What's New & Noteworthy

What's New In Whistler

Doors Open Directory

Doors Open Directory

Whistler businesses have reopened 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

The Botanical

The Botanical, Pop-Up Shop in Creekside Village

Inspired by all things flora, The Botanical, a pop up shop located in Creekside Village, Whistler is open from November 16 - December 30, 2020. The Botanical brings natural elements into your hands and into your home. Choose a plant that is sure to add a unique touch to your decor, no matter your style or choose a floral arrangement whose artful, modern designs will brighten your space or be the perfect gift for your host over the holidays. Find botanically focused home, jewelry and wellness goods as you wander the carefully curated collection. The Botanical workshop series is a hands on way to explore and create with elements designed by nature and crafted by you. www.thebotanicalwhistler.ca

Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Blackcomb - Safety Protocols & New Reservation System

Whistler Blackcomb’s number one focus for winter 2020 is to ensure the health and safety of guests, employees and the community. Safety protocols target physical distancing, face coverings, sanitization of high-touch surfaces and creating a touchless environment. Highlights include:

  • Everyone must wear a face mask on lifts and inside buildings (lodging, retail outlets, etc.) at all times. You can ski the runs without a mask, but it must be worn in the queue for the chairlifts and gondolas.
  • A new reservation system has been implemented to help manage traffic flow enabling guests to explore more with less people on the hill. Guests will need to reserve in advance the days they wish to ski.
  • Whistler Blackcomb is now a touchless environment, so bringing a credit card or debit card is important for any purchases.
  • Whistler Blackcomb will be doing both full-service and grab n’ go-style food service.
Read more here.

45 Anniversary

Resort Municipality of Whistler Celebrates 45th Anniversary with Historic Agreement

The Resort Municipality of Whistler celebrates its 45th anniversary in 2020 with a historic agreement that changes the economic landscape for the municipality and Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Líl̓wat Nations as they move towards reconciliation. The agreement signed in June 2020 between the Squamish and Líl̓wat Nations, the Province, the Resort Municipality of Whistler and Whistler Blackcomb, creates a framework to establish better government-to-government relations and a co-operative partnership, reflecting B.C.’s commitment to reconciliation.


Four Seasons New Restaurant

Braidwood Tavern, Four Seasons Resort & Residences Whistler - December 2020

Opening on December 15, 2020 the new Braidwood Tavern represents a contemporary play on the mountainside tavern. The restaurant is a vibrant, welcoming space, evoking the warmth of your best friend’s cabin. Serving up top-quality culinary fare, craft beer and cocktails, Braidwood is a place to connect, recharge, and order another round. Read more here.

SIDECUT Renovation

SIDECUT Re-Opening, Four Seasons Resort & Residences Whistler, Debember 2020

SIDECUT set to re-open December 15th after an extensive renovation one can expect an extravagant dining experience. Fireside lodge dining is elevated in a contemporary and sophisticated take on the traditional steakhouse. Serving well-crafted classics - focusing on prime hand-cut steaks seasoned with Chef’s Classic Rubs - the fare and ambiance are designed to comfort and luxuriate. Accompanied by an innovative cocktail program by renowned local mixologist Lauren Mote and a comprehensive wine program featuring an exclusive collection of British Columbian premier vintages and an impressive international list. Read more here.

Fairmont Chateau Whistler announces New Outdoor Dining Domes

Fairmont Chateau Whistler announced a new outdoor private dining experience, aptly named the Snow Globe Dining Domes. Situated on the Chateau’s Wildflower patio near the base of Blackcomb Mountain, guests will feel cozy in the mountain chic décor with fur throws, cushions, and blankets highlighted by fairy lights and a soft beige colour palette. Guests may indulge in a five-course gourmet menu prepared by Derek Bendig, Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s executive sous chef. The three Snow Globes are available for small groups up to six people from December 18, 2020 to April 18, 2021. The price is $249.00 per person inclusive of tax and gratuity.

