to google “Whistler” before accepting a job at a local hotel. Coming from a bustling career, travelling the world with Princess Cruises, laid-back Whistler wasn’t really his style. “It was slow,” Barajas groans at the memory of his first impression of Whistler. “I’m from Mexico City. I come from a family of entrepreneurs. Everything is fast. Everything needs to happen right away.” And yet, he soon realized that Whistler was a town of untapped business potential; the more he got to know it, the more intrigued he became, especially when he realized there were service gaps in the marketplace. “I’m passionate about business,” he says. “It’s a world that fascinates me.” His first venture was in 2011 with Clean Perfect Services, a cleaning company specializing in luxury properties. The following year he opened The Mexican Corner, his more upscale restaurant offering a little piece of delicious Mexican food in the heart of the resort.

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Its success paved the way for La Cantina, the original taqueria, and things have snowballed ever since. He now has 150 employees throughout his various operations. “What I love the most about Whistler is just the sense of belonging, which I never had in Mexico City,” he says. Barajas always brings a little Mexican flare to the table, more often than not dressed in a suit with polished shoes, ready to make deals. Only now… he feels like a local. “I can’t see myself living anywhere else but here.”  79


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hen you have a town that boasts more than 170 places to eat or drink, it’s difficult to pick out some highlights. Almost every place in Whistler has something to recommend it; if not the award-winning, locally sourced food, then the ambiance or the views.

But, it’s hard to beat the views from the top of the mountain when you’re dining at 6,000 feet. The Mountain Top Summer Feast takes place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night throughout the summer. Take the gondola to the top and take in the views from the Roundhouse patio. We would be remiss when speaking about patio dining not to mention some of the amazing Village patios where you can watch the world stroll by as you dine. Or try the patios overlooking the Whistler Mountain Bike Park and soak in the tricks and turns of Whistler’s favourite summer trade. Dinner conversation will not flag!  80

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Take, for example, some of the patios overlooking the lakes: The Cure Lounge at Nita Lake springs to mind or for something on the finer side Nita Lake’s Aura Restaurant. North of town, Table 19 at the Nicklaus North Golf Club overlooking Green Lake, is another great option with a view—also good for children, who can play on the practice area in front of the patio.


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food & drink There are so many options to choose from when it comes to dining out in Whistler that it’s difficult to know where to begin. If you don’t know what you’re looking for, check out this dining guide for options on price and locations.

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TANDOOR OVEN The meat is first marinated in a blend of Royal spices and then BBQed in the Tandoor on skewers at high temperature

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food & drink ADVENTURE DINING Crystal Hut Salmon Bake WITH CANADIAN

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AT NITA LAKE LODGE B L $ 604.966.5700 Nita Lake Lodge 2131 Lake Placid Road

Table Nineteen Lakeside Eatery Restaurant & Lounge R D $$$ 604.938.9898 8080 Nicklaus North Blvd. At Nicklaus North Golf Course

R D $$$$ 604.938.1616 4282 Mountain Square (Below the Carleton Lodge)

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Sushi Village

Tandoori Grill Indian Cuisine

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Cinnamon Bear Bar & Grille at The Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa R B L A D $$ 604.932.1982 4050 Whistler Way

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food & drink FAMILY & KID FRIENDLY Caramba! R L D $$ 604.938.1879 #12-4314 Main Street

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Old Spaghetti Factory R L D $ 604.938.1081 4154 Village Green

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Tandoori Grill Indian Cuisine R L D $$ 604.905.4900 #201- 4368 Main Street (Corner of Northlands Blvd.)

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JAPANESE Sushi Village R6+ L D $$ 604.932.3330 2nd floor Sundial Hotel

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LOUNGES & WINE BARS Cure Lounge & Patio AT NITA LAKE LODGE

R L A D $$ 604.966.5700 Nita Lake Lodge 2131 Lake Placid Road

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ADVENTURE DESK: Carleton Lodge, 4282 Mountain Square

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Aura AT NITA LAKE LODGE Aura offers innovative dining and personalized service in an inspiring setting. Savour the farm-to-table experience at its freshest while enjoying stunning views of Nita Lake. 2131 Lake Placid Road 604.966.5700 nitalakelodge.com

