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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.