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Whistler

Ski Heaven: Upcycled Souvenirs

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Nov. 2018

Wine rack by Ski Heaven

Here’s just the thing for those eagerly awaiting powder-covered peaks: Ski Heaven. The local company aims to keep discarded skis and snowboards out of landfills, and in homes where they inspire a love of schussing year-round. The upcycled objects range from wall-hangings and picture frames to wine racks and coat hooks. The best part? Ready-made pieces can be delivered anywhere in Whistler within a day. And customized pieces can be shipped worldwide. Better set aside some suitcase space. Find them online here.

Lululemon: Bigger and Better

By SHERI RADFORD
Oct. 2018

Lululemon store in Whistler

What’s better than a Lululemon store? An even bigger Lululemon store. This mecca for yoga and running enthusiasts recently underwent a renovation and expansion. Local artist Kris Kupskay created the eye-catching mural in the men’s area, and seats in the fitting area were crafted from the original space’s wooden columns. The end result is stunning, just like you’d expect from this stylish West Coast brand.

In Peak Spirits: Mountaintop Cocktails

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Oct. 2018

The London Mountain cocktail at Sidecut at the Four Seasons Resort Whistler

If there ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from a great cocktail, you’re in luck: Sidecut’s cocktail program features the talents of celebrity mixologist Lauren Mote. Inspired by mountain ranges from around the globe, the spirited round-up includes the London Mountain (Whistler Mountain’s original name), spiked with vodka, “hygge chai,” black currant, aromatized wine and wildflower honey. Or the Volcan de Fuego, a delicate rum creation that comes enveloped in a cloud of applewood smoke. They’re sips worth climbing a mountain for—luckily you can find them right here.

Tee Time for Teens and Tweens

By SHERI RADFORD
Oct. 2018

Mini golf at the Family Adventure Zone (Photo by Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler)

No babysitter? No problem. At Nicklaus North Golf Course, Whistler Golf Club and Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club, juniors can play for free when accompanied by a paying adult (check with each club for rules and restrictions). For even more putting time, the Family Adventure Zone at the base of Blackcomb Mountain offers mini golf (pictured)—along with trampolines, go-karts, a batting cage and more, so there’s no chance of hearing the dreaded childhood refrain of “I’m bored!”

Bucket List: Bungee Jump Over a Glacier-Fed River

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Sep. 2018

Photo by Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler

What do actor Zac Efron, comedian Rick Mercer and Paralympian Rick Hansen have in common? They’ve all taken the plunge with Whistler Bungee. The high-octane attraction draws thousands of thrill-seekers each year, including a few famous faces. Whether you leap, free-fall, swan-dive—or backflip, like Zac Efron—from 50 m (160 ft) above the glacier-fed Cheakamus River, the exhilaration and old-growth-forest views are the same. And if you can cross “celebrity spotting” off your bucket list at the same time, all the better.

Catch of the Day: Fishing for Adventure

By SHERI RADFORD
Sep. 2018

Fishing in Green Lake, Whistler (Photo by Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler)

Whether you’re a beginning angler or a seasoned pro, you’ll find plenty of fish in the sea here—or rather, in the picturesque lakes and rivers. Local guides can lead you to hidden fishing holes full of rainbow trout, char and salmon. And that’s no fish tale. Contact Whistler Eco Tours or Pemberton Fish Finder to arrange a trip.

Get Steppin’: Self-Guided Tour of Whistler Village

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Aug. 2018

Whistler Village in the summer (Photo by Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler)

If your boots are made for walking, put in your earbuds for a self-guided podcast tour of Whistler Village. Two narrators, including CBC Radio’s Shelagh Rogers, take listeners on a journey through the Village, sharing stories and anecdotes every step of the way. By the tour’s end, you’ll have fun and useful facts on everything from public art to historic bank heists to Whistler’s sister city in Japan. Are you ready, boots? Then start walking. Click here to download the tour.

Move Over, Après-Ski: It’s Time for Après-Bike

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Aug. 2018

Photo ©Miroslav_1/istockphoto.com

After a day spent tearing up trails on two wheels, bikers head down the mountain for après festivities—a ritual that’s thankfully no longer reserved just for skiers. For the full experience, find a bustling patio a sliding-stop’s distance from the base of Whistler Mountain to watch downhillers make their final descent. Top spots include Garibaldi Lift Co. and Longhorn Saloon for pub fare and pitchers, and Black’s Pub for the line-up of craft beer. Trust us: it’s the most fun you can have with your bike armour on.

A Taste of Italy in Whistler

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Aug. 2018

Beautifully plated halibut at Il Caminetto (Photo by Leila Kwok Photography)

If you’re dreaming of la dolce vita, look no further than Il Caminetto. The Whistler stalwart recently underwent a makeover, and the result is a room as fresh and contemporary as the modern Italian cuisine. Under the careful eye of executive chef James Walt, who also oversees the award-winning kitchen at Araxi, the reimagined menu is sure to satisfy even the pickiest of palates. Buon appetito!

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.

 

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. Read more…

Bold & Beautiful: Audain Art Museum

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

“The Dance Screen (The Scream Too)” by James Hart (Photo by Justa Jeskova/Tourism Whistler)

Amazing architecture, history and natural wonders—oh yes, and inspiring art—can all be found at the Audain Art Museum. On the walls: Michael Audain’s stunning private collection, which highlights the philanthropist’s profound fascination with BC art from the past 200 years. See Emily Carr’s exquisite landscapes, contemporary photographs by Rodney Graham, and rare First Nations art, including James Hart’s monumental “The Dance Screen (The Scream Too)” (pictured). Even the building itself is noteworthy, designed to defer to, rather than dominate, the natural surroundings. Consider it a cultural tour de force.