What's New & Noteworthy

What's New In Whistler

Whistler Summer

Summer in Whistler

Adventure deeper in Whistler this summer to experience the freedom of wide open spaces and rugged West Coast beauty. Take more time to reawaken your connection to nature, yourself and others. This place inspires a whole summer’s worth of exploration. Where will your summer take you?
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Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Blackcomb Returns to its Summer Glory

This summer, The Cloudraker Skybridge and Raven's Eye lookout have opened for the first time since 2019. New Cloudraker Interpretive Loop signage features Coast Salish Art by Squamish Nation artist James Harry and stories from the Squamish Nation and Lil’wat Nation. It also includes explanations of the mountain’s man-made engineering feats and descriptions of the flora, fauna and alpine landscape viewpoints. For more information about visiting Whistler Blackcomb this summer, visit here.

New Self-Guided Tours App

New Self-Guided Tours App Showcases Whistler’s Off-The-Beaten Path Experiences

Go Whistler Tours is a free app visitors can download to access fun and informative self-guided tours. The app has been designed to help visitors to discover a new side of Whistler so that they can form a deeper, more meaningful connection with the resort. This new app enables visitors to enhance their resort experience through DIY exploration of various routes and points of interest.

  • Fitzsimmons Creek Accessible Nature trail – a short exploration of biodiversity on Whistler’s first accessible nature trail
  • Whistler’s Cultural Connector – follow a pathway that leads you between six cultural institutions and uncover the stories that enrich Whistler’s culture
  • Natural Wonders – explore the biodiversity and geology of Whistler on this 11-kilometre tour that is best enjoyed by bike or E-bike
  • History & Heritage: Whistler from 1914 – 1965 – learn about the early non-Indigenous settlers and visitors who arrived in Whistler after 1914

New tours will be added regularly so keep checking back to discover more immersive experiences and off-the-beaten-path locations.


Arts and Culture


Audain - New Exhibit

Out of Control: The Concrete Art of Skateboarding | Opening September 17, 2022

The Audain Art Museum's Out of Control exhibition reveals the intersection between contemporary art and skateboarding, bringing together 19 local, national, and international artists, who embody diversity in their practice. These artists explore aesthetic, social, environmental, political, and architectural aspects of skateboarding.

Out of Control will open to the public on September 17, with a teaser opening on August 18 in the Museum’s architecturally-striking Upper Gallery. This section of the exhibition includes film installations, architectural models, and photo-based works by Karin Bubaš, Andrew Dadson, Hannah Dubois, Christian Huizenga, and Alex Morrison.

SLCC - New Exhibit

Ancient Medicine: From Feast to Famine to Freedom | June 21, 2022 - January 8, 2023

The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre's Ancient Medicine Exhibition explores the complex health journey of Indigenous People. In the exhibition we learn about some medicinal plants, see them as they are used today and how people are managing chronic illnesses caused by the interruption of our natural diet. View artwork that explores the journey of artists in relation to these themes, living plants we use. Join us as we reconnect with our traditional health and wellness. Featuring artwork from Squamish Nation and Lil'wat Nation Indigenous artists.


Culinary

Wild Blue

Wild Blue Restaurant Now Open in Whistler

New fine-dining restaurant, cocktail bar and lounge Wild Blue is now open. Noted as “The Most Important Whistler Restaurant Opening in a Decade” by Vancouver Magazine, Wild Blue focuses on elevated Pacific Northwest cuisine, sustainable seafood, and local ingredients, alongside an extensive wine selection and cocktail menu.

Wild Blue is the creation of a trifecta of talent, Neil Henderson, Partner and Restaurant Director, Chef Alex Chen, Partner and Jack Evrensel, Partner. Located adjacent to the Aava Hotel and across from the Whistler Conference Centre in its own stand-alone building with dedicated parking, the restaurant boasts seating for 150 guests indoors, plus a private dining room, raw bar, and open kitchen. In the summer, guests can enjoy their dinner al fresco on Wild Blue’s outdoor patios.

