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FREE Summer 2019 volume 13: issue 2

the insiders’ guide to whistler


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Welcome to Whistler

WELCOME TO WHISTLER

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Welcome to the best mountain resort in North America. Find out why in FAQ.

EVENTS CALENDAR

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ON THE MOUNTAINS

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ACTIVITIES

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HEALTH, FITNESS & SPAS

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SHOPPING & SERVICES

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ART SCENE

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Food & Drink

FOOD & DRINK

Foodies rejoice! Whistler has it all from burgers to fine dining. Use FAQ to help you decide.

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APRÈS

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F.A.Q.'S

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MAPS

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99 Things to Do These are just the highlights to get you started on your Whistler adventures.

HIKING BIKING

Health, Fitness & Spas Recharge the body, the soul and the mind in this mountain Mecca.

Shop Bring home a little piece of Whistler in your suitcase. FAQ is your one-stop shopping guide.

F.A.Q., The Insiders’ Guide is published by Whistler Publishing Limited Partnership, 103-1390 Alpha Lake Rd, Whistler, BC, V8E 0H9 Phone: 604.938.0202 Fax: 604.938.0201. ISSN 1911 6535. © Copyright 2019. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the publisher’s written permission.

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WELCOME TO WHISTLER

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sk anyone who has ever travelled somewhere new: It can be pretty intimidating landing in an unknown town. Whistler is no exception. You might be wondering: Where are the best places to eat with a family? What trails should I explore first? Where can I swim? How do I get to the top of the mountain for sightseeing? Where is the best place to après? What do I do when I see a bear? That’s where our FAQ magazine comes in handy. For more than a decade, FAQ has been the go-to source for Whistler’s three million visitors, with fresh issues hitting the stands around town every summer and winter, giving you all the latest and greatest in Whistler. We bet you’ll find the answers to most of your questions tucked within these pages. FAQ is also a little window into Whistler’s heart and soul—the people who call this place home. We call them our Insiders, and every issue we bring you their stories. These are people who are making things happen in Whistler and beyond. This issue we profile a World Cup downhill mountain bike racer taking the world by storm; we highlight our entrepreneurs selling a variety of wares from shoes and locallymade beer, to Australian meat pies and organic weed. We also have a helicopter pilot who can show you this place from a completely different vantage point. Here’s the thing: We want you to see Whistler the way that we see Whistler, in all its fun-filled, nature-loving, adrenalin-fuelled glory. Once you get a taste, you won’t want to leave!  4


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WELCOME TO WHISTLER

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TO OUR INSIDERS:

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Whistler Biking Prodigy “I don’t want to live anywhere else, I just can’t see anywhere being better.”

20 ANDREW Blackcomb Helicopters

“I can’t imagine doing anything else. It’s been quite a ride.”

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Whistler Medical Marijuana “This town is filled with all-in people, whether that’s in sports, in seeking adventure or in business.”

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Soles of Whistler “If you really want to create a life in Whistler you need to look for opportunities.”

76 SARAH Sass Designs

“Sewing leather is not easy. You get faster and you figure it out, It’s a labour of love.” 6


WELCOME TO WHISTLER

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TO OUR INSIDERS:

80 KERRI Peaked Pies

“There is a lot of labour and a lot of love that goes into our pies.”

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Coast Mountain Brewing “Our focus has always been….as long as the beer is good, everything else will fall into place.” Sarah Strother

PUBLISHER

YEARS IN WHISTLER:

12 RAISED IN: Oakville, ON WHY WHISTLER: What a great place to raise two young boys. Alison Taylor EDITOR YEARS IN WHISTLER: 18 RAISED IN: Thornhill, ON WHY WHISTLER: To report the news from Canada’s best ski/bike resort. Karl Partington PRODUCTION MANAGER YEARS IN WHISTLER: 19 RAISED IN: Burlington, ON WHY WHISTLER: Snowboarding. Came for a night and never left. Catherine Power-Chartrand SALES MANAGER YEARS IN WHISTLER: 33 RAISED IN: Muskoka, ON WHY WHISTLER: Came for a winter, loved it and never left! TO ADVERTISE...

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COVER ILLUSTRATION

Cover art by Claire Ryan A graphic designer and illustrator originally from Melbourne, Australia. Claire moved to Canada seeking a life where the lines between hobbies, passions and career are somewhat blurred, and now enjoys life surrounded by large hills, abundant nature and the possibility of snow each winter. INSIDER PHOTOGRAPHY

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EVENT CALENDAR

MAY May 17

WHISTLER PRESENTS

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

WHISTLER MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK OPENING DAY May 17-20

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

GO FEST Whistler’s non-stop summer festival line up starts off on the right foot with GO Fest, celebrating the Great Outdoors as winter ends and summer begins.

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TOONIE RIDES

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ARTISTRY REVEALED This is a travelling exhibition at the Audain Art Museum, celebrating the legacy of Peter and Catharine Whyte. May 25 NIMBY FIFTY BIKE RACE

JUNE June 1 WHISTLER HALF MARATHON June 7 WHISTLER MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL Soak up Whistler’s diversity in this fun and free event. Open to everyone, the multicultural festival celebrates Whistler’s diverse food, music, dance and cultural activities. June 7-9 THINKBIKE WHISTLER A multi-day expo where the world’s best bike and gear manufacturers descend on the world’s best biking playground.

PHOTOS: Whistler Presents: SCOTT BRAMMER / COASTPHOTO.COM; Farmers’ Market: BRAD KASSELMAN / COASTPHOTO.COM; Bike Park Opening Day: LOGAN SWAYZE / COASTPHOTO.COM

Throughout the summer


PHOTO: Tough Mudder: SHUTTERSTOCK; Canada Day and Children’s Festival: MIKE CRANE / TOURISM WHISTLER

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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.

WHITEWATER RODEO A whitewater rafting race down Green River. Games, competitions and prizes for the best paddlers followed by an epic after-party in support of Zero-Ceiling.

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JULY July 1

TOUGH MUDDER Designed by the British Special Forces, this is an obstacle course stretching up to 20 km and it’s all about adventure and challenge. If that doesn’t appeal, there’s always the Tough Mudder Half — half the course but all the fun.

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WHISTLER CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL A summertime staple on Whistler’s calendar. After more than 35 years, the Whistler Children’s Festival is an actionpacked weekend just for kids. Workshops. Live performances. Hands-on activities, dance, music and more. July 13

CANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS The parade begins at noon in Whistler Village.

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.

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EVENT CALENDAR July 26-28

August 2-4

SQUAMISH CONSTELLATION FESTIVAL Exceptionally curated music; art installations and expressions; local craft beverages; and exquisite culinary experiences set against the backdrop of the Squamish Chief.

CANADIAN NATIONAL BBQ CHAMPIONSHIPS Follow the delicious smells to Creekside. August 9-18

WANDERLUST Billed as “a celebration of mindful living,” Wanderlust is so much more than a yoga festival. Top chefs, renowned speakers, inspirational instructors, international DJs and more all converge in Whistler. 12

RBC GRANFONDO Cycle one of the world’s most scenic highways— Vancouver to Whistler—122 km. Recreational, advanced, and elite cyclists are all welcome.

CRANKWORX The world’s biggest mountain biking festival needs no introduction. Check out the best in the world in this jam-packed 10 days of racing, competitions, big air and more. August 18 PEMBERTON SLOW FOOD CYCLE Meander by bike through the Pemberton farmlands and taste fresh-from-thefield food.

WHISTLER VILLAGE BEER FESTIVAL Celebrate everything about beer in the mountains with 70 breweries featured during the Main Event (Sept. 14/15). Don’t miss out on the seminars, speakers, and parties throughout the rest of the festival.

PHOTOS: Crankworx & Beer Festival: JUSTA JESKOVA / TOURISM WHISTLER; Ironman Canada: MIKE CRANE / TOURISM WHISTLER

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SUBARU IRONMAN CANADA Swim. Bike. Run. It’s the triathlon of all triathlons. Cheer on the athletes at all stages in this all-day, all-inspiring event.

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September 14-15 SPARTAN RACE A long-running obstacle race series with a fivekilometre sprint and a 13-km super distance.

October 19 WHISTLER 50 RELAY & ULTRA Racers get ready to take on Whistler in this ultra running race.

