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Feast for the Eyes at Basalt Wine & Salumeria

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Just a small sample of what's on offer.

Just a small sample of what’s on offer at Basalt (Photo: Brad K).

Decked out with a commanding bar crafted from black volcanic rock—the eatery’s namesake—and an eye-catching hand-cranked meat slicer, Basalt is a buzzy addition to Whistler’s dining scene. But what really steals the show is on the plate: hand-sliced salumi and gourmet cheeses, served alongside hearty seasonal dishes like roasted sockeye salmon. The pièce de résistance? Perfect pairings found on the wine list

Tasty Tomes

By SHERI RADFORD

Bring home the delicious tastes of CinCin Ristorante and Araxi

Bring home the delicious tastes of Araxi and CinCin Ristorante

If only you could pack your favourite restaurant into a suitcase and take it home with you. Now you can (sort of), thanks to two newly published cookbooks. CinCin: Wood Fired Cucina shares the secrets of CinCin Ristorante’s wood-oven cooking techniques, revealing how to create traditional Italian dishes using seasonal West Coast ingredients. Araxi: Roots to Shoots, Farm Fresh Recipes embraces the local-eating philosophy of Araxi in recipes such as seared wild scallops with cauliflower tempura or roasted beets with chickpea caponata and nasturtium pesto. The two tasty tomes are available at Barbara-Jo’s Books To Cooks and other bookstores, which means the mouth-watering flavours of British Columbia can linger long after your vacation has ended.

 

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.

The Ultimate Whistler Bucket List

By SHERI RADFORD

The Ketel One Ice Room is the coldest vodka tasting room in the world. (Photo by: Chad Chomlack/Tourism Whistler)

The Ketel One Ice Room is the coldest vodka tasting room in the world. (Photo: Chad Chomlack/Tourism Whistler)

Here are ten once-in-a-lifetime activities to experience in Whistler: don’t head home before trying at least a few. (more…)

Meating Place

By SHERI RADFORD

Sample steak at The Keg Steakhouse + Bar

Sample steak at The Keg

Passionate for prime rib? The Keg excels at satisfying carnivores’ cravings—from T-bones and New Yorks to sirloins and filet mignon—and the perfectly aged prime rib is slow-roasted until it’s bursting with flavours, then hand-carved and served with horseradish and red wine herb jus. Vegetarians needn’t worry, because an abundance of herbivore-friendly options round out the menu, ensuring something for all taste buds.

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.

Canuck Keepsakes

By SHERI RADFORD

This patriotic Roots t-shirt makes a cool keepsake

This patriotic Roots t-shirt makes a cool keepsake

Seeking souvenirs? Look no further than Roots. Founded in 1973 in Ontario, the company is virtually synonymous with Canada. You can’t go wrong with a t-shirt or hoodie adorned with symbols of the True North Strong and Free, such as maple leaves, hockey, curling, a map, a flag or the ever-popular (and instantly recognizable) beaver logo. It just doesn’t get any more Canadian, eh.

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.

Buy Local: Hold My Unicorn Apparel

By SHERI RADFORD

Find one-of-a-kind apparel at Hold My Unicorn

Find unique clothing at Hold My Unicorn Apparel

If you’re looking for mass-produced garments just like everyone else’s clothes, then Hold My Unicorn Apparel is definitely not for you. Amy Rafferty sews one-of-a-kind hoodies, shirts and hats right here in Whistler, then sells them at markets and at stores such as Evolution. Browse her unique creations online.

Nibble and Nosh with Whistler Tasting Tours

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Sip and sample Whistler's best with Whistler Tasting Tours

Sip and sample Whistler’s best with Whistler Tasting Tours

If your ideal souvenir is an oh-so-memorable meal, sign up for a culinary jaunt with Whistler Tasting Tours. Foodies can indulge in tastings that range from upscale offerings—including a demonstration of the finer points of popping a champagne cork with a sabre—to hidden gems, and even dessert. With stops at four or six dining destinations, getting a sampling of Whistler’s food scene is a piece of cake.

The Must List: Summer

With the warm weather finally upon us, we present this season’s must-do activities and must-see attractions

By SHERI RADFORD

Whistler Village. (Photo: Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler)

Whistler Village. (Photo: Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler)

See black bears up close on a tour.

Relax in a spa.

Travel between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains on the Peak 2 Peak Gondola.

Stroll through the Village while window-shopping and savouring an ice cream cone.

Whiz down Whistler at breakneck speed on a mountain bike. (more…)