As the days grow longer and the Whistler Valley warms up, it’s time to immerse your senses in summer. Take deep breaths of pine-scented air on an alpine hike. Listen high-pitched whistle of the hoary marmot, for which Whistler is named. Dive off a dock into the fresh, cool waters of one of Whistler’s immaculate lakes. Sip a locally brewed beer on a sun-baked patio. Taste the bounty of produce from local farms. Take in the sights of the craggy peaks, lush valleys, rushing rivers and clear lakes.
The winding drive from Vancouver to Whistler along the Sea to Sky Highway is one of the most scenic routes in the world. But until recently, this narrow stretch between rugged mountains and sparkling ocean fjord was more or less a culinary desert, with fast-food chains perhaps the most noticeable, and a few roadside pubs. The arrival of The Salted Vine Kitchen + Bar in Squamish has changed all that...
Located halfway between Vancouver and Whistler along the scenic Sea to Sky Highway, Squamish used to be known as a sleepy forest-industry town and rest stop between the two better-known destinations. But with its strategic location at the head of the spectacular fjord known as Howe Sound, its place as a rock-climbing mecca punctuated by the signature granite monolith the Stawamus Chief and the opening of the Sea to Sky Gondola, Squamish has earned wide acclaim as a tourist destination.
Winter in Whistler is the perfect time to cozy up to some big, hearty red wines from British Columbia's Okanagan Valley. These local sommeliers are currently crushing on Syrah, often referred to as Shiraz in the New World, a progeny of Dureza and Mondeuse Blanche grapes from southeastern France. They are available by the glass in these local restaurants and at local liquor stores.
Canadian artists, whether political or not, play a role in offering a unique view and spiritual interpretation of both Canadian and international wilds, places so remote most of us will never have the opportunity to see them with our own eyes.
Experience what we love this winter with some local Whistler favourites. Venture down to Coast Mountain Brewing in Function Junction and grab a seat for a taste-bud tour. Enjoy the technical and experimental aspect of bringing authentic Old World breads and seasonal desserts to Whistler at 200 Degrees Bakery. Find a wide variety of warm, wintertime comfort food like pasta and pizza on the Gnarlyroots menu, as well as healthy, energy-boosting meals full of nutrition from the salad bar.