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NOVEMBER November 7-17 CORNUCOPIA Ten days of mouthwatering fun at Whistler’s annual food and wine festival.

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ON THE MOUNTAINS

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rom the Pyrenees Mountains of Andorra to the Whakarewarewa Forest in Rotorua, New Zealand, Finn Iles has biked it all. At 19 years old, mountain biking has taken him around the world, dominating the downhill World Cup circuit as a junior before moving into the men’s division last year. Still, nothing beats riding in Whistler. “I wish I was at home riding right now,” he admits, as the season begins to change in the Sea to Sky corridor from ski season to bike season and the trails start to shed their snow. Iles is now based in Victoria for part of the year, where he is in his first year at the University of Victoria, but “home” remains Whistler. When Iles was in Grade 4, a young ski racer and biker with a lot of promise much like his older brother, the Iles family decided to move to Whistler to take advantage of the mountains and all Whistler had to offer. It was a decision that has shaped the course of Iles’ life. “I don’t know if there’s much of a secret,” says Iles of his success, which ultimately led him to hang up his race skis at 15 to focus on biking. “Everything was available to me to make the most of my sport.”

In 2016 and ‘17 Iles was the Junior DH Overall World Champion. He compares the move from junior to men’s elite much like the move from junior hockey to stepping onto NHL ice—bigger, faster, more experienced players and inevitably the stakes are higher. “I think it’ll take a couple of years to get really used to racing all these guys,” he says of the 19-35-year-old elite division. Last year he finished 15th. As the season sets up this summer with the first World Cup in the mountains above Maribor in Slovenia, Iles has got his eye on the Top 10 or a Top 5 overall finish this year. Whistler will be home base between races. “I don’t want to live anywhere else,” he says. “I just can’t see anywhere being better.”  14

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Whistler, with its extensive trail network and the biggest bike park in the world, was his backyard. Iles rode as much as he could, worked hard, and honed his mental game. It remains his mantra today.


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ON THE MOUNTAINS

BLACKCOMB PEAK

2,284 M (7,494 FT)

HORSTMAN GLACIER

RENDEZVOUS LODGE

With the wilderness at your doorstop and the amenities of a world-class resort at your feet, visiting Whistler and Blackcomb mountains in the summer is an unbeatable experience. There are wildflowers and bears; towering snow walls and sparkling alpine lakes; the world’s biggest mountain bike park and the new heart-thumping suspension bridge. And let’s not forget, the Umbrella Bar, the Rendezvous and the Roundhouse to indulge a little while taking in the view. Don’t forget to mark your calendars as the seasons change and so too do the mountains.  16

FAMILY ADVENTURE ZONE

UPPER VILLAGE WHISTLER VILLAGE MAY-OCTOBER WHISTLER MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK: Work continues in the Creekside one this summer as the world’s biggest bike park looks to get even bigger and better. The bike park caters to all levels from beginners to pros. CLOUDRAKER SKYBRIDGE: This is the suspension bridge everyone’s been talking about. The 130-metre bridge spans from the top of the Peak Chair to the West Ridge, high over Whistler Bowl. At the end of the bridge is the Raven’s Eye Cliff Walk, a cantilevered walkway that extends more than 12 m.


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WHISTLER PEAK

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BIKE PARK

MAY-JUNE SNOW WALLS: For a limited period of time giant snow walls command the way at Pika’s Traverse on Whistler Mountain. The walls are carved out of winter snowfall providing a white labyrinth to guide you to the alpine. Don’t be fooled though; these snow walls, giant as they may be, do not last forever!

JUNE-JULY SUMMER SKIING/RIDING: One of the reasons Whistler Blackcomb can boast about its epically long season is its summer snow. The Horstman Glacier on Blackcomb Mountain is the place to be for skiers and riders from June 8-July 14. There are summer camps taking place on the glacier but it’s open to the public too for anyone who wants to slide on snow in a T-shirt. Do not forget your sunscreen.

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AUGUST WILDFLOWERS: Just like the giant snow walls, there is a limited window of opportunity to experience the kaleidoscope of colour from the alpine wildflowers in all their glory. Stay tuned to the weather to ensure you don’t miss the summer weeks when the alpine turns purple, crimson and yellow. CRANKWORX: The biggest mountain bike festival in the world is something to behold. Follow the crowds to Whistler Mountain and find a spot where you can take in all the action. 17


ON THE MOUNTAINS

The Ascent Trails take hikers on an uphill climb from the base of the mountain to the Rendezvous, clocking in at more than 6 kilometres. The path winds through the rainforest to open meadows with wooden bridges and stairs to guide you along the way. With the trailhead in the heart of the 18

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ancouver has the iconic Grouse Grind and now Whistler has the Blackcomb Ascent Trails. This series of three connected trails—Little Burn, Big Burn and Heart Burn—is open again this summer after a one-year hiatus during the construction of the multi-million Blackcomb Gondola and Whistlerites can’t wait to get back to the climb.


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Upper Village, at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, many locals tackle the ascent Trails multiple times throughout the summer, trying to best their previous times. It can be an unrelenting climb at times but the view from the deck of the Rendezvous is worth it. Perhaps one of the best things of all, aside from the wildflowers, the whistling marmots and the exercise, is the return journey to the base via the gondola, saving those knees from the long walk down to the valley. This is a must-do experience. If the hike gets too hard along the way, you can always hop on the gondola at mid-station and ride the rest of the way to the top. 

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ndrew Bradley knew exactly what he wanted to do with his life as soon as he took his first helicopter ride at 15 years old. He was going to fly helicopters.

Flight school followed, then jobs in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes, doing scenic tours, moving gold drills for mining companies and working for forestry companies. The mountains, however, were calling. “I knew I wanted to come west,” says Bradley. It’s where he ultimately met his wife Helen, started a family, and made his home in Whistler. In 2005 he landed a job at Blackcomb Helicopters where he is now operations manager for the company with a stellar safety and customer service reputation. After 30 years in the business, Bradley has this to say of flying machines: “It never gets old.” That much is obvious as he describes Blackcomb Heli’s BC Experience Tour, flying over Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, seeing the black bears grazing on the slopes, heading south to the iconic Black Tusk rising up from the Coast Mountains in stark contrast to the dazzling snow of the Cheakamus Glacier. The tour lands on Rainbow Mountain with breathtaking views across the valley.

PHOTO: LOGAN SWAYZE / LOGANSWAYZE.COM

“Tourism is growing at probably of rate of 15 to 20 per cent a year for us as we start to develop products and fine-tune them,” says Bradley of the growing appeal of exploring far-flung places and seeing the world from on high. His job is nothing if varied. On any given day, Bradley and the drivers at Blackcomb Heli could be fighting fires (sometimes as far away as Ontario) or flying machines for utility and mining companies; they guide tourists on scenic tours; they fly for blockbuster movies (Bradley filled in as Christian Grey, filming the crash scene in 50 Shades Darker.) His favourite job, however, is flying heliskiers to fresh powder in the backcountry—the snow, the sun, the adrenalin. It doesn’t get much better than that. Most people, says Bradley, change their job several times over the course of their life. “I can’t imagine doing anything else.”He’s flown in every province, save one. He has safely landed a machine in Yellowknife after the engine failed in the air. He’s travelled the world from the high Arctic to South America to South Africa. He pauses and smiles: “It’s been quite a ride.”  21


ALPINE HIKING

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Rainbow Lake

Rainbow Mountain dominates the west side of the valley, standing opposite Whistler and Blackcomb mountains and Garibaldi Provincial Park. A backcountry playground in the winter, Rainbow is one of the most popular local hikes in the summer time, offering a different 22

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t’s one thing if you’re our Activities Insider Andrew Bradley (see page 20) and can fly a helicopter to the top of Rainbow Mountain in style, without breaking a sweat. It’s quite another thing when you have to get there on your own steam, steadily tackling the uphill climb one step at a time. Whatever your method of travel, it’s worth the journey to the top.


ALPINE HIKING

DID YOU KNOW? For more than a decade (1969-1981), Rainbow Mountain had its own lift-accessed skiing—a 422-metre tow-lift. Hard to compete with the brandnew lifts going in on Whistler Mountain at the time but with reasonable rates and a small local crowd, Rainbow quickly became a good place to learn how to ski and have fun. 

perspective of the valley below. For many, the hike ends at Rainbow Lake, a pristine alpine lake, sprinkled with wildflowers if you happen to visit at the right time (typically for a few weeks every year in August). There is also the option of exploring further afield too.

