Getaway Guide: How to Spend One Epic Day in Whistler
It all starts with a little bit of off-roading.
May 30, 2018
Grab a cheesy egg croissant and morning brew at Lift Coffee Co.; it’s right around the corner from Canadian Wilderness Adventures, where you’ll be checking in for your 9 a.m. buggy tour. High in the mountains and strapped into your side-by-side, you’ll zip through creeks and over boulders on crazy-scenic off-road trails. Wear every dust-preventing item provided and prepare to be “antiqued” in mud.
Refuel with simple margaritas and chili mayo-topped Pacific rockfish tacos ($3.25 a pop) at La Cantina. (Note: The patio is a high-traffic area for patrons with cute can-I-pet-your-pups.) Then head back to CWA to rent yourself a canoe ($109 for a three-hour guided tour) for the River of Golden Dreams. Locals and gangs of Australians buy cheap plastic boats and drift down, but paddling is a fun challenge. You’ll find a river of crystal-clear water and epic mountain views—once you get the hang of paddling around corners.
Detouring off the main village circuit, tuck into dinner at polished hipster-chic Hunter Gather. Casual and bright, with Future Islands playing, it’s hard to believe the space was recently a 7-Eleven. Tuck into hearty sandwiches stuffed with in-house, 18-hour-smoked meats, all paired with pints of cold craft beer or Okanagan-all-star wine flights (Joie Farm, Liquidity, Covert Farms). Grab your nightcap at the Attic, a very local-heavy spot for post-dinner cocktails. Sip on a potent whiskey sour and get hiking tips from your new barstool friends.
The Pan Pacific Mountainside remains one of our top picks for Whistler accommodation because it sits right at the base of the Blackcomb gondola, so you’re right in the action and yet still getting those big mountain views. One-bedroom suites from $219.
Oh Hello, Free Wifi
Thanks to the sweethearts at Tourism Whistler and the Resort Municipality of Whistler, a bunch of public spaces will now be covered under an umbrella of free wifi so you can ‘gram to your heart’s content. Whistler will be adding new areas over the next two years, but the first spot is the Whistler Olympic Plaza (green space with the Olympic rings) with more to follow:
Wifi Coming in 2018:
- Whistler Conference Centre
- Village Square
Wifi Coming in 2019:
- Mountain Square
- Town Plaza
- Village Common
- Skiers’ Plaza