What's New & Noteworthy

What's New In Whistler

Doors Open Directory

Doors Open Directory

Whistler businesses are reopening in alignment with BC’s Restart Plan Phase 3 and the Resort Municipality of Whistler's guidelines for a safe restart. The Doors Open Directory provides up-to-date information on what is open in Whistler and how businesses are upholding the highest of standards in health and safety for all. View Directory




Peak 2 Peak

Whistler Blackcomb Opens for Summer Operations with Commitment to Employee and Guest Safety

Whistler Blackcomb opened for summer on June 29 with a commitment to safety, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It will run with a limited summer footprint focusing on sightseeing and mountain biking. The Whistler Village Gondola, PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola and Blackcomb Gondola will bring hikers and sightseeing guests up the mountains. The Whistler Mountain Bike Park opened with the Fitz and Garbanzo zones and the Creekside zone is set to open mid-July. Creekside will be accessible to mountain bikers only. Grab ‘n’ go food options will also be available at Rendezvous Lodge, Garbanzo Bike and Bean, the Roundhouse Lodge and Dusty’s. Whistler Blackcomb’s commitment to safety can be found at the below link and here guests will find out how to prepare for their visit, what to expect on arrival and open on-mountain activities. All guests are required to wear face coverings at the resort when in lift lines, gondolas and inside our restaurants and retail locations. To help us reduce our environmental footprint, we’re asking guests to bring your own face covering, which can be a cloth mask, scarf or buff, as long as it covers your nose and mouth. Thank you for helping us keep each other safe. Read more here.

The Woodlands Rooftop Pop-Up Restaurant at Fairmont Chateau Whistler

The Woodlands Rooftop Pop-Up Restaurant at Fairmont Chateau Whistler

This summer, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler has introduced a 3-course family-style summer BBQ dinner available weekend evenings on the Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s beautiful Woodlands Rooftop Terrace. This relaxed and welcoming rooftop pop-up restaurant features live music, refreshing drinks, a delicious local-inspired menu prepared by Executive Chef, Isabel Chung, and a picture-perfect mountain backdrop. $49/per person + tax. Every Friday & Saturday, seating starting at 5:00pm. Reservations recommended.


Hotel Updates

Crystal Lodge

The Crystal Lodge annonunces Major Rebranding

The Crystal Lodge, (formerly The Crystal Lodge & Suites), an independent hotel in Whistler Village announced a major re-branding. In partnership with CHIL Interior Design Firm The Crystal Lodge is creating connectivity in their new spaces with design elements that repeat through guestrooms and common areas. The Deluxe Studios, One Bedrooms, and Lofts have undergone a transformation including light tone millwork, black frame bathroom mirrors, Pacific NorthWest art, contemporary furniture choices with a modern Scandinavian look and feel, maintaining the modern, mountain cabin influenced design aesthetic.


Arts and Culture

Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

A Night at the Museum with Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre is extending hours of operation on Friday and Saturday evenings for Summer 2020. Guests are invited to explore the museum and gift shop until 9pm, and either dine in or enjoy take-out dinner options from the Thunderbird Café until 8pm. In the museum, the immersive guest experience includes hand drumming at the top of every hour, a fifteen minute film screening, and self-guided tour with knowledgeable Cultural Ambassadors on hand to answer questions. At Thunderbird Café, the menu will transition from sandwiches and soups to a more dinner focused offering of BBQ’d Elk Hot Dog on a Bannock Bun, Kuterra Salmon served on Rootdown Organics fresh greens, Cheesy Bannock, Bannock Tacos, Charcuterie, featuring Cured Game Meat and Bannock Crostinis. Beer and wine are available for purchase with dinner (dine in only). More info found here.

Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

Self-guided Tour to Whistler’s Outdoor Indigenous Art

The town of Whistler exists on the shared, unceded territories of the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations. Use this online guide to explore an inspiring and stunning collection of Indigenous art on display throughout the Whistler Valley.





Audain Art Museum + Alta Bistro

Alta Bistro and Audain Art Museum to collaborate on outdoor dining art sampler this summer in Whistler

Two of Whistler’s top establishments are teaming up to offer a curated outdoor dining experience that caters to British Columbians this summer. A central focus of both the Audain Art Museum (AAM) and Alta Bistro is showcasing the excellence of BC through visual and culinary arts respectively. Launching July 17, the Alta + Audain: Fine Dining Art Experience will offer visitors an intimate guided tour of the Museum followed by an open-air dinner beneath the stunning architecture of the 56,000 square foot building designed by Vancouver-based firm Patkau Architects. In addition to the contemporary cuisine and exceptional art experience, the Alta + Audain series includes the beautiful juxtaposition of the iconic form and luster of a vintage Airstream trailer, retrofitted with a complete kitchen, set against the rectilinear lines of the Museum’s award-winning postmodern design. This Friday evening offering will take place throughout the summer with limited capacity for each seating in consideration of physical distancing and COVID-19 safety protocols. Reservations must be booked in advance, with a contactless payment experience available including timed-seating, dining details and wine selection. Visit altabistro.com/audain to make a reservation


Activity Highlights

Falcon Tour, Ziptrek

The Falcon Tour with Ziptrek Eco-Tours

3 ziplines, 4 treetop bridges. A new tour, for a new time. The Falcon Touris an exhilarating adventure that allows guests to reconnect with nature in a thrilling fashion, while also enjoying expansive views, wide-open spaces, forested trails, and an abundance of fresh clean air. The new self-guided aspects also allow you to go at your own pace and immerse yourself in the pristine surroundings. This tour has been designed with all the appropriate safety measures in mind, including managing guest flow & interaction, PPE use, ensuring social distancing, and various sanitation protocols in place.