Alta + Audain

Alta + Audain Fine Dining Art Experience | Every Friday Night from July 8 to September 2

Two of Whistler’s top establishments have teamed up to offer a carefully curated personal art tour and outdoor dining experience once again this summer. A central focus of both the Audain Art Museum and Alta Bistro is showcasing the excellence of British Columbia through visual and culinary arts respectively.

The Alta + Audain: Fine Dining Art Experience will offer visitors an exceptional art sampler tour of the Museum followed by an open-air four course dinner beneath the stunning architecture of the 56,000 square foot building designed by Vancouver-based firm Patkau Architects. To learn more and see the menu, visit here.

Picnic Whistler

New Picnic Whistler Village Location Now Open

Picnic Whistler has just opened a brick-and-mortar shop in the village. Locally owned, Picnic Whistler currently offers an array of pre-made and customizable charcuterie boards, takeaway boxes and packages for everything from intimate two-person picnics to table setups for large-scale events. The new village store is set up like a deli, where customers are able to buy pre-made boards or purchase all the fixings individually and create their own.

Chef Sajish Kumar

SIDECUT Steakhouse Announces Sajish Kumar Das as New Executive Chef

Chef Sajish Kumar Das fostered his passion for cooking from an early age–in the family kitchen, learning the recipes and culinary traditions of his Portuguese Indian (Goan) roots. Transforming passion into profession, Das holds a diploma from the Institute of Hotel Management in Goa, India. He has spent time at five-star properties in India, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar and Canada with acclaimed luxury brands including Taj, Grand Hyatt, Ritz Carlton and Four Seasons. Das brings over 20 years of dining expertise–dedicated to delivering memorable and flawless service to each guest. www.sidecutwhistler.com.
Photo Credit: Lelia Kwok

Barn Nork

Barn Nork Now Open in Whistler

Beloved Mount Currie Thai restaurant Barn Nork has moved to Riverside Resort in Whistler. Jatuporn Nuttamarn and Chanidaporn Sriwanta opened Barn Nork five years ago and it has grown into one of the Sea to Sky’s most cherished restaurants, earning a fiercely loyal following. Their new space has undergone a full renovation, with about two thirds slated for back-of-house, allowing the team to put more focus on take-out that has grown tremendously in the pandemic.


Event Highlights

GranFondo Whistler

RBC GranFondo Whistler | September 10, 2022

The GranFondo is a stunning point-to-point cycling event along the famous Sea to Sky Corridor from Downtown Vancouver to the Whistler Village. The ride offers beautiful landscapes and a clear, traffic-free passage along the Sea to Sky Highway. There are three different distance routes catering to recreational, advanced, and elite level cyclists: the 55 km Medio that starts and finishes in Whistler, the 122 km GranFondo along the Sea to Sky Corridor travelling from Vancouver to Whistler, and the 152 km Forte that adds a switchback climb of Cypress Mountain. Medio participants travel south along the Sea to Sky towards the Callaghan Valley, before looping back and joining the main GranFondo field for a grand procession to the finish line and post-race celebrations at Whistler Olympic Plaza. Read more here.

Whistler Summer Concert Series

Whistler Summer Concert Series | July & August, 2022

From funk instrumentals and indie pop to chilled-out beats, R&B and rock bands, Whistler Olympic Plaza is the place to be for free outdoor concerts all summer long. Bring your picnic blanket and grab a spot on the great lawn or dance up at the stage to live DJ sets before the headlining performers begin at 7:30. Free bike valet is available when ride your bike to the concerts.

For more information and the full summer schedule, visit here.

Whistler Village Beer Festival

Whistler Village Beer Festival | September 13 – 18, 2022

The Whistler Village Beer Festival is a six-day festival of craft beer returning this September 13 – 18, featuring unique cask nights, live music, and an incredible two-day Main Event at Olympic Plaza. The Main Event, hosted on September 17 – 18 will feature over 60 breweries and guests can try over 120 of the best craft beers and ciders BC has to offer, with some nation-wide and international brews also available, as well as live music and food trucks. Breweries are competing to win draught line contracts with local Whistler establishments, so they bring their absolute best brews to showcase. Read more here.

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