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Attractions Whistler

Deep Roots: First Nations Art in Whistler

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Aug. 2018

Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre photo by Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler

Whistler Mountain officially opened in 1966, but its history goes back much further—thousands of years, in fact. Explore the area’s roots at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (pictured). Here, hand-carved canoes, baskets, art and First Nations–inspired fare are complemented by traditional drumming and storytelling. Next, visit the Audain Art Museum for the incredible collection of First Nations art, both historical and contemporary. And just across from the museum, spot “A Timeless Circle” by Coast Salish artist Susan Point. First carved in cedar, then cast in bronze, each of the 86 faces is unique—a celebration of diversity.

 

By the Numbers: Mountain Biking

Mountain biking has picked up speed in Whistler, and there’s little wonder why: the terrain and trail systems are some of North America’s most epic

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Jun. 2018

Adrenaline-seekers of all ages tackle the trails in Whistler Mountain Bike Park (Photo by Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler)

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When it comes to terrain, Whistler Mountain Bike Park comes out on top—the alpine playground boasts more than any other bike park in North America.

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The bike park has 70 trails serviced by five lifts, and in 2018, the Creekside expansion will add another five trails to the already impressive line-up. (more…)

Cultural Connector: a Self-Guided Tour of Art in Whistler

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Feb. 2018

Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre. (Photo by Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler)

Excited to explore Whistler’s art scene? If you’re on the Cultural Connector, you’re on the right path. This scenic walking route links six of the resort’s coolest cultural venues: the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, Audain Art Museum, Whistler Public Library, Whistler Museum, Maury Young Arts Centre and Lost Lake PassivHaus. Along the way, discover public art like Susan Point’s “Timeless Circle,” plus local lore and points of interest. Pick up a map from the Whistler Visitor Centre (page 39) or one of the six venues to embark on a self-guided tour. Art admirers, lace up your walking shoes.

How to Relive the Olympics in Whistler

From skiing to bobsleigh rides to museum exhibits, Whistler’s 2010 glory lives on

By LUCAS AYKROYD
Feb. 2018

Father and son playing at Whistler Olympic Plaza. (Photo by Justa Jeskova)

It’s hard to believe it’s been eight years since Whistler served as the official mountain resort of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, co-hosting with Vancouver. With the 2018 Olympics taking place in PyeongChang, South Korea, now is an ideal time to explore all the Olympic-related activities and sights in Whistler. (more…)

Scenic Serenity at Scandinave Spa

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Dec. 2017

Scandinave Spa takes hydrotherapy to new heights. (Photo: Joern Rohde)

Maybe it’s the Nordic-style baths or the forested surroundings, but a trip to Scandinave Spa is truly transportive. The spa-goers’ mantra here: sweat, shiver, repeat. First, raise your temperature in a eucalyptus steam room, dry sauna or outdoor saltwater pool. Then, make a splash in a cold plunge pool to flush toxins and release endorphins. The final step is spent in a tranquil relaxation room or by an outdoor fireplace, before repeating the ahhhh-inspiring process again—and again. Additional indulgences include massage treatments and bites at the on-site cafe. It’s the kind of place where you’ll want to soak and stay awhile.

All-Out Alpine Adventures

Explore the mountains by dogsled, zipline and more

By CHLOË LAI

Ice cave tours reveal the beauty beneath the ice cap. (Photo: Head-Line Mountain Holidays)

When it comes to winter, Whistler isn’t just a wonderland—it’s a veritable outdoor playground. Ever dream of carving your name into the side of a mountain? With ski and snowboard runs up to 11 km (7 mi) long, there’s plenty of room to leave your mark. If perfectly groomed trails just won’t cut it, venture off the beaten path by way of private catski or helicopter to find spectacular glacier runs stacked with pristine powder. Looking for other ways to test the theory of gravity? Take a deep breath and bungee jump off a bridge over the glacial Cheakamus River, or hurtle gleefully down the hill at the Coca-Cola Tube Park. Motorheads also love revving up a snowmobile—miniature versions are available for pint-sized adrenaline junkies—to roar through frozen backcountry trails. There’s no age limit for squeal-at-the-top-of-your-lungs fun. (more…)

The Green Scene

By SHERI RADFORD

Watch the sun come up over Alta Lake, at Rainbow Park. (Photo: Justa Jeskova/Tourism Whistler)

Watch the sun come up over Alta Lake, at Rainbow Park. (Photo: Justa Jeskova/Tourism Whistler)

Want to experience the great outdoors? There’s a lot of it to choose from here. Rainbow Park (pictured) and Lost Lake Park are two popular summertime destinations for sunbathing, swimming, picnics, alfresco yoga and impromptu wedding proposals. Located on Alta Lake, which looks especially magnificent at sunrise, Rainbow Park has beach volleyball nets and an off-leash area for dogs. Lost Lake Park, on tranquil and secluded Lost Lake, has a sandy beach and extensive hiking and biking trails. This summer, there’s one more reason to plan an outing: every day from Jul. 1 to Sep. 4, a food truck is visiting each of the two parks. The great outdoors just got a little greater.