• 5-8 hours on the trail, depending on speed/ fitness

The trailhead is easy to spot on Alta Lake Road with a big wooden sign and parking. The hike begins through the West Coast rainforest on the way to Rainbow Falls. From there, follow the steep watershed forest service road, passing the Flank Trail along the way. This section is guaranteed to get the blood pumping. Once you get back into the forest, the trail begins to even out about one-third of the way along, with the forest gradually opening up to the alpine as you knock off vertical metres. The trail is typically wellmaintained with raised wooden bridges along the way. Once you get to the lake, don’t be tempted to go for a dip; this lake is in Whistler’s watershed and swimming is not permitted. There is also no camping here and no dogs allowed. From the lake, you can explore a little further afield to Madeley, Beverley and Hanging lakes or turn around and head back down to the valley.

• Moderate hike but keep in mind the long distance and the steady elevation gain

The Rainbow Lake trail is a good workout, a beautiful hike in the West Coast backcountry and a great way to see Whistler from another vantage point. 

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• 16 kilometres (10 miles) round-trip • 850 metres elevation gain

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histler is often accused of being too hardcore, too double black, too gnarly for regular folk but take heart: There are pockets of green trails leading to blues, havens for families and begintermediates, who just want to get out there and feel a part of the scene.

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TRAILFORKS TRAILMAPPS Interpretive Forest, running alongside the rushing waters of the Cheakamus River. Take the north side of the river (Farside Trail), for the rolling climb, rated green. The trail leads to the MacLaurin’s Crossing suspension bridge where you can cross to the other side of the river and follow the trail (Riverside Trail) back down. These trails are multi-use and trail users can go in either direction. The Riverside trails are also the first step to more biking and hiking trails in the area— like climbing the Westside Main Road to get to LSD, another green downhill, or taking on some more challenging routes like HIHI and High Side and the aptly-named See Colours and Puke. Check out trailforks.com for more information and to plan your route. 

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Imagine Cinemas Village 8 The Sea to Sky’s only movie theatre. Located across from Earl’s on Whistler’s Village Stroll. For tickets, visit imaginecinemas. com MAP  P12

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ECO TOURS TreeTrek Canopy Walk Discover the secrets of the world’s most productive forest from suspension bridges and observation platforms up to 200ft in the treetops between Whistler and Blackcomb.  604.935.0001 or 1.866.935.0001  ziptrek.com AD PG1 MAP  T11

FAMILY FUN Activity Central Visit Whistler’s ““Play Professionals”” at Activity Central, your one-stop shop for all your activity needs. Receive 10 per cent off when you mention this ad, plus purchase sightseeing passes at our

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suspension trail bikes for you and the whole family. Book your rentals online and save up to 20 percent. Located in the Pinnacle Hotel, Blackcomb Lodge and Clocktower Inn. Vallea Lumina  1.888.932.6007 Join an evening excursion to find two  affinityrentals.com long-ago hikers. This 1.5km trail will take AD BACK COVER MAP  L14, Q13, S12 visitors on a multimedia night walk in pursuit of hidden wonders. Whistler Blackcomb Bike Rentals  1.833.800.8480 Explore the Whistler valley by bike. Choose from cruiser, cross-country or  vallealumina.com electric, with bikes available for the entire AD PG27 MAP  U12 family. Book your rentals online & save up MOUNTAIN BIKE RENTALS to 20 percent.  1.800.766.0449 Affinity Rentals  whistlerblackcomb.com/ Whistler’s best value bike rentals offering bikerentals Valley Trail cruisers, hard tail or full MAP U11

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ACTIVITIES MOUNTAIN BIKING Cross Country Connection Enjoy Whistler’s famous trail system on Elite models of professionally maintained Norco and Specialized bikes. Gain confidence with our Singletrack Tours and Skills Sessions. Find us at Lost Lake PassivHaus.  604.905.0071  info@crosscountryconnection.ca  crosscountryconnection.ca AD PG30 MAP F6

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ACTIVITIES Canadian Wilderness Adventures Canadian Wilderness Adventures Get a closer look at Blackcomb Mountain by 4X4. Ascend from Whistler valley past glacier-fed rivers to the snow-capped Horstman Glacier in one of our 4X4 vehicles. Tackle 4X4 trails, feel the thrill of hill climbs, spot wildlife and enjoy spectacular scenery and views.  604.938.1616  canadianwilderness.com AD PG35, 37 MAP  T11

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Canadian Wilderness Adventures Canadian Wilderness Adventures Get a closer look at Blackcomb Mountain by 4X4. Ascend from Whistler valley past glacier-fed rivers to the snow-capped Horstman Glacier in one of our 4X4 vehicles. Tackle 4X4 trails, feel the thrill of hill climbs, spot wildlife and enjoy Whistler ATV Tours spectacular scenery and views. Whistler’s best backcountry tours! Explore  604.938.1616 the Brandywine backcountry on an ATV  canadianwilderness.com Tour. Tours for all ability levels. Located in AD PG 35, 37 MAP  T11 the Hilton Whistler Resort. We pick up at all hotels.

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ACTIVITIES SIGHTSEEING Blackcomb Helicopters Get a bird’s eye view of the Whistler/ Blackcomb resort area by helicopter. A stunning tour includes views of the mountains, meadows, hidden waterfalls, and glacier-fed lakes that lie beyond the hiking trails.  1.800.330.HELI (4354)  blackcombhelicopters.com AD PG33 MAP  T11

SPORTS CENTRE 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, fitness studio, squash court, multi-use court, 25-metre lap pool, kids pool, hot tub, sauna and steam room. Located five minutes north of the Village at 8625 Highway 99.  604.935.PLAY(7529)  recreation@whistler.ca  whistler.ca/recreation MAP  PG107 #6

WALKABOUT TASTING TOURS Whistler Tasting Tours Whistler’s No. 1 dining experience! Daily tours that visit several amazing restaurants for a delicious multi-course lunch, dinner or dessert. Indulge your palate.  604.902.8687  info@whistlertastingtours.com 36


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ZIPLINING

Ziptrek Ecotours This is Whistler’s No.1 year-round activity, and home of The Sasquatch® Backroads Whistler - The longest zipline in Canada and the Lakeside Park on Alta Lake. Boat USA! Choose between multiple tour rentals and Alta to Green Lake River offerings where there is something for of Golden Dreams “Go With the Flow” everyone. Experience ziplines, suspension excursions. Spectacular views, gentle water, wildlife, great equipment, guides bridges and treetop platforms in the ancient rainforest between Whistler and and free shuttle service. Blackcomb mountains.  604.932.3111  604.935.0001 or 1.866.935.0001  fun@backroadswhistler.com  ziptrek.com  RiverOfGoldenDreams.com AD PG1 MAP  T11 AD PG2 MAP  PG38 #4

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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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ALPHA LAKE PARK #1 With lots of grass, a playground, and a sandy beach, lots of summer-time action happens on Alpha Lake.

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WAYSIDE PARK #2 On the shores of Alta Lake, this park is a little hidden gem.

RAINBOW PARK #5 It’s the park that has it all: A sandy beach, a swimming dock, beach volleyball courts, easy access to the Valley Trail and incredible mountain views.

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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BALSAM PARK #7 This neighbourhood park is also known as Helicopter Park as the play structure is in the shape of a helicopter.


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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 as well 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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LOST LAKE PARK #11 Nestled throwing distance from the Village, this is an easy walk to the edge of the wilderness. Soon you’ll be lost in the sounds of the forest. BAYLY PARK NOT SHOWN ON MAP Located in Cheakamus, this park is organized around a central, open, flat irrigated lawn area. The lawn offers opportunities for play, picnicking, volleyball and more. 39


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99 THINGS TO DO When it comes to finding things to do in a new town, local intel can make all the difference. Our insiders offer up their top ten things to do in the summer from disc golf to heli adventures and the gamut of things in between. We’ve added a few more ideas to give you 99 Things to Do. There’s no chance of getting bored in Whistler. Check off these top ten first!

