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Shopping Whistler

Summer Days in Squamish

Indulge an appetite for adventure—or fresh local fare—in the town of Squamish

By SHERI RADFORD
Jul. 2018

Al’s Habrich Ridge Trail starts at the Sea to Sky Gondola and rises into the backcountry, offering breathtaking views of the mountains, Howe Sound and the town of Squamish (Photo by Paul Bride)

See & Do

Just an hour’s drive from Whistler, Squamish has a well-earned reputation as the outdoor recreation capital of Canada. Visit the Squamish Adventure Centre to get oriented, then leave the city behind and venture into the great outdoors. (more…)

Fresh Mountain Flair

By CHLOË LAI
Jun. 2018

Adventure-ready apparel decked out in colourful art? Yes, please. (Photo by Travis Kayes)

If you feel like Whistler’s turquoise lakes and gorgeous glaciers put the “awe” in “awesome,” you’re not alone: local artist Vanessa Stark feels it, too. She channels this sense of wonder into whimsical paintings, as well as eco-friendly, locally produced apparel. Her tank tops, hats and custom-made leggings (pictured) are perfect for outdoor adventures of every kind. Find her creations at the Whistler Farmers’ Market or online at www.vanessastarkart.com.

Get Crafty: Locally Distilled Spirits

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
May 2018

Toast your travels with Schramm Gin from Pemberton Distillery

Would you like to take your time in Whistler and bottle it? Then save suitcase space for small-batch spirits with local flavour. At Gillespie’s Fine Spirits, savour tipples such as Sin Gin with its locally foraged botanicals, and Raspberry Gin that’s crafted with BC berries. Pemberton Distillery is famed for the award-winning Schramm Vodka—made from potatoes sourced from just down the road—as well as more creative options like the Barrel-Aged Apple Brandy that boasts BC-based fruit. Now that’s souvenir-savvy.

Arc’teryx: Well-Dressed In Every Weather

By SHERI RADFORD
Feb. 2018

The Arc’teryx Codetta Coat in scarlet.

The forecast can change in an instant here, from sun to rain to snow, then back again. Fortunately, the Codetta Coat from Arc’teryx has you covered. Made from Gore-Tex fabric, it keeps out rain and snow but looks more stylish than most waterproof jackets. It’s lightweight and breathable for warm days, and also roomy, to fit cozy layers underneath in cold weather. The double back vent ensures a comfy fit. Plus it’s long enough to keep your derrière dry in a downpour, yet light enough to fold up small in a suitcase. In other words, the ultimate travel jacket.

 

Shop Local at the Made in Whistler Market

By CHLOË LAI

Wrap yourself up in warm memories of Whistler with upcycled pieces by Re:creation Designs

Dec. 16 to Mar. 31, 2017 For one-of-a-kind keepsakes infused with mountain spirit, go straight to the source: the Made In Whistler Market. Every Saturday, local artisans gather to showcase their handmade wares. Find everything from pottery and fine art to jewellery and artisanal foods, all created by folks with deep roots in the great outdoors. The vibe may be laid-back, but the designs are thoughtful—fall in love with eco-friendly pieces such as timeless ponchos by Re:creation Designs (pictured), crafted from end-of-roll designer fabrics and accented with scrap-leather details. It’s limited-edition fashion at its finest.

BC-made Gifts at the Audain Art Museum Shop

By SHERI RADFORD

A beautiful selection of gifts and souvenirs made in BC. (Photo: Darby Magill)

Let’s face it: no one enjoys receiving a tacky trinket as a souvenir of your trip to Whistler. Up your gift-giving game by visiting the Audain Art Museum Shop. This carefully curated boutique features exquisite jewellery, puzzles, books and sculptures, all made by BC artists and artisans. Souvenir shopping doesn’t get any simpler than this.

Canuck Clothing

By SHERI RADFORD

Channel your inner Canadian with patriotic pieces from Roots.

Channel your inner Canadian with patriotic pieces from Roots.

Whether you’re a Canadian or you just want to dress like one, Roots has something for you. Founded in 1973 in Ontario, the company is virtually synonymous with the True North Strong and Free. Especially popular this year is the Cooper Canada Kanga Hoody (pictured), part of the Canada 150 collection that celebrates the country’s sesquicentennial. Consider it Canadian camouflage: slip one on, grab a hockey stick and a beer, and you’ll blend right in, eh.

Timeless Treasures

By CHLOË LAI

Striking and environmentally conscientious jewellery makes a great souvenir.

Striking and environmentally conscientious jewellery makes a perfect souvenir.

Bring home a piece of the Pacific Northwest with Jodi Stark’s elegant jewellery, made from reclaimed wood. Treasures salvaged from beaches and scrap piles are given new life as one-of-a-kind wearable art that celebrates the natural beauty of the West Coast. Accentuated with sterling silver details and strung from delicate chains, these reclaimed maple, black walnut, arbutus and cherry wood pieces are as timeless and unique as the memories you’ll make during your visit. Find yours at the Audain Art Museum or online at www.jodistark.ca.

Welcome to Whistler Farmers’ Market

By SHERI RADFORD

There's something for everyone at the Whistler Farmers' Market. (Photo: Chad Chomlack/Tourism Whistler)

There’s something for everyone at the Whistler Farmers’ Market. (Photo: Chad Chomlack/Tourism Whistler)

Think the Whistler Farmers’ Market is just for locals? Think again. Running from Jun. 18 to Oct. 8, this popular outdoor marketplace offers a lot more than just fresh produce. While browsing for handcrafted jewellery, clothing and souvenirs, you can sample artisan foods, watch cooking demonstrations, listen to live music, get the kids’ faces painted—and, of course, buy fresh produce, grown nearby in the Pemberton Valley.

Sewing Star

By SHERI RADFORD

A Chloe Angus Spirit Wrap

A Chloe Angus Spirit Wrap

The best way to fuel creativity is to grow up without a TV, phone or electricity. At least, that’s how it worked for Chloë Angus. What she did have as a child was a Singer sewing machine—and encouragement from her mother. Angus turned her childhood passion into a thriving career, making everything from t-shirts to wedding dresses in her Vancouver studio. Best known are her Spirit Wraps (pictured), the result of a creative collaboration with local First Nations artists Clarence Mills (Haida) and Corrine Hunt (Tlingit). Find the stylish wraps at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre and Mountain Galleries at the Fairmont.

Canadian, Eh

By SHERI RADFORD

Keep your head warm with a cozy toque from Roots

Keep your head warm with a cozy toque from Roots

If you know how to wear a toque, have a drawer stuffed full of Canadian Tire money, and own at least one piece of clothing emblazoned with a maple leaf, chances are you’re from the True North Strong and Free. If you’re from elsewhere, we’ll let you in on a secret: Roots clothing is the unofficial uniform north of the 49th parallel. The company started in 1973 in Ontario making leather shoes but soon branched out into leather jackets and bags, sportswear, clothing and accessories. Pull on a cozy toque from Roots and you just might be mistaken for a true Canuck.

 

Imperfect by Design

By SHERI RADFORD

Pyrrha-Carpe-Diem

Handcrafted Pyrrah Jewellery

Most designers craft their jewellery to look absolutely perfect. Not Danielle Wilmore and Wade Papin, the Vancouver couple behind Pyrrha. Using reclaimed sterling silver or bronze, they handcraft talisman necklaces, rings, bracelets and earrings, all based on 18th- and 19th-century wax seals. Each piece reflects the antique seals’ cracks and imperfections. Find your new perfectly imperfect talisman at Ruby Tuesday, or shop online at www.pyrrha.com.