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Après-Games relaxation A world-class drive — and putt Art in the mountains Shopping • HOmes • dining much, much more >>>









Mountain Biking

Two-Wheeled Religion, 20

Whistler — where people come to ride. Amen. bY Lisa Richardson

Water Sports

Water, Water Everywhere, 28

The Whistler area offers all manner of water-based adventures — from restful to exhilarating

by Kim vanlochem


From Earth to Stone, 40


A local builder creates a home from the ground up — literally

by Bonny Makarewicz

Departments Editor’s Message, 8 Golf

A World-Class Drive – and Putt, 17

by Jarvis Simes

Family fun

Whatever the season, Whistler has it all by David Burke

Trail Mix, 10

by Steven Hill

Bits and bites of information about the Whistler area


Recreation Guide, 24

Are We There Yet? 31 Faces of Whistler, 34

by Kim Vanlochem


Art in the Mountains, 37

by Judy Szabo

Health & Beauty

Après-Games Relaxation, 45

by Jennifer Miller


A Taste of Adventure, 49

by Steven hill

After Hours

Whistler’s Dining Guide, 54 A culinary tour of Whistler’s select restaurants

Entertainment Guide, 59 Après and nightlife guide

Shopping Whistler, 61 Services Directory, 64 Village Map, 70

Something to Celebrate, 58

by Jennifer Miller


Let the (Shopping) Games Begin, 60

by Kim Thompson


Whistler’s Golden Legacy, 74

by David Burke

Cover photos Main photo of rider Kyle Thomas:, first inset: Leanna Rathkelly second inset: Brad Kasselman/ Third Inset: Bonny Makarewicz Fourth inset: Leanna Rathkelly


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Whatever the season, Whistler has it all


ne of the questions most often asked by first-time Whistler visitors is, “What’s this place like in the (winter/summer)?” If you’re here during ski and snowboard season, it’s a bit of a challenge to visualize the look and feel of the Village Stroll and other parts of Whistler when it’s warm and when going to the beach, mountain biking and golfing replace snow sports and après-ski as the most-favoured pastimes. The same, only in reverse, applies to those whose first visit is in the summer, even though Whistler is best known as a one of the world’s premier wintertime resorts, an image and profile enhanced by this year’s Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The short answer to either question is that it’s a happenin’ place, winter and summer, which is no doubt one of the main reasons for its popularity — the ambiance of the Village, though different depending on the season, is unique and exciting, as is the almost endless variety of both year-round and seasonspecific recreational offerings. But it’s challenging to answer in much greater detail than that; to fully comprehend, you’ve got to experience it for yourself. A large proportion of Whistler’s permanent residents first came here to ski or snowboard and either kept coming back until they found it more and more difficult to stay away, or simply never left. Whistler’s glorious and laidback summers used to be their little locals’ secret — until the world (thanks in part to word of mouth, firsthand experience and yes, marketing) began to discover them. Recent statistics show that while visitors who come during the winter months tend to stay longer, the number of actual guests who come to Whistler in the summer is greater than the number for whom it’s a favourite winter playground — though the average length of guests’ wintertime stays is longer. Either way, there’s no shortage of things to see and do in Whistler, and that list was significantly enhanced in the lead-up to the Olympics with the opening of the iconic and record-breaking Peak 2 Peak Gondola, the world-class aboriginal Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, not to mention Games-related competition venues the Whistler Sliding Centre and Whistler Olympic Park — both of which have bright futures as Whistler’s latest thrill ride (Sliding Centre) and biking/hiking venue (Olympic Park) in addition to their primary uses. If you’re a first-time visitor, enjoy. If you’re thinking of coming back during a different season, you’re welcome to ask, of course, but if you really want to know what it’s like at other times, the recent Tourism B.C. ads say it quite succinctly: You’ve got to be here.

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Culture Comes to Life

Take a Hike!


ummer in Whistler brings bluebird skies, inquisitive black bears, shy deer and colourful alpine meadows. The best way to see any of nature’s finery is to don a pair of hiking boots, fill up a bottle of water, and take the Whistler Village Gondola up to the Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler Mountain. From there, you can choose a quick 30-minute loop that will take you to the base of the Peak Chair, which you can right up and snap photos of the esteemed Black Tusk, the surrounding snowcapped peaks, and the entire Whistler valley — as far as your eye can see. Or, if your legs feel like being stretched further and you have a few hours, you can take the popular High Note Trail from the top of Peak Chair, and circumnavigate the top of the mountain, meandering through trees, alpine meadows, and, if you’re lucky, spotting the friendly critter Whistler was named after: the hoary (a.k.a. whistling) marmot. The record-breaking Peak 2 Peak Gondola can help you explore the trails of Blackcomb Mountain, where you can discover a remote sparkling alpine lake, set foot on the glacier or just find a quiet trail on which to enjoy your lunch. With more than 50 kilometres of trails to choose from, both mountains offer you the chance to experience the alpine like never before. —Brigitte Mah


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he Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (SLCC) in Whistler is not a museum. Sure, you’ll find artifacts, art and history inside, but the centre is alive and vibrant, with people as its focus and strength. Those who visit are treated as special guests who are invited to engage with and learn about the distinct and unique cultures of the original residents of the Whistler area — the Lil’wat and Squamish nations. At the same time, the highlight of a visit to the SLCC is the chance to interact with members of the two nations who serve as ambassadors at the centre. You’ll find exhibits about language, weaving practices, art, regalia and how the nations sustained themselves by living off the land. But the SLCC goes far beyond information panels and glass cases. You’ll also experience song and dance performances, live carving and art demonstrations, craft workshops, and even First Nationsinspired cuisine. Make sure to take time to explore the traditional Squamish Longhouse and Lil’wat Pithouse, or Istken, outside the main building. The centre is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit for more info. — Jennifer Miller

Spine-Tingling Adventures


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o you dream of feeling weightless and airborne, soaring through tree-scented wilderness sky? If so, look no further — Whistler can make that kind of dreamy experience a reality. Ziptrek Ecotours serves up the breathtaking experience of soaring along mighty ziplines in a beautiful forest setting between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. Ziptrek’s Eagle and Bear tours include five zipline flights between platforms high in the trees, as well as an interpretive treetop canopy walk. Even those who aren’t afraid of heights may experience a flash of fear before stepping off the platform, but it’s ever so worth it to conquer that feeling — the ride is exquisitely breathtaking and beautiful. The new WildPlay Whistler site serves up similar thrills on its five ziplines and Monkido elevated obstacle courses, nestled in the forest just a few minutes north of Whistler Village at Cougar Mountain. The Monkido courses offer plenty of fun and progressively tougher challenges with elements 10 to 60 feet off the ground, leaving many visitors smiling triumphantly. Finally, thrillseekers can’t miss the heart-pounding adventures offered by Whistler Bungee, which boasts the province’s highest year-round jump site situated 15 minutes south of Whistler Village. Leap from a bridge above the gushing Cheakamus River, hooked securely onto the line in one of several orientations. — By Megan Grittani-Livingston

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Events Calendar – Summer/Fall 2010 June 21 – September 1

May May 15

Whistler Mountain Bike Park Opens Grab your gear, tune up your bike and get ready for the first day of downhill on arguably the greatest mountain bike park on the planet.

Brad Kasselman,

Women’s Nights at Whistler Mountain Bike Park Every Monday and Wednesday the Whistler Mountain Bike Park sets the scene for a biking estrogen festival for all levels of riders from beginner to expert.

Whistler Farmers’ Market June 20 to October 10

Every Sunday, the ever-popular Whistler Farmers’ Market transforms the Upper Village at the base of Blackcomb into a delightful and entertaining showcase of local art, food and handmade products. Discover fresh produce from neighbouring Pemberton, jams, honey, paintings, jewellery, baked goods and more, plus live music and the occasional demo from a world-class chef.

May 22

Peak 2 Peak Gondola Reopens Don’t miss out on a chance to ride this multi-worldrecord-breaking gondola that spans the distance between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. May 24


June 19 – July 25

Summer Skiing/ Riding Begins The Hortsman Glacier on Blackcomb Mountain opens for skiers and riders. The summer glacier program is recommended for intermediate to advanced skiers and riders.

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Last Day for Spring Skiing and Riding on Whistler If you haven’t done a last run or two down Whistler by now, you’ll just have to wait until November to ski or ride North America’s favourite ski hill. But if you still need to carve one last turn, Blackcomb opens for glacier skiing in June.

May 28 – June 6 Whistler Wellness Week Featuring a trade show, yoga conference, workshops, spa specials, a variety of sport events and more. Go to for more info.

Kokanee Crankworx August 7—15

North America’s premier mountain bike festival and celebration of all things two-wheeled features hot freeride competitions, pro riding demos, mountain biking movie premieres and live music with bands and DJs from around the globe. This is one of Whistler’s hottest parties of the summer so plan to be here to experience it all.

June 19 Blackcomb Base Adventure Zone Opens Hit the trapeze, bungee trampoline or spinning gyroscope at the Adventure Zone for a day filled with gravity-defying family fun. Featuring a climbing wall, trail rides, mini-putt golf, luge rides and more.

July 17 — 18 Whistler Children’s Art Festival Now in its 27th year, the annual Whistler Children’s Art Festival takes over Creekside with art workshops, music, acrobatics, theatre, dance and entertainment for the young and young at heart. July 18

B.C. Cup Mountain Bike Race This second annual competition for professional, amateur and citizen bike racers at the Whistler Olympic Park features races on eight kilometres of singletrack courses throughout the park. July 24

Nestea Chill On The Hill An all-day free party on top of Whistler Mountain that features a snow park for awesome tricks and a competition, volleyball, live music and more.

visiting an array of farms to sample produce fresh from the fields and prepared dishes. Go to slowfoodcyclesunday. com for more info.

September September 11

Whistler GranFondo Bike Race The race begins in Vancouver, and covers a grueling 120 kilometres along the constantly rising Sea to Sky Highway, finishing in Whistler. Go to for more info or to register. September 18

Cheakamus Challenge The 21st annual event features both world-class riders and weekend warriors tackling a beautiful yet punishing, 70-kilometre course from Squamish to Whistler. For info visit www.


June 22 – July 3

B.C. Bike Race: The Pacific Traverse A multi-day epic mountain bike adventure that takes participants along some of the best singletrack in the world from Vancouver to Whistler — solo or in teams of two, three, four or five. For more info go to


July 1 — August 31

ArtWalk Presented by the Whistler Arts Council, ArtWalk puts a twist on art gallery showings with a walking tour that features local artists and artisans in unconventional host galleries throughout Whistler Village. July 1

Canada Day Parade Whistler Village is a sea of red and white as the community hosts a huge parade in honour of Canada’s birthday. With live music, performances, arts and crafts, cake and a lot more, this is a perfect opportunity to experience the Canadian spirit.

Whistler Cornucopia November 11 – 14th

Cornucopia is Whistler’s premier wine and food extravaganza. The annual event is a unique opportunity to mingle, mix and learn from acclaimed chefs, sommeliers, vintners and restaurateurs. Featuring a sumptuous variety of hands-on seminars, fascinating winemaker dinners, gala tasting events and sizzling after-parties, Cornucopia offers something for everyone who appreciates food and wine. September 25 – 26th

July 31 — August 1

Canadian National BBQ Championships The Canadian Nationals at Dusty’s features master grillers from around North America competing for the coveted title of Grand Champion.

August August 15

Slow Food Cycle This agriculture event lets participants bike along the gorgeous, flat and picturesque Pemberton Meadows Road,

Whistler Spirit Run The Whistler Spirit Run & Festival is a two-day crosscountry and trail running event. For more info and to register, please visit www. For up-to-date information on these and other events go to For Whistler Blackcomb events, go to For arts council events, go to

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ith two incredible mountains staring at one another across a four-kilometre-wide valley, it was only a matter of time before they were connected. On Dec. 12, 2008, Whistler Blackcomb achieved its dream of uniting 8,100 acres of playground with the opening of its Peak 2 Peak Gondola. With only four towers holding up passenger cabins that each can hold 28 people, travelling at 7.5 metres per second, 436 kilometres above Fitzsimmons Creek, the gondola is an engineering marvel and world-recordbreaking phenomenon. The 11-minute ride offers guests breathtaking panoramic views of the two peaks, and even provides a gravity-defying thrill as the cabin dips down off its last tower, onto the cables that have been referred to as “train tracks in the sky.” Those who want the ultimate ride should wait for one of two silver cabins, whose glass floors allow for eagle-eye views of the valley. In the summer the gondola provides easy access to more than 50 kilometres of hiking trails and allows visitors of all ages and abilities to experience the sublime magnificence of Whistler’s and Blackcomb’s alpine terrain. Sometimes locally referred to as “Eat to Eat,” the gondola connects the diverse restaurants of the two mountains, giving guests the chance to fuel, explore, and travel visit both mountains — all in the same day, if you wish. — Brigitte Mah


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ust 25 minutes north of Whistler Village on Highway 99, the friendly community of Pemberton offers plenty of opportunities to soak up breathtakingly beautiful views. Walking, hiking and mountain biking on the region’s scenic trails is a popular option, and water lovers can swim, fish, paddle and take jet boat tours on the lovely local lakes and rivers. Pemberton boasts two quality 18-hole golf courses nestled at the foot of Mount Currie, and horse lovers will find their heaven here, too, heading out on riding tours through the spectacular scenery. For aerial thrills, enjoy unforgettable experiences with soaring gliders, paragliding excursions, skydiving and heli-tours. Pemberton is also an active agricultural community, and one of the best ways to connect with local farmers is the annual Slow Food Cycle Sunday celebration on Aug. 15, 2010. Visit for details. To sample an intriguing use of Pemberton’s best-known crop, make sure to stop by the Pemberton Distillery. It’s producing the wellregarded Schramm Vodka made from locally grown organic potatoes. Check for details. For more information, click to — Megan Grittani-Livingston

RecordBreaking Thrills

Spud Valley Splendour

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Greg Eymundson,

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Olympic Magic Endures


ll eyes were on Whistler when the Games came to town. Thousands of spectators and millions of TV viewers witnessed the feats achieved by the athletes who gave everything they had to their sports in the local venues, including the Whistler Sliding Centre, Whistler Olympic/Paralympic Park and the Creekside ski racing courses. The magic hasn’t faded, and summer visitors to Whistler can soak up the memories by exploring the sites of some of the most moving moments of the Games. The Whistler 2010 Sport Legacies society is taking over management of the sliding centre and Nordic sports park on June 1, along with the Whistler Athletes’ Centre, to lead the legacy facilities into the future. Officials are planning to host summer tours at the 1,450-metre sliding track tucked onto Blackcomb Mountain and at the multi-sport Nordic facility in the Callaghan Valley, which houses the towering ski jumps and cross-country ski and biathlon stadiums. Detailed info will be available by June 1 at — Megan Grittani-Livingston

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Whistler’s Green Guide By Steven Hill


n a place known for pristine natural beauty, jaw-dropping alpine vistas and clean, fresh mountain air, it should come as no surprise that Whistler businesses try to keep an eye on all things Earth-friendly. From what you wear to what you eat, the resort offers lots of eco-friendly products for you to discover.

