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Whistler

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. Read more…

Make a Splash With Sunwolf

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Cruise the Elaho River with Sunwolf

Cruise the Elaho River with Sunwolf

Turquoise-blue water and spectacular alpine peaks—the setting takes your breath away. That, or the rollicking Elaho River. In nearby Brackendale, Sunwolf offers rafting trips through pristine wilderness, with plenty of white water to boot. Scale a rock face for a glacier-water plunge, then dig paddles deep to work up an appetite for the mid-trip barbeque lunch. Pint-sized adrenaline junkies find calmer adventures on the Cheakamus River. Still waters run deep, but wild ones are much more fun.

Caught on Camera: Whistler Photo Safaris

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Shutterbugs watch for wildlife on Whistler Photo Safaris. (Photo: Jason Coleman/Whistler Photo Safaris Ltd.)

Shutterbugs watch for wildlife on Whistler Photo Safaris. (Photo: Jason Coleman/Whistler Photo Safaris Ltd.)

On the hunt for the perfect picture? Track down top-notch photo ops with Whistler Photo Safaris. Guides take shutterbugs—and their cameras—off the beaten path for a chance to view wild bears in their natural habitat. Explore beautiful backcountry terrain and the Whistler Olympic Park while looking for bears against a mountain-and-valley backdrop. The tour may only last a few hours, but the bragging rights last a lifetime.

Start Your Engines: RZR Tours

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Explore Whistler's backcountry on a RZR with The Adventure Group

Explore Whistler’s backcountry on a RZR with The Adventure Group

When it comes to thrills, all-terrain RZR tours put the pedal to the metal. The off-road vehicles are perfect for exploring Whistler’s backcountry, navigating boulder-strewn creek beds and steep climbs with ease. On the BC Tour, thrill-seekers strut their stuff on the giant teeter-totters and cliffs in the skills park. Just be sure to take your eyes off the road once in awhile to enjoy the beautiful scenery surrounding Cougar Mountain. Get your motor running with The Adventure Group Whistler.

Guide to Outside

Plot out an itinerary for one of the world’s most pristine adventure playgrounds

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Only a unique breed of Zen-master thrill-seeker can successfully chill out while bungee jumping. (Photo: The Adventure Group)

Only a unique breed of Zen-master thrill-seeker can successfully chill out while bungee jumping. (Photo: The Adventure Group)

MAKE TRACKS
Once ski season is over, the peaks here turn into a mountain-bike mecca. Downhillers and freeriders flock to Whistler Mountain Bike Park, which boasts 1,500 vertical metres (4,900 vertical feet) of lift-serviced descending trails. Pedal through sprawling terrain that ranges from beginner to heart-stopping. Those with gold-medal dreams head to the Whistler Sliding Centre, the venue for bobsleigh, luge and skeleton events during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Even in summer, it’s possible to rocket down a track on Rolling Thunder, a bobsleigh equipped with wheels that reaches speeds of up to 90 km (56 mi) per hour. Read more…

Small Diner, Big Flavour

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Locals and visitors alike pack into teeny Fergie's Cafe. (Photo: Darby Magill)

Locals and visitors alike pack into teeny Fergie’s Cafe. (Photo: Darby Magill)

A gastronomic gem on the Sea-to-Sky strip, Fergie’s Cafe regularly packs its teeny interior with brunchgoers who spill out onto the patio and lawn. And who can blame them? Locally sourced, homemade fare such as buttermilk biscuits, house-smoked sausage and eggs from just down the road are found in bennies, hashes, sandwiches and breakfast bowls worth setting an alarm for—no matter how early the hour. It just goes to show: good things do come in small packages.

