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Whistler Vibe

Welcome to Tourism Whistler's monthly media newsletter, featuring what's new, what’s happening, and what makes Whistler a top year-round destination.

August 2017

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Wanderlust Whistler | August 3-6
Bulleit Bourbon Canadian National BBQ Championships | August 4-6
Red Bull 400 | August 5
Crankworx Whistler | August 11-20
Pemberton Slow Food Cycle Sunday | August 20
Araxi Longtable Dinner | August 20
5 Peaks Trail Running Race | August 26
The North Face Valley to Peak Trail Running Race  |  September 2
Whistler Classic - North American Enduro Tour  |  September 9-10
RBC GranFondo Whistler  |  September 9
Whistler Village Beer Festival  |  September 16-17
Whistler Blackcomb Foundation’s TELUS Golf Classic  |  September 15
Sea to Sky All British Rally  |  September 23

What's New & Happening

Fifis Bistro

New Restaurant: Fifi’s Bistro in Whistler’s Upper Village

Set to open mid-August in the Upper Village, Fifi’s Bistro aims to bring Whistler a genuine hospitality experience, similar to one you would receive in a home. Focusing on scratch made cooking with fresh, local and sustainably sourced produce and a menu equally designed for dine-in or take-out meals, Fifi’s Bistro believes in providing balance. Owners Max and Kara Dobrochodow are committed to ensuring vegetarians and meat eaters can enjoy a meal and a bottle of wine graciously together, without compromise. They approach health and dietary requirements with care and consideration so there will always be a something for everyone.

Get Delicious Wellness Retreat

New Event: Get Delicious Wellness Retreat, September 15 – 17

The Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler and lifestyle guru Catherine Roscoe Barr from The Life Delicious are offering an immersive and luxurious weekend wellness retreat from September 15 to 17. Roscoe Barr will lead participants in a mental and physical "reset" that provides the tools to feel good every day despite the demands of a fast-paced world.  Included in the wellness experience are two nights of luxury accommodation, nutritious meals, mind and body sessions, activities and special amenities.

Great Canadian E-Bike Adventure

New Tour: Great Canadian E-Bike Adventure

Canadian Wilderness Adventures’ offers a new unique way to experience the Callaghan Valley’s magnificent old growth forest and Alexander Falls with their new Great Canadian E-Bike Adventure.   The full-suspension electric assist mountain bikes boost pedaling power to make steeper terrain more comfortable, while guides share local knowledge about culture and nature along the way. With three levels of electric assistance to suit a variety of fitness levels, you will still need to pedal but the bike provides a boost which makes it that much easier. The three-hour tour is appropriate for ages 14+ and the only skill required is the ability to ride a bike.

RBC Granfondo Whistler

RBC Granfondo Whistler, September 9

Now in its seventh year, RBC Granfondo Whistler, takes place on Saturday, September 9. Voted Canada's best Gran Fondo by Gran Fondo Guide, the route takes cyclistsfrom Vancouver to Whistler, along the scenic Sea to Sky Highway. The course offers 122 kms of spectacular ocean views in a fully dedicated lane, with well-stocked aid stations. For riders seeking a shorter distance challenge, the medio category, features a 55km route, that starts in Squamish. Kids aged 6+ can build their cycling skills at the iRide Jam for Kids mini clinics. Post-race celebrations include a beer garden and live music at Whistler Olympic Plaza.

Whistler Village Beer Festival

Whistler Village Beer Festival, September 13 – 17

The Whistler Village Beer Festival is a fun filled five day festival of craft beer and cider featuring two days of tasting events at Whistler Olympic Plaza plus cask nights, seminars, foodie nights and more. Mingle with fellow beer enthusiasts and sample from some of the best breweries and cider mills in British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest.  Master Crafters is a festival favourite, where choice breweries bring their best sour for guests to blindly sample before casting votes to decide the champion. Top placing breweries at the festival win draught beer contracts with Whistler venues.

The North Face Valley To Peak Race

The North Face Valley To Peak Race, September 2

On Saturday September 2, the 3rd annual The North Face Valley to Peak trail running race will challenge participants to tackle the full vertical climb of Whistler mountain in a 22.5 km course, with over 1,800 m of elevation gain. New for 2017, a shorter 10 km course designed to showcase the beautiful Alpine trails on Whistler Mountain starts at Whistler Roundhouse. These events offer competitors a unique way to experience all of Whistler Mountain, the old growth forests and high alpine vistas.

August Events

Whistler Arts & Culture

Whistler offers a multitude of cultural offerings from engaging art exhibitions, live music and dance performances, and international film and culinary events making it a vibrant arts and culture destination.

BC Culture Days BC Culture Days

Whistler’s Audain Art Museum will present the provincial launch for the 8th annual BC Culture Days weekend (September 29 to October 1, 2017). Culture Days is a collaborative, Canada-wide volunteer movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. The BC Culture Days launch will take place at the Audain Art Museum on Thursday, September 28 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. "As an institution dedicated to showcasing the art of British Columbia, we are honoured to be the host of our province’s official BC Culture Days launch event,” said Suzanne Greening, Director of the Audain Art Museum.

The launch will kick off with a public opening ceremony, followed by a Youth Art Challenge (live art making for youth aged 13 - 18), free access to the Audain Art Museum, and a showcase of local musicians. A formal program for the weekend will be announced in September.

Whistler Presents Summer Series

Whistler Presents Summer Series

Whistler Presents is a free outdoor concert series featuring indie, soul, electro, funk, reggae, and rock performances at the Whistler Olympic Plaza on select weekends in August and September. Bring your picnic blanket, take in the mountain views, and enjoy the following live performances:
Thursday, August 3: Elijah Ray and Quixotic
Friday, August 4: Con Brio and Charlotte Cardin
Saturday, August 5: Ron Artis II + The Truth and Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires
Friday, August 25: Delhi 2 Dublin
Saturday, August 26: Alan Doyle
Friday, September 1: Jann Arden
Saturday, September 2: The Boom Booms
Saturday, September 9: Ruckus Deluxe

Whistler Stories

Ollie Jones Whistler tattoo artists come together to raise funds for wildfire relief

The Whistler community has come together to raise funds for those affected by wildfires burning in British Columbia’s interior. On July 16, Whistler Tattoo Company artist Kelsey Bareham launched an emergency fundraiser, announcing she would tattoo small trees by donation with money going towards wildfire relief. The uptake from the community has been heartwarming, with 208 people receiving tattoos and $11,570 raised for the Red Cross as of Saturday July 29  – just a little over a week since the fundraiser launched. Several other tattoo artists and businesses in Whistler have jumped on board and are offering their support to keep up with the high volume of tattoo requests. Keep up with the fundraiser through #trees4bc.

Image courtesy of Haley Ritchie . Kelsey Bareham (left) tattoos small tree on Kimberly Larochelle.

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