Eco-Luxury Hotel Package Who said thinking about the environment had to mean sacrificing luxury? The impeccable Fairmont Chateau Whistler offers a special “Green with Envy — The Environmental Choice” hotel package that includes nightly accommodation at one of the resort’s swankiest hotels, daily breakfast, $100 credit per room/ per day toward one of Whistler’s popular eco-adventures such as TreeTrek, Ziptrek, or a round at the Chateau’s Audubon-certified golf course, plus a donation to the Whistler-based Get Bear Smart Society. So not only can you experience the lap of luxury and eco-friendly activities, but you can also help the local wildlife. Rates start at just $145 CAD per person, per night, plus taxes, based on double occupancy.

Green Photo Finishing

SurfinG the Eco-path Skate, surf, wake and snowboard clothing company Billabong recently released a new collection of ecofriendly shirts, hats and shorts named for surfer and musician Donavon Frankenreiter. In addition to sporting stylish fins as part of the design, the collection keeps on Donavon’s clean and green surfer eco-path. All of the T-shirts are made from organic cotton, and the shorts with recycled polyester. The shirts also feature a water-based front screen print, hip clamp label and PVC-free, heat-sealed neck label. The Donavon Collection can be found at the Billabong location in Whistler. 14

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If you want to make prints of your fabulous Whistler vacation photos to send back home, consider getting it done the “green” way. GS Photo in Whistler’s Marketplace offers photo printing that uses the newest “dry lab” technology, meaning the photo printer uses no developers or bleaches, i.e. chemical waste. The new type of lab is also smaller and more energy efficient than labs of the past. And because the lab is chemical-free there’s no need to constantly have a heating system running to maintain the temperature of the chemicals — saving even more energy. Plus, all of the ink cartridges used in the machine are recyclable, which motivated GS Photo staff to begin offering recycling for all ink cartridges as well as batteries.

Hemp for your hike The hiking shoes in Patagonia’s new line feature uppers made of organic cotton, hemp, non-toxicallytanned leather and recycled rubber EcoStep soles. The line includes the Nomad GTX, a sturdy hiking shoe built for sustained backcountry hiking and the West Coast terrain. Its Vibram EcoStep (30 per cent recycled rubber) lug outsole helps keep a steady grip, while the synthetic-cork footbed (70 per cent recycled) has a carbon component with antimicrobial qualities so you can take your shoe off with confidence after that long hike. The Capilene lining provides additional natural odour control. The Nomad costs about $160 and can be found at Escape Route in Whistler.

Balsamic bliss Few things can compare to the flavours of a product that is not only lovingly made by an entire family, but one that is also six long years in the making. Nonna Pia’s Balsamic Reduction is made in Whistler, but it starts with sixyear aged 100 per cent balsamic vinegar from Modena, Italy. All products are 100 per cent natural and contain no artificial thickeners. Once in Whistler, the vinegar is slowcooked for six hours while being infused with fresh fruits and herbs. Re-created from an old family recipe by a Red Seal Chef, Nonna Pia’s Balsamic Reduction is a velvety smooth, yet robust reduction that comes in three flavours: strawberry-and-fig-infused, rosemary-infused, and classic balsamic. Nonna Pia products can be found in grocery and other fine stores in Whistler.



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A world-class drive – and putt Post-Games, magnificent courses make Whistler a golf destination par excellence

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hen the Olympic Winter Games took place in February in Whistler and Vancouver, it raised the bar for what would be considered “world class” in Sea to Sky country in 2010 and beyond. Golf courses in the area have been achieving that standard for years and this season, through various packages and upgrades, have earned even higher marks for guest satisfaction. Travelling north from Vancouver on Highway 99, Furry Creek Golf and Country Club is the first course to greet visitors. Stretching into Howe Sound, British Columbia’s signature golf hole (No. 14) tells only half the story behind this course’s stunning beauty. It’s the rugged, mountainous side that ends up surprising most first-time players and providing views that are simply breathtaking. ➤

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In Whistler, golfers are often faced with a difficult decision of which resort course to tackle first. But from Nicklaus North to the Fairmont Chateau Whistler course to the Arnold Palmer-designed Whistler Golf Club to scenic Big Sky, there is no wrong answer. Located just a few minutes’ drive north of the Village, Nicklaus North Golf Course, designed by the Golden Bear himself, is an excellent place to start the tour. The par-71 course was rated seventh overall for best public courses in British Columbia and since being named top new course in Canada (1996), it continues to improve every season. Scenic views, a landscape lush with natural beauty and a layout that seems ideal for golfers of almost any ability, Nicklaus North is a must-play. At the Whistler Golf Club be prepared for exceptional service, charm and a round of golf that will leave an unforgettable memory of what the resort has built its reputation on since the first round was played here in 1983. Whistler is a great walking course but carts are available, as are lessons at the practice facility just steps from Village Square. With elevation changes of more than 400 feet, most guests are thankful for a lift

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at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club. Challenging for the best player in your group yet accessible for even a first-time player, it’s no wonder the Chateau is a top choice for repeat visitors. For those looking to explore, Big Sky Golf and Country Club in Pemberton is just 25 minutes north of Whistler, and is one of the locals’ best-kept secrets. Whether it’s 18 holes or a quick nine on the Academy Course, visit the award-winning Big Sky and discover Whistler golf’s hidden gem. The Meadows at Pemberton and the Squamish Golf and Country Club are two additional options for more casual golfers. Course conditioning and beautiful surroundings are not sacrificed by any means and the relaxed feel and playability of these tracks have an appeal that has “holidays” written all over it. Squamish offers another terrific option: the Les Furber-designed Garibaldi Springs Golf Resort, an 18-hole, 4,664-yard executivestyle course that opened in 2004 and has attracted a growing legion of fans. Along with full food-and-beverage services on course, the dining facilities and amenities offered by each of the resort courses are second to none. It’s world-class golf — the only kind Whistler delivers. Just make sure you bring your camera! W



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By Lisa Richardson

very spring at Whistler’s Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival, Whistler personalities take to the stage in front of an often-raucous live audience to make their case for the person, place or thing that should own the title of “Whistler’s Greatest Icon.” The debate, a fundraiser for the Whistler Museum, dares to ask a question pertinent to towns that have undergone explosive development: Is the best of Whistler in the past? Rather than being laced with nostalgia or bitterness, the annual Icon Gone event is a rowdy, lively celebration of a dynamic community. Local personalities, writers and pseudo-celebrities have grabbed the microphone to argue the case for more than 40 different icons, including for gravity, 200-centimetre-long straight skis, the peak of Whistler Mountain, beavers, or the old Toad Hall poster of naked hippies. And the debate still isn’t settled. In 2009, Todd Hellinga, then President of the Whistler OffRoad Cycling Association (WORCA), came close to unanimous endorsement when he made his case for the weekly summer Toonie Ride — “the Thursday night, biking, drinking, heartburning, leg-straining, lung-searing, mate-seeking, social event of the week” — as the quintessential Whistler icon. Every Thursday evening throughout the summer, 300 people position their bikes at a trailhead, preparing to explode through the starting corral for the community’s signature social bike race, the Toonie Ride. So dubbed because inflationary pressure increased the entry fee from its original $1, the Toonie Ride remains the best way to spend two bucks in Whistler, with food and fresh (mostly malty) beverages provided for riders at the finish line by weekly ride sponsors, with all proceeds directed to trail maintenance and to a prize pot for the top finishers. The Toonie Rides are open to the public, to all levels of rider, and the back of the pack is a social, convivial place to be. But make no mistake: Up among the frontrunners, even if they’re outfitted in fancy dress costumes, the fight for victory is fierce. According to Hellinga’s compelling and hilarious pitch, the Toonie Ride, and its ensuing sense of community, camaraderie and friendship, is the reason he’s still in Whistler and likely will never leave. The church of the Toonie Ride hints that bike culture is a religion in Whistler. Need more proof? ➤


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Whistler’s average population of permanent and seasonal residents, though higher in winter than in summer, is 12,000. WORCA boasts 1,200 members – giving the social cycling club the highest number of members per capita in B.C. An indicator of local status is that your bicycle is worth more than your car— if you even have a car. Even a local physician, regular bike racer Dr. Cathy Zeglinski, admits to lusting for bikes that are worth more than her motor vehicle. “Life isn’t about the fancy car,” she says, pulling out a Santa Cruz bike catalogue with a quiet reverence. When the Olympic flame came to town, the honour of lighting the Whistler cauldron was given to a 17-year-old student, and the decision was widely endorsed. Why? Because Tyler Allison has earned so many first-place finishes on the Canada Cup cross-country mountain bike tour that he is a serious contender to represent Canada at the 2012 London Summer Games. Not only that, but the high school student also races on the B.C. ski cross team, coaches young riders in his spare time and is highly regarded by his teachers, peers and adult riders. For many Whistlerites, watching Allison light the cauldron on Day 99 of the Torch Relay was more emotionally charged than watching hockey great Wayne Gretzky’s weird, rain-lashed drive with the torch on the back of a flatbed truck down to Vancouver’s waterfront. For Whistler, Tyler’s cauldron lighting was the moment the Games really came home, a moment when the past and the future came together in perfect equilibrium, like two spinning wheels. But Whistler isn’t just a place that incubates potential Olympians.



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As with all world religions, death, decay and sacrifice are part of the metaphysical bundle. The regeneration of the sport is tied inextricably to destruction. Whistler is a bike graveyard, a wrecking zone where the two-wheeler’s limits are constantly being tested. Double backflip? Sure. That, in turn, has spawned innovative small businesses like The Fix, the first bike shop with in-house CNC (computer numerical control) manufacturing capabilities, which means that not only can the owner, bike guru James Barrett, fix your bike, he can mill customized, beefier parts for it. Barrett, a former bike courier, has turned his passion into an industry. That, too, is signature Whistler bike worship. Sometimes, the altar is a CNC mill. Sometimes, the altar is a piece of forest that will attract a congregation of the faithful, bearing shovels, pry-bars, hoes and levels… and a vision of the perfect ride. After 40 years of “just do it” renegade trail building, Whistler has literally written the book on trail standards. The people who now operate as Gravity Logic, the brains behind the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, consult around the world on how to develop freeriding Meccas. One-hundred thousand people a year come to ride the Whistler Mountain Bike Park’s 200 km of lift-serviced trails. Others opt for the 400-plus kilometres of bike trails that criss-cross the valley like veins and arteries pumping blood. Lessons with expert coaches and “gravity guides” link rookies with evangelical athletes who want to share the sport they love. Technique tuneups, guided tours, private lessons, weekend workshops and girls-only sessions are all on offer. Whistler’s celebration of Bike culminates each year with Crankworx, nine days of stunts, competitions, product launches and exhibits hailed as an “homage to speed.” What does this all mean? It means you have come to the Promised Land. It might smack of paganism, but there is no shortage of worshipful hearts in Whistler. As H.G. Wells famously said, “When I see an adult on a bicycle, I have faith in the future of the human race.” Inspiration is easy to find here. Huck or cruise — you choose. Either way, you get to be eight years old again, joyous and fully alive, on the seat of a bike. W


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, W r e a t ter a W The Whistler area offers all manner of waterbased adventures — from restful to exhilarating By Kim VanLochem


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hen the sun shines and the snow melts in Whistler, it’s time to grab a paddle and hit the water. Whether it’s floating down the River of Golden Dreams or paddling through whitewater, Whistler has something for everyone. Every year they come for the water: thousands of adventure seekers and families, making the Whistler area one of Canada’s most popular spots for lazy days on the lake, whitewater thrills or scenic canoe trips. Rivers in the Coast Mountains are abundant. Brian Leighton, Whistler rafting pioneer and owner of Whistler River Adventures, is the first to

tell you the Whistler area’s rivers are something special. Leighton founded Whistler River Adventures in 1985 because with dozens of world-class rivers nearby, whitewater rafting seemed like a good fit. It turned out he was right. The rafting industry literally exploded. Now Whistler has a variety of outfitters that offer trips ranging from a half-day splash to a full-day adventure. It’s all about digging your paddle into the water and enjoying the ride. According to Leighton, once people get a taste for whitewater, they are often hungry for more. “The variety of rivers and lakes in this area makes Whistler

special because you have so much to choose from. The rivers themselves are always changing, depending on water levels, so you never know what you’ll get,” Leighton said. With dozens of paddle-ready rivers, would-be rafters can choose their own adventure. The emerald waters of the Green River, with their rollercoaster rapids, serve as an introduction to whitewater. Rafters searching for a shot of adrenaline can find it amid house-sized waves on the Elaho River. The options are endless. “We offer so many different experiences from easy floats for ➤ Whistler [Summer/Fall 2010]


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the whole family to excellent whitewater,” Leighton said. “We have everything from short to long trips.” Rafting is just one of many waterinspired activities in Whistler. If you prefer to hold on tight, jet boating is another great option. Whistler Jet Boating offers jet boat trips for the whole family. Eric Pehota, owner and operator, gives guests a taste of something a little out of the ordinary. In a three-hour


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round trip, guests enjoy whitewater thrills, breathtaking views and a journey to the foot of roaring Nairn Falls. Imagine being close enough to a powerful waterfall that you can feel its mist. That’s exactly what you get with Pehota at the wheel — a close-up view of the exhilarating falls. It’s an entirely different world, and you have a frontrow seat. “I love the different perspective you get from a river,” Pehota said. “It’s always different and it is always exciting.”

