by Michelle Sproule | It’s easy to love Whistler in winter on account of its associated slopes, but summer has a lot to offer too. It just as vibrant, busy, and beautiful. Here are seven things to check out before the season ends…
BEER FESTIVAL | Whistler’s annual beer fest runs four days and features beers from over 60 breweries, not to mention lots of talks, tours, tastings and beer-themed suppers. There are still tickets available to the weekend’s main outdoor tastings. We went last year and can vouch for the venue and vibe, it’s pretty great to wander around in the fresh mountain air tasting great beer and talking to the people who make it. There are also lots of fantastic events and ancillary attractions to check out.
Sept 14-17 | Various times, locations and prices | DETAILS
AWESOME BBQ | Sidecut at the The Four Seasons has its great Backyard BBQ going down on Thursday. This relaxed outdoor event is the official kick-off of the beer fest and is themed appropriately. Expect beer-inspired dishes and a whack of participating breweries including Whistler, Howe Sound, Steel & Oak, Strange Fellows, Steamworks, and Driftwood. Not only will there be more food than you can eat (buffet-style for only $32) but there will also be beer tokens for pints from the aforementioned breweries (1/$8 or 4/$25). We hit one of these BBQs earlier in the summer and it was awesome. It all goes down outside with raffles, giveaways, and live music by Big Mountain Rhythm.
Thu, Sept. 14 | 6pm | 4591 Blackcomb Way, Whistler | $32 | DETAILS
GARDEN CAFFEINATION | We strongly suggest a pit stop to and from the at Function Junction to grab coffee at Camp Lifestyle + Coffee Co. Not only do they make a tasty cup (using 49th Parallel beans), but they also have a cool selection of clothes, accessories, housewares and design-forward trinkets, not to mention a beautiful garden out back where you can put your feet up and relax.
1066 Millar Creek Rd. | Function Junction | www.camplifestyle.ca
FOREST & TRAILS | With all the eating and drinking you’ll be doing, it’ll be wise to stretch your legs a little. Hit the trails to restore your appetite. The air is amazing; the fallen pine needles are now sun-roasted and smelling fantastic; and it’s still warm enough to forego the layers that will be needed in a few weeks. Whistler has hiking for all levels and time commitments. Take an easy spin around Emerald, Alta or Lost Lake or get into the hills for a day trip. We connected with the Concierge at The Four Seasons for some guidance on where and how to go the last time we were up, but the Whistler Blackcomb website is also a great resource as well. Winter is coming, so go out on last T-shirt hike while you still can!
BAR OSO | This refined Spanish tapas bar is the best new addition to Whistler Village in recent memory. Owned by Toptable (the same folks who gave us West, Blue Water Cafe, CinCin, Araxi, and Thierry), it’s equal parts pretty and properly served, with delicious bocadillos, raciones and charcuterie options facing a tight selection of original cocktails (and more gin and tonic options than you’ll know what to do with). We’d much rather it was located in Kits or Hastings-Sunrise than up in the mountains, but there’s nothing we can do about that except to say that no trip to Whistler is complete without a visit.
Daily 1130am-12am | 150-4222 Village Square, Whistler | DETAILS
ART | The Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery is currently showing at the Audain Gallery and well worth working into your Whistler weekend. This exhibition boasts 75 paintings from Constable, Delacroix, Freud, Gainsborough, Reynolds, Sargent, Sickert, Sisley, Sutherland, Turner, Carr, Harris, Krieghoff, and Dali (to name a few), so it’s seriously impressive.The show is held over until Monday, October 10th, so get in there and see it. Standing in front of an original 13 ft tall Salvador Dali painting isn’t something you get to do just any old time, so take advantage!
Now – October 10 | 10am-5pm | 4350 Blackcomb Way, Whistler | $18 | DETAILS
MARKET | A Farmers Market gives a unique snapshot of the character of any city, town, or region. Get to know the farmers, bakers, makers, and craftspeople of the area by browsing market booths set up on the pedestrian walkway at the base of Blackcomb Mountain on Sunday afternoon. From textiles and candles to jam, honey, bread and broccoli, the Sea To Sky region has so much to offer right now!
Sundays | 2-7pm | Now through October 9 | Upper Village Stroll, Whistler | DETAILS