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Whistler

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

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