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Kids Whistler

Backroads Whistler: Dreamboat

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Paddlers test the waters on the idyllic River of Golden Dreams

Paddlers test the waters on the idyllic River of Golden Dreams

Only a paddle down the River of Golden Dreams can fully explain its idyllic moniker. Soak up the beauty of this slow-moving waterway as you glide through old-growth forests and wetlands with Backroads Whistler. Choose from guided or unguided canoe and kayak tours, or watch for cute critters on the twilight wildlife tour. Some stick close to scenic Alta Lake on paddle boards and pedal boats—certain to make a splash with the whole family.

Make a Splash This Summer

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

From relaxing lakeside to tackling white water on a rafting tour, here’s how to test Whistler’s waters

Playtime on the beach at Lost Lake Park. (Photo: Robin O’Neill/Tourism Whistler)

Playtime on the beach at Lost Lake Park. (Photo: Robin O’Neill/Tourism Whistler)

Best way to beat the heat? By soaking up the area’s spectacular scenery at one of the many lakes surrounding Whistler. Some folks lay their towels on the shore, but others prefer to make a splash at secluded Lost Lake and bustling Rainbow Park—furry companions included. These areas come equipped with concessions, kids’ play areas and gorgeous mountain views. Bonus: the sandy beaches are perfect for both sandcastle building and lakeside lounging. (more…)

2014 Where to Dine Awards: Whistler

By SHERI RADFORD

Polderside Farms duck at Araxi. (Photo: Steve Li/Araxi)

Polderside Farms duck at Araxi. (Photo: Steve Li/Araxi)

From casual pubs to hip après-ski spots to white-linen dining rooms, Whistler’s restaurant scene has everything taste buds could desire. Where’s well-travelled readers weigh in with their flavourful finds in our annual Where to Dine awards.

BEST NEW
Grill & Vine
The room is spacious and welcoming, but the real star is fresh regional fare. Rich natural flavours shine in mains such as wild boar lasagne or scallops with bone marrow risotto. And the chef’s grown-up take on the banana split pleases all palates.

APRÈS-SKI
Black’s Pub & Restaurant
Location location location: at the foot of both village gondolas sits this cheerful pub, ideally situated for après-ski treats such as veal and pork meatballs or warm Caesar salad with pancetta.
FINALISTS Garibaldi Lift Co. Bar & Grill; Longhorn Saloon & Grill.

FAMILY FARE
The Old Spaghetti Factory
Spaghetti and meatballs (what else?) are the star of the menu at this casual spot, but other tasty options abound, such as baked chicken or jumbo crab ravioli. Wallet-friendly bonus: entrées come with fresh bread, soup or salad, a drink and ice cream.
FINALISTS Earls Kitchen + Bar; Mile One Eating House.

INFORMAL
Earls Kitchen + Bar
What started as a simple burger-and-beer joint 30-odd years ago still serves burgers and beer but also dishes up an array of West Coast favourites, from chicken curry to fish and chips.
FINALISTS 21 Steps Kitchen & Bar; Splitz Grill.

FORMAL
Araxi Restaurant + Bar
For more than three decades, this popular dining room in the heart of the village has been winning accolades from diners and critics alike for its fresh regional cuisine and extensive wine list.
FINALISTS Bearfoot Bistro; Rimrock Cafe.

To see our Vancouver winners, please click here.

To vote for your favourite Vancouver and Whistler restaurants in our 2015 Where to Dine Awards, click here. You could win a fabulous prize package from Rocky Mountaineer and Nita Lake Lodge!

Escape the Elements at Armchair Books

By JASON TWETEN

Shelves cover every inch of this book-lover's paradise. (Photo: Armchair Books)

Books cover every inch of this book-lover’s paradise. (Photo: Armchair Books)

Too chilly to hit the hills? Cozy up with a page-turner recommended by the staff at Armchair Books. This family-run bookstore is a staple of Whistler’s literary heritage and the only shop of its kind in the village. If you’re searching for contemporary fiction, store clerk Dan Ellis suggests author Joseph Boyden’s newest Aboriginal life portrait, The Orenda, an insightful representation of pre-nation conflicts fought on the lands that would eventually become Canada. This season, keep warm with a good read.

Totally Tubular

By JASON TWETEN

Winter fun for the whole family. (Photo: Brooke McDonald/Whistler Blackcomb)

Winter fun for the whole family. (Photo: Brooke McDonald/Whistler Blackcomb)

Thrill-seekers of all ages should check out the Coca-Cola Tube Park on Blackcomb Mountain. Reach the top aboard a conveyor lift and choose the best-looking lane for an exhilarating ride down. No special skills or equipment required—simply seat yourself in a tube and let gravity do the rest.

An Insider’s Guide to Whistler Inside

By CHELSEY ALLEN

Renowned for its spectacular all-season playground, Whistler also brims with indoor activities, come rain, shine or snow. Here are some of our favourite ways to explore the great indoors

Scandinave Spa. (Photo: Chad Chomlack/Tourism Whistler)

Scandinave Spa. (Photo: Chad Chomlack/Tourism Whistler)

RELAX

If you want to unwind in a tranquil setting, look no further than Scandinave Spa Whistler. Relax with a Swedish or hot-stone massage followed by a eucalyptus steam and a dip in the world-class Scandinavian hydrotherapy baths. Thanks to the spa’s breathtaking scenery and an invigorating ambience year-round, you may never want to leave.

Scandinave Spa Whistler, 8010 Mons Rd., 604-935-2424, scandinave.com
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Let It Snow

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

When the flakes start to fly in winter-friendly Whistler, the locals celebrate. Here’s how to make the most of the snow, whether there’s a little or a lot

Freshly falling snow in Whistler Village is met with a flurry of activity. (Photo: Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler)

Freshly falling snow in Whistler Village is met with a flurry of activity. (Photo: Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler)

Blizzards
Even in whiteout conditions, snow bunnies never miss a chance to hit the slopes. Some spend their days slaloming down Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, while others sit back and enjoy the ride at Coca-Cola Tube Park. If you really want your fill of the fluffy white stuff, go in search of untouched powder with Whistler Heli-Skiing. Stunning views and unparalleled conditions make this snow day one to remember. Cover even more backcountry terrain with Blackcomb Snowmobiles. After riding through Whistler’s winter wonderland, end your day with a fondue dinner in a remote log cabin—our favourite way to get warm. (more…)