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FIND AN INUKSHUK Take a

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

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

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LEARN THE ART OF APRÈS Après

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LEARN ABOUT US Visit the

isn’t reserved for after skiing. In Whistler, we après after anything—après bike, après hike, après swim.

Whistler Museum and find out

a little bit more about us. Did you know: The first lodge, The Rainbow Lodge, was built more than 100 years ago? Whistler was a summertime destination back then. The skiing began on Whistler in 1965.

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PUSH YOUR LIMITS This is a risk-taking town. Find something to get the blood pumping whether it’s a bungee jump or a walk along a suspension bridge.

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VALLEA LUMINA The forest comes alive at night in this amazing multi-media walk with talking trees and flying fish.

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AUDAIN ART MUSEUM Take a few hours to wander through the magnificent private art collection of philanthropist Michael Audain.

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

10. GET HIGH In the sky! Experience

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ZIP Zoom high in the sky above Whistler on ziplines and channel your inner Superman.

12. BUNGEE Take the 50 metre plunge over the rushing Cheakamus River.

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river from Alta Lake to Green Lake via canoe, kayak, or paddleboard.

16. CLOUDRAKER Suspended high across Whistler Bowl, this 130 metre suspension bridge is one of the best ways to check out Whistler from the peaks.

BOBSLEIGH Take on the fastest sliding track in the world in a bobsleigh. The experience includes a driver!

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THE IRON WAY It’s called Via

Ferrata, translated to “The Iron Way.” This is a set of iron rungs, bolted into Whistler Mountain, to help you climb to the top. No experience necessary for this tour.

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14. LORD OF THE SQUIRRELS An

epic mountain bike ride up to the alpine and a fun flowy descent. LOTS is a day-long affair for most—pack extra water, layers and food.

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THE RIVER OF GOLDEN DREAMS

Take on this meandering 5 km

get any higher in the mountain bike park than the Top of the World trail.

19. SKYWALK Take this hiking trail up Rainbow Mountain and make your way to the aptly-named Iceberg Lake.

20. PEAK 2 PEAK This is a world

record-setting gondola ride. For a true thrill, wait for the glassbottomed elevator and check out the valley below as you soar between Whistler and Blackcomb.

PHOTO: Summer Bobsleigh: KARL PARTINGTON

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21. HANGING WITH THE FAM Find

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places to put down a towel and stake your claim for the day. Find a local beach.

22. GO FOR A PEDAL Rediscover the 27. SIGHTSEE AT WB Whether by thrill of two wheels on the Valley Trail or, if that’s too easy, check out some of Whistler’s legendary singletrack. This is a bike town as much as a ski town.

23. DECK TIME With a cold beer. 24. CLIMB A MOUNTAIN Spend the

day hiking in the backcountry whether it’s Rainbow Mountain to the west or Wedge Mountain to the north or explore the myriad of hiking trails on Whistler Blackcomb.

helicopter or gondola, Whistler Blackcomb is a great place to spend the day sightseeing.

28. SUP Everyone’s doing it! Rent

a board. Borrow from a friend. Take a lesson. Paddle boarding is great fun.

29. ROAD TRIPS There are lots of

places to explore in the Sea to Sky corridor and beyond. Jump in the car and go beyond Whistler for a while.

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FIND THE THRILL In Kill Me, Thrill Me—a classic mountain bike trail north of the Village.

Sushi Village in the Village for an unforgettable night out.

BEYOND West Coast 32. ENJOY THE RACQUET Play tennis 36. GO exploration! We escape to with my son, either at one of the many outdoor courts in Whistler or at the Whistler Racquet Club.

33. FEEL THE BURN Get back to

the Blackcomb Ascent Trails which are open again this summer—Little Burn, Big Burn and Heart Burn. Be sure to stop and appreciate the view from the Rendezvous.

34. SECRET SWIMS Find a secret

swimming hole (you may have to ask a local). My favourite is Loggers Lake. The short uphill trek to get there makes it even better.

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Desolation Sound for some quiet RnR.

37. BROWN BAG IT Head to Olives in

Function Junction and grab all the fixings for a delicious picnic lunch.

38. TASTE THAI It’s worth the drive to Pemberton for the delicious Thai food at Barn Nork.

39. FUNCTION FUN Explore Function Junction, an eclectic area with different shops and services to recommend it.

40. GET OUTSIDE Don’t let inclement

weather stop you from getting outside and enjoying every part of the Coast Mountains.


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41. SALUTE THE END OF THE DAY

Watch the sunset on Green Lake from the beaches or docks nearby.

42. SOLITARY PLEASURES Before

it gets busy, enjoy the world with an early morning run around Lost Lake Loop.

PHOTO: High Note Trail View: KARL PARTINGTON

43. WALK THE POOCH Hit up the

dog parks at Meadow Park or the designated area at Lost Lake Park.

44. GET LOCAL At Alpine Cafe on

a Friday night as they always have a local band and great food specials.

45. FOLLOW THE SOUNDS Watch the free concerts at Olympic Plaza with a picnic and friends.

46. FAIRMONT FRIDAYS With my girls.

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47. HIGH NOTE TRAIL Take the

Whistler Gondola to hike the High Note Trail.

48. PINOCCHIO’S Clean Pinocchio’s Furniture on your bike in Lost Lake.

49. SUNSET CAESARS Find a

patio with a good view of the mountains to take in the sunset. Don’t forget a sweater! It cools down quickly when the sun slips behind the mountains.

50. LAKE HOPPING Bike the Valley Trail from lake to lake.

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UNPLUG Ditch the Internet, find a local and ask them their favourite hike or bike trail.

52. GET A LITTE IRISH Après at

the Dubh Linn Gate with a pint, rosemary garlic chips and live Celtic tunes.

53. STUDIO TOUR Look up a local

artist (artswhistler.com/discover/ featured-local-artist) and visit their studio.

54. RIDE TO RAINBOW Walk to

PassivHaus, rent a bike and ride to Rainbow Park. When you return your bike, reward yourself with one of Joni’s goodies at the Connection Café.

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Whistler Museum and find your favourite black and white photo from the early years.

56. CONQUER CLOUDRAKER Walk the suspension bridge and then hit the Umbrella Bar for a Caesar (the great Canadian cocktail–not the salad!)

57. GET CULTURAL Immerse yourself

in B.C’s art and history at the Audain Art Museum and Squamish Lillooet Cultural Centre (SLCC). Have a bannock and smoked salmon sandwich at the SLCC’s café.

58. GET SKINNY Bike or walk to the

nudie dock at Lost Lake and strip down.

59. THINK OF OTHERS Take home

three “made in Whistler” items for your dog sitter, baby sitter and house sitter

60. SWEETEN UP Get a treat from

Purebread, find a bench or stone wall on the Village Stroll, plunk yourself down and take it all in.


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61. BARKING BAY Spend quality

time with my fur baby at Barking Bay dog park (next to Rainbow Park).

62. WEST SIDE RIDES Cross country

mountain biking—I love the west side trails.

63. SHOP LOCAL Sunday’s are best spent at the Whistler Farmers’ Market.

64. PERFECT BALANCE Paddleboard one of the many lakes around Whistler.

65. SUNNY SESSIONS Long lunches on the patio at Table Nineteen, Nicklaus North Golf Course.

66. FLY HIGH Enjoy a glacier tour

on a float plane with Harbour Air, departing from Green Lake.

67. HIT THE PAVEMENT Run—

unlimited routes on the Valley Trail.

68. ALPINE WILDFLOWERS Take the gondola up Whistler Blackcomb and hike when the alpine wildflowers are in full bloom.

69. DISC GOLF Buy a frisbee from

one of the sports shops in the Village and head out to the course at the end of Mons Rd.

70. GO GIRLS GT Women’s Nights in

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IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BEER Brew

fruit-infused beer, sell beer, drink beer. Repeat.

72. SPEAKING OF BEER Summer

après is one of the best parts of summertime in Whistler. Find a patio for some après beer.

73. 4X4 Explore the backcountry by

4x4 and see the more rugged side of Whistler.

nearby Nairn Falls to Birkenhead Lake Provincial Park, a little further afield.

77. PLAY Take my kids to Whistler

Olympic Plaza and play. The Great Lawn is a great place for kids.