Whistler Valley Tours

Whistler Valley Tours Supporting Local Businesses Montis Distilling and The Beer Farmers

Whistler Valley Tours is a premium locally owned and operated company specializing in all encompassing must-do Whistler Sightseeing Tours. Whistler Valley Tours are supporting Pemberton’s The Beer Farmers and Whistler’s Montis Distilling with new local’s tours. Leave the car at home and enjoy an evening either at The Beer Farmers in the Pemberton Meadows or at Montis Distilling in Whistler’s Function Junction neighbourhood. The Beer Farmers offer great beer, great atmosphere and an even greater location. Montis opened their doors last July as Whistler's first and only distillery offering up locally crafted Gin, Vodka and Spirits. They have just began production on their first Whiskey batch and have also been supporting the local community with free house made sanitizer over the last few months!


Local Business Highlights

Whistler Connection

Whistler Connection Now Offers Delivery Services and Car Wash and Auto Detailing

Whistler Connection typically offers frequent and flexible transportation options to and from Whistler, BC. With COVID-19, the resilient team at Whistler Connection repurposed their fleet to help the community and find new ways to keep their team members employed. Whistler Connection worked with local businesses to offer reliable, scalable delivery services at reasonable costs including free pick-up of donation items for the Whistler Re-Use-it Centre upon its re-opening. Whistler Connection also decided to build an appointment based car wash and detailing service using their existing wash bay that keeps their bus fleet sparkling clean. Whistler Car Wash was born and offers free pick-up and drop-off in Whistler.

skwalwen

Sḵwálwen, Indigenous small batch botanical skin care product business

Sḵwálwen (skwall - win) is an Indigenous business creating small batch botanical skin care products. Honouring traditional Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) plant knowledge, they incorporate wild harvested plants and organic, high quality ingredients. The wild plant ingredients are harvested in a sustainable and respectful way and each product has a Squamish name to honour the place where this plant knowledge comes from.

During these challenging times The Sḵwálwen Wellness Bundle was created with the Mimts' Hand Sanitizer, formulated to meet the current commercial shortage and recognizing the need for nourishing hand care products amidst a time of increased hand washing, includes the gentle Mimts' Liquid Hand Soap (with Usnea and Aloe) and Mimts' Restorative Hand Balm (with Usnea and Shea Butter).


Whistler Farmer's Market

Whistler Farmer’s Market Returns with New Location

The Whistler Farmer’s Market returns Sunday, July 5th and will run 11am to 4pm. New for 2020, Phase 1, vendor stalls will be located in the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (SLCC) parking lot and bus loop. Vendors include Farmers: AIG Produce, Laughing Crow Organics, Mandair Farms, Playlist Lavender, Plenty Wild Farms, and Rainshadow Growers; Artisan Goods: House of Commune (clothing) and Artful Podger (home décor); On-Site Food*: Whistler Wood Fired Pizza Co., Maple Sugar Shack and Frostbites (*Food sales are in single-use closed take out containers.) More details found here.

Patios

Whistler Bike Valet | Free & Secure | Free Weekend Transit

To encourage residents and visitors to bike to Whistler Village, the Whistler Bike Valet service will be offering expanded free and secure bicycle parking in Whistler Village at Olympic Plaza on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 8pm. Health and safety measures will be in place to ensure that our staff and guests can utilize the bike valet with confidence. Free weekend transit is also available this summer through Labour Day. The Resort Municipality of Whistler provides free transit for special occasions such as New Year's Eve and Canada Day, as well as during certain peak periods such as summer weekends. More details found here.

Dining, Patios

Take-Out, Delivery, QR Codes & Temporary Patio Extensions

Gibbon's restaurants (Tapley’s, Black’s Pub and Stonesedge) all now offer take-out and delivery. When dining in, you can access menus by using your cellular phones camera to scan a QR code. Sushi Village, a Whistler institution, now offers take away and delivery when ordering through Whistler Dine In. For those that want to dine at the restaurant, you are now able to make reservations from four to six people. Hy’s Restaurant Whistler is now offering brunch on weekends. The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) has a streamlined review and approval process for temporary patio extensions to support existing food and beverage establishments to allow for physical distancing. The RMOW is also adding more picnic tables throughout the resort and food trucks have returned to select lakes. Nita Lake Lodge now offers guests in-room dining and the Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre replaced their complimentary breakfast buffet with continental breakfast delivery.

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