The only requirement for a jet boat trip is a sense of adventure and appreciation for beauty. The trip is family friendly and can accommodate kids and grandparents. The Whistler area is also home to five freshwater lakes that lure kayakers, canoeists and swimmers all summer long. In the summer months there is no shortage of guided canoe and kayak tours and rentals in and around Whistler. Most guided excursions last about three hours, but customized tours can often be arranged. Some companies offer self-guided tours — they provide pick-up and drop-off service, and you get a private paddling experience. Guided tour and rental companies will usually supply all necessary gear and safety equipment, or will provide guests with a list of items to bring. The River of Golden Dreams is a popular paddle right in the heart of Whistler. The river runs from the north end of Alta Lake to the south end of Green Lake. It’s a popular canoeing and kayaking route that takes paddlers into a lush canopy of trees and greenery. It literally reconnects locals and tourists with nature. “It is a flat, serpentine river that winds its way through Whistler’s wetlands. It’s between three to five feet deep with no rapids. You will find a little ripple and the river has many twists and turns, so you have to pay attention,” said Eric Wight, owner of Backroads Whistler Adventures. Several companies offer tours down the River of Golden Dreams, and potential paddlers can rent canoes and kayaks. The tour starts at Lakeside Park and takes paddlers into a three-hour, round-trip adventure. All the equipment is provided along with the tour. “Many people make a habit of coming back to the river. Every time you go, the river is different. Sometimes the water is a little higher or lower. If you’re lucky, you might spot a little family of raccoons or a black bear snoozing on the river bank,” Wight said. From whitewater to slow drifts, get out and enjoy what Whistler has to offer. The water is waiting. W

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n the movies, family vacations are more often portrayed as miserable and unsatisfying outings that instill dread into the hearts of most members of the clan. National Lampoon’s Family Vacation films with Chevy Chase are the perfect example of how many view the typical family holiday, as the hapless Griswolds stumble from one vacation calamity to the next. But it is a somewhat apt, if not overly satirical and slapstick, observation that

these films make about the all-too-real difficulty of pulling off a successful trip. Let’s face it: It’s just not that easy to create the perfect family vacation when “perfect” means different things to each family member. How many of us have uttered or heard that time-honoured and clichéd phrase from the backseat of a car at the beginning of the trip – “Are we there yet?” It’s the anguished query of someone who is not only bored with the journey, but the destination as well, and wants the whole vacation thing to end, mercifully. ➤

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But take the family to Whistler, and that same question is inflected not with dread, but with the excitement and anticipation of a vacation that’s guaranteed to be memorable and out of the ordinary — and not at all in a National Lampoon sort of way. While many destinations claim to offer a variety of diversions for families, few can really compare with the wide and eclectic range of adventure activities, and R&R opportunities, that Whistler lays out on a silver platter for guests. What can a typical day in the resort offer your clan? For starters, in the summer Whistler and Blackcomb mountains feature incomparable hiking and sightseeing in alpine meadows bursting with colourful wildflowers, as well as gravity-fed and adrenaline-fueled mountain bike action in arguably the best downhill park in the world. But the resort’s two towering and snow-capped mountains are, believe it or not, only the tip of Whistler’s recreation iceberg. How about swinging on a trapeze, bouncing on a bungee trampoline, or getting dizzy in a spinning gyroscope? The Blackcomb Base Adventure Zone has all that, plus the Little Mountain Golf Centre, Westcoaster Luge rides, a climbing wall, trail rides and so much more. The Core, Whistler’s premier fitness facility, offers a place for visitors to work out with their families, but also yoga classes, an awesome indoor climbing facility and activity centre, plus supervised kids’ adventures so you can let them climb the walls there instead of in the hotel room. And let’s not forget about all the other outdoor adventures available in the resort, such as horseback riding, bear viewing, rafting and jetboating, fishing, and the ever-popular zipline tours — just to name a handful of activities the whole family can enjoy together. Of course, not every activity has to happen together. While the kids are at The Core or in a bike camp learning to ride down a mountain, dad can be challenging his golf skills on one of four champion-

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ship courses designed by the likes of Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, while mom luxuriates at one of Whistler’s pampering spas. You’ll also find hundreds of shops, souvenir stores and boutiques throughout Whistler’s pedestrian-only streets, making it a true shopaholic’s delight. Family entertainment doesn’t stop once you get off the mountain or out of the backcountry, either. Whistler features a state-of-the art multiplex theatre, as well as concert venues, live theatre, street entertainers, ice cream at Cows and elsewhere, handmade chocolates at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, plus a lot more. When you add scores of world-class restaurants and eateries serving everything from fast food to gourmet fare, and an unbelievable range of accommodations from hotels and townhomes to alpine chalets and luxury homes, it’s easy to see how Whistler makes family vacations less about whether you’re there yet and more about having already arrived at the perfect family vacation destination. W

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n 2010, the world arrived in Whistler and discovered something surprising: that Whistler is more than a world-class fourseason resort, but a community full of passionate people who simply love where they live. Many of these people fell in love with Whistler and continue a lifelong affair with the place. Whether it’s on the slopes, in the coffee shops or on the trails, Whistler is full of people who make it much more than a resort. These are the people who draw you in with their stories and their passion for their surroundings.

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Levi Nelson Nelson literally welcomed the world at the opening ceremony for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and it is a moment he will never forget. Dressed as an eagle dancer, with a headdress made of inner cedar bark and more than 30 collected eagle feathers, Nelson welcomed the world in English and Ucwalmicwts, the traditional Lil’wat language. “Speaking in my own native language made the experience so powerful,” Nelson said. “I think it was the most important day of my life so far.” Nelson, 26, was born and raised in Mount Currie, a First Nations native reserve just north of Pemberton.

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When he’s not welcoming the world, Nelson is sharing his culture and leading tours at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre in Whistler as a youth ambassador. Also a part-time actor, Nelson is equally at home on the stage or in front of the camera. When show producer David Atkins put a call out for actors from Mount Currie, Nelson jumped at the chance to audition for a part in the opening ceremonies. He said the experience has opened many doors for future opportunities.

Q: What was your experience like at the opening ceremonies for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games? A: It was a huge moment for me to receive a speaking role. Welcoming the world to my traditional territory was a very powerful experience. The producer, David Atkins, came down from the control booth one day with tears in his eyes. This is a guy who does major shows like the Super Bowl all of the time. He said he had an epiphany while watching us perform. He said he was blown away because the opening ceremony was part of history. He said seeing our people welcome the world was phenomenal and moving.

Q: You grew up in the Whistler area, went to film school in Vancouver and moved back. What drew you to this place?

Joan Richoz

A: I am a farm boy at heart. I guess this place is who I am. You don’t realize how much you love a place until you actually leave it.

Q: You welcome the world everyday at the SLCC, correct? A: I do. I have the privilege of sharing my culture every day. Being an ambassador has drawn out pieces of myself that are very rich. I get to share with the entire world a bit of who we are in hopes of creating a better understanding of First Nations people and how every culture is unique.

Q: What’s next for you? A: I am planning on staying at the SLCC and working as an ambassador while I take acting classes on the side. It’s an honour to live in this beautiful place. I am still getting acting gigs and job offers since the opening ceremonies. There’s something powerful about welcoming people to your traditional territory — it’s what we do. I’m not a political person but now I joke about how great is was to finally give Canada a proper welcome.

Joan Richoz Richoz is one of Whistler’s pioneers. She and her husband Marcel moved here in 1972 when there were only 300 residents and little in the way of amenities and infrastructure. They moved into a log house in Alpine Meadows during a snowstorm but Richoz knew they had discovered something special. They had found a home. Almost 40 years later, Richoz still lives in the same house with her husband. She has raised two kids and ➤

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watched a tiny community turn into an international resort. Along the way, Richoz played a large role in the development of modern-day Whistler. Richoz was instrumental in starting the Whistler Public Library and is still active in the community as chair of the Whistler Arts Council.

Q: What brought you to Whistler? A: After spending time in Switzerland, we found it hard to live in the city, so we decided to camp on our property in Whistler for the summer. We loved it so much that we built a little round log cabin and moved in during a blizzard. The community has kept us here. You get a neighbourhood feeling you don’t get elsewhere. It’s a real small-town feeling. The energy here is amazing.

Q: What were those early days like? A: We went to Squamish and Vancouver for basic shopping needs. When the first school finally opened, there were only 35 students and the library, kitchen and staff room were all in the same room.

Q: You were the force behind the creation of the Whistler Library. Tell me about those early days. A: In the early 1980s Whistler was being built, so we didn’t have an old building to put a library in. We had to get creative. We wrote a petition and formed a library association before getting a space at municipal hall, which used to

be the Keg Restaurant. Volunteers converged on the project and we had our first library with 250 books. We’ve added to the collection since then!

Scott Roberts Roberts is the voice of the Sea to Sky corridor, whether it’s on the airwaves or at a variety of community events. It’s a voice with which Whistler residents are quite familiar. Not unlike most people who live in the corridor, Roberts skied Whistler Mountain in 1975 and vowed he would be back. Roberts made good on his promise and moved to Whistler in the early ’80s. To make ends meet, he did everything from bartending to construction but his passion turned out to be broadcast journalism. For the past several decades, Roberts’ voice has kept Whistler residents informed through radio, print and his publicrelations work on the Sea to Sky Highway Improvement Project. Roberts admits his love for Whistler is strong as ever.

Q: Why Whistler? A: It’s a magical place, summer or winter. It was great in the mid ’70s and it is still a wonderful place. It’s a community that can do whatever it sets its mind to. In today’s economy, it’s really exciting to live in such a can-do community.

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A: That’s right. I was one of two MCs on the day we won the Games. I was awake the night before wondering what I would say if we didn’t win. We did win and I ended up writing a regular column for the Whistler Question newspaper. I covered the stories that weren’t being told by the regular media and really focused on the locals preparing for the Games. As you can see, they did an amazing job.

Q: What is one of your favourite memories from the early days of Whistler? A: In the early ’80s I had a number of jobs including construction and patio bartender in the spring on Nasty Jack’s Patio. It was a great gig because I was able to work in this really fun atmosphere. It’s experiences like Nasty Jack’s and the people you meet that keep you in Whistler. Again, it’s a magical place that way.

Q: I hear you’re going on a very long motorcycle trip, right? A: Yes. Back in ’02 I had the opportunity to become the Sea to Sky Highway Improvement Project Community Relations Officer. I knew the work was going to save lives and I would learn a lot. It was great to be involved in legacy like the new highway. The job’s done and it’s time to test it out via my motorcycle. But it won’t be long before I am back home, in Whistler. W

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Art in the mountains

Renowned galleries, studios put Whistler on the map for both serious and casual art lovers

By judy Szabo


asy does it. Get ready to enjoy the legendary, laid-back art style of Whistler’s internationally renowned, yet eminently browser-friendly, galleries and studios this summer. Whistler’s Upper Village is home to the marvelous Mountain Galleries at the Fairmont. Located

in the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, the gallery is committed to showcasing the best of contemporary Canadian art. Ongoing shows and exhibitions all summer long include new works by Charles Pachter, Jennifer Angus, Arnt Arntzen, Nicholas Bott, Jerry Heine and Joan Baron, to name but a few of the delights in store for visitors. ➤

For a completely different experience, a visit to the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre is a must for the whole family. Visitors are invited to experience firsthand the art, music and ceremonies of the Squamish and Lil’wat First Nations. Nearby in the Village North, just across from the Whistler Olympic Celebration Plaza, is the exceptional Path Gallery, featuring Northwest Coast Native art. Enjoy not only outstanding artworks, but also gain an understanding of the symbolism and legends that will add an extra dimension to your art experience. Relax and let the art speak to you! Just across the bridge on the Village Stroll is the Plaza Galleries. Here visitors can contemplate the works of the ever-popular Kal Gajoum, Maya Eventov, Ron Parker, Jasmin Aldin, Gary Aylward, David Lee and Bob Byerley to name just a handful of the renowned artists whose work is on display here. Be sure to check out the ongoing summer shows and exhibitions. Cruise on up the Village Stroll to Mountain Square and drop into Mountain Moments Gallery, where Whistler-themed photographs and art capture the free and beautiful spirit of Whistler. Visitors can happily browse five superb galleries that are all located in one central spot: Art Gallery Row in the Hilton Whistler Resort. The Hayden Beck Gallery is an exciting new addition to the Whistler gallery scene. The visually eclectic gallery showcases contemporary Canadian and international art including sculpture, paintings, photography and mixedmedia works by the likes of John Clinton, Bill Anderson, Sabina Hill, Steve Driscoll and Tiko Kerr. Wow! Fathom Stone Arts is another exceptional new gallery. View extraordinary carvings of local wildlife and of the Inuit people in Arctic jade and marble by artist Jon Fathom. The super, cool Whistler Village Art Gallery invites visitors to enjoy stunning contemporary 38

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art. The vibe in this gallery is very cosmopolitan — sort of “New York comes to Whistler,” in fact. Alexander Sheversky, Georgia Gerber, Hamilton Aguiar, Cybele Ironside, Craig Alan and the late Jimmy Wright are just some of the artists represented here. The gallery has a second gorgeous location in the Four Seasons Resort. Northwest Coast Native art is brilliantly showcased in the Black Tusk Gallery. Enjoy the totem poles, masks, paddles, limitededition prints and jewellery displayed here, including new works by the celebrated Tsimshian artist Phil Gray. Mark Richards, artist/owner of the Mark Richards Gallery, brilliantly melds traditional and high-tech worlds to create truly breathtaking images of our mountain paradise. Come and meet the talented artist in person, where even the lighting works its artistic magic. The Westin Resort and Spa is home to the muchloved Adele Campbell Fine Art Gallery. Longtime visitor favourites include new works by David Langevin, Toller Cranston, Rick Bond, Cameron Bird, Laura Harris, Kiff Holland, Corky Hewson and Michael O’Toole… the list goes on and on! Come and enjoy this gallery’s new space. The Blake Jorgenson Gallery is also located in the Westin Resort and Spa. The award-winning Whistler photographer and outdoorsman has captured breathtaking and unusual images for you to take home. A visit here allows you to share the trail and the adventure without even breaking a sweat!