78. STROLL THE STROLL Meander

through the Village and take it all in. The Village was meant for strolling from the open squares to the great patio scene.

74. OCEAN THRILLS Don’t forget that 79. PICK A LAKE Alta Lake is my the Pacific Ocean is just down the road! Grab a sea kayak and explore Howe Sound in Squamish.

75. FORE! Check out some of the local golf courses.

76. CAMPING There are some

great provincial parks and campgrounds in the area from

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80. DITCH THE CAR Take the Valley

Trail, one of Whistler’s best things to do. This paved trail takes you around the resort from the lakes to the beaches to the viewpoints and it’s the best way to get from A to B in the summertime.


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86. SHHHHHHHH! Experience the

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

87. VINEYARD VIEWS Head two

ice caves in the heart of ancient glaciers in this other-worldly experience.

hours north to Lillooet and visit Fort Berens Estate Winery, the closest vineyard to Whistler. The tasting room is open daily during the summer from 10 am to 6 pm.

in Whistler and the coldest vodkatasting room in the world. Get cozy in a puffy parka at the Ketel One Ice Room at the Bearfoot Bistro.

adventures or customize your own. Sightsee, picnic in the alpine, take in the wildlife.

81. ICE CAVES Fly off to magical

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OFF On a helicopter or 82. VODKA ROOM The chilliest room 88. flTAKE oat plane for any number of

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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.

84. SABRE CHAMPAGNE Head to

the Bearfoot Bistro’s wine cellar, with more than 20,000 bottles of wine, and wield your sword! They’ll show you how to get a clean cut when you sabre a bottle of champagne.

85. GLAMPING Take camping to

the next level at the Riverside Campground where you can sleep among the forest in yurts with electricity and heating.

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Wait for the glass-bottom gondola on the record-breaking Peak 2 Peak. See what the birds see soaring over the valley between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.

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IF THAT’S NOT ENOUGH… 91. FARMERS’ MARKET The best

way to start off a Sunday morning in Whistler.

92. RUN GROUP #werunwhistler

5km and 10km group runs for intermediates and above every Tuesday at 5:55pm at Lululemon

93. PARKHURST Visit Whistler’s

“ghost town” on the shores of Green Lake. This is a step back in time to Whistler’s original logging community.

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94. MINI PUTT With four premier golf

courses in the area, it’s always fun to take a little time to practice at mini putt. There are two options: Riverside Campground and at the base of Blackcomb Mountain.

95. FAMILY ZONE Head to the base

of Blackcomb Mountain for some family-friendly fun including climbing courses and bungee trampoline.

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96. BIKE PARK 101 Take a lesson in

the biggest mountain bike park in the world. This is the best way to get you on track. Next line—ALine!

97. MEADOW PARK Be sure to check out the sports centre north of the Village for swimming, squash, an ice rink and a gym.

98. VILLAGE VIBE Find a patio or a

spot in one of the Village squares and watch the world go by. Quite literally—Whistler welcomes 3 million visitors a year.

99. PLAN YOUR COMEBACK

If you’ve experienced Whistler in the summer, just wait ’til you see this place in the winter. Make plans to check off 99 more things to do in a Whistler winter!

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even years ago Chris Pelz was so convinced in the potential of medical marijuana that he was ready to go “all-in” and take a risk when others remained skeptical. And so, Pelz, along with his wife Angela, sold their Whistler home, borrowed money, and got a license from Health Canada to produce medical marijuana, one of the first in the country to do so. Whistler Medical Marijuana was born with one distinct detail that set it apart from other medical marijuana producers.

“At (Angela’s) insistence we decided that Whistler Medical Marijuana would be a certified organic producer,” recalls Pelz, a decision which dovetailed nicely with their new Whistler organic grocery store, Olives.

Every gram produced at Whistler Medical Marijuana is sold, with demand far surpassing its limited production. “It commands a premium price but that’s because everything is done by hand,” says Pelz. It wasn’t long before others took note. Late last year, Aurora Cannabis, one of the world’s largest cannabis companies, made a multi-million-dollar offer they couldn’t refuse. Pelz is confident the move will catapult Whistler Medical Marijuana to a global medical brand. He will remain at the helm for the next two to five years. “I have a fundamental belief that cannabis-based medicine will become extremely important in the medical field over the next 20 years,” says Pelz. Pelz’s early career in Whistler wasn’t entrepreneurial. He arrived from Toronto in 1993 and worked his way up to become project manager for the real estate development arm of Intrawest (owner of Whistler Blackcomb at the time) while the company was in its hey-day developing projects in Whistler. When it was sold in 2007, Pelz was on the lookout for new opportunities. As for going “all-in” Pelz says: “This town is filled with all-in people, whether that’s in sports or in seeking adventure or in business. That’s who we are by nature—risk takers.”  52

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It was a bumpy beginning, with police escorts to the dump to throw out a lot of weed. But by 2015 Pelz’s team had managed to consistently produce organic crops that were successful through the rigorous testing process. The company expanded its Function Junction base to a 63,000 square foot purpose-built facility in Pemberton.


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It began about eight years ago when Tough Mudder (June) came to Whistler—an obstacle course event, stretching up to 16 kilometres (or 10 miles) in Whistler Olympic Park. There are 25 obstacles along the way. Here’s what Tough Mudder promises this year, according to 54

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here are times when Whistler is overrun with spandex. Think no further than the Whistler Half Marathon (June), the Ironman (July), the GranFondo (September) and the gamut of events in between when athletes come to Whistler ready to test their mettle in gruelling runs, bike rides or triathlons. But the latest exercise craze taking the town by storm isn’t your typical run or bike or run/ bike/swim. Rather, it’s all about adventure.


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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

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New Patients & Emergencies Welcome For appointments call: 604-938-1550 2018

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HEALTH, FITNESS & SPA'S Blue Highways Our Canadian & Internationally licensed therapists have served Whistler for over 25 years. Implementing advanced therapy techniques in a calm and cozy atmosphere, we tailor our treatments to meet your specific needs. Suite #206-4368 Main Street  604.938.0777  bookings@bluehighways.ca  bluehighways.ca AD PG56 MAP  I14 Whistler Physiotherapy Physiotherapy and therapeutic massage for chronic or acute injuries and relaxation. All of our therapists are BC registered. Two locations.  Marketplace: 604.932.4001  Garibaldi Highlands (Squamish): 604.898.1009  whistlerphysio.com AD PG58 MAP  F14

PHYSIOTHERAPY Whistler Physiotherapy Physiotherapy and therapeutic massage for chronic or acute injuries and relaxation. All of our therapists are BC registered. Two locations.  Marketplace: 604.932.4001  Garibaldi Highlands (Squamish): 604.898.1009  whistlerphysio.com AD PG58 MAP  F14

SALONS Be Beauty Spa & Tanning Lounge Whistler’s No. 1 spa & tanning lounge. Four stand-up super tanning beds and custom spray tans. Lotions, Jewellery and Swimwear. Whistler Marketplace.  604.962.6900  bebeautywhistler.com AD PG59 MAP  I14

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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

TANNING Be Beauty Spa & Tanning Lounge Whistler’s No. 1 spa & tanning lounge. Four stand-up super tanning beds and custom spray tans. Lotions, Jewellery and Swimwear. Whistler Marketplace.  604.962.6900  bebeautywhistler.com AD PG59 MAP  I14

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  /faqwhistler

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even years ago, Australian transplant Liz Caruso attended an empowerment conference that changed the course of her life. It forced her to really think about creating the kind of life she wanted to live in Whistler. So she asked herself this: What does Whistler need? What is something that no one else is doing or something that exists but that she could do better? The answer was staring her in the face: a fashion shoe store. Who better to deliver that than someone who knew the shoe business intimately after working at Footlocker for 14 years? Eight months after that fateful conference, Soles of Whistler was born. It’s still going strong six years later. It was a daunting path at first but Caruso kept this one thought in mind: “To lose fear, gain knowledge.” She got to work and made it happen. “Suddenly this cloudy thing, like opening a business, becomes so clear,” she says.