2016 Where to Dine Awards: Whistler

From bustling après-ski spots to refined rooms, Whistler’s dining scene has tastes to satisfy every palate. Where’s globetrotting readers weigh in on the flavours that left an impression long after the last bite

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Bar Oso serves up fresh albacore tuna. (Photo: Kevin Clark)

Bar Oso serves up fresh albacore tuna. (Photo: Kevin Clark)

BEST NEW RESTAURANT

Bar Oso
Decked out in striking black-and-white tile, chic Bar Oso brings tapas-style small plates and inventive cocktails to the heart of the Village. Spanish-inspired flavours and local ingredients meet in house-made charcuterie, pintxos (small bar bites on a skewer) and chilled seafood dishes. Wash it all down with the Oso Sour, made with bacon-infused bourbon and maple syrup.
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Say Spaaaaaa

By SHERI RADFORD

The serene spa lounge at The Spa at Nita Lake Lodge

The serene spa lounge at The Spa at Nita Lake Lodge

Need to unwind? Head to The Spa at Nita Lake Lodge. Our favourite indulgence is the five-hour Winter Spa Day package, complete with hot-stone massage, facial, manicure and pedicure, but any treatment will help you to de-stress. And all services include use of the rooftop hot tubs and eucalyptus steam room, ensuring R&R aplenty. Ready, set, relax.

Wine and Dine at Bearfoot Bistro

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Guests sabre a bottle of champagne at Bearfoot Bistro

Guests sabre a bottle of champagne at Bearfoot Bistro

Want your flute of champagne, and to sabre the bottle too? Head into the jaw-dropping 20,000-bottle wine cellar at Bearfoot Bistro, and channel your inner swashbuckler by opening a bottle of bubbly with a swipe of a sword for a spectacular toast. Next, don a parka to sip 50 varieties of vodka in the Ketel One Ice Room—the coldest vodka-tasting room in the world. To finish, indulge in ice cream crafted tableside using liquid nitrogen, for eye candy that doubles as dessert.

Whistler by the Numbers

Why do we love Whistler? Let us count the ways—skiing, shopping, dining and reliving the Olympics are just the beginning. To sum up, there’s something for everyone

By CRAIG SCHARIEN

Whistler and Blackcomb mountains tower above the Village. (Photo: David McColm/Tourism Whistler)

Whistler and Blackcomb mountains tower above the Village. (Photo: David McColm/Tourism Whistler)

1 Whistler Blackcomb has once again been named the number one ski resort in North America by SKI magazine. The resort offers more than 200 unique runs, 3,307 hectares (8,171 acres) of terrain and après options for everyone.

8 Whistler was home to eight sports during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Live the dream and try everything from skeleton at the Whistler Sliding Centre to ski jumping at Whistler Olympic Park—glory can be yours.

50 The 2015-16 season marks the 50th anniversary of Whistler Mountain as a ski resort. When it first opened in 1966, there were just six runs, including Franz’s Run, named for Franz Wilhelmsen, the company’s first president.

200 If you need a break from all the wintry adventure, or just get the urge to shop, duck into one of the 200+ stores to stock up on everything from art to ski gear.

551.3 Whistler boasts 551.3 hectares (1,362.3 acres) of parkland spread across 15 public parks. Add in the area’s five major lakes, and there’s plenty to do without taking a chairlift.

6,450 Need to refuel? There’s no need to go far, or even to leave the slopes. Whistler Blackcomb has 17 on-mountain dining options, with seating for 6,450.

69,939 Whistler Blackcomb’s 37 lifts can move 69,939 people per hour. That includes the Peak 2 Peak Gondola, the world’s highest and longest lift, which spans 4.4 km (2.7 mi) between the peaks of Whistler and Blackcomb.

2,100,000 Each year 2,100,000 people from all over the world visit Whistler. That doesn’t include the more than 2,000 seasonal residents—note all the Australian accents.

Canadian Art at Adele Campbell Gallery

By CRAIG SCHARIEN

"Get a Room" by John Ogilvy

“Get a Room” by John Ogilvy

Contemporary artists evoke thoughts of the season at Adele Campbell Fine Art Gallery. A changing series of exhibitions features Canadian artists, including works by Vancouver-born John Ogilvy (“Get a Room,” pictured), who now paints on Gabriola Island, BC, and in far-flung Lima, Peru. He captures the beauty of the relationship between civilization and nature, and adds a realistic touch to his paintings by including urban features.