Opening page, top: “Snow Covered Birches” Steve Driscoll, at the Hayden Beck Gallery. Opening page, bottom: “The Watchman” by Karel Doruyter, at Mountain Galleries. This page, left: “Mountain” Mask by Tsimshian/Cree artist Phil Gray, at the Black Tusk Gallery. Below: Marble bear by Jon Fathom, at Fathom Stone Arts. Right, above: “The Rhythms of Summer” by ??? at the Whistler Village Art Gallery.

The above-mentioned galleries are all located “in the zone” and are easily visited on foot. Whistler has, however, many gallery/studios off the beaten track, including the always-amazing Art Junction gallery in Function Junction, about eight kilometers south of the Village. There is an in-house framing studio located here along with a wonderful collection of up-and-coming and established local and British Columbia artists. The Chili Thom Gallery, The Creation Station, Penny’s Studio and Orkidz Art Studio also call Function Junction home, making a visit to this lively and vibrant neighbourhood lots of fun for everyone. Summer is festival time in Whistler. At certain times, all of Whistler resembles one enormous art gallery! To experience and enjoy all that Whistler’s art community has to offer, contact Whistler Arts Council at (604) 935-8232 or Some of the scheduled events include Whistler Art Workshops on the Lake, the Whistler Children’s Art Festival and Art Walk. The Olympic buzz continues as Whistler galleries and artists welcome the world to summertime in their special place. So, grab your map and your coffee, lace up your comfy shoes and enjoy your summer art adventure to the fullest. W Whistler [Summer/Fall 2010]


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t is estimated that one half of the world’s population — approximately three billion people on six continents — lives or works in buildings constructed of earth. One family in Whistler now joins those statistics with the completion of Whistler’s first rammed-earth home. Built and owned by RDC Fine Homes, the home joins the likes of famous earthen ➤ buildings such as the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet, ➤

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sections of the Great Wall in China and the Alhambra in Granada, Spain. In this type of construction, earth becomes a sustainable construction material by compacting soil between removable formwork to form a monolithic wall. RDC president Bob Deeks, who spearheaded the project, came across the ancient building technique when

he attended a rammed-earth presentation in 2004. “It really caught my attention because we were really making a much bigger effort to focus on environmental construction techniques,” he said, adding that even before then, his company was separating construction materials and using local products to keep usable

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materials out of the landfill. “It is a competitive market environment here, and I realized we were going to fight an uphill battle building exactly the same type of house as everyone else was. It aligned with our green, sustainable practices and it gave us a building technique that nobody else was using.” The technique of turning earth to stone is unusual in northern climates. That’s mostly because wood is abundant and cheap here and the climate is wet, but also because it takes longer and is more expensive to build using rammedearth techniques than traditional concrete and wood-frame construction. “It takes three times as long, but rammed-earth walls are insulated and it’s your interior and exterior finish,” he says. “No doubt it is a more expensive method of building but it gives you a lot of additional benefits you don’t get from traditional construction. It gives you a different look and it gives you the thermal massing for energy efficiency and comfort in your house. It’s also a finished surface that needs no maintenance.” The difference in appearance is evident as soon as you enter the home. Muted tones of grey, mimicking the striations of natural stone, contrast with floor-to-ceiling windows and warm Douglas fir paneling in the entrance. Imbedded into a wall near the entrance is a relief depicting snow-capped Whistler

and Blackcomb mountains. Deeks challenged his staff to experiment with the technology in making a structurally durable building envelope, but also in making a visual impact true to Whistler’s natural landscape. The relief is the creative work of Rob LeBlanc, the lead rammed-earth foreman on the project, who also added a shade of warmth to represent the alpenglow often seen as the last rays of light kiss the mountains. On the lower floor, the bedrooms include the master in a U-shape design that wraps around an exterior courtyard, with a wood-burning fireplace for an additional outdoor living space. The U-design also provides privacy. Each bedroom and ensuite features its own unique rammed-earth signature wall. The master bathroom boasts dual vanities and a freestanding soaker tub surrounded by Carrera marble. Reclaimed from a renovation of Burnaby’s Brentwood Mall in the 1990s, the marble also graces bathroom countertops and the steps of a steel staircase leading to the upper floor. At the top of the stairs is a large living area with a media room attached. Polished concrete floors and warm, grey paint tones accented with fir timbers and trim warm the room. Three steps up is the kitchen, an additional sitting/office area, breakfast nook and formal dining room. Jatobá, a Brazilian cherry wood, graces the kitchen cabinetry, while bright Caesar Stone countertops contrast with a Black Paperstone bar top, and Miele appliances finish off the design. Dark-stained oak, milled in eastern Ontario, was used as flooring in the kitchen area. Pre-construction, Deeks set a goal of completing the home with 75 to 80 per cent of the products having originated from within a 500-kilometre radius of Whistler. While the Jatobá and oak were imported from farther afield, the finishing wood was locally sourced from standing dead Douglas fir timber and milled in Lillooet. A green roof, accessible from the upper floor, sits above the two-car garage. Stone and natural planters dot the south-facing space, which will offer ➤ Whistler [Summer/Fall 2010]


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optimal growing conditions during summer months. The rammed earth provides a unique visual impact, but perhaps the most impressive element of the technology is its energy efficiency. When supplemented with other energy-saving technology, it is designed to save up to 80 per cent in heating and cooling costs. Inside the 18-inch-thick walls, five inches of mineral wool insulation is sandwiched between rammed earth. This gives the walls the benefit of the thermal massing, but with a thermal break. “Through a long winter, where temperatures get really low, we don’t have the risk of cold migrating through a masonry wall… creating that climate that people associate with stone castles, where in the winter they got very damp and uncomfortable,” Deeks says. Unlike a stone castle, the home is certified as R2000 and Built Green Platinum with a high EnerGuide rating of 88 to 90. Rammed-earth walls and foundations have been found in Chinese archeological sites that date from 5000 BC. In the past, blood or lime were among the agents used to help bind the earth together. Deeks admits RDC didn’t have to go that far. Perhaps a few drops of sweat were added to the mix. However, he believes the home will be around and making positive impressions for a very, very long time. W

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Après-Games Relaxation Whistler’s spas and treatment centres can help put you back in gold-medal form

By Jennifer Miller P h oto s b y B o nn y Makarewicz


he 2010 Olympics and Paralympics have come and gone, but it’s anyone’s guess how long the Games “hangover” will last. That➤ was the word locals used to describe the feelings of exhaustion and ➤ Whistler [Summer/Fall 2010]


letdown that started to creep in once the frenzied activity, excitement and spectacle of the Games came to an end. It’s to be expected when a town invests seven years of planning and preparation into the world’s biggest sporting event. Whether it’s induced by alcohol or not, everyone can relate to that morning-after feeling. Perhaps it’s just learning to relax and breathe again after a period of stress, or taking the time to unwind after a long stretch without a vacation. Whatever the cause of your hangover, Whistler’s world-class spas are a great place to start nursing yourself back to a state of centered calm and peace. Tension starts to fall away as soon as your feet hit the forest path that leads to Scandinave Spa — a new oasis located just north of Whistler Village. The spa’s stay-all-day approach, outdoor setting and philosophy of quiet are just the ticket for those looking for an escape from everyday worries and responsibilities. And while submerging your body in cool water might not sound terribly soothing,

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the deep relaxation that radiates through every muscle after one of Scandinave’s signature heat/cool cycles simply has to be experienced to be believed. The basic formula involves lingering in the sauna or eucalyptus steam room, taking a quick dip in one of the coldwater pools, and then making your way to a comfy chair in one of the solariums or a hammock between the trees to let the relaxation wash over you. Three such cycles of hot/cold hydrotherapy are the recommended prescription for ultimate relief. Scandinave also features outdoor hot tubs and waterfalls, a selection of massage treatments to enhance the relaxation of the baths experience and a café. Luxuriate in renewal and relaxation at the Spa at the Four Seasons Resort Whistler, where five-diamond service meets indulgent treatments both classic and unique. The Four Seasons spa offers an unhurried spa retreat, complete with access to the fitness facility, pool and hot tubs, steam room and relaxation lounges. Attention to detail is everywhere, from the fruit-infused water to the use of indigenous healing herbs and other ingredients from nature to soothe tense muscles and renew skin. The yin-yang of renewal and relaxation is perfected in one of the spa’s classic treatments, the British Columbia marine body polish. West Coast sea salts both nourish and smooth away rough spots as they’re massaged into the skin. A relaxing shower, made even more luxurious with a washcloth made of seaweed, washes away the salts to reveal impossibly soft skin. Your therapist then returns to cap off the treatment with an indulgent, fullbody massage. Don’t sell yourself short with the 50-minute version of this exquisite treatment — 80 minutes is necessary to truly enjoy both the scrub and massage. You’ll want to carve out at least a few hours to experience the offerings at Solarice Wellness Spa, located in the heart of the Village. Offering a unique mix of traditional spa treatments,

various styles of massage, as well as Chinese medicine such as acupuncture and cupping, what truly sets Solarice apart is its in-house yoga and Pilates studio. A blissful morning or afternoon can be spent learning to quiet the mind, strengthen and lengthen muscles, and find balance with a 90-minute class, followed by a superb massage treatment. Try the heavenly Ethossage for ultimate relaxation. Every muscle is transformed into what feels like pools of melted butter through this 90-minute treatment that features healing hands and hot stones. Melt further as warm lavender oil is massaged into the scalp to finish. The art of unwinding is an ancient one at Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa. Step into an exotic Indonesian palace and discover the traditions that have been used for centuries to keep Javanese royalty looking young and healthy. Start with the signature Javanese massage with Indonesian essential oils to stimulate circulation and reduce muscle tension. The therapist focuses on palm and thumb strokes with balanced pressure to help align mind, body and spirit. Whether you’re still trying to recover from the Olympic extravaganza or another type of hangover, Whistler’s luxury spas are the best place to find some much-needed R&R. Before long, you’ll be ready for the next challenge or major event that comes your way. W

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Variety is the spice of Whistler’s culinary life

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Cedar-wrapped wild B.C. salmon glazed with chef Vincent Stufano’s whiskey maple syrup, Pemberton fingerling potatoes and French beans. From the Wine Room of the Fairmont Chateau Whistler.


histler is more than just a resort destination where you’ll find myriad options for adventure recreation set amid gorgeous alpine settings. With an astounding variety of fine dining establishments, award-winning eateries and unique meal experiences, Whistler also offers visitors unforgettable culinary adventures that range from the decidedly gourmet to the downright extraordinary. Creating these gastronomical masterpieces for the taste buds of Whistlerites and resort guests requires an above-average flair with food and a passion for creating the perfect plate. Here are just three of the resort’s exceptional chefs who continually raise the bar on the Whistler dining experience. ➤ Whistler [Summer/Fall 2010]


Four Seasons Whistler Scott Thomas Dolbee


rowing up with two working parents, Executive Chef Scott Thomas Dolbee got to know his way around a kitchen at an early age out of sheer necessity. But when he eventually sought a career as he got older, he was quite naturally drawn to working in the culinary arts. His first forays into professional kitchens took place at humble family establishments like Long John Silver’s and Red Robin. There, Dolbee said he learned how to be organized, and above all, quick on the line. “Every ticket I received had to be out in three minutes,” he remembered. Soon afterward, Dolbee moved on to a life-changing cook job at the Hilton Resort in San Diego. Working under a mentor who recognized and challenged his natural ability, Dolbee began developing his unique style and passion for food into a successful and life-long career. After more than 20 years honing his cooking skills in kitchens at resorts and

restaurants from New York to Beverly Hills, in 2006 Dolbee was named to the position of Executive Chef at the prestigious Four Seasons Whistler. Amid Whistler’s stunning natural beauty, environmental consciousness and strong First Nations culture, Dolbee has continued to expand, develop and experiment with new menu items and ways to prepare food. In 2010 the restaurant features a modern steakhouse concept offering the top two per cent of Canadian dry-aged steak

served with unique sauces and rubs. Dolbee has also cultivated close relationships with local farmers and uses fresh local products in his creations. “I love matching Indian, Spanish or Italian styles with local product and French technique,” he said. “Everything comes together on the plate and in your mouth like a symphony.” With a style he describes as “common favourites introduced in an uncommon way,” Dolbee puts a lifetime’s worth of passion and commitment into every bite.