Arts and Culture

Audain Extended and New Exhibition

Audain Extended & New Exhibition: RESERVOIR By Rebecca Belmore

Book Your Bubble into Whistler’s new Audain Extended experience: a private, safe and exclusive guided tour of the Audain Art Museum, outside of public opening hours on Saturdays and Sundays. Join the Museum’s knowledgeable Docents for an intimate look at the latest changes to the Permanent Collection of BC art from a unique, curatorial perspective. A new exhibition, RESERVOIR by Rebecca Belmore, opens November 26 and runs until May 16, 2021. An internationally renowned multidisciplinary artist, from the Lac Seul First Nation in Northwestern Ontario, Belmore is in the process of developing a nighttime performance for the Audain Art Museum’s meadow as well as a rock netting installation in the Tom & Teresa Gautreau Galleries. These new works will examine the disparity between wealth and poverty in Canada with poignant references to Vancouver, Whistler and the Sea to Sky corridor. Read more here.

SLCC Exhibition

SQĀTSZA7 TMICW - FATHER LAND EXHIBIT, Bringing home Ed Archie Noisecat

Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre is hosting a solo-artist exhibition, Sqātsza7 Tmicw - Father Land, celebrating the lifetime achievements of a multi-disciplinary artist Seattle based Ed Archie NoiseCat, whose father was Lil’wat; this is NoiseCat’s first exhibit on his father’s traditional territory. This exhibition runs until February 28, 2021. In conjunction with a broad scope of his work on display, NoiseCat will be mentoring Qawam Redmond Andrews (Lil’wat Nation) as they work together on a twenty foot cedar pole. What’s particularly unique about this transfer of knowledge is that NoiseCat, whose late father was Lil’wat, is a master carver, and Qawam’s father was the last master carver in Lil’wat, who passed away before completing his transfer of knowledge to the next generation of Lil’wat carvers. A decade later, NoiseCat expressed interest in exhibiting his work on his father’s traditional territory and by mentoring Qawam, this exhibit has two dynamic stories Read more here.

Activity Highlights

Escape!Whistler Two New Rooms

ESCAPE! WHISTLER Adding Two New Themed Rooms This Winter

A Live Escape Room is a real life gaming experience where groups of 2 to 6 people are placed inside a themed room. Your group will be presented with puzzles, riddles, and clues which you must work together to solve within 45 minutes in order to “Escape” from the situation you are in. This winter Escape! Whistler is adding two new themed rooms to their repertoire. Be prepared for fun, creative, and interactive obstacles. How far you make it will depend on your group’s ability to solve the challenges. If you get stumped along the way, you will have the opportunity to receive two clues to help you advance. But don’t waste time…you only have 45 minutes to Escape! escapewhistler.com

Canadian Campfire Cookout

*NEW* - Canadian Campfire Cookout with Canadian Wilderness Adventures

Explore the forested trails of the Callaghan Valley and an old Trapper’s Cabin by snowshoe. Your headlamp lights the way as the twilight descends amongst the ancient old-growth forest. Come together around your own campfire and experience a true Canadian Campfire Cookout with smokies, chili and s’mores and live entertainment. The perfect evening activity for families and couples looking to cozy by the fire surrounded by wilderness. Suitable for all fitness levels and ages. www.canadianwilderness.com.

Hotel Highlight

Fairmont Gold

A Newly Re-imagined Fairmont Gold Experience

After much anticipation, a $14.2 million re-imagined Fairmont Gold boutique hotel within a hotel will be unveiled in late November. This new Fairmont Gold promises to be the ultimate ‘next level’ experience for the discerning traveller with enhanced amenities, luxurious accommodation, sophisticated culinary offerings, and personalized concierge services. The lounge has doubled in size at 3,300sq feet offering 103 seats and a new balcony space. Exclusively for Fairmont Gold guests, a new in-room sensory aromatherapy spa experience with SkinJay, an all-natural essential oil pod diffused through the showerhead. The bath scents menu includes sleep, detox, play or party. Made in France, the capsules are completely recyclable. Fairmont Chateau Whistler is only one of three hotels in North America to offer and the only one on the West Coast. Read more here.

Event Highlight

Whistler Film Festival

Whistler Film Festival Unveils Plans For 2020 Edition

Whistler Film Festival (WFF) has unveiled plans to celebrate their 20th anniversary virtually over 20 days from December 1 to 20, 2020. WFF 2020 will still feature film premieres, filmmaker and talent talks, and industry initiatives all scheduled for streaming convenience. The lineup will include up to 30 new feature films and five short film programs.