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Whether you are visiting Whistler and the Sea to Sky Corridor for the first time or you are a seasoned regular, no matter where today’s adventure takes place, there is one given: spectacular scenery will surround you. Although Whistler has the reputation of being North America’s top four-season resort and the heart of Sea to Sky Country, there is no question you will be equally entranced by the natural beauty in and around the neighbouring communities of Squamish and Pemberton.

Audain Museum

Few travellers will have the chance to explore Canada from coast to coast to coast to witness the country’s raw beauty. This winter, however, locals and visitors have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the vastness of Canada’s landscapes — in particular, mountain landscapes — from the artist’s perspective. To celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial anniversary of confederation, the Audain Art Museum features Stone and Sky: Canada’s Mountain Landscape until Feb. 26, 2018. The collection of artworks is a special exhibition that explores Canada’s alpine landscapes through photographs, watercolours, drawings, paintings and prints.

Adrenaline-Fuelled Adventures

While Whistler has epic scenery, luxurious spas and first-class dining, many visitors don’t come here solely with the intention of relaxing or being pampered. Whistler was born out of a spirit of adventure, and if you’re looking to push your limits with some truly challenging and exciting activities, you’re in the right place.

Whistler Eco-Mecca

Inspired by Whistler Blackcomb, Vail Resorts’ makes ‘Epic Promise’ toward sustainability. Arthur De Jong, Whistler Blackcomb’s mountain planning and environmental resource manager, has long been forthcoming about Whistler Blackcomb’s (WB) failures and shortcomings on the environmental front. It was one of those failures that led to a long string of successes — one that has seen it rise to the status of industry leader.

Where There's Smoke

Cooking with smoke is a red-hot trend that reminds us of crackling fireplaces and toasting our frosty toes. Beyond traditional barbecue (which we love and have lots of in Whistler), smoke flavours penetrate a bevy of fine restaurant dishes, from steak medallions and potato tartiflette to carrots and carbonara.

Tips for finding your way on Whistler Blackcomb

The numbers speak for themselves: With more than 200 marked runs and 37 chairlifts spread across 8,171 acres of terrain, there is a lot of skiing and snowboarding to enjoy on Whistler Blackcomb. Deciding to visit is the easy part; figuring out where to begin is where it gets tricky. When it comes to navigating the mountains, there are a few key tools available to help steer you in the right direction — and toward the best ski runs.

Taste and Indulgence

Whistler has you covered for tasty food & drink and unique gifts. Indulge in a classic Australian dessert with a “peaked” lamington at Peaked Pies; treat yourself to decadent fudge from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory; pick up a custom gift basket to thank that special person at Blackcomb Liquor Store; order a hand-made pet bowl for the furry family member, from White Dog Studios.

SQUAMISH An Emerging Four-Season Destination

Located halfway between British Columbia’s two top destinations Vancouver and Whistler, Squamish has undergone an evolution of its own over the past two decades, becoming a popular base for outdoor activities. Once known as a forest-industry town and rest stop between the two better-known destinations, the community of 20,000 at the head of the fjord known as Howe Sound has become a mecca for rock climbers, wind sports enthusiasts, hikers, mountain bikers and those looking to be inspired by the spectacular scenery.

Why Don't You

Whistler’s spectacular scenery is the backdrop for an exceptional variety of activities. Why don't you try some of these unforgettable Whistler experiences this winter? Unleash your inner lumberjack at Forged Axe Throwing; ski fast, shoot straight at Whistler Olympic Park; escape to the land of relaxation at Scandinave Spa; take in some Après Art at the Audain Art Museum; lace up your skates at the Whistler Olympic Plaza; take in a live show, experience live music, theatre and comedy in Whistler.

Sommeliers’ Picks

Stoneboat Vineyards 2014 Verglas “(This wine) is a blend of Oraniensteiner and Pinot Blanc that exhibits a mix of burnt orange peel, honey and apricots. And it serves as an ideal B.C. ice wine to pair with Quattro’s seared Quebec Foie Gras, with port wine reduction and pickled fennel.

My Whistler

At the age of 7 or 8, Dean Nelson knew he was “different” from most other boys, but didn’t tell his parents. He was still “very ambiguous” about his sexuality until 1993, while he was working at the then-new Holiday Inn Sunspree in Whistler, one of the sponsors of what was called Altitude at the time, a.k.a. Gay Ski Week. After coming “out” around that time, he started helping at some of the events. With the festival in need of rescuing, he and a group of friends took a leap of faith by taking over in 2006.