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Il Caminetto Ivo Marinov


or Chef Ivo Marinov of Il Caminetto Di Umberto, cooking has always been about the little details. That’s what got him started in the kitchen, and what continues to drive him to create inspiring culinary experiences for guests every night. Raised in typical European fashion in Bulgaria, Marinov grew up watching his grandmother and mother preparing

intricate meals in the kitchen. At the same time, he was also gaining valuable knowledge from an uncle who produced wine. “From my childhood I was always interested in and surrounded by food and wine,” he said. “The details of how one person could make something taste better than the same thing made by another person always intrigued me.” But it wasn’t until he moved to North America and started working in restaurants that he discovered and began cultivating his natural instincts for cooking.

“I wanted to be a part of that exciting environment,” he said. For more than 20 years Marinov honed his skills in the kitchen, while also educating himself about the restaurant business, and more importantly, about wine. “There is a big difference, as a chef, if you understand wine,” he said. “Pairing the right wines with your meal makes the experience an unforgettable thing. You have to pay attention to those little details.” As Marinov says, the guests don’t come to Il Caminetto just to feed themselves, but rather for the whole modern Italian experience. “It is the details. It is the atmosphere of the room,” he said. “People come with expectations because (owner) Umberto (Menghi) is well-known for bringing the Italian flavour to the West Coast.” They also come with expectations because of Whistler’s world-class reputation. “That knowledge always keeps me on my toes creatively,” Marinov said. “Visitors spend the day awestruck by the grandeur of our two mountains and we have to match that with our experience.” ➤

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Canadian Snowmobile/ All Terrain Adventures Nigel Beaupre


ot every talented chef in Whistler works in one of the Village’s popular eateries. Nigel Beaupre is the seasonal chef for Canadian All Terrain Adventures, and for the past eight years his own daily cooking adventure takes him into Blackcomb Mountain’s high alpine. “No two days are alike when you are cooking on the top of a mountain,” he said. “For me, it involves gathering my groceries, loading up a jeep and transporting my supplies up to the Crystal Hut, and just that can be an adventure in itself. ” Beaupre grew up in British Columbia, where he first took interest in cooking in his high school’s culinary arts program. After moving to Whistler in 1998, he began years of study under internationally acclaimed chefs at the prestigious Nicklaus North Golf Course. “They inspired me to cook like the ‘sky’s the limit’,” he said. Now, the sky is the limit for Beaupre, as he prepares sumptuous fare in


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the high alpine for guests arriving on Canadian All-Terrain tours. That can include a “mountain-sized” breakfast buffet of waffles, maplepeppered bacon, fresh fruits and berries or a dinner of maple, and lemon-glazed wild sockeye salmon on toasted cedar with roasted nugget potatoes, candied carrot and onion. “Salmon is a natural main course choice because it is a West Coast tradition,” he said. An adventurous spirit also seems to

be part of that tradition as well, because no matter the weather conditions, Beaupre’s passion for cooking, and the smiles on visitors’ faces, keep him striving for perfection. “Trying to get the barbecue to light in a sideways hail sometimes poses a challenge, let alone achieving perfectly grillmarked salmon,” he said. “But cooking is my passion, and no matter how severe the weather conditions are outside... there will always be a hot, family-style feast awaiting our guests’ arrival.” W

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By Jennifer Miller

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Something to Celebrate From the everyday to life’s milestones, Whistler’s nightlife scene is the perfect place to make memories

some new ones. Whistler is well known for its vibrant nightlife, and with long days and warm temperatures, the summer nights here take on an extra-special electric atmosphere. Whether it’s a romantic drink for two on an intimate patio, a birthday dinner with friends, or a late night of dance-floor heat, Whistler’s pubs, nightclubs and lounges have you covered. Celebrate in style with creative martinis and fine wines at favourite Village spots such as Elements, The Mix, Araxi, Mountain Club, the 21 Steps “Attic,” and the Firerock Lounge. 58

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here’s so much to celebrate. It’s summer. You’re in Whistler. The afterglow of the world’s biggest party, the 2010 Winter Olympics, is still going strong. What better way to mark life’s best moments than with good friends and loved ones, a sunny patio and a glass of cheer? It’s time to head out on the town to toast fond memories and make

tage of great choices. You’ll find yourself in the heart of the action at Citta’ or the Amsterdam Pub in Village Square. Take in some of the high-flying action of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park from the terraces at the Garibaldi Lift Company (known by most as the GLC), Longhorn Saloon, Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub and Black’s Pub, which are all located at the base of the mountain. Join the local crowd at Tapley’s, let loose at the Crystal Lounge’s weekly karaoke nights, and shoot some pool at the Cinnamon Bear Bar and Grill. Other laid-back options include the Brewhouse, Brandy’s at the Keg, Merlin’s, Dusty’s Bar and BBQ, and Roland’s Pub. When it’s time to really break out, celebrate by getting your dance on at one of Whistler’s hottest nightclubs. It’s likely you’ve already heard of Garfinkel’s and Buffalo Bill’s — arguably the resort’s biggest and best-known clubs. But the party can also be found at Tommy Africa’s, which is famous for its go-go dancers and top visiting DJs, plus Maxx Fish, the Savage Beagle and Moe Joe’s. Whether you’re here for a weekend

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If you really want to make a splash, head to the Bearfoot Bistro’s Champagne Lounge and even learn to sabre a bottle of bubbly in the upscale restaurant’s wine cellar. Or, cool off on a sweltering day in the Bearfoot’s Belvedere Ice Room, where you can sample icy vodkas from around the world in Arctic climes. In the Upper Village, the Mallard Lounge at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler offers live music with its libations and the Fifty Two 80 Bistro Bar at the Four Seasons has theme evenings and daily specials. Also at the base of Blackcomb, check out sunset mountain views from the patio at Monk’s Grill. For a touch of class in Whistler’s original village of Creekside, about a five-minute drive south of the heart of town, check out Players Chophouse and its newly opened sister location, PCH Prime tapas bar and lounge. A peaceful, waterfront patio is just one of the gems to be found at Nita Lake Lodge lounge, also in Creekside. If a cold beer or cider on a bustling pub patio is more your scene, there’s no shor-

getaway, a family vacation, or marking the end of single life at a bachelor/ batchelorette party, it’s easy to find at least something worth celebrating. So get out there and paint the town red. Whistler’s waiting. W

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Let the (Shopping) Games Begin Whistler’s retailers have everything your heart may desire in a fun, relaxed atmosphere By kim VanLochem P h oto s b y B o nn y m a k a r e w i c z


f the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games were any indication, Whistler Village is one of best places in the world to hang out. People from all over the globe discovered the Village Stroll during the Games. The magic of a stroll in the Village is at least partly attributable to the eclectic mixture of shops along the way. Biking and hiking are fun but Whistler’s 200-plus stores really get your heart pumping. Whistler has everything from one-of-a-kind pieces to the latest brand-name shops — so put on some comfy shoes and get walking. Whistler is chock full of fashion, from evening wear to cute athletic ensembles. When the days are hot, check out Beach or Bust or Billabong for that one-of-a-kind bikini. Don’t forget Salomon, Quicksilver, Merrell, Snowflake, Hatley and Roots, which fuse mountain life with high fashion. Whistler is also a great place to find the best deals on gear. Whether it’s a new bike or hiking boots, you won’t find better. Whistler is the spot for the latest technologies in stores such as The Whistler Clearance Centre and the North Face Store. Inside Out Boutique will help you put the final touches on your outfit, with domestic and European lingerie and exquisite lounge wear. There’s something about a little sparkle that can stop you in your tracks. Did you know that Whistler’s jaw-dropping views also inspire many marriage proposals and second honeymoons? Keir Fine Jewellery has a variety of amazing jewels


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From top: Adriana wears the Seafolly’s white “Tropical” bikini and a Seafolly “Dip It” Sarong from Whistler’s Original Swimwear store The Beach in Town Plaza. Sterling Silver Designer bangles with textured finish from Keir Fine Jewellery. 18K White Gold Starburst Diamond Pendant from Keir Fine Jewellery.

Shoppin g to express your heart. If lifelong commitment isn’t on your mind, Ruby Tuesday has enough funky and unique pieces to warrant a stop along any stroll through Whistler Village. Whistler has plenty of succulently sweet stops to keep you fueled. Sweet-tooth binges are all part of the Village Stroll experience. Don’t judge until you walk into the likes of the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Nesters, The Grocery Store, IGA and Cows. Outside the Village but not far away, stroll into Blackcomb Beer and Wine, Nesters Liquor Store or Roland’s Cold Beer and Wine Store for everything from wine to beer and more. If you like a good cigar with your snifter of Scotch, you’ll find the best in Whistler. The Whistler Cigar Store has everything for the cigar aficionado. What doesn’t Whistler have? You won’t find lineups, traffic jams and the high-stress atmosphere of your typical mega-mall. A Whistler shopping experience is the opposite — relaxing, beautiful and friendly. Even a relaxed shopping stroll doesn’t last forever. At this point in your stroll, you may start thinking about home. For the perfect purchases for your home, check out a few stores that literally bring the mountain to your doorstep — Whistler Kitchen Works, Patina Home Interiors, and Mountain Paint and Decorating. Whistler has everything for your next home makeover. Don’t forget to stop at Armchair Books for a good book or magazine to curl up with while you rest and recover before your next stroll through Whistler’s shopping paradise. W


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Swimwear 604.932.7505 • Tanning Salon 604.932.7503 whiSTler’S Town plaza acroSS from The gazebo

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Whistler’s Original Cigar Store


domestic & european LinGerie & LounGewear casuaL wear For men & women Hanky panky ”come join the club”

“Over 20 years of personalized fitting”


whistler town plaza


Guaranteed Worldwide Shipping Appointed Habanos SA Dealer Whistler’s Only Walk-in Humidor


Whistler Town Plaza Across from “Caramba Restaurante” #31-4314 Main Street, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4 Tel: 604-905-2423 / Fax: 604-905-2483

“Define your taste” Toll free: 1-877-905-2423

Competitive prices Whistler [Summer/Fall 2010]


[Services Directory] RECREATION Whistler Blackcomb Toll Free: 1-800-766-0449 Summer in Whistler is great, but summer ON Whistler is phenomenal with the new PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola. But the 4.4km journey between Whistler & Blackcomb Mountains is just the start of your experience. Alpine hiking, sightseeing and mountain top dining are just a few of the activities you do in the spectacular high alpine of Whistler Blackcomb. Redefining the Whistler summer experience, the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola breaks three world records. At 436 m (1400 ft) above the valley floor, it is the highest lift of its kind. It also boasts the longest unsupported span at 3.024 km (1.879 mi), and when combined with the Whistler Village Gondola and Solar Coaster and Wizard Express on Blackcomb the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola completes the longest continuous lift system in the world. And while the record-setting statistics are impressive, nothing compares to the PEAK 2 PEAK Alpine Experience. The journey between the two Mountains provides a 360-degree window into Whistler Blackcomb’s alpine environment and dramatic peaks that surround it, but sightseeing is just the start of your adventure. Looking for an epic hike to an ancient glacier? A gentle stroll on an interpretative trail? A black bear habitat tour? A BBQ on a mountain-top patio?  The choice is yours—but one day will never be enough. For the past 11 years, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park has been the world’s leader in lift accessed mountain biking. The Bike Park is North America’s biggest and best park that continues to expand and evolve, dominating the world’s bike park scene. Whether you’re a seasoned downhiller, cross-country enthusiast or a first-timer, the world famous Whistler Mountain Bike Park and surrounding trail network delivers.

Fun for the whole family - at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, don’t miss the Adventure Zone, featuring mini golf, the Westcoaster Luge, a climbing wall and horseback rides, just to name a few. If summer skiing and riding sound appealing, travel to the top of Blackcomb Mountain and spend an afternoon riding the Horstman Glacier. Looking to work on your moves? The glacier boasts a variety of terrain park features including jumps and rails. The fun doesn’t stop in the village, there is a whole other world of activities and adventures on the mountains.

Whistler Bungee

 Toll Free: 1-877-938-9333

British Columbia’s highest and most pristine year round bungee jumping site, located 15 min south of Whistler Village Resort, off HWY 99. Experience bungee jumping in the beautiful wilderness nestled between old growth forests and rugged basalt column cliffs Feel the exhilaration of jumping from a 160ft (53 metre) bridge spanning 300 ft over the Cheakamus River. Whistler Bungee’s jump masters and operators have over 17 years experience. Located in the Eagle Lodge: #19 - 4314 Main Street, Whistler

Meadow Park Sports Centre 604-935-PLAY (7529) Drop in to play! Swim, skate and sweat… arena, lap pool, kids pool, sauna, hot tub, steam room, squash courts, fitness studio, weight room and specialty classes. All ages welcome. Special family rate. Five minutes north of the Village, along Highway 99.

The Core Whistler’s Climbing and Fitness Centre 604-905-7625 The Core is the Ultimate rock climbing destination in Whistler; offering indoor and outdoor climbing lessons, outdoor ropes courses and our famous Climb and Dine, drop in welcome. Our Activity Zones feature a huge climbing area, complete weights and cardio room, Fitness, Yoga Class and internet services. Located in the village below the TELUS Conference Centre. Don’t miss a Whistler summer family classic at the outdoor climbing wall. Our experienced and friendly guides do the safety work while you climb. Come try your hand at climbing or take a ride on the Flying Fox zip-line. Located at the Blackcomb Adventure Zone in the Upper Village.

