By RACHEL DUNLOP
Enjoying Whistler’s après-ski scene doesn’t require a day on the slopes. (Photo: Robin O’Neill/Tourism Whistler)
Not outdoorsy? Not a problem. Whistler is a mountain-and-wilderness-lover’s dream, no doubt about it, but there’s just as much to do off the slopes.
Rest and recharge with a spa day. A massage, facial or manicure—or all three—will have you feeling like new in no time.
Being inside doesn’t have to mean being a couch potato. Get energized with yoga, Crossfit and even indoor rock-climbing.
Keep your blood pumping with another high-energy activity: shopping. Whether you’re stockpiling souvenirs, fishing for the latest fashion or sussing out sports gear, you can shop till you drop.
Take your pick of high-end, casual, local or international cuisine—Whistler has them all. You can grab a burger and a beer for lunch, then go fancy with seasonal West Coast fare for dinner. It’s a foodie’s fantasy.
Whistler’s party scene is legendary. Sip a cocktail or a craft brew, then dance the night away at one of the many nightclubs.
See stunning scenery from above with Whistler Air. (Photo: Whistler Air)
Want to take your travels to new heights? Hop aboard Whistler Air for a bird’s-eye view of the region’s stunning scenery. Waterfalls, alpine lakes and volcanic formations make for an unforgettable tour. Just don’t forget to snap a few photos while you’re ogling the view.—Jill Von Sprecken
Tempting treats from Rogers’ Chocolates
Life is like a box of chocolates, but at Rogers’ Chocolates, you always know what you’re going to get: treats to crave and rave about. Get your fix of sweet somethings and don’t be afraid to stock up—the store’s website has detailed instructions on storing your goodies so they stay scrumptious for up to six months.—Rachel Dunlop
Beavertails serves up their tasty treats with traditional cinnamon and sugar or decadent crumbled Oreo
From Prince Edward Island on the East Coast all the way to Whistler on the West Coast, Canada has been conquered by Beavertails and their eponymous sweet treats. Each whole-wheat pastry is stretched by hand, then cooked in oil and finished with toppings such as the traditional cinnamon and sugar or the more decadent chocolate hazelnut, chunks of Skor or crumbled Oreo. It’s useless to resist the allure of the piping-hot pastry, so don’t even try. Assimilation is guaranteed—and delicious.—Sheri Radford
Flower charms bloom year-round at Pandora
Where can you enjoy charming cherry blossoms that won’t wilt? At Pandora—its sparkling selection of jewellery blooms year-round. The shop isn’t just for flower fanatics, though: creative types can personalize their own bracelets, rings and watches.—Rachel Dunlop
A participant of the Meet Your Maker race. Photo by Robert Shaer (robshaer.com)
Are you ready to Meet Your Maker? This 80-km (50-mi) ultra trail marathon and relay race, which takes place Sep. 1 against the awe-inspiring natural beauty of Whistler Blackcomb, isn’t for the faint of heart. With an elevation gain—and an elevation loss—of 3,736 m (12,257 ft), it has hamstrings begging for mercy and grown men crying. Good thing the aid stations along the course stock not just the usual water and energy gels but also soup, bagels with Nutella, and ham and cheese sandwiches, plus the tools of the gods: Vaseline and duct tape. Visit www.meetyourmaker50.com for more info.—Sheri Radford
Visit the Pemberton Distillery for a taste of their locally-made Schramm gin or vodka
Tip a glass and toast to local flavour. Uncork a bottle at La Bocca, which has an impressive list of home-grown BC wines. If beer is more your speed, stop by Whistler Brewing Company to sample seasonal brews. Or get spirited away to Pemberton Distillery (pictured) for a tasting tour of its Schramm vodka and gin. Cheers!—Rachel Dunlop
Some of the best that Whistler has to offer can be seen on foot. Photo by Steve Rogers courtesy Tourism Whistler
Not sure what to do on a gorgeous sunny day? A hike lets you take in the best of the west: lush wilderness, dazzling mountain vistas and a sky that goes on forever. What’s more, you can customize the experience to suit your own preferences. Whether you’re looking for something challenging or chilled-out, group or self-guided, Whistler has a hike for everyone.—Rachel Dunlop
It doesn’t get much fresher than this. Photo by Toshi Kawano courtesy Tourism BC
For a shopping stop that always bears fruit, visit the Whistler Farmers’ Market. Find fresh fruit and veggies, made-from-scratch baked goods, preserves and plenty of handmade jewellery, art and products for pampering. Purchase an impromptu picnic or pick up a keepsake and immerse yourself in the local flavour.—Jill Von Sprecken
“Consequences” by Jenny Keith
There’s no doubt that nature is a thing of art. Jenny Keith takes this idea one step further and makes art a thing of nature, by incorporating beeswax into her paintings. Her works present wildlife in such eye-popping and entrancing ways (“Consequences,” pictured) that you’ll want one for your own hive. See what the buzz is all about at Art Junction Gallery & Frame Studio.—Rachel Dunlop
Spend some time in the shops around Whistler Village. Photo by Chad Chomlack courtesy Tourism Whistler
After working up a sweat outside, give your wallet a workout inside. Pick up a new shirt at Aritzia, stylish yoga pants at Lululemon and a nifty cap at Lids. Then grab an ice cream cone from Cows Whistler, sunscreen from Rexall Drug Store and a summertime read from Armchair Books, and you’re ready to relax in the sunshine—and give your wallet a breather, too.—Sheri Radford
Can’t wait for winter? Ski the Horstman Glacier on Blackcomb Mountain. Photo by Mike Crane courtesy Tourism Whistler
Bypass the golf course and leave mountain biking behind. Instead, carve and slalom your way down Horstman Glacier on Blackcomb Mountain during the summer skiing season (Jun. 22 to Jul. 28). The impatient-for-winter and adventurous alike converge on the glacier for blue-sky days and soft snow. End the day with a patio après-ski for the best of both seasons. But don’t forget your sunscreen.—Jill Von Sprecken