Local Vibe

Giving you the inside information on what’s happening, what’s fun and what’s new in Whistler. Find out who or what some of Whistler's neighbourhoods are named after. As well as about new facilities and new attractions on Whistler Mountain.

Embracing Change

Being an artist is risky. It takes years of practice, whether swinging a paintbrush, drawing a carving knife, or taking countless photographs. There’s no guarantee you will master your art form, or that collectors will buy your artwork if you do. And yet, courageous creatives take the leap. Some emerging artists, often with a modest body of work, are just starting on their careers.

Art Galleries

Whistler’s art galleries are an “adventure” that you should also fit into your visit. Take the time to stroll and appreciate the wide array of artists represented and mediums to cater to all tastes. Find that special piece to fit into your home to remind you of your time in Whistler.

Beat the Chill

Chilled out? It’s time to warm up with a toasty winter sipper. From classic mulled wine to an avant-garde variation on hot buttered rum, these smoking hot cocktails from Whistler’s best bars will defrost your toes after a long day on the slopes.

Events Calendar

A Taste of Whistler in the Big City

During the past few months, the Vancouver restaurant scene has taken on a bit of a Whistler twist. Two of Whistler’s most popular casual local eateries, Peaked Pies and La Cantina, recently expanded their operations to include locations in the city — Peaked Pies at 975 Denman St., and La Cantina just a few blocks away, at 722 Nelson Street.

Editor's Note

“The seasons are what a symphony ought to be: four perfect movements in harmony with each other.” — Arthur Rubinstein Welcome to Whistler! This issue has some thrilling adventures in store for you and helpful information to complement your visit. As winter descends upon Whistler, we begin the all-too-familiar task of digging out the winter layers, gloves, toques, and ski and snowboard gear.


Joern Rohde, publisher of Whistler Traveller, has been involved in photography for more than 30 years, professionally documenting the Sea to Sky communities with his camera. His work has made him one of the most sought- after local photographers and has travelled extensively to shoot for clients worldwide.

Pampering Your Wintertime Skin

We in Whistler love the winter, whether we’re spending it on the ski hill, snowshoeing in the backcountry, or building a snowman with the kids; but it does wreak havoc on our skin. Cold temperatures followed by blasts of central heating dry our skin out, leaving us feeling chapped, tight and sensitive. However, a visit to a local spa can help remedy the ravages of winter.

Style & Indulgence

Be inspired by the style and indulgence found in Whistler. If you are looking for a day off from adventure, or perhaps you need to gear up for your next adventure, check out these featured products and visit our local retail partners. Happy Shopping!

The Summer Side of Whistler

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 to the 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.

PEMBERTON Gateway to Adventure

Nestled in the heart of the Coast Mountains, Pemberton is a small, unassuming town. But despite its sleepy ambiance, it is home to a vibrant community of outdoor enthusiasts. Whether it’s skiing steep chutes on the surrounding mountains, jumping off cliffs on snowmobiles or hiking from cabin to cabin through the backcountry, Pemberton’s people make a lifestyle out of enjoying their natural playground.

What We Love Now

Experience what we love this winter with some local Whistler favourites. Enjoy a refreshing brew with friends at Handlebar Café & Après. Experience great food, paired with local beer and wine in a casual atmosphere at Hunter Gather Eatery & Taphouse. Visit Fifi’s Bistro for gracious, welcoming dining and a menu packed full of “made-in-house” delights. Indulge in unique variations of the classics in the casual elegance of Legs Diamond Supper Club.

Vancouver: West Coast Beauty, Urban Sophistication

Vancouver is consistently ranked among the world’s most beautiful cities, and as far as attractions go, there is no shortage of fun places and activities to take in, even if you only have a couple days during your Whistler winter holiday. From world-class Stanley Park and the Granville Island Public Market, to North America’s third-largest Chinatown, and the vibrant dining and entertainment scenes, Vancouver is a happening place both summer and winter.

Bearfoot Bistro's Culinary Masters

The Bearfoot Bistro has earned an international reputation for doing things a little differently. Sure, there is the obvious. Champagne is sabered here, not popped. Vodka is drunk in Canada Goose parkas in -32 C temperatures. And ice cream is made tableside in a magician’s flash of liquid nitrogen. The Bearfoot Bistro is an experience. The open kitchen is designed as a stage. The patrons, the audience.

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