Activity Bookings Whistler Activity Central Marketplace: 604-935-4528 Toll Free: 1-877-935-4528 Village Gatehouse: 604-905-4866 Toll Free: 1-888-905-4866 Whistler boasts a wealth of activities from hardcore sports to the ultimate in relaxation. Whistler Activity Central is your “one-stop shop” for all of your adventure planning.

Whistler Visitor Centre


Our knowledgeable and friendly staff know practically everything about the resort, and can answer all your questions about accommodations, events, activities, dining and much more. Please visit us at Gateway Loop, open daily 8am – 10pm.  

Adventure Tours Adventure Zone at Blackcomb Base Toll Free: 1-800-766-0449 There’s big time fun at the foot of Blackcomb Mountain. Mini golf, West Coast luge and more – you’ll find thrills for the young, and the young at heart.

Mini Golf

Bungy Trampoline

Westcoast Luge

and much more

Located at the base of Blackcomb Mountain

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Canadian All-Terrain Adventures 604-938-1616 Toll Free: 1-877-938-1616 ATV, mountain-top dining, hummer and 4x4 adventures. Located in the Carleton Lodge, next to the Longhorn Saloon.

Outdoor Adventures Whistler 604-932-0647 Explore the diversity of Whistler’s backcountry by Hummer, ATV, Horseback, Zipline or Summer Dogsledding - spectacular views and captivating wildlife. Our unique selection of activities means you only make one phone call for endless activity choices. Offices located in Whistler Village, Fairmont Chateau and Four Seasons Resort.

Whistler Blackcomb PEAK 2 PEAK Alpine Experience                      Toll Free: 1-800-766-0449

At 4.4-kilometres long and 436 metres above the valley floor, the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola is an engineering marvel that connects the incredible high alpine of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Use it to take in 360 degree views of ancient peaks and glaciers, access 18 hiking and walking trails on both mountains or enjoy incredible alpine dining. One day will never be enough.

Whistler Air


Since 1985. Explore amazing BC from above. Spectacular scenic flights & alpine lake landing tours. Daily flights between Whistler and Vancouver and Vancouver International Airport transfers.

WildPlay Element Parks


Experience the thrill, fun and personal reward of “Monkido”, WildPlay’s unique aerial adventure course suspended between trees at 10 to 50 feet or try “Zoom” Whistlers’ only dual zipline tour over the old-growth forest of Cougar Mountain. Offices located in Whistler Village, Fairmont Chateau and Four Seasons Resort.

Ziptrek and Treetrek Ecotours 604-935-0001 Toll Free: 1-866-935-0001 Ziptrek with five incredible ziplines and Treetrek for Whistler’s forest canopy walk. Tours run year-round in all weather conditions. No experience necessary. Carleton Lodge, across from the Village Gondolas.

ATV Tours Canadian All-Terrain Adventures 604-938-1616 Toll Free: 1-877-938-1616 ATV, mountain-top dining and 4x4 adventures. Located in the Carleton Lodge, next to the Longhorn Saloon.

Outdoor Adventures Whistler 604-932-0647

An ATV experience like non-other. Experience the depths of Whistler’s backcountry on Cougar Mountain while exploring old growth forests and high-alpine trails. Offices located in Whistler Village, Fairmont Chateau and Four Seasons Resort.

Biking Cross Country Connection


Proudly offering Whistler’s best rentals, skills clinics and tours to every riding ability. From DH bikes to kids gear, we have the right ride for you; conveniently located on the trails in Lost Lake Park.

Whistler Mountain Bike Park Toll Free: 1-800-766-0449

Whether you’re a seasoned downhiller, cross-country enthusiast or a first-timer, the world famous Mountain Bike Park and surrounding trail network delivers. Our rental shops offer downhill and valley bike rentals at competitive rates. We have the biggest and best high performance bike fleet and our bikes are serviced daily. Downhill bikes and accessories are also on sale at our village location. Park Bike Rentals                                                                    Whistler’s largest fleet of Kona downhill bikes located at Garbanzo Rentals in the Village Gondola building at the base of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Valley Bike Rentals                                                                           Located beside the Adventure Zone at Blackcomb Base, Can-Ski Blackcomb has a fleet of Kona Valley Bikes for rent.

Culture Whistler Museum & Archives 604-932-2019 Experience the history, feel the passion, know the story. Visit the Whistler Museum’s new “Journey to 2010” exhibit that chronicles Whistler’s remarkable journey from a quant fishing resort to Host Mountain Resort for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games. 4338 Main Street, Whistler.

Ecotours Ziptrek and Treetrek Ecotours 604-935-0001 Toll Free: 1-866-935-0001 Ziptrek with five incredible ziplines and Treetrek for Whistler’s forest canopy walk. Tours run year-round in all weather conditions. No experience necessary. Carleton Lodge, across from the Village Gondolas.

Enduro & Big Hit A-Line and Charger + Cruisers,Kids Bikes & Trailers



Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club and Practice & Learning Centre 604-938-2092

Whistler Blackcomb PEAK 2 PEAK Alpine Experience                     Toll Free: 1-800-766-0449

Carved out of Blackcomb Mountain’s rugged slopes, Canada’s #1 Golf Resort offers unparalleled views and dramatic 400-foot elevation changes. Towering fir, granite cliffs and waterfalls create a perfect oasis of fun and challenge for players of all levels. 4612 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC  V0N 1B4

Furry Creek Golf and Country Club 604-896-2224 Toll Free: 1-888-922-9462 Best known as BC’s Most Scenic Golf Course, Furry Creek offers an unforgettable experience for any level of player, and provides the perfect location for a first class tournament, corporate event or special banquet. 150 Country Club Rd, Furry Creek, BC V0N 3Z2

Riverside Greens Putting Course 604-905-1499 604-905-5533 Riverside Greens is open to everyone, May through October and lit for night-time golf. Eighteen real bent-grass greens that are fun for the whole family, yet will challenge the most avid golfer. Rentals available. Located at Riverside RV Resort & Campground.

Whistler Golf Club


Located in the heart of Whistler Village, this Arnold Palmer designed Course and Practice Facility has spectacular views, signature design and uncompromising course conditions. 4001 Whistler Way


Easily access 20 hiking trails, including six newly reopened trails on Blackcomb Mountain, with the new PEAK 2 PEAK Alpine Experience. At 4.4-kilometres long and 436 metres above the valley floor, the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola is an engineering marvel that connects the incredible high alpine of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Use it to take in 360 degree views of ancient peaks and glaciers, access 20 hiking and walking trails on both mountains or enjoy incredible alpine dining. One day will never be enough.

Horseback Riding Outdoor Adventures Whistler 604-932-0647 Horseback trails designed for all levels - wind through fields, forests, peaks and rivers on this beautiful ride under the majestic shadow of Mt.Currie. Offices located in Whistler Village, Fairmont Chateau and Four Seasons Resort.

Hummer Tours Outdoor Adventures Whistler 604-932-0647

Join us for a backcountry Hummer safari! Stunning look-outs, abundant wildlife and ancient cedars are only a few of the many highlights. A sight-seeing tour the whole family will love! Kids are free! Offices located in Whistler Village, Fairmont Chateau, Four Seasons Resort.

Rafting Wedge Rafting


Raft the fun bouncy rapids of Whistler’s most popular river adventures just minutes from Whistler Village. Tours priced from $75. From 2.5 hours to

a full day with departures leaving five times daily. Experienced, professional river guides. Youth rates for children. Offices located in Whistler Village, Fairmont Chateau, Four Seasons Resort.

Scenic Flights/Gliding/Soaring Pemberton Soaring Centre

604-894-5727 Toll Free: 1-800-831-2611

Soar the mountains on silent wings. Let our certified professional pilots take you on a flight over the most spectacular scenery imaginable. Your flight can be as gentle or as thrilling as you like. From 15 minutes to 1 hour.

Whistler Air Services Ltd.

604-932-6615 Toll Free: 1-888-806-2299

Spectacular scenic mountain flights over Whistler, Garibaldi Park and the Pemberton Ice Cap. Experience the majestic beauty of the coastal mountains from the air — from ice blue glaciers to recent volcanic formations. Passengers get a window seat and a headset for pilot narration. Floatplane tours offer the best value in aerial flightseeing.

GETTING THERE Transportation Blackcomb Aviation

604-938-1700 Toll Free: 1-800-330-4354

Since 1989 Blackcomb has been providing services and packages that allow a unique opportunity to experience the breathtaking views and beautiful landscapes of the Coast Mountains. From helicopter sight-seeing tours to city transfers, landing on remote glaciers to heli-picnics and heli-weddings, private jet charters to custom group events, come and experience Whistler from our perspective. ABOVE! 9960 Heliport Road, Whistler, BC V0N 1B9

Blackcomb Aviation

604-938-1700 Toll Free: 1-800-330-4354

Since 1989 Blackcomb has been providing services and packages that allow a unique opportunity to experience the breathtaking views and beautiful landscapes of the Coast Mountains. From helicopter sight-seeing tours to city transfers, landing on remote glaciers to heli-picnics and heli-weddings, private jet charters to custom group events, come and experience Whistler from our perspective. ABOVE! 9960 Heliport Road, Whistler, BC V0N 1B9

Biking Proudly offering Whistler’s Best

Rentals, Skills & Tours Find us on the trails in Lost Lake Park

604-905-0071 Whistler [Summer/Fall 2010]




Go where you want, when you wantâ&#x20AC;Śfaster. When you charter a flight with HeliJet, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be at your destination faster so you can spend more time doing what you love. Plus, the amazing panoramic views will inspire you to hit the slopes, play golf and explore the world-class sites and shopping. Your experience starts sooner with HeliJet.


(Whistler and Valley Express) Local Transit 24-hr info line: 604-932-4020

Buses run from 5:25am through 3am, 365 days a year.

Contractors Peak â&#x20AC;ŻVentures

604-938-0688 Fax: 604-935-0206

Providing general contracting construction management, project management and design consulting â&#x20AC;Żservices, for residential, commercial, retail, industrial, new construction, renovations and tenant â&#x20AC;Żimprovements. Licensed - Insured - â&#x20AC;ŻBonded. Serving the Sea to Sky corridor since 1996. Located â&#x20AC;Żin Whistlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Function Junction

RDC Fine Homes

Whistler Air Services Ltd.

604-932-6615 Toll Free: 1-888-806-2299

Charter (air taxi) service is available to or from Vancouver, Victoria and Seattle. Three sizes of aircraft to choose from.



Every intricate detail of an RDC mountain home rises from meticulous planning. Our experienced designers incorporate the best creative design techniques to ensure that every angle of your RDC Fine Home maximizes your living space and mountain views. 3-D modelling and computer assisted drafting allows you to be a part of your new building or renovation. Member: Built Green BC and Canadian Home Builders Association.


Interior Design

Whistler Arts Council

Cabin Fever Interiors Inc 604-935-8232

Annual calendar of performances, art exhibitions, festivals, artisan markets and events. Located in Millennium Place.

Catering/Weddings/Party Planning/Personal Chefs Whistler Cooks Catering Company 604-938-8835

Whistlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier caterer, specializing in chef service on site or in accommodation. Our desire is to provide you with the opportunity to dine in a way that suits your lifestyle. We offer breakfasts, lunches, picnics, BBQâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, cocktail parties and dinners from two guests and up. 4-1345 Alpha Lake Rd, Function Junction

spa for your ensuite bathroom. Showroom located at: 103-1010 Alpha Lake Road (directly across from Home Hardware), Whistler

Mountain Decorating Centre

Northface Kitchens & Bath


Mario Marble and Tile Ltd.

604-935-8825 Fax: 604-935-8829

Specializing in custom granite countertops since 1991. We pride ourselves on our quality workmanship. We can help create your dream home including heated slate floors, an elegant fireplace and a luxury

BE PART OF THE SOLUTION... 5",&53"/4*5 } FREE Village shuttle bus runs 10 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1:30 p.m. } FREE Lost Lake shuttle, June 26 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; September 6.


Authorized Nickels Dealership. Granite Countertops, Silestone, Soapstone, etc. Member NKBA, Member Home Builders Association. Certified Kitchen Designer Builders Line, Custom and Environmental Lines available. Showroom in the Industrial Park in Squamish

Patina Home Interiors

Cabin Fever Interiors provides an inspired and innovative approach to design with interiors that reflect the richness of our natural surroundings. Cabin Fever Interiors offers a full range of design, project management, space planning, custom millwork and furniture package services to meet our clients varied tastes and budgets. 14 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1005 Alpha Lake Road, Function Junction


One stop for Colour and Decor. Start with Benjamin Moore Colours and add in furniture, blinds, drapery, art, rugs and accessories to express your personal style. Let our designers make your dreams come true in full colour! #109 1055 Millar Creek Rd, Function Junction Whistler


Custom furnishings, antiques and reproductions, folk art, unique accessories, renovations, project management, decor consultation and home staging for resale. 1072 Millar Creek Rd. Function Junction

Whistler Interior Design Ltd., Debbie Evans, IDD, CKD 604-938-3389


604-905-0504 Fax: 604-905-5304

Resort TV, broadcast in Whistlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hotels and rental properties, is the visitorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; source for information to help them enjoy their stay: up-to-the-minute weather reports, temperatures, mountain and road conditions, along with video of activities, shops and dining. 23-1212 Alpha Lake Rd, Whistler, BC V0N 1B1

Whistler The Magazine

604-932-5131 Toll Free: 1-877-419-8866

Whistlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier visitorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; publication, since 1980. Look for the hardcover version in your hotel room. For advertising, distribution and subscription information call Catherine.

