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Whistler

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

Pyrrha-Carpe-Diem

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.

On a High Note

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Enjoy the view at the summit lodge. (Photo: Keegan Pearson Photography)

Enjoy the view at the summit lodge. (Photo: Keegan Pearson Photography)

Want that top-of-the-world feeling? At the Sea to Sky Gondola, it’s just a 10-minute ride away. Perched 885 m (2,900 ft) above sea level, the summit lodge is a jumping-off point for further adventures, with pristine trails perfect for hiking and snowshoeing. The young—and young at heart—slide at the tube park, while experienced skiers glide into the backcountry. Others simply settle in for the breathtaking views of Howe Sound. Paradise, found.

Keep Cozy with Icebreaker

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Fend off the elements with gear from Icebreaker

Fend off the elements with gear from Icebreaker

The great outdoors are pretty great. But let’s face it: sometimes they’re cold and wet, too. Keep the elements at bay with gear from Icebreaker. The outdoor outfitter creates activewear from superfine merino wool, a fabric that’s warm, breathable and odour-resistant. Named the official base layer—and sock provider—of Whistler Blackcomb, Icebreaker crafts their clothes from the fibres of merino sheep, New Zealand’s true alpine extremists. Get outfitted from head to toe at Can-Ski (page 34) or Escape Route (page 34).

Go for Gold at Whistler Blackcomb

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Whistler Skier's Plaza

Whistler Skier’s Plaza. (Photo: Justa Jeskova/Tourism Whistler)

Whistler Blackcomb has never been afraid to think big. In fact, the ski resort’s foundations are built on the biggest dreams of all: the Olympics. In the 1960s, four Vancouver businessmen developed the area with the intent of bidding on the 1968 Winter Olympics. Three more bids and decades later, the town finally succeeded with the 2010 Winter Games. Along the way, the mountain resort accumulated its own accolades, including the number one rating overall by SKI Magazine—three years in a row. Add in awards for dining, après-ski and terrain, plus the record-breaking Peak 2 Peak, and it’s clear the resort never gave up its gold-medal bid

Restful Repast at Nita Lake Lodge

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

West Coast fare at Aura

Sustainable West Coast fare at Aura

Seeking serenity? Escape the bustling Village to tranquil Nita Lake Lodge, a timber-and-stone retreat perched at lake’s edge. After a day spent making tracks in champagne powder, settle into Cure Lounge for casual après-ski beside the enormous stone fireplace. Then head next door, where sophisticated Aura boasts a menu of sustainable, seasonal, West Coast fare. Picturesque and peaceful.

By the Numbers: Peak 2 Peak Gondola

The math is simple: two mountains and the record-breaking Peak 2 Peak Gondola all add up to one awesome experience

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

The Peak 2 Peak Gondola. (Photo: Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler)

The Peak 2 Peak Gondola. (Photo: Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler)

1 The gondola is the first in the world to link the peaks of two mountains, a feat that delivers truly one-of-a-kind views.

3 It’s one for the books: the Peak 2 Peak broke three Guinness World Records, claiming fame as the world’s longest unsupported span, the highest lift of its kind, and the longest continuous lift system.

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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.