Brandy’s at the Keg Après, Sports, Lounge, Late Night 4429 Sundial Place 604.932.5151

Crystal Hut Salmon Bake

WITH CANADIAN WILDERNESS ADVENTURES

Combine a thrilling adventure by ATV or Jeep with a Salmon BBQ dinner at the famous Crystal Hut, 6,000 ft. atop Blackcomb Mountain. Includes live entertainment. The adventure begins at the Carleton Lodge across from the Whistler gondola. 604.938.1616 canadianwilderness.com

WHERE THE LOCALS HANG OUT s, fish & chip ndwiches, ed Burgers, sa n wings, tacos, pull icke ore! nachos, ch s, kids’ menu and m d la sa ters! pork, s Headquar Your Sport eens, HD TV’s, 9 Flatscr reat Service &G at Gre Food en 7 e Store op Beer & Win including ALL k days a wee s 11am-11pm holiday F R E E P A R KI N G + WIFI !!

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Caramba! Restaurante Wood-fired pizza, steak, pasta and seafood. European comfort food prepared with a local flare. Take out. Summer Hours: breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily from 11 am, Monday through Friday. From 10 am on Saturdays and Sundays. 604.938.1879 carambarestaurant.com

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Cinnamon Bear Bar & Grille Unwind with a cool beverage on Whistler’s sunniest patio, catch the game on a big screen, fuel up for your day with a lavish breakfast buffet, or enjoy a delicious Pacific Northwest dinner. Located at Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa 604.932.1982 hiltonwhistler.com

Domino’s Pizza Pizza Delivery and Takeout 4368 Main Street. 604.932.0410 dominos.ca

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Gibbons Hospitality Group Gibbons offers 7 iconic Whistler venues open 7 days/week for drinks, après, dancing and more. Join us at the Longhorn Saloon, Buffalo Bills, Tapley’s Pub, Garfinkel’s, the FireRock, Stonesedge & Milestones. Or #hoponit with a huge crew in weekly Bar Hop tours. 604.938.0225 gibbonswhistler.com

Keg Steakhouse & Bar The Keg Steakhouse & Bar’s reputation has been built on great steaks, slow-roasted prime rib, and succulent seafood. The Keg’s unmatched guest service sets it apart. 4229 Sundial Place 604.932.5151

Mongolie Grill Combine your favourite ingredients with our gourmet sauces, then watch as our chefs theatrically grill your creation before your eyes. Join us for 20% off lunch before 4pm! 201-4295 Blackcomb Way 604.938.9416 mongoliegrill.com

604.932.3330 • info@sushivillage.com • in the mtn. square

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Mountain-Top Summer Feast Head up Whistler Mountain every Friday through Sunday for an incredible evening experience with a mouth-watering buffet, live music, and incredible views. 1.800.766.0449 whistlerblackcomb.com

Old Spaghetti Factory Whistler’s best dining value. All meals include hot sourdough bread, soup or salad, coffee or tea and our signature ice cream. Reservations of any size. Don’t forget to join us in the Crystal Lounge for Whistler’s most memorable après. 604.938.1081 oldspaghettifactory.ca

Roland’s Creekside Pub The locals’ favourite in Creekside. Watch all the sports on our 9 flat screen TVs with volume! Great summertime patio. 604.932.5940 rolandswhistler.com

A RA fresh. modern. lakeside.

SIP & SAVOUR monthly wine dinner series 4 courses with wine pairing april - september 2018 call for reservations limited availability

604 966 5700 | 2131 lake placid rd, whistler creekside @nitalakelodge | www.nitalakelodge.com/dining | #NitaEats

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SIDECUT Modern Steak + Bar SIDECUT serves Canadian prime steak and regional specialties with your choice of signature rubs and sauces. Features an extensive wine list and specialty cocktails. Complimentary Parking. 4591 Blackcomb Way 604.966.5280 sidecutwhistler.com

Sushi Village Discover Sushi Village and find out why Whistler locals and guests have been coming back for more than 30 years! Second floor of the Sundial Hotel 604.932.3330 sushivillage.com

TAKE A TASTE OF WHISTLER HOME

$24.95 Available at Armchair Books, Nesters Market, Whistler Kitchen Works and Pique Newsmagazine.