Online family friendly directory for Whistler, Pemberton and Squamish. Features special events, activities, family restaurants, shopping, services, accommodation and more!

Real Estate Club Intrawest

604-938-8111 Toll Free: 1-866-938-9298

Imagine owning vacation homes in eight spectacular resorts. Members of Club Intrawest, North Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier resort club, enjoy access to eight resorts, celebrated for world-class mountains, golf courses and beaches. Be a member!

Interior Designer for Whitewater and Riverbend neighbourhoods and show homes at Whistler Athletesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Village. Total Project management, Acad Drawings, for Residential and Commercial Furniture packages, hard and soft furnishings, accessories, complete turn key. Hubbardton Forge Lighting, Mitchell Gold and Lexington Furniture. Member Seattle Design Center, Interior Designers Assc of BC, Home Builders Assc, NKBA www.whistlerdesign.comÂ

Playground Real Estate


Whistler Luxury Portfolio

Mountain FM

604-892-6383 Toll Free: 1-888-429-2724

Mountain FM is the only local radio station with Sea to Sky traffic and weather together every 20 minutes. Mountain FM plays your favourite hits. With offices in Squamish and Whistler. Squamish 107.1/Whistler 102.1

The Question Newspaper

604-932-5131 Fax: 604-932-2862 Toll Free: 1-877-419-8866


Resort Television Network

Whistlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only community newspaper, published every Thursday. Serving Whistler and Pemberton since 1976.

604-935-4545 Toll Free: 1-877-771-6767

Connecting you with the ultimate place to play, Playground Real Estate is the place to go for all new real estate opportunities at Whistler. Call or register to find out more about our current real estate projects including Kadenwood and Evolution. Franzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Trail-Whistlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Creekside


Whistlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finest realtors marketing Whistlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finest property collection.

Whistler Real Estate Company Ltd. 604-932-5538 Pemberton: 604-894-5166 Vancouver Direct: 604-681-6627 US & Canada Toll Free: 1-800-667-2993 Serving Whistler since 1975. Our forty agents are full-time professionals. Conveniently located in Whistlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Marketplace and in Pemberton.

A holistic approach to a pain-free and healthy life To: __________________________ From:

Catherine Power-Chartrand AdverTising mAnAger, WhisTler: The mAgAzine

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604-932-1922 In the VIllage besIde the Keg RestauRant

Serving Whistler since 1997

dr. shuen, dr. brusset and dr. Ray


Le Scandinave Spa


Whistler Chiropractic


Dr. Keith Ray, Dr. Jacqueline Brusset and Dr. Pat Shuen are located in the St. Andrews House beside the Keg Restaurant. We offer a variety of chiropractic and massage techniques to relieve pain and improve performance. Prescription orthotics available.

Dentists AARM Dental Group 604-966-0599/604-898-4318 Toll Free: 1-888-966-0599 Emergency and new patients welcome. Open 7 days a week. Timberline Lodge, Unit 12 in Whistler Village and #17-40775 Tantalus Road, Squamish North.

Doctors Whistler Medical Clinic


Walk-in and  appointments available. Visitors welcome. Open 7 days a week. We provide general family practice, with on-site lab, x-ray and emergency care. We are located on the second floor of the Whistler Health Care Centre building — corner of Lorimer Rd. and Blackcomb Way.

Laser Treatments Whistler Laser Centre


A cosmetic medical practice in a comfortable setting. Offering state of the art laser hair removal and skin rejuvenation techniques, including Microdermabrasion, Thermage, Botox, Photorejuvenation, Restylane and Artecoll injections and exclusive skincare products. Located in Whistler Village, across from Araxi restaurant.

Massage/Physical Therapy Peak Performance Physical & Massage Therapy 604-932-7555


The Scandinavian baths experience cleanses the body and skin. Occurring in three stages, just a few hours are required to fully enjoy the benefits of these outdoor baths. First heat the body in the Norwegian steam bath then cool the body quickly in the Nordic waterfalls, cold baths or shower. Finally, relax in a solarium or enjoy one of the relaxation areas with outdoor fireplace throughout the spa. For the ultimate relaxation, Le Scandinave Spa also offers baths and massage packages. This is total release - relaxation at its peak! Only minutes away from Whistler Village, nestled beside Lost Lake.

The Spa at Four Seasons


At The Spa at Four Seasons we reach into Nature’s cupboard to offer an assortment of luxurious treatments. All will soothe your mind and body, sweeping you away into a pure and relaxing place… just lie back and enjoy!

Solarice Wellness Centre & Spa 604-935-1222 604-966-0888 Toll Free: 1-888-935-1222 Now with two locations in Whistler! At Solarice, we offer a truly holistic approach to wellness. Services include: Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone and aromatherapy massage, shiatsu, neuromuscular therapy, myofascial release, acupunction, herbal medicine, psychotherapy, facials, manicures, pedicures, body wraps, yoga and Pilates. Whistler Village and Whistler Town Plaza.

Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa 604-938-5982 604-938-9381 From Javanese massage to a full esthetics menu, enjoy our royal pampering treatments. Now with two locations: Summit Lodge and Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa.

Retail Armchair Books


A full service bookstore carrying fiction, history, kids books, maps, guidebooks, cookbooks, magazines and newspapers in the heart of Whistler Village. 4205 Village Square, Whistler BC V0N 1B4

Spas & Tanning

The Beach

Tanning Salon 604-932-7503 Retail 604-932-7505

Need a swimsuit — it’s your swimwear store and tanning salon. Located on Main Street beside Ruby Tuesday.

The Black Tusk Gallery features a variety of works by the First Nations artists whose work reflects the ancient histories and traditions of the coastal people. In Art Gallery Row in the Hillton, downstairs from Mountian Square.


Crystal Lodge, Centre Square 604-938-7755 Glacier Lodge, Blackcomb Base 604-938-7744 Creekside Gondola Base 604-905-2160

With a classic approach and sophisticated look, Can-Ski provides the largest range of ski equipment, high end fashion, outdoor clothing, and footwear in Whistler. Personalized service and the ultimate shopping experience are what you’ll find at Can-Ski every time.



Canada’s favourite ice cream, original design T’s, sweats and souvenirs. Whistler Village Centre.

Fathom Stone Arts


Fathom Alaska Stone Arts; Artist Jon Fathom sculpts marble, jade, serpentine and soapstone bears, eagles, humpbacks, orcas seals. sea-life, walrus, salmon and more. Born in Juneau he now has a stunning new gallery in Whistler. Art Gallery Row @ The Hilton, Mountain Square

Garbanzo Bike & Bean


Check out Garbanzo Bike & Bean for the latest bike gear and equipment from Dakine, Fox, RaceFace, Sombrio, Kona and Santa Cruz. GBB is the official store of the Whistler Bike Park and the only place to get Bike Park logowear including the iconic A-Line collection. It also houses the most conveniently located Repair Shop to the Bike Park. Stop in at the cafe for a morning or mid-day refuel.

Great Glass Elevator Candy Shop 604-935-1076

Relax! You’re in the hands of Whistler’s best “Body Mechanics” to rehabilitate your aches, pains or injuries. Our highly qualified therapists specialize in sports/manipulative/massage therapy to get you back out there! Full line of custom bracing products. Centrally located in the Crystal Lodge.

The Beach

Black Tusk Gallery @ The Hilton 604-905-5540 Toll Free: 1-877-905-5540

Come by the Great Glass Elevator for a treat today! We’ve got over 1000 different types of candy. Bulk candy to scoop and mix, Imported British Chocolate, Jelly Bellies and more. Have a candy adventure today! #115-4350 Lorimer Rd. in Whistler’s Marketplace.

The Grocery Store


Full line of groceries, fresh deli counter, meat, fish and bakery. We deliver! Open 8 am to 11 pm daily in Whistler Village Square.



Hatley has helped its customers “get clothes to nature” with its 100 per cent cotton apparel and gift items for the entire family with a clever spin on everyday sayings to bring out the “pun” in everyone. 4308 Main Street, Whistler

Hayden Beck Gallery


This new gallery is dedicated to the promotion of distinctive Canadian and international contemporary art. We strive to ensure the long-term development of our artists’ careers, to support the emerging Whistler art community, and to stimulate interest in painting, photography, drawing and sculpture. We are thrilled to share our eclectic exhibitions with the world and look forward to meeting you. Located in Art Gallery Row downstairs from Mountain Square in the Hilton.

IGA Marketplace


Souvenirs, full service deli, in-store bakery, full selection of specialty foods, fresh meat and produce, party trays and hot entrees, weekly specials. Pizza Hut Express take out 604-938-2852. Free parking. Located in Whistler’s Marketplace.

Inside Out Boutique


Whistler Town Plaza (Deer Lodge). Inside Out Boutique features an extensive array of fine domestic and European lingerie. Casual streetwear and yoga gear. Loungewear for both men and women. There’s something for everyone. They offer over 20 years of personalized fitting experience.

Keir Fine Jewellery


This elegant “browser friendly” store features Canadian Polar Bear diamonds, international designers and Victorinox Swiss Army. Keir is also the home of the original Canadian diamond Inukshuk pendant as featured in this magazine. Be sure to visit Whistler’s premier jewellery store located opposite Cow’s on the Village Stroll.

Tanning Salon 604-932-7503 Retail 604-932-7505

Need a swimsuit — it’s your swimwear store and tanning salon. Located on Main Street next to Ruby Tuesday.




An apple a day doesn’t always keep the doctor away. Providing the Whistler community with full medical care for over 25 years. Whistler’s ONLY medical clinic with X-ray, Lab and Acute Care services on site!

Walk-In Patients Welcome. 4380 Lorimer Rd. | Whistler BC | V0N 1B4 | Tel: 604-932-3977

Whistler [Summer/Fall 2010]


Mark Richards Gallery




An artist owned and operated gallery featuring original west coast works. Meet the artist daily. Hilton Whistler Resort and Spa, Whistler, B.C.

Clothing and accessories. 4154 Village Green #100, Whistler. Call 1-888-30-ROOTS or visit for more information and store locations.


Roundhouse Traders on Whistler Mountain:


Visit Canada’s first Merrell store. Featuring the latest styles from Merrell Performance Footwear and Apparel. Whistler Village Centre 4295 Blackcomb Way, Unit 115, Whistler, B.C., VON 1B4

Mountain Galleries at the Fairmont

604-935-1862 Toll Free: 1-888-310-9726


Visit the Official PEAK 2 PEAK souvenir shop at the top of Whistler Mountain in the Roundhouse Lodge for Official Whistler Blackcomb apparel and souvenirs. If you are unprepared for the alpine elements, Roundhouse Traders has you covered with an array of clothing and accessories to keep you comfortable on your sightseeing adventure.

Ruby Tuesday


This Gallery at the Chateau Whistler features a sophisticated collection of contemporary Canadian art that will ignite the imagination of both the new and seasoned collector — paintings ranging from abstract impressionism to magic realism: museum quality glass, clay, stone and bronze sculpture; handcrafted clothing and jewellery.

Ruby Tuesday jewellery has a great selection of purses, earrings, necklaces, rings, hair accessories, and other fun gifts for yourself or that special someone back home. Located in Whistler Town Plaza across from the gazebo.

Mountain Decorating Centre 604-938-1213

The most established snowboard shop in Whistler. Our flagship store, located just steps from the Whistler and Blackcomb gondolas, has over 3,500 square feet of the hottest name brand gear.

One stop for Colour and Decor. Start with Benjamin Moore Colours and add in furniture, blinds, drapery, art, rugs and accessories to express your personal style. Let our designers make your dreams come true in full colour! #109 1055 Millar Creek Rd, Function Junction

Nesters Market & Pharmacy 604-932-3545 Located 1 km north of Whistler Village on Hwy. 99, Nesters Market carries a full line of fresh meat, seafood, produce, deli, bakery dairy and groceries, bulk and pharmacy. We also offer a shop and deliver service. Where the locals shop. Nesters Square, 7019 Nesters Rd.

The North Face                

604-932-4193 Gatehouse Building, Village Stroll Extreme conditions call for athlete tested gear that delivers ultimate performance. The North Face. Never stop exploring.

Patina Home Interiors


Custom furnishings, antiques and reproductions, folk art, unique accessories, renovations, project management and decor consultation and home staging for resale. New location 1072 Millar Creek Rd., Function Junction

Quiksilver                        Crystal Lodge 604-938-7713

Surf-inspired, Quiksilver has had a natural progression into the ski and board world. Also stocking Roxy and DC, whether it is casual clothing, swimwear, footwear, sandals and accessories, or technical outerwear, the Quiksilver store has you covered!

Roland’s Cold Beer & Wine Store Whistler’s Creekside 604-932-5926 Our Cold Beer and Wine Store is open 11am to 11pm, 7 days a week with free parking.

The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory 604-932-4100

A delicious bounty of handmade confections including fudge, gelato, candy/caramel apples and chocolates. Come and see our professional candy chefs prepare tasty delights before your eyes. Open late. Located at the base of the Whistler Village Gondola.


Showcase Snowboards Headquarters & Tuning Centre, Sundial Hotel 604-938-7519



Set in the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Snowflake showcases Canadian designer fashion. For shopping at its best, drop into Snowflake and browse through their specialty knits, leathers, furs, accessories and outerwear.

Upper Village Market


The only Grocery Store in the Upper Village/ Blackcomb Benchlands. With all of your grocery needs from pharmaceuticals to souvenirs, DVD rentals to fresh coffee. Come meet our friendly staff. Located under the Club Intrawest Clock Tower.

Whistler Kitchen Works


Whistler Kitchen Works is a unique kitchen store featuring bright tabletop accessories, giftware and gourmet items. A Whistler local favourite, the store offers friendly, knowledgeable service in a charming setting. Gift cards and shipping available. In Whistler’s Marketplace.