With seven years’ experience at Footlocker in Australia, she applied to work at the Village location and within two months she was managing the store. Little did she know it then but she was laying the groundwork for Soles: learning how to train and manage people, how to create and read financial reports, how to sell shoes. Caruso’s entrepreneurial spirit remains strong: she is a nail tech with a full-time roster of appointments for sculptured gel and acrylic nails. She is also a part-time fitness instructor and personal trainer at Meadow Park Sports Centre. Soles of Whistler, however, is her passion. “This is the thing that I’m most proud of,” she says. “If you really want to create a life in Whistler you need to look for opportunities.” Soles of Whistler is located in the Westin Resort & Spa. 60

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F.A.Q.

SHOPPING GUIDE

FORT BERENS

Riesling

A slightly off-dry Riesling with lively aromas. It is perfectly balanced and pairs well with nearly anything delicious, especially spicy Thai and Mexican dishes. Available at your favourite local liquor store. WINERY PRICE $17.99

WHISTLER KITCHEN WORKS

Danica stamped bowl

Eye-catching porcelain bowls with contrasting patterns are stunning, either as a collection or as accent pieces.

$7.95 – $11.95 EACH

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THE NORTH FACE

Terra 65 Backpack

The updated Terra 65 Backpack is a bulk-free technical pack made lighter for all-day comfort on the move. MSRP $249.99

GET THE GOODS

Smuggle Your Booze SPF 50 Flask Perfect for those occasions where you need to keep your consumption on the down-low. Holds 8 oz., includes funnel.

$15.00

ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHOCOLATE

CHOCOLATE MARSHMALLOWS Marshmallows sandwiched by graham crackers slathered in caramel and drenched in a torrent of milk chocolate then topped with bits of joy, The S’more is the pinnacle of decadence.

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SHOPS & SERVICES CANDY STORES

CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES

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 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 PG66 MAP  H13

CAN-SKI Whether you are relaxing poolside or enjoying the adventurous side of Whistler, CAN-SKI delivers the ultimate shopping 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 Performance, Marketplace  604.938.7137 MAP  H14

CAR RENTAL Avis Rent a Car - Whistler Wide variety of mid and full size cars for exploring Whistler plus a full range of mini vans, 4x4’s, 10 passenger vans, cargo and 16’ cube vans for moving! | One way rentals available to Vancouver or from airport and downtown to Whistler. Afterhours key drop! | Open 8:30am to 5:30pm - 7 days a week. 364 days a year! 4315 Northlands Blvd. Cascade Lodge Lobby.  604.932.1236  sheri.warm@abglocalmarket.ca MAP  M15

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 kiddies! #11-4308 Main Street (Village Stroll across from Cows)  604.962.0099 001@cudmoregroup.com AD PG67 MAP  N12

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SHOPS & SERVICES Located in the Sundial Hotel off Mountain Square  604.905.2022 MAP  S11 Inside Out Boutique - Not Just Lingerie Specializing in personal bra fitting for over 29 years. Not Just Lingeriecollections of unique streetwearsupporting Canadian-Made. Tunics, tops, dresses, leggings, accessories, quality sleepwear and Saxx underwear for men. Also featuring intimate apparel from Chantelle and Calvin Klein. Whistler Town Plaza, #30-4314 Main Street  604.932.2145 | MAP  K 12 Showcase Snowboard, Surf & Skate Shop The most recognizable retail brand in Whistler, Showcase continues to be the focal point of the local snowboard and skate community. Featuring the best in equipment and clothing, Showcase is the place for your summer rides and style.

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Snowflake Showcasing the best in great Canadian design, Snowflake carries a stunning selection of cashmere, fur and shearling in accessories, outerwear and boots for women and men. Incredible collection of capes, wraps, gloves and hats. Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Upper Village.  604.938.2019  snowflakecanada.com AD PG71 MAP  N5


SHOPS & SERVICES Columbia Renowned for developing innovative products that are functional and stylish, the Columbia Store is your source for outerwear, sportswear, rugged footwear or accessories. Gatehouse Building, Whistler Village  604.938.7803 MAP  P12 Patagonia Patagonia grew out of a small company that made tools for climbers. Alpinism remains at the heart of a worldwide business that still makes clothes for climbing – as well as for skiing, snowboarding, surfing, fly fishing, paddling and trail running. Marketplace, Whistler Village North  604.932.2526 MAP  H13 Quiksilver Surf-inspired, Quiksilver and Roxy have had a natural progression into the ski & snowboard world. Whether it is casual clothing or technical outerwear, the Quiksilver store has you covered! Crystal Lodge, Whistler Village  604.938.7713 MAP  S12 Salomon Salomon’s commitment to innovative design and passion for mountain sports has led to an array of sporting goods. Find all the equipment you need at Salomon, including bike rentals, to make any terrain your playground. Pan Pacific Mountainside, Whistler Village Centre.  604.905.2295 MAP  S11 The North Face Known for their technically advanced and innovative gear, The North Face store carries a range of outdoor equipment from tents and sleeping bags, to outerwear and footwear for kids and adults. Deer Lodge, Whistler Village North  604.938.7432 MAP  K 12 68


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Soles Of Whistler Keeping fashion and comfort in mind, Soles of Whistler is a locally owned sassy little shop, carrying a wide range of distinctive and stylish footwear for every shoe lover. We are stocked with styles for men and women from many recognizable brands such as Birkenstock, Mephisto, Cobb Hill and Bueno.  604.905.0036  soles-of-whhistler.myshopify.com MAP  W13

Green Lake Station – Café, Shop and Gas Drive just minutes north of Whistler Village to the Best Breakfast Sandwich in town. Enjoy our Grilled Paninis and Artisan Pizza on our Patio with beautiful mountain views. Amazing gift selection too at the hippest little gas station you ever did see. 8110 Crazy Canuck Drive  604-962-2090  greenlakestation.com FB/Insta: @greenlakestation AD PG65 MAP  PG107 #15

Whistler’s Premier Shopping Centre OLYMPIC PLAZA LOCATED NEXT TO WHISTLER

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SHOPS & SERVICES GIFTS Coast Mountain Brewing Making incredible craft beer in Function Junction. Our tasting room is where you will find a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere built for the mountainside local and enjoyed by the tourist from far and wide. #2-1212 Alpha Lake Road  604.962.3230  coastmountainbrewing.com AD PG32 MAP  PG104 #3

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Get The Goods With over 1,000 unique items sourced from around the world, you will find the perfect gift for the person who has everything. Step into our Emporium of Wonder and get inspired to Build, Create, Read, Write, Think & Converse.  604.935.7878  getthegoods.ca AD PG73 MAP  PG105 #7

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 cream! Open late. Located at the base of

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GROCERY STORES Nesters Market & Wellness Centre “Where the Locals Shop.” Great fresh seafood and meat, deli, pharmacy, produce & wellness centre, bakery and groceries. We deliver. Located 1km north of the village.  604.932.3545 to order  nestersmarket.com AD PG108 MAP  PG107 #7

LIQUOR STORES Blackcomb Liquor Store Home of the finest in local and international Beers, Wines, and Spirits! Coldest beer in town and best selection of premium BC wines. Located on the base of Blackcomb in the Upper Village. Delivery available. Locally owned and operated since 1996. #1-4573 Chateau Blvd  604.932.9795 MAP  M5

Roland’s Creekside Beer & Wine Store Open 11am -11pm 7 days a week, including holidays. 2129 Lake Placid Road.  604.932.5926 AD PG96 MAP  PG105 #1

MARKETPLACE Whistler’s Marketplace Experience Whistler’s premier shopping centre located next to Whistler Olympic Plaza. Offering a variety of specialty boutiques, restaurants and professional services. Owned and managed by Headwater Projects  headwaterprojects.com AD PG70 MAP  H13

Visitors A Favourite of Locals and Since 1994 Located in Whistler’s Marketplace

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Shoppers Drug Mart With a prestigious Beauty Boutique and a full-service pharmacy offering travel vaccinations, medication reviews, prescription deliveries and much more, Shoppers Drug Mart has everything you need for your health, beauty, and convenience.  604.905.5666  shoppersdrugmart.ca MAP  P11

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 kiddies! #11-4308 Main Street (Village Stroll across from Cows)  604.962.0099  001@cudmoregroup.com AD PG67 MAP  N12

