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Things to Do Whistler

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!

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.

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…)

All in a Day

Pack a lifetime of memories into 24 hours

By CHLOË LAI

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Rendezvous Lodge photo ©Mitch Winton/Coast Mountain Photography

Hit the Rendezvous Lodge for snacks with a side of gorgeous valley scenery.

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Peak 2 Peak Gondola photo by Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler

Blow your mind with 360-degree views from the Peak 2 Peak Gondola. (more…)

Lakeside Serenity

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Relax at The Spa at Nita Lake Lodge.

Relax at The Spa at Nita Lake Lodge.

Looking for your bliss? At The Spa at Nita Lake Lodge, you’ll find it all wrapped up in a terry-towel robe. The top-to-toe treatments use sustainably sourced oils and scrubs, while the rooftop hot tub provides the perfect post-pampering soak. For an indulgence that’s equal parts “oommm” and “aahhh,” try the Inner Connection package, complete with the signature kundalini massage, shirodhara (warm oil poured over the third eye), body scrub and facial. Paradise, found.

Outstanding Art at Audain

By LOUISE PHILLIPS

Audain Art Museum

Audain Art Museum

The sheer numbers are impressive. The Audain Art Museum’s  seven galleries of Northwest Coast art enshrine 200 works spanning 200 years of art-making in BC. Acquired by Vancouver philanthropists Michael and Yoshiko (Karasawa) Audain, the collection honours 11 indigenous cultures, from the Coast Salish in southern BC to the Tlingit in the north. Traditional ceremonial masks and textile art contrast with modern, genre-bending pieces by Bill Reid, Brian Jungen and Don Yeomans. Galleries celebrate the vivid marinescapes of E.J. Hughes and studies of Native villages by pioneer painter Emily Carr. Contemporary BC artists such as Attila Richard Lukacs and Ken Lum suit the minimalist design of this serene, airy space. It all adds up to a memorable journey through BC art.

Snowy Family Fun

By SPENCER VAN VLOTEN

Explore Whistler's beautiful backcountry.

Explore Whistler’s beautiful backcountry (Photo: The Adventure Group/Tourism Whistler)

Calling all outdoor enthusiasts: dive deep into the stunning backcountry with The Adventure Group. Family tours provide an exciting introduction to snowmobiling, while advanced tours put more experienced riders to the test on rougher terrain and tighter trails. Ancient cedars, frozen lakes and mountain meadows are just some of the sights to see, giving adventurers of all ages an up-close and personal view of Whistler.

Hit the Slopes with an Olympian

By LUCAS AYKROYD

Hit the slopes with Britt Janyk and other Olympians. (Photo: ACA/PENTAPHOTO)

Hit the slopes with Britt Janyk and other Olympians. (Photo: ACA/PENTAPHOTO)

The next Winter Olympics will be here before we know it. Even if you’re unlikely to win a gold medal in PyeongChang, South Korea in February 2018, you can have a championship-calibre experience at Whistler Blackcomb with former Canadian Olympic skiing and snowboarding stars. (more…)

History Comes Alive at Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

By SHERI RADFORD

Learn about the local First Nations at Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

Learn about local First Nations culture at Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

Centuries before skiers and snowboarders took over Whistler, the Squamish and Lil’wat people lived, fished and hunted in the region. Celebrating the diverse cultures of these two First Nations groups, the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre brims with information and hands-on exhibits. Prepare to be fascinated.

Bringing the Outdoors In

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

"Pool of Dreams" by Karel Doruyter

“Pool of Dreams” by Karel Doruyter

Awestruck by the great outdoors? Bring that sublime scenery indoors with a one-of-a-kind piece of Canadian art from Mountain Galleries. The gallery hosts a panorama of paintings, including Karel Doruyter’s lush acrylic-on-canvas works that explore the coastal rainforest (“Pool of Dreams,” pictured). Now that’s a cool keepsake.

Float On

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Relax and rejuvenate at West Coast Float

Relax and rejuvenate at West Coast Float

What do Elle Macpherson, Kristen Wiig and Jim Carrey have in common? They’ve all floated in an isolation pod to ease tension, relieve pain and regulate sleep cycles. Each float pod—and one float room, perfect for paired floating—at West Coast Float contains 360 kgs (800 lbs) of Epsom salts dissolved in skin-temperature water, creating a weightless and effortless buoyancy. All that’s left is to relax and soak up the benefits.

Spirit of Whistler: Local Liquor

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Whiskey Jack Ale from Whistler Brewing Company

Whiskey Jack Ale from Whistler Brewing Company

Local flavours aren’t just on the plate, they’re also in the glass—from hops-and-malt offerings to spirited tipples. Tip a pint at Whistler Brewing Company, where seasonal brews and stalwarts such as Whiskey Jack Ale are crafted by hand. At Pemberton Distillery, the award-winning Schramm Vodka is made from potatoes sourced from just down the road. Or sip Gillespie’s farm-to-glass spirits, including the Aphro Vodka with chilli, cacao and vanilla. We’ll raise a glass to that.