Golfer’s Paradise: Time for Tee

By SHERI RADFORD

Take a swing at the great outdoors, at Whistler Golf Club. (Photo: Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler)

Take a swing at the great outdoors, at Whistler Golf Club. (Photo: Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler)

If you’re keen to hit the greens, Whistler is happy to oblige. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and carved into the side of Blackcomb Mountain, Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club boasts breathtaking views of the valley. On the picturesque shores of Green Lake, Nicklaus North Golf Course is one of just a few courses in the world that bears Jack Nicklaus’s name. A few minutes’ walk from the Village, the Arnold Palmer–designed Whistler Golf Club (pictured) has nine lakes, two creeks, stunning mountain views—and the occasional bear sighting. Further afield, Furry Creek Golf and Country Club, Big Sky Golf and Country Club and Squamish Valley Golf Club all offer carefully crafted courses with unparalleled West Coast views. Fore!

In Your Element

For those who love the river, the road or the sky—or all three—adventure awaits

By CHLOË LAI

Even beginners can handle white water rapids on the Elaho River. (Photo courtesy Sunwolf)

Even beginners can handle white water rapids on the Elaho River. (Photo courtesy Sunwolf)

Make a Splash

Whistler’s rivers and lakes are icy, but the action is hot. Thrill-seeking travellers and fun-loving families put their paddling power to the test by rafting through glacier-fed white water rapids with Sunwolf. With adventures for every ability level, from the roaring Elaho to the gently rolling Cheakamus River, there are plenty of opportunities to get your feet—and everything else—wet. Those looking for a more meditative experience can head over to Backroads Whistler and glide gently down the River of Golden Dreams in a canoe or kayak, with fresh air courtesy of the old-growth forest. Drift solo, or go with a guide to discover the stories behind every landmark. (more…)

Cool for Kids

By SHERI RADFORD

Frozen Family Fun. (Photo: Justa Jeskova/Tourism Whistler)

Cool Family Fun. (Photo: Justa Jeskova/Tourism Whistler)

Banish boredom with activities galore to keep tots, tykes and teens amused. To inject some education—that won’t feel like boring old school—into your kids’ vacation, let them learn about local First Nations people and history at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, copper mining at the Britannia Mine Museum and old-days railway equipment at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park. Youngsters and oldsters alike enjoy skiing, snowboarding, tubing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing. And of course nothing beats a ride on a sled, except perhaps a good old-fashioned snowball fight.

On a High Note

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Enjoy the view at the summit lodge. (Photo: Keegan Pearson Photography)

Enjoy the view at the summit lodge. (Photo: Keegan Pearson Photography)

Want that top-of-the-world feeling? At the Sea to Sky Gondola, it’s just a 10-minute ride away. Perched 885 m (2,900 ft) above sea level, the summit lodge is a jumping-off point for further adventures, with pristine trails perfect for hiking and snowshoeing. The young—and young at heart—slide at the tube park, while experienced skiers glide into the backcountry. Others simply settle in for the breathtaking views of Howe Sound. Paradise, found.

Go for Gold at Whistler Blackcomb

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Whistler Skier's Plaza

Whistler Skier’s Plaza. (Photo: Justa Jeskova/Tourism Whistler)

Whistler Blackcomb has never been afraid to think big. In fact, the ski resort’s foundations are built on the biggest dreams of all: the Olympics. In the 1960s, four Vancouver businessmen developed the area with the intent of bidding on the 1968 Winter Olympics. Three more bids and decades later, the town finally succeeded with the 2010 Winter Games. Along the way, the mountain resort accumulated its own accolades, including the number one rating overall by SKI Magazine—three years in a row. Add in awards for dining, après-ski and terrain, plus the record-breaking Peak 2 Peak, and it’s clear the resort never gave up its gold-medal bid