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Things to Do Whistler

30 Things We Love About Whistler

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

On or off the mountains, there’s plenty to adore about this winter-friendly town

Dogsledding in the Callaghan Valley (Photo: Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler)

Dogsledding in the Callaghan Valley (Photo: Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler)

1. Slaloming—or at least attempting to slalom—down the slopes of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.

2. Biting into a truffle or brittle from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory or Rogers’ Chocolates.

3. Braving ice cream headaches at Cows Whistler.

4. Marvelling at the jaw-dropping views from on board the record-breaking Peak 2 Peak Gondola.

5. Donning a parka to sip spirits in Bearfoot Bistro’s Belvedere Ice Room.

6. Joining the young and young-at-heart for a slide down Coca-Cola Tube Park.

7. Roots, a Canuck company that’s added a dose of Canadiana to wardrobes since 1973.

8. Making tracks in a pair of snowshoes from Cross Country Connection.

9. Practising our triple lutz while gliding around the free outdoor rink at Whistler Olympic Plaza, located right in the heart of the Village.

10. Feeling stress melt away with a massage, manicure and more at one of the resort’s many spas.

11. Channeling our inner Olympian on the bobsleigh and skeleton tracks at Whistler Sliding Centre.

12. Picking out a Coast Salish carving or handcrafted jewellery at The CRS Trading Post.

13. Digging into filet mignon or a New York strip at Hy’s Steakhouse, The Keg Steakhouse & Bar or Sidecut.

14. Sampling a buttery croissant or melt-in-your-mouth pastry—or two, or three—at Purebread, a local favourite.

15. Soaring high above the scenery with Superfly Ziplines or Ziptrek Ecotours.

16. Getting a rush of adrenaline over the Cheakamus River with Whistler Bungee.

17. Sipping handcrafted beer at The Brewhouse or Whistler Brewing Company.

18. Pairing Araxi’s celebrated Pacific Northwest plates with one of 1,000 wines from the cellar.

19. Soaking up the area’s local history at Whistler Museum or the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre.

20. Admiring stunning local and international artworks at Whistler’s galleries.

21. Reliving the 2010 Winter Games at Whistler Olympic Park on snowshoes, cross-country skis and
even toboggans.

22. Refueling with a sweet hand-stretched pastry from BeaverTails before heading back down Whistler Mountain.

23. Keeping toasty in a sweater from Amos & Andes or a fur shawl from Snowflake.

24. Warming up with a wood-fired pizza or other fresh regional fare at Grill & Vine.

25. Defying gravity on the indoor trampolines at Bounce.

26. Exploring the great outdoors on snowshoes, snowmobiles, dogsleds and more.

27. Partaking in Whistler’s post-black-diamond ritual with après-ski at Garibaldi Lift Co., Dusty’s or Merlin’s.

28. Going in search of untouched powder with Whistler Heli-Skiing.

29. Giving credit cards a workout at the shops.

30. Snapping photos by the Olympic Rings  and the Inukshuks in the Village and at the top of Whistler Mountain.

Go Wild for Art

By MICHAEL LEUNG

"A Northern Style" by artist Cameron Bird

“A Northern Style” by artist Cameron Bird

Two BC artists whose works are always featured at Adele Campbell Fine Art Gallery are on hand Aug. 30 and 31 to give demos and preview new pieces showcasing Canada’s landscapes and wildlife in all their natural beauty. Cameron Bird’s bold and deceptively simple plein-air oil paintings (“A Northern Style,” pictured) reflect the raw glory of the Canadian wilderness, whereas Vance Theoret’s stone carvings depict the whimsy of Canadian wildlife. Get ready to explore the great outdoors indoors.

 

The Sky’s the Limit

By SHERI RADFORD

Thrill-seeker takes in the ariel sights with Whistler Skydiving

Thrill-seeker takes in the ariel sights with Whistler Skydiving

The six most thrilling minutes of your life, followed by years of bragging rights: that’s what’s on offer at Whistler Skydiving. No special skills are required, since jumps are done in tandem, meaning that you’re harnessed to an instructor the whole way down. Simply sit back and enjoy all 3,200 m (10,500 ft) of the dive. The spectacular views are just part of the package.

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…)

Whistler Welcomes TEDActive

By RACHAELA VAN BOREK

June Cohen, executive producer of TED Media, takes the stage in 2013. (Photo: James Duncan Davidson)

June Cohen, executive producer of TED Media, takes the stage in 2013. (Photo: James Duncan Davidson)

It’s official. After 30 years of spreading worthy ideas, the monumentally popular Technology, Entertainment and Design Conference known as TED is coming to British Columbia. The main event is being hosted at the Vancouver Convention Centre with a live simulcast feeding to Whistler’s own TEDActive Conference at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. The five-day retreat themed “The Next Chapter” is expected to bring hundreds of brilliant thinkers to the slopes. Ticket or no ticket, mountain visitors can count on some interesting chairlift conversation.

Fresh Fine Art Frost

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Harris' captivating canvases are sure to brighten your outlook.

Harris’ captivating canvases are sure to brighten your outlook

Baby, it’s cold outside. Warm up by checking out hot new artworks at Adele Campbell Fine Art Gallery, which features changing winter exhibitions, including Laura Harris’s richly saturated acrylic-on-canvas pieces (“Sunday Kisses,” pictured). The bold textures and colours in her gorgeous floral and abstract works make the perfect winter warmer.

Come Fly with Me

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Get a birds-eye view on a thrilling ride over Whistler's stunning winter scenery.

Get a birds-eye view on a thrilling ride over Whistler’s stunning scenery.

Sure, scenic Whistler is pretty spectacular on foot. But there’s nothing quite like soaring over it with Superfly Ziplines. Take your sightseeing to new heights on two of Canada’s longest ziplines, both over a kilometer (0.6 mi) long. Buckle up, admire the winter wonderland and prepare for an exhilarating ride.

 

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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Marielle Thompson: No Place Like Home

By JASON TWETEN

2014 Olympic ski-cross hopeful Marielle Thompson enjoys some downtime in her home amongst the mountains

A busy schedule of training camps and competitions keeps Thompson travelling for over half the year.

A busy schedule of training camps and competitions keeps Thompson travelling for over half the year

Twenty-one-year-old Whistler native Marielle Thompson is the youngest member of the Alpine Canada Ski-Cross team. Her parents­, former instructors, placed her on a pair of skis as soon as she learned to walk. Now, a 2014 Olympic prospect who spends more than half the year travelling, Thompson savours breaks in her training regiment to reconnect with her favourite pastime: “When I’m skiing on the road it’s all very scheduled, you can’t really explore the mountains. So when I’m home I freeski on Whistler and Blackcomb almost every day. Especially when there’s fresh powder.” (more…)

Fondue Time

By RACHAELA VAN BOREK

Festive fun on a horse-drawn sleigh ride. (Photo: Courtesy The Fairmount Chateau Whistler)

Festive fun on a horse-drawn sleigh ride. (Photo: Courtesy The Fairmount Chateau Whistler)

Whistler is a long way from the Swiss Alps, but you’ll find all the Swiss you need—Emmental, that is—at The Chalet. Available evenings from Dec. through Mar., this European escape courtesy of the Fairmont Whistler makes for a festive family outing or a romantic date. Work up an appetite on a horse-drawn sleigh ride, then tuck in for a toasty warm three-course fondue dinner featuring the Swiss Classic, Fondue Chinoise and Chocolate for dessert. Go ahead and indulge. After all, you’re on vacation.