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Get The Goods With over 1,000 unique items sourced from around the world, you will find the perfect gift for the person who has everything. Step into our emporium of wonder and get inspired to build, create, read, write, think & converse.  604.935.7878  getthegoods.ca AD PG73 MAP  PG105 #7 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 in Mountain Square near Lululemon. 207-4293 Mountain Square  604.932.2115  info@mountainkids.ca  mountainkids.ca AD PG69 MAP  T12 Snowflake Showcasing the best in great Canadian design, Snowflake carries a stunning selection of cashmere, fur and shearling in accessories, outerwear and boots for women and men. Incredible collection of capes, wraps, gloves and hats. Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Upper Village.  604.938.2019  snowflakecanada.com AD PG71 MAP  N5


SUMMER SENSATIONS SHOPS & SERVICES

From the peaks to the backcountry, Whistler’s top adventures Whistler Kitchen Works A CHARMING & UNIQUE SELECTION OF GIFTS & KITCHENWARE Dinnerware - Linens - Gadgets - Candles - Glassware Practical kitchen accessories & more. A favourite of locals & visitors since 1994. Located in Whistler’s Marketplace  604.938.1110 AD PG72 MAP  H13

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SUMMER SENSAATIONS the From the peaks to ler’s backcountry, Whist top adventures

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Luxury Transport Celebrating our 20th year of growth and success in the Vancouver Tours, Vancouver Shuttles & Whistler transfer industry. Your safety and our exceptional level of customer service are at the forefront of our success. OMPLIMENTARY 1.877.425.4692 MAGAZINE inquiry@luxbus.com luxbus.com

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COMPLIMENTARY MAGAZINE

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Whistler’s Premier Publication SINCE 1980 Available to more than 5,000 hotel rooms and over 100 tourist outlets!

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arah Sladen is just as at home trawling through busy flea markets in Paris as she is in the peaceful mountains of Whistler. There, she’s on the hunt for tarnished old war medals or longforgotten sporting medals or 17th century skeleton keys. She calls them “treasures,” beautiful keepsakes she can breathe new life into as part of necklaces or bracelets when she returns home. “That whole process of looking and finding things is what I love,” she says, pulling back the door in her home studio and revealing her beloved collections of heart rocks and skeletons and other treasures she’s collected from beaches and forests and mountains since she was a girl. It took a while, however, before she realized she could make her living from doing what she loved. First came a career in nursing, a corporate job in clinical research, then a family. And then a pivotal move to Whistler 15 years ago.

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Whistler had always been a home away from home for Sladen, spending winter weekends and holidays here since Whistler Mountain opened for skiing in 1965. So it was an easy choice when she and her husband were trying to get off the treadmill of a busy city life. The couple quickly realized: “Whistler is what life is about.” The jewellery business, Sass Designs, was a natural evolution to that new and unexpected life trajectory. “Things happen when you’re open to accept them,” Sladen says with a smile. “I love the creative side of it. It’s so much more flexible than my other life and it’s refreshing to be using the creative side of my brain again.” Sass Designs began with beaded wraparound bracelets that were an instant hit among friends. It has grown now to earrings and necklaces and sales have stretched across the globe. The process was slow-going and expensive at first. Take her popular Sami bracelets. The materials are shipped from a tiny town on the edge of the Arctic Circle in Sweden—reindeer leather, antler and silver pewter thread, which is then braided, and sewn together with invisible thread. The process is all hand done. “Sewing leather is not easy. You get faster and you figure it out,” she says of the intricate process. “It’s a labour of love.”  77


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Whistler Museum Telling Whistler’s stories from fun loving pioneers, to the creation of Whistler Blackcomb, to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Open by donation. 4333 Main Street  604.932.2019  whistlermuseum.org AD PG79 MAP  PG78 #9

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Mountain Galleries Celebrating 27 years in Canadian Fine Art. The exhibitions range from abstract expressionism to magic realism, contemporary clay, glass, bronze and stone sculptures. Worldwide Shipping. Located in the Fairmont Chateau Whistler.  604.935.1862  mountaingalleries.com MAP  PG78 #1

Arts Whistler

AT MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE

The heart of art in Whistler! The Maury Young Arts Centre is the perfect spot to explore local art, buy locally made gifts, check out the current art exhibit, and discover creative events around town. Free admission, open daily.  604.935.8410  info@artswhistler.com  artswhistler.com MAP  PG78 #6

come experience Whistler’s unique history!

Whistler Museum Open daily, year-round Fri- Wed: 11am-5pm, Thurs: 11am-9pm 4333 Main Street, 604 932 2019

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eat pies are to Australians what poutine is to Canadians—a little taste of home, even tastier perhaps when you’re far from home. That’s why when Kerri Jones arrived here 10 years ago for a ski season, she wasn’t only shocked by the number of Australians living in Whistler, she was also surprised there was no pie shop to feed them. “They’re an Australian staple,” says the Newcastle native. “That’s what everyone grew up on—that plain meat pie.” Her winter season turned into a summer season and not long after, she met her husband Alex. More seasons in Whistler ensued. So, to satisfy Kerri’s meat pie cravings, Alex found recipes online and starting making them at home. One thing led to another—a dream to put down more permanent roots in Whistler morphed into a business plan. Next they signed a lease for a small shop in Village and spent countless hours preparing for the opening day of Peaked Pies.

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They had no staff, Jones recalls. Their plan was that she would work the front, Alex would work the back. Who could have predicted there would be a line up out the door that first day? That was five years ago and they haven’t looked back since. Two years ago a second Peaked Pies opened in Vancouver and now they have their sights set on another location. Meanwhile, their family has grown too, with a new baby part of the mix and those Whistler roots taking an even firmer hold. Through the whirlwind five years, they’ve stayed focused on the task at hand—delivering hand-made pies with quality ingredients such as imported grass-fed butter and AA Alberta steak. That traditional plain meat pie—meat, gravy and onions—remains a staple on the menu with a sophisticated Whistler twist: mashed potatoes standing in for snowy mountain peaks with the option of mushy peas and gravy. “Every single pie is individually hand-pressed, hand-filled,” says Jones. “So there is a lot of labour and a lot of love that goes into our pies.” Grab Peaked Pies, and a little taste of Australia, at Creekside Market and at Nesters in the deli sections and, of course, where it all began at its home base on Main Street in the Village.  81


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“It was meant to be a special for a couple of months to make people talk but everyone loved it so much…we’ve had to bring it back permanently,” says Jones. When you think of the number of Aussies who call Whistler home for a season or two, or for life, it makes sense that you can grab a kangaroo pie on the go here. 82

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INSIDERS’ TIP: If some of Whistler’s choicest restaurants seem a little pricey, don’t despair. Whistler still has what we call “shoulder seasons,” that period of time in between our two main seasons—ski season and bike season. Shoulder seasons come with great deals at the local restaurants. Grab the local newspaper Pique Newsmagazine to check out the dining specials. 

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Whistler’s dining scene is as eclectic as the 3 million visitors who come to visit every year. From ‘The Hopper’ to mouth-watering sushi at long-standing sushi restaurants to award-winning fine dining fare, Whistler has it all. You can dine on patios overlooking glacier-fed lakes or close to the mountain peaks at 6,000 feet. For visitors who don’t want to venture too far for their meals, options abound in the Village and surrounding areas with choices in every price-point. There are upscale restaurants that could be just as at home in New York or London or Paris. There are quick grab and go hotspots, like the poutine made right in the Village (just follow the delicious smells). There are family-friendly and health conscious options too.


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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. Reservations Advised

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FOOD & DRINK FAMILY FRIENDLY Caramba! Table Nineteen Lakeside Eatery Restaurant & Lounge R D $$$ 604.938.9898 8080 Nicklaus North Blvd. At Nicklaus North Golf Course

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Sushi Village

R L D $$ 604.938.1879 #12-4314 Main Street

R6+ L D $$ 604.932.3330 2nd floor Sundial Hotel

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Tandoori Grill Indian Cuisine

Tandoori Grill Indian Cuisine

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

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Join us for après at Whistler’s most iconic bar, just steps from the Whistler Village Gondola Crowd around the cozy fireplace, taking in the mountain views while enjoying Daily Happy Hour Specials to start your après off right! Amazing Appetizers, Big Screen TVs & Pool Tables Breakfast, Lunch, Après & Dinner

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Crystal Hut Salmon Bake Caramba! WITH CANADIAN WILDERNESS Restaurant ADVENTURES

Cinnamon Bear Bar & Grille

Combine a thrilling adventure by ATV or 4X4 with a Salmon BBQ dinner at the Crystal Hut, 6,000 ft. atop Blackcomb Mountain. Includes live entertainment. The adventure begins at the Carleton Lodge across from the Whistler gondola.

