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Whistler

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.

West Coast Cravings

By SHERI RADFORD

Enjoy Pacific Northwest tastes at The Salted Vine.

Enjoy Pacific Northwest tastes at The Salted Vine.

Looking for a taste of the West Coast? Visit The Salted Vine, a newcomer to the Squamish dining scene, for local selections that extend from the food to the decor to the serving dishes. Ocean Wise seafood, beef from Pemberton and produce from Brackendale are just a few of the local ingredients that go into the ever-changing line-up of fresh, seasonal creations. They’re served on dishware made in Squamish, against a backdrop of works by some of the area’s many artists. Consider it the ultimate 100-mile-diet meal.

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.

Pioneer Patio Party

By SPENCER VAN VLOTEN

Shred some snow, then kick back at the Longhorn.

Fly down the mountain, then kick back at the Longhorn.

Ever think you’d step off a mountain and back into the Old West? Longhorn Saloon & Grill makes that possible with Wild West Saturdays. Harness your inner Billy The Kid, John Wayne or Calamity Jane for a frontier patio party with cold beer, live music and as much dancing as you’re up for. Savoury après plates and gourmet burgers feed all the hardworking pioneers, ensuring more of the good food and fun times that helped build Whistler. Giddy up, pardner!

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…)

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.