The Whistler Village Art Gallery Hilton Whistler Resort 604-938-3001 Four Seasons Resort 604-935-3999 A showcase of fine Canadian & international paintings and exquisite sculpture in marble, jade and bronze.

Whistler Cigar Co.

604-905-2423 Toll Free: 1-877-905-2423

Whistler’s oldest cigar store, wholesale prices, best service, and most knowledgeable tobacconists in Whistler. Specializing in international mail order and room delivery. Visit Whistler’s original best-stocked walk-in humidor. #31-4314 Main Street.

Whistler Clearance Centre


Bike - Beach - Logo T’s. 4 Whistler Locations. Save up to 80%. Whistler’s Lowest Price Guarantee. 1000’s of Samples, Close-Outs and End-of-theLines. Four locations - Village Square, ClockTower, Le Chamios and Pan Pacific Mountainside

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Whistler’s Marketplace


Located at Lorimer Road and Northlands Boulevard, Whistler’s premier shopping centre is home to over 40 specialty stores, restaurants, and professional services.  

Whistler Salomon Store     Pan Pacific Hotel, Whistler Village 604-905-2295 With a huge range of ski, snowboard, hiking, footwear and outdoor equipment, the Whistler Salomon Store carries Salomon, Bonfire, and Oakley providing each guest with the ultimate in performance products.

Squamish Whistler Blackcomb Outlet Store 604-815-4588 Brand name ski and snowboard equipment and outerwear from top brands including Salomon, Rossignol, Burton, Option, Volcom, Oakley and the North Face at up to 70 per cent off manufacturers suggested retail price. Located in Squamish, off Hwy 99 next to Canadian Tire.


Araxi Restaurant/Seafood & Oyster Bar 604-932-4540 Named ‘Best Restaurant in Whistler’, by both Vancouver Magazine for six years and the London Times, Araxi is centrally located in the village square. Internationally acclaimed cuisine by chef James Walt features the best of the Pacific North West. The wine cellar is widely regarded as one of the best in the province with the prestigious Wine Spectator ‘Best of Award of Excellence’. 4222 Whistler Village Square.

Brandy’s Lounge


At The Keg. ‘Your Sports Connection.’ A great place to meet your friends and watch all of your favourite sports on 10 plasma screens and one jumbo screen. Après, appetizers, ice cold draught, NHL and NFL package, great people, good times, stay late for casual comfort and great tunes. Located in Whistler Village Inn & Suites, opposite Village 8 Cinemas.

Buffalo Bills Bar & Grill


Restaurant & Nightclub. Bills offers one of Whistler’s most unique catering venues, accommodating group from 15 to 335 guests. At night join us for mainstream music gelled perfectly with the classics, a huge dance floor that begs you to let your hair down, and an energy that hits you the second you walk in the door! Located near the Telus Conference Centre on Golfers Approach.

Champagne Lounge and Belvedere Ice Room at Bearfoot Bistro 604-932-3433 Enjoy Champagne and cocktails alongside a menu that is eclectic and exciting. From a contemporary Ceasar Salad to our renowned Berkshire Pork Belly, our Game Burger to our Sterling Silver Striploin.Our legendary selection of fresh oysters is unmatched. The Belvedere Ice Room serves flights of vodka to sample and sip in an arctic ambiance. 4121 Village Green in the Listel Whistler Hotel.

Cinnamon Bear Bar & Grille (CBBG) 604-932-1982 Enjoy fine dining and popular apres at the CBBG! Offering a ‘funky spin’ on classic dishes, fireplaces, pool tables, and sports screens, the CBBG is a lively location for soaking up the village vibe. Located at the Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa (village access from Art Gallery Row in Mountain Square), 4050 Whistler Way, Whistler

Dubh Linn Gate Old Irish Pub 604-905-4047 Whistler’s only Irish Pub experience. Exceptional food – exceptional people – exceptional craic! Live music. Families welcome in the dining room. Home of Whistler’s largest pint – a true Imperial pint! At the base of both mountains in the Pan Pacific Lodge at 4320 Sundial Crescent.

Dusty’s Bar & BBQ


Dusty’s is home to the Canadian National BBQ Championships, rockin’ tunes and friendly locals. Featuring live music, sports on the big screen and two amazing patios. Located at the base of Whistler Mountain in Creekside.

Fifty Two 80 Bar


Casual Cool in the Four Seasons Resort Whistler. Live entertainment and seven nights of apres – including daily food and drink specials. Sip on cocktails infused with natural ingredients or delight in our upscale gastro pub menu.

FireRock Lounge


Leather couches, cozy stone fireplace and a wonderful selection of food & drinks will lure you into this amazing local lounge. The friendly staff, pool-side patio and funky tunes will keep you there! Located in the Westin Resort & Spa at the base of Whistler Mountain.

Fitzsimmons Pub & Blackcomb Liquor Store


Whistler’s coziest pub with organically inspired cuisine. Sommelier owned and operated, the Blackcomb Liquor Store carries over 100 different colds beers, nearly 400 wine listings including Whistler’s largest selection of BC wines, a variety of premium spirits, soft drinks, cigarettes, cigars, snacks and more. At the base of Blackcomb across from the Fairmont Chateau Whistler.

The Garibaldi Lift Company (GLC)                                                                       604-905-2220 With front row seats to the bottom of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park in Whistler Village, the GLC’s patio is the perfect place to be on a sunny day. Located at the base of the Whistler Village Gondola.

Lakeside Lounge


The Lakeside Lounge is part living room and part library, carrying with it an air of refined relaxation. Sink into one of the leather armchairs in front of the magnificent fireplace and the breathtaking views of Nita Lake. Nita Lake Lodge, 2131 Lake Placid Rd, Creekside, Whistler

Longhorn Saloon


Restaurant, bar & centre for all your après action! Come join us for some great food from the grill, ice cold draught beer and DJ’s spinning party tunes.  Our sunny patio creates a perfect start & finish to a day on the mountain, golf course, bike park or just hanging out with friends. Located at the base of Whistler Mountain.

Mallard Lounge


Where the view is as inspiring as the martinis. Relax in the comfort of the Cigar Room. Star gaze around the outdoor fire pits. Luxury on the doorstep of adventure. In the Fairmont Chateau Whistler.

Merlins Bar & Grill                                                                                              604-938-7700 Our patio and world famous nachos are great for the whole family and is home to the local legend Guitar Doug. Located next to the Adventure Zone at the base of Blackcomb Mountain.

The Mix by Ric’s

604-932-MIXX (6499)

Tommy Africa’s


The Mix offers Whistler’s widest selection of vodka, martinis and wine from around the globe as well as a unique menu ranging from tapas to full meals. Open for breakfast from 8am and serving a full menu till 1am daily, indoors and on the patio. In the Crystal Lodge on the Village Stroll.

“Best place to dance in Whistler” as voted by the locals. Located in the main village square beside the taxi loop.

Roland’s Creekside Pub

Turn any night into the most awesome party! Get to know dozens of cool people from all over the globe. Play fantastic party games at the clubs! Perfect for bachelor(ettes) and birthdays.


Roland’s Pub and BBQ Bob’s is your one stop shop for great food, good friends and the game you’ve been looking for. Alongside it’s fabulous menu, Roland’s Pub offers up 9 flat screen TV’s, NFL, NHL, MLB Packages and All Canuck PPV. Prime rib dinner Saturday and Sunday nights, brunch Saturday and Sunday and daily lunch and dinner specials. Minors welcome til 8pm. Kitchen open daily 11am – 11pm Free parking, Located in Whistler’s Creekside

Tapley’s Neighborhood Pub


Great sunny patio, cold draught and Whistler’s local choice for all the sports action.  Come and join us for a real Whistler experience! Located beside the Telus Conference Centre on Golfers Approach.

Whistler Club Crawls


Accommodations Riverside RV Resort & Campground 604-905-1499 604-905-5533 Located just 1.4 km north of Whistler Village.

Whistler Reception Services 604-966-0999 A unique central check in, concierge and in-resort contact for guests, owners and managers of vacation rentals and properties. Providing a World class greeting in a World class resort. In the heart of Whistler Village at Whistler Town Plaza. Call 604-966-0999 to set up a free consultation!

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Whistler Village & Upper Village 14 Adara Hotel 52 Alpenglow 81 Aspens Lodge 69 Austria Haus 85 Blackcomb Admin Office 88 Blackcomb Base II 27 Blackcomb Gatehouse 26 Blackcomb Lodge 49 BrewHouse Restaurant & Pub 11 Carleton Lodge 33 Cascade Lodge 90 Cedar Hollow 91 Cedar Ridge 54 Celebration Plaza 75 Club Intrawest 12 Crystal Lodge 36 Delta Whistler Village Suites 37 Delta Whistler Village Suites 94 Employee Housing 77 Fairmont Chateau Whistler 72 Fairmont Chateau Golf Club 20 Fitzsimmons Condos 73 Four Seasons Residences Whistler 74 Four Seasons Resort Whistler 78 Glacier Lodge 65 Glacier’s Reach 64 Granite Court 80 Greystone Lodge 21 Hearthstone Lodge 7 Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa 30 Holiday Inn Sunspree 58 IGA Plus Food Store 53 Lagoons at Stoney Creek 79 Le Chamois 13 Listel Whistler Hotel 57 Market Pavilion 42 Maurice Young Millennium Place 82 Monk’s Grill Steak House & Bar 68 Montebello Townhomes 4 Mountain Edge 23 Mountainside Lodge 38 Municipal Hall 1 Northern Lights 63 NorthStar at Stoney Creek 22 Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside 28 Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre 89 Pinnacle Ridge 34 Police, Fire Hall, Bylaw (9-1-1) 16 Royal Bank of Canada & ATM 92 Snocrest 87 Snowy Creek 71 Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre 25 St. Andrews House


51 Summit Lodge & Spa 17 Sundial Boutique Hotel 48 Sunpath at Stoney Creek 66 Symphony at Whistler 2 Tantalus Lodge 3 Telemark Place 15 TELUS Whistler Conference Centre 8 The Coast Whistler Hotel 86 The Gables 76 The Marquise 5 The Westin Resort & Spa 84 The Woodrun Lodge 15 Tourism Whistler 35 Town Plaza Suites, Bear Lodge 44 Town Plaza Suites, Deer Lodge 43 Town Plaza Suites, Eagle Lodge 50 Tyndall Stone Lodge 55 Tyndall Stone Lodge 63 Valhalla Twin Peaks Resorts 32 Village Gate House 41 Village Maintenance Shop 9 White Spot 83 Whistler Blackcomb Services 10 Whistler Golf Club 60 Whistler Health Care Centre 46 Whistler Museum & Archives 47 Whistler Pinnacle 45 Whistler Public Library 67 Whistler Racquet & Golf Resort 93 Whistler Sliding Centre 29 Whistler Village Centre 31 Whistler Village Centre 6 Whistler Village Gondola 19 Whistler Village Inn & Suites 24 Whistler Village Inn & Suites 62 Whistler’s Marketplace 56 Whistler’s Marketplace & Lodge 59 Whistler’s Marketplace & Lodge 61 Whistler’s Marketplace & Lodge 18 Whistlerview Condos 70 X-Country Ticket Booth

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Whistler’s Golden Legacy

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fore-seen artifacts and photos of the pioneers who first dreamt of staging the Games here, sharing the stories of some of the unique characters who helped make it happen. That, in addition to exhibits about Whistler’s history before it became a worldfamous ski resort, the ecology of the Coast Mountains, and more. For information, contact the museum at (604) 932-2019 or visit Vestiges of the event are all around. The Whistler Olympic Celebration Plaza (formerly the Whistler Medals Plaza), just off the Village Stroll, is being transformed into a community park and gathering place, ideal for outdoor concerts. It also includes a state-of-theart, inclusive playground that allows youngsters of all abilities — whether able-bodied or those with sensory or mobility challenges — to share in the joy of play. What’s more, the plaza is to include a monument to the Games complete with the original cauldron where the Olympic and Paralympic flames burned for 17 days in February and 10 days in March 2010. The Whistler Sliding Centre, where bobsleigh, skeleton and luge drama played out during the Olympics (who could forget the dramatic skeleton finish that resulted in Montgomery winning gold?) and Whistler Olympic/ Paralympic Park in the beautiful Callaghan Valley, remain as sport and training venues. Summertime activities at Whistler Olympic/Paralympic Park include hiking as well as mountain biking and running events,


anadian Jon Montgomery’s heart-stopping victory in men’s skeleton… Norwegian Marit Bjørgen’s three gold medals in Nordic skiing… American Lindsey Vonn’s breathtaking run to claim gold in the women’s downhill… Lauren Woolstencroft’s memorable five-gold-medal performance in Paralympic skiing. All of these dramatic moments are now a part of sporting history — and part of Whistler’s legacy of the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. Like Innsbruck, Lake Placid, Lillehammer and St. Moritz, Whistler is now and forever will be an Olympic and Paralympic town. While the host city for the 2010 Winter Games was officially Vancouver, Whistler played host to some 40 per cent of the events during the Olympics and 62 of 64 medal events (with the exception of sledge hockey and curling) during the Paralympics. Did you know that Whistler was the first mountain town to be officially designated by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as “Host Mountain Resort” for a Winter Olympics? Visitors to Whistler can relive the Games by visiting some of the sport venues, and can learn more about how Whistler came to be an Olympic town by visiting the Whistler Museum and Archives. There, an exhibit entitled “Whistler’ Olympic Journey” opened in February 2010, just in time for the Games. It includes some never-be-

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From top: American downhiller Lindsey Vonn; Canadian skeleton racer Jon Montgomery; Paralympic skier Lauren Woolstencroft.

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