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2018 Where to Dine Awards: Whistler

Hunter Gather always delivers comfort food and friendly service. (Photo by Brad Kasselman/Coast Mountain Photography)

Voted on by Where’s globetrotting readers, our annual dining awards fete the best of the best on the Whistler restaurant scene

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Find Your Nirvana

BY SHERI RADFORD

Apr. 2018

Photo by Jakob Ager

On one of those perfect cold-but-sunny Saturdays that make Vancouver seem worth every penny of its astronomical housing prices, Paul (my husband) and I embarked on a North Shore adventure. Sofie, a student, and Jakob, a photographer, were our guides for the day—Locals, in the parlance of Yervana, while Paul and I were the Explorers. Sofie and Jakob took us to Cypress Mountain, where the four of us donned snowshoes and tromped around the mountain trails, past one tiny tot trying to ski for the very first time, past picturesque cabins nestled in the snow like something out of a storybook, past giggling groups of Boy Scouts and Girl Guides on their own snowy, chaperoned adventures.

Photo by Jakob Ager

We lost track of time, snowshoeing through the pristine wilderness. Eventually, we stopped for sandwiches (still warm from Whole Foods) and snacks and decided, reluctantly, that is was time to head back from this winter wonderland.

Photo by Jakob Ager

All too soon, we were back in civilization. Further snowy adventures would have to wait for another Yervana day.

Yervana is a new website and iOS app that offers personalized outdoor adventures in Vancouver, Squamish and Whistler, including snowshoeing, skiing, hiking, trail riding, kayaking, sailing, stargazing and long-exposure photography. Yervana matches up knowledgeable Locals with eager Explorers. Visit www.yervana.com to learn more.

Canine Caretakers for Top Dogs

By SHERI RADFORD
Mar. 2018

Make sure your pooch gets to frolic in the fresh powder while you’re in Whistler

It’s true that every dog has its day—especially in Whistler. To give your pampered pooch extra exercise and a chance to socialize with canine chums, call Alpine Dogs (604-902-9663). Their adventure hikes are great for high-energy hounds who feel comfortable in a group, while their private walks and in-room sitting are ideal for pups with special needs or who just want a little extra attention. Either way, Rover or Spot is guaranteed to be dog-tired by day’s end. 

Fifi’s Bistro: Tastes Like Home, But Better

By CHLOË LAI
Mar. 2018

Made-from-scratch fare at Fifi’s Bistro (Photo by Shelby Jenkins)

Outdoor adventures call for hearty home-cooked meals. That’s where Fifi’s Bistro comes in. Made-from-scratch fare and warm, rustic decor make this cozy spot feel like dining in your best friend’s living room—assuming your best friend serves Ocean Wise seafood, bakes fresh pastries and breads daily, and knows how to make stellar flat whites on a top-of-the-line espresso machine. The menu changes seasonally, but covers all the bases: half of the dishes are deliciously vegetarian, and there’s always fresh-baked gluten-free bread on offer. Plus, floor-to-ceiling windows bring the mountains inside, so you can fuel up without missing any of the action. Now that’s worth writing home about.

Prost! Handlebar Hits the Mark

By SHERI RADFORD
Mar. 2018

Dig into German-inspired fare at Handlebar. (Photo courtesy Popcorn)

For the best pretzels and currywurst this side of Berlin, look no further than Handlebar. This lively spot opened last winter, and its superb (and ever-changing) selection of local craft beers has made it a hit with locals and visitors alike. Don’t miss Sunday brunch, where the Handfuller breakfast sandwich more than lives up to its name. Consider the resto a little slice of Germany, with no plane travel required.

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.

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.

 

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. Read more…

Snow Day

By CHLOË LAI
Winter 2018

It’s time to get outside and make the most of Whistler’s winter magic. (Photo by Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler)

In Whistler, winter truly is the most wonderful time of the year. The proof is in the powder: this world-class mountain resort gets an average of 81 snow days per year, totalling 11 m (37 ft) of fresh white fluff. What you do with this frosty bounty is up to you: build an army of snowmen, slice through glittering ski runs or watch delicate flakes drift by as you settle in for après-ski cocktails on a heated patio. And you’re welcome to catch as many snowflakes on your tongue as you like, because there’s plenty more where that came from.

Shannon Ford’s Paintings Feature Precious Gems

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

“Noble Buffalo” by Shannon Ford

Various dates, Feb. to Mar. 2018 In Shannon Ford’s works, all that glitters is not gold. Paintings by the artist such as “Noble Buffalo” (pictured) also sparkle with diamond dust, brilliant-cut rubies and rainbow moonstones—for vibrant results fit for a jewellery box. Find the jeweller-turned-painter’s pieces at Mountain Galleries, including showings at two winter exhibits: New Work by Shannon Ford (Feb. 10 to 17) and Process (Mar. 10 to 31). Positively brilliant.

Hit the Bullseye at Forged Axe Throwing

By SHERI RADFORD
Jan. 2018

Suit up in your favourite flannel and take a shot at this Canuck sport. (Photo by Justa Jeskova/Tourism Whistler)

As Monty Python sang, many years ago, “I’m a lumberjack, and I’m okay.” Release your own inner lumberjack at Forged Axe Throwing, where a one-hour drop-in session lets you practise this quintessentially Canadian sport. It’s so popular that locals have started a competitive league—beard and plaid shirt not required (but definitely encouraged).

Unlock the Adventure at Escape! Whistler

By SHERI RADFORD
Jan. 2017

Break free from reality for a fun afternoon of puzzling and code-cracking at Escape! Whistler.

Karen Mizukami and Kori Klusmeier first noticed the trend of escape rooms while travelling around Europe. They then spent ages planning one of their own, developing a challenge of just the right level of difficulty—or so they thought. During test runs, participants were never able to complete more than a third of the scenario before time ran out. The couple have clearly perfected their craft now, and their four escape rooms are constantly busy. Locals who solved all four clamoured for a new challenge, so Mizukami and Klusmeier recently dismantled their very first room and set up a brand-new one. Each room is as elaborate as a small film set—complete with dramatic lighting and a soundtrack—and its secrets are more closely guarded than a Game of Thrones script. Are you smart enough to follow the clues and crack the codes? Find out at Escape! Whistler.