LOCALS’ FAVOURITE SINCE 1982!

Unwind with a cool beverage on Whistler’s Sunniest Patio Traditional gastro pub and comfort food made with the freshest ingredients Big Screen TVs and Pool Tables Breakfast, Lunch, Après & Dinner OPEN ALL DAY

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Table Nineteen Lakeside Eatery Situated at Nicklaus North Golf Course and overlooking Green Lake, Table Nineteen features unparalleled views, outstanding food, great value & exceptional service. Join us after a day on the links, in the mountains or on the trails at Whistler’s best patio. 604.938.9898 tablenineteen.com

Tandoori Grill Indian Cuisine Great vegetarian selection. Gluten-free menu. Chicken dishes prepared from fresh free-run Fraser Valley farm chicken and grass-fed lamb are on the menu. 604.905.4900 For delivery, pick-up and reservations go to: tandooriwhistler.com

Whistler Brewing Co. Professionally guided brewery tours will explain the brewing process with our use of 100% all-natural ingredients and brewing techniques plus four samples of our award winning craft beer. $15.95 tours begin at 2:30 & 4pm Tuesday – Sunday. 1045 Millar Creek Rd. 604.962.8889 ext 105

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ick Dobson knows a thing or two about how people in Whistler like to après: His resumé boasts an almost two-decade rundown of Whistler’s legendary bars and nightclubs from The Longhorn and Merlin’s to the Dubh Linn Gate and El Furniture Warehouse Après, he says, is all about trading stories and celebrating another great day in the mountains. “It’s also a really good excuse to drink beer at 1 in the afternoon,” admits Dobson. Dobson has a new vantage point to watch over Whistler’s après shenanigans. He is the general manager of Handlebar Café and Après, located in a small hole-in-the-wall in the Upper Village. Dobson has had a hand in creating the unique Handlebar experience with fresh, local craft beer at the heart of the operations. “Handlebar was born with a vision of bringing the booming B.C. craft beer market up to speed in Whistler,” he says.“No one had made the full commitment to craft beer and we thought the time was right.” The timing, in fact, has been perfect. Dobson moved to Whistler from Chilliwack fresh out of high school in 1999. He got a job teaching snowboarding. Not long afterwards, he traded his snowboard for skis and began working in Whistler’s food and beverage industry.

After almost 20 years catering to the partying resort crowd, Dobson says it’s a welcome change to be out of the hustle and bustle of the Village. The Upper Village isn’t like it used to be; empty store fronts are now filled and there’s a new energy in the air with people enjoying the relaxed pace. Handlebar has had a role in that transformation, the aqua blue patio umbrellas drawing people in. “It’s been a bit of a cursed location,” admits Dobson. “But I think it was just missing good beer and the right vibe.” To see what’s pouring on tap today, head to handlebar.beer  94

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histler’s après scene is starting to taste a little different these days. Where once nachos and beer were the order of après, our tastes are becoming a little more refined of late. Has après been overrun with craft beer, organic spirits, and high-end charcuterie? Well, we wouldn’t go that far! But one look at HandleBar in the Upper Village (read our Insider Nick Dobson) is a sure sign that things never stay the same, even an age-old tradition like après. There’s no doubt that the craft beer revolution is happening right on our doorstep. As with the rest of the country, the popularity of craft beer is gaining momentum. Whistler, town of 12,000 permanent people, now has three craft breweries to its name — the Brewhouse in the Village, and Whistler Brewing and Coast Mountain Brewing, both in Function Junction. All have great après vibes not to mention the delicious, brewed-in-Whistler beer. While we’re on the subject on homemade beverages, at après or at any other time, half an hour north on the highway is the 10-year-old Pemberton Distillery, a craft distillery turning out Schramm Vodka and Schramm Gin, among other creations. The vodka and gin are produced from Pemberton’s organic potatoes, which is saying something given that Pemberton is also called “Spud Valley,” renowned for its seed potatoes. But whether it’s with nachos or charcuterie, standard suds or craft beer, Whistler’s commitment to the spirit of après remains: Celebrating another great day in the mountains with friends.  96


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we’ve been asked every conceivable question so… don’t be shy. Here are a few answers to some things you may be wondering about.

