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Whistler

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…)

Udderly Delicious

By SHERI RADFORD

Scoop up some joy this summer.

Scoop up some joy this summer.

If the whole family is screaming for ice cream, head to Cows Whistler. There’s something for all tastes, from traditional—Vanilla, Chocolate, Cookie Dough, Peanut Butter—to more playful: Gooey Mooey, Messie Bessie, Wowie Cowie, Moo Crunch, Chip Chip Hooray. With so much frozen goodness to choose from, brain freeze is inevitable (but worth it).

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.

Cheers to Whistler Beers

By LOUISE PHILLIPS

Small but mighty Coast Mountain Brewing pours a fine beer.

Small but mighty Coast Mountain Brewing pours a fine beer.

Coast Mountain Brewing puts the “micro” in microbrewery. This new boutique craft brewery at Function Junction, smallest in the Sea-to-Sky region, offers half its capacity on tap in a 27-seat tap room (along with BC wines) and half to Whistler eateries. Kevin and Angie Winter keep three beers on tap year-round and rotate a further five or six out of their ever-growing roster of seasonal recipes. Their “core” beers are “easy and approachable” German Kellerbier-style Treeline Lager; well-rounded Field Guide Ale; and The Surveyor IPA, “with massive tropical character and a good bitter framework—our best seller.” Winter aims for the “experimental, wow factors” that set his brews apart—quality over quantity.

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2017 Where to Dine Awards: Whistler

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

By SHERI RADFORD

Delicious dining at The Salted Vine Kitchen & Bar

Delicious dining at The Salted Vine Kitchen & Bar

FINE DINING
Araxi Restaurant + Oyster Bar

Finalists: Bearfoot Bistro; Hy’s Steakhouse.

CASUAL DINING
21 Steps Kitchen & Bar
Finalists: Earls Kitchen + Bar; Elements Urban Tapas Parlour.

APRÈS-SKI
Longhorn Saloon & Grill
Finalists: Dusty’s Bar & BBQ; Garibaldi Lift Co. Bar & Grill.

BEST NEW RESTAURANT
The Salted Vine Kitchen & Bar (pictured).

To see Vancouver’s winners, please click here.

To vote for your favourite Vancouver and Whistler restaurants in our 2018 Where to Dine Awards, click here. You could win a spectacular Victoria Whale Watching Retreat for 2 from BC Ferries Vacations! 

Cool for Kids

By SHERI RADFORD

Frozen Family Fun. (Photo: Justa Jeskova/Tourism Whistler)

Cool Family Fun. (Photo: Justa Jeskova/Tourism Whistler)

Banish boredom with activities galore to keep tots, tykes and teens amused. To inject some education—that won’t feel like boring old school—into your kids’ vacation, let them learn about local First Nations people and history at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, copper mining at the Britannia Mine Museum and old-days railway equipment at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park. Youngsters and oldsters alike enjoy skiing, snowboarding, tubing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing. And of course nothing beats a ride on a sled, except perhaps a good old-fashioned snowball fight.

Sewing Star

By SHERI RADFORD

A Chloe Angus Spirit Wrap

A Chloe Angus Spirit Wrap

The best way to fuel creativity is to grow up without a TV, phone or electricity. At least, that’s how it worked for Chloë Angus. What she did have as a child was a Singer sewing machine—and encouragement from her mother. Angus turned her childhood passion into a thriving career, making everything from t-shirts to wedding dresses in her Vancouver studio. Best known are her Spirit Wraps (pictured), the result of a creative collaboration with local First Nations artists Clarence Mills (Haida) and Corrine Hunt (Tlingit). Find the stylish wraps at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre and Mountain Galleries at the Fairmont.

Eating on the Edge

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Dine down at Wild Wood Pacific Bistro. (Photo: Darby Magill)

Dine down at Wild Wood Pacific Bistro. (Photo: Darby Magill)

Take taste buds off the beaten track at Wild Wood Pacific Bistro. This cozy eatery is a favourite with locals for out-of-the-box brunches like banana bread French toast and nine—that’s right, nine—varieties of eggs Benny. But the menu goes way beyond brunch. Dig into baby back ribs, smothered in Canadian whisky and maple syrup BBQ sauce, or antipasti with panko-crusted goat cheese. Now that’s a walk on the wild side.

 

Canadian, Eh

By SHERI RADFORD

Keep your head warm with a cozy toque from Roots

Keep your head warm with a cozy toque from Roots

If you know how to wear a toque, have a drawer stuffed full of Canadian Tire money, and own at least one piece of clothing emblazoned with a maple leaf, chances are you’re from the True North Strong and Free. If you’re from elsewhere, we’ll let you in on a secret: Roots clothing is the unofficial uniform north of the 49th parallel. The company started in 1973 in Ontario making leather shoes but soon branched out into leather jackets and bags, sportswear, clothing and accessories. Pull on a cozy toque from Roots and you just might be mistaken for a true Canuck.

 

Imperfect by Design

By SHERI RADFORD

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Handcrafted Pyrrah Jewellery

Most designers craft their jewellery to look absolutely perfect. Not Danielle Wilmore and Wade Papin, the Vancouver couple behind Pyrrha. Using reclaimed sterling silver or bronze, they handcraft talisman necklaces, rings, bracelets and earrings, all based on 18th- and 19th-century wax seals. Each piece reflects the antique seals’ cracks and imperfections. Find your new perfectly imperfect talisman at Ruby Tuesday, or shop online at www.pyrrha.com.

Take Whistler Home with this Tasty Tome

By SPENCER VAN VLOTEN

Chefs' Choice: A Whistler Cookbook

Chefs’ Choice: A Whistler Cookbook

Wish you could bring home your favourite Whistler flavours? That’s easy with Chefs’ Choice: A Whistler Cookbook. This compilation is filled with recipes from local eateries, chef profiles, photos and the history of the town’s rich culinary scene. Whether you’re craving haute cuisine or a cheddar burger, savoury appetizers or sweet desserts, you can treat yourself to the top tastes from your vacation, long after you’ve returned home. Find your copy at Armchair Books or Nesters, or online at www.chefschoicecookbook.com.