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 is offering 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, and the Whistler Mountain Bike Park will open with the Fitz and Garbanzo zones. Grab ‘n’ go food options will also be available at the Rendezvous, Garbanzo Bike and Bean, and the Roundhouse Lodge. 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

Local Business Highlights

Montis Distilling

Montis Distilling, Whistler's First Local Spirit Producer

Kwang Chen teamed up with his wife, Bryanna, to launch the very first distillery based in Whistler. Armed with a craft licence, Montis Distilling ("montis" is Latin for "mountain") uses 100-per-cent BC grain for its roster of spirits, as well as a "wide variety" of botanicals that are foraged from the Whistler area. Supporting the community Montis produced Hand Sanitizer Spritz to raise money for the Whistler Food Bank. It also offers a unique custom gin program where you can develop your own flavor profile and distill a custom 6 or 12 bottle batch.


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.


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.


Temporary Patio Extensions Approved

The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) has a streamlined review and approval process for temporary patio extensions to support existing food and beverage establishments. Approved temporary patios will support businesses to meet orders of the Provincial Health Officer related to COVID-19 that affect existing capacities. Temporary patios will be allowed to operate until October 31, 2020.