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.

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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. Reservations at opentable.com 

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UNWIND. PROPERLY. Lounge + Patio + Lakeside

OPEN LATE Mon. to Sat. till 3 a.m. Sun. till 2 a.m.

Open Daily. Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner. Thoughtfully Selected Ingredients Mains + Share Plates + Patio Favourites

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Coast Mountain Brewing

Domino’s Pizza

Making incredible craft beer in Function Junction. Our tasting room is where you will find a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere built for the mountainside local and enjoyed by the tourist from far and wide. #2-1212 Alpha Lake Road, Function Junction. 

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Gibbons Hospitality Group Gibbons offers 7 iconic venues open 7 days/week for drinks, dancing and more. Join us at the Longhorn, Buffalo Bills, Tapley’s, Garfinkel’s, Stonesedge and the FireRock. Or #hoponit with our Bar Hop program. 

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Keg Steakhouse & Bar

Mongolie Grill

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 them apart. 4229 Sundial Place

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



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

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Old Spaghetti Factory

Roland’s Creekside Pub Sushi Village

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.

The locals’ favourite in Creekside. Watch all the sports on our 9 flat screen TVs with volume! Great summertime patio.



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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 

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Table Nineteen Lakeside Eatery

Tandoori Grill Indian Cuisine

Whistler Brewing Company

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.

Great vegetation selection. Gluten-free menu. Chicken dishes are prepared from fresh free-run Fraser Valley farm chicken and lamb is grassfed. Seafood is sustainably harvested. Operation hours: 11.30-3 pm and 5-10 pm. Pickup ordering at 604.905.4900 or tandooriwhistler.com. Dinner direct delivery at WhistlerDineIn.com or 604.906.6866.

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 every day. 1045 Millar Creek Rd, Function Junction.



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oast Mountain Brewing can barely keep up with the demand for its craft beer, brewed in Whistler. The company, not yet three years old, is at capacity, selling out every day. Keep in mind, the beer is only sold in Whistler. It’s admittedly not a bad problem to have, says owner Kevin Winter, as he works to ensure he keeps thirsty and discerning customers happy. Winter has no interest in manufacturing the beer in a far-off factory; that’s not what Coast Mountain Brewing’s story is all about. “I’m a chef of beer,” he says from the offices of the Function Junction tap house. “I want to see, touch, taste, handle and brew our own recipes. I don’t think I’ll ever be ready to let that go. “We’ll expand when the company allows it to.” Winter grew up in North Vancouver, spending many weekends skiing in Whistler, and moved here full-time when he was 20. “Whistler always had a certain feeling of existing in the moment—the here and now—and I was really drawn to that,” he says.

“Our focus has always been….as long as the beer is good, everything else will fall into place,” he says. As it turns out, the beer is good. You may not like all of the varying beers on tap but Winter wants you to open your mind to colour and flavour and to the experience of it all. Coast Mountain Brewing’s tap house is a 3,000 square foot facility in Function Junction, a gathering place for locals and summer mountain bikers and tourists alike. “We’re thankful the community has embraced us and we feel we have created a strong brand that connects us with the community,” says Winter. “Whistler is a large part of our success story.”  94

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He worked his way up through Whistler’s hospitality sector, managing pubs and bars by night and skiing by day. After meeting his wife, the couple began to hone their passion for beer, home brewing and watching closely as the craft beer revolution began to gain steam south of the border. They set the stage for Coast Mountain Brewing with Winter going to school and working in the commercial brewing industry outside of Whistler to gain experience.


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s the sun starts to come out, the alcohol percentages begin to drop, the aromatics increase in the beers and we start to see some of the fruitinfused ales,” says après expert Kevin Winter of what the change in season means for après, Whistler’s favourite post-mountain pastime.

No longer just the bastion of after-skiing shenanigans, Whistler’s après scene is as much a part of summer as it is winter. That’s why Winter is busy keeping the local beer lines full of his popular Whistler craft beer year-round. This is a town where après is just a normal part of everyday life. At the heart of Whistler’s après scene, there’s a simple creed: to celebrate another great day in the mountains with friends, whether that’s after a day-long hike over the mountain peaks, after a chilly dip in an alpine lake, or after a dusty, sweaty, exhausting ride on a mountain bike. Revel in the après scene in the heart of the Village where there’s always a crowd ready to get the party started and keep it going long into the summer nights. Or, explore a little further afield in Creekside and in Function Junction, home of Coast Mountain Brewing, for a laid-back, more local, vibe.  96

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“For me, fruit-infused sours are a lot of fun—the colour, the effervescence, the flavour of those beers are so unlike the beers of my father’s generation.”


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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Q: WHAT’S NEW THIS SUMMER? A: We’re still recovering from all

the new adventures that opened last summer. Whistler Blackcomb opened its Cloudraker Skybridge over the peak of Whistler Mountain last summer. It’s a 130-metre suspension bridge overlooking the white-capped Coast Mountains and has been known to sway in the wind! Meanwhile, in the valley, Vallea Lumina transformed the night forest into a kaleidoscope of light and music at Cougar Mountain, a multi-media experience in the trees unlike anything ever seen before in Whistler.

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Q: ARE THE BLACKCOMB ASCENT TRAILS OPEN AGAIN THIS YEAR? A: Yes! Temporarily closed last year

for the construction of the new multi-million Blackcomb Gondola, the Ascent Trails are open again this year for those willing to make the trek up the mountain. The Ascent Trails are Whistler’s answer to the Grouse Grind with the starting point at the base of Blackcomb Mountain in the Upper Village. Read more in the On the Mountains section.

Q: WHERE CAN I GO FOR A SWIM? A: You can swim in all five valley

lakes—Green, Alta, Alpha, Nita and Lost. A few things to consider: Green Lake is chilly! Lost Lake is home to a nudie dock, located away from the main beach area. Nudity is not mandatory but don’t be surprised to see swimmers jumping au naturel! Alta Lake is perhaps the most popular swimming lake with beaches and docks at several parks including Rainbow Park and Lakeside Park.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: HOW MANY PEOPLE CALL Q: HOW DO I FIND OUT WHO IS WHISTLER HOME? PLAYING AT OLYMPIC PLAZA WHILE I’M IN TOWN? A: Whistler’s permanent population is roughly 12,000 (add another 2,500 A: One of the best ways to get all with the seasonal employees who come every year). Most of these people are in the resort business, catering to the 3 million visitors who come every year. And it’s true: More people now visit this “ski resort” in the summer than in the winter.

Q: IS IT TRUE THAT THE WHISTLER MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK (WMBP) IS THE BIGGEST BIKE PARK IN THE WORLD? A: No other park even comes close!

The WMBP is the Mecca of all bike parks. Work continues again in this year expanding the new Creekside Zone as well as fine tuning areas on the “front side.” The park caters to every level, from pro to beginner. Head into the Village for tickets and rental gear.

the local information, including any upcoming bands at the plaza, is through our sister publication Pique Newsmagazine. On stands throughout town every Thursday, the Pique is the go-to source for news, events, sports and interesting insight into Whistler. You’ll see its distinctive artsy cover around town or check out piquenewsmagazine.com. And be sure to pop by the Whistler Visitor Centre in the Village.

Q: WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I RUN INTO A BEAR? A: Respect bears! Give them plenty of

space and never approach them. No one should ever feed, pet or pose for a photo with a bear. Take photos with a telephoto lens from a distance. Learn more at bearsmart.com.

Q: WHAT IS THE WHISTLER PRESENTS Q: HOW CAN I STAY SAFE IN BEAR OUTDOOR SUMMER CONCERT COUNTRY? SERIES? A: It never hurts to sing a tune or A: These are free concerts throughout the summer at Whistler Olympic Plaza. Grab your picnic blankets and head into the Village. Last year crowds were treated to free performances by The Philosopher Kings, Current Swell, Choir! Choir! Choir!, among many others.

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