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Q: HOW CAN I STAY SAFE IN BEAR COUNTRY? hurts to sing a tune A: Itornever whistle as you walk along the trails. It lets bears know you are near. All garbage must go into bear-proof containers, located throughout the Village, parks and the Valley Trail.

Q: WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I Q: HOW DO I OPEN RUN INTO A BEAR? THE BEARbears! Give them A: Respect plenty of space and never PROOF GARBAGE approach them. No one CONTAINERS? should ever feed, pet or pose bears have been known for a photo with a bear. A: Black to open doors so the garbage Take photos with a telephoto lens from a distance. Learn more at bearsmart.com. 102

containers are designed to fool the bears, and sometimes humans. Place your hand in the lever and push up. The bears have yet to crack this design.


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Q: HOW MANY MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS ARE IN WHISTLER? But let’s not count the A: Lots. trails, rather the kilometres. Beyond the bike park, Whistler boasts almost 300 km of maintained double and single track cross country trails. Steep. Fast. Fun. That pretty much sums it up. There are trails for all levels so get on your bike. It’s also worthwhile to download a trail app to your phone to help you find your way.

Q: WHAT’S A TOONIE RIDE? you’re A: Now talking the local lingo. A Toonie Ride (once known as a Loonie Race), is the weekly cross country bike race on select trails in the valley. It costs a Toonie every week and that includes your après — a beer and a bite to eat. Some race it; most just ride it for the fun. You need to be a member of  /faqwhistler

WORCA, the local mountain biking club, to take part. Check out worca. com. There is no better way to get a feel for the local riding community as well as experience some of Whistler’s best trails!

Q: WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO SEE THE ALPINE WILDFLOWERS IN BLOOM? the wildflowers turn A: Typically, the alpine into a kaleidoscope of colour in August. The bloom only lasts for two to three weeks so don’t miss your chance to see the display of White Mountain Heather, Pink Mountain Heather, Mountain Arnica, Indian Paintbrush and more.

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Q: WHAT IS THE VALLEY TRAIL? Valley Trail is roughly 40 A: The km of paved trail stretching from one end of Whistler to the other, connecting all the neighbourhoods in between. It’s a great way to get around town via biking or walking.

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HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN BE MOVED UP THE MOUNTAIN IN THE NEW BLACKCOMB GONDOLA?

Blackcomb is moving A: Whistler ahead with its $66 million lift

up grades this summer, to be ready for the winter season 2018-19. The new 10-person gondola from the base of Blackcomb to the Rendezvous will be able to move 4,000 people per hour from the base to the alpine restaurant. The $66 million lift upgrades this summer — the largest singleyear capital investment in the 104

WB’s history — also include upgrading the Emerald Express chairlift from a four-person lift to a six-person lift; and the Catskinner chair will also be replaced with a high-speed lift.

Q: HOW LONG IS THE NEW SUSPENSION BRIDGE AT THE PEAK OF WHISTLER MOUNTAIN? bridge set to be open in A: The July, will span 130 metres (425ft) from the top of the Peak Chair across Whistler Bowl to the rock outcrop known as the West Ridge. There will be a cantilevered viewpoint from there looking north/northwest which connects into WB’s high-alpine hiking network. By comparison, the Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge at the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish is approximately 100 metres long.


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Q: HOW MANY PEOPLE Q: HOW DO I FIND OUT VISIT WHISTLER WHAT’S GOING ON EVERY YEAR VERSUS AROUND TOWN? plug! Our HOW MANY PEOPLE A: Shameless sister publication, Pique LIVE HERE? Newsmagazine, hits stands According to the latest census, Thursday morning. It’s A: Whistler’s population is roughly every the go-to source for news 12,000 (add another 2,500 or so with seasonal employees who come every year). More than 3 million people visit Whistler every year. And it’s true: More people (55 per cent) visit in the summer, than in the winter.

and events in Whistler from municipal hall to sports results to bar bands. Plus, it’s just a really good read. You’ll see its distinctive artsy cover around town. Or check out piquenewsmagazine.com

Q: WHO ARE THE HAIRFARMERS? Hairfarmers are one of A: The Whistler’s most beloved bands — a duo that has rocked many an après for many years. Catch them live at bars around town. It’s a show not to miss.

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