What We Love Now

Thunderbird Café in the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

The Thunderbird Café is an off-the-beaten-path coffee and lunch spot that highlights the unique style of First Nations cuisine. Bannock bread, a traditional, native fry bread, is served with a bowl of hot, creamy chowder packed with sockeye salmon; or try the bannock taco-style, topped with homemade venison chili. It’s a stunning place to enjoy lunch as it’s located on the lower level of the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre. You don’t have to purchase entry to the museum to visit the café, but you might be tempted to visit once you’ve been surrounded by great First Nations artwork and heard the drumming coming from the upstairs gallery. The adjacent gift shop showcases local First Nations artists, which is a perfect place to find something unique to take home. slcc.ca

Cranked Espresso Bar

It’s sometimes difficult to find a spot to sit in this funky espresso bar, which has fast become a favourite with locals and visitors alike thanks to its incredible Phil & Sebastian single-origin coffee and tasty treats. Cranked Espresso Bar is in the Rainbow neighbourhood, a five-minute drive north from Whistler Village. Their menu caters to those who want a straight-up caffeine fix or those after a trendier turmeric or matcha latté. It’s hard to peruse the glass counter stacked with cookies, brownies, muffins, croissants and sweet breads and not come away with a plate alongside your cup. The vegan energy balls and bars are also a big hit with those coming in pre- or post-adventure, but if you’re looking for something more substantial, they also have sandwiches, bagels, wraps and salads. With their new liquor licence and extended weekend hours, the idea of sipping on a craft beer provides another après option too. crankedcoffee.ca

Roland’s Creekside Pub

This is where Whistler locals and visitors go to catch the game, enjoy a cold one, and dive into a one-pound bowl of crispy chicken wings (available in salt and pepper, house barbecue, hot mango sriracha or honey garlic). With nine flat-screen TVs and volume on during games, it’s a sports fan’s haven. And they play all the big ones, and the little ones — if you ask nicely. Located in Creekside, a five-minute drive south of Whistler Village, Roland’s is known for delicious pub fare. Their fish and chips are prepared with B.C. lingcod, and their house deluxe burger is dressed in a Montreal steak spice and served with bacon jam … need we say more? Be sure to save room for their “Mom’s” apple pie, which is made by Mrs. Roland herself. If you try a beer you like, you might also find it in the adjoining cold beer and wine store, so you can keep the party going at home! rolandswhistler.com


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