Whistler will be a buzz this weekend to celebrate a major milestone for Canada – The 150th anniversary of Confederation!
There is sure to be something for everyone with free concerts, activities, parades, fireworks, and so much more happening all week long. Best of all, the sun will be smiling upon us all week long! So, make sure you get out there to celebrate, take in a concert, experience the Canadian outdoors.
Here is a look at everything that happening so you don’t miss a thing:
The Village sparkles with lights through the night, snow dusts the grounds, and Whistler is buzzing with activity. There is nothing like the holidays in Whistler.
As we say goodbye to 216 and prepare to celebrate the coming of 2017, there is no shortage of activities for the entire family.
The Village becomes a hive of family-friendly entertainment and activities, just put on your wristband and head out to enjoy the festivities (including free skating, live performances, arts, crafts, a teen dance, and more) leading up to the midnight fireworks display. Find out more here.
There are parties guaranteed at every pub and club in town. Find a list of events here.
Whistler is always busy during the holidays – and for good reason!
Not only is the skiing/snowboarding fantastic, but there is never any shortage of activities and events – and this year is no exception. If you plan to spend the holidays in Whistler this year, check out Tourism Whistler’s guide the the Whistler Holiday Experience so that you don’t miss a thing.
With everything from visits with Santa, to free skating and tubing, to artisan markets, there is something for everyone!
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Racers get ready! Get set! Go! This weekend is going to be a busy one in the Sea-to-Sky corridor with each community hosting a big event.
When: June 20, 2015
What: Cross-Country Mountain Bike Race
The Test of Metal is one of Squamish’s biggest and most popular cross-country mountain bike races. Now in its 20th year, there will nearly 1,000 riders participating in this grueling test of strength, stamina, and endurance. The 67 kilometer course will include over 1,200 meters of climbing and 35 kilometers along the single-track trails of Squamish.
Average competitors can expect to finish the course in about 4 hours while the fastest riders aim for a time of about 2.5 hours.
For the thousands of spectators who come out to cheer on the riders and participate in the festivities there will be vendors (including food trucks and beer garden) at the finish line at the Loggers Sports Grounds. Spectators can also take part in the CrossFit Squamish Strength in Stone competition or the Celebrity Challenge.
Where are the best viewing spots: The race begins at Brennan Park at 11 AM. Make sure you are there in lots of time to get a good viewing spot for the start. A shuttle will be available to take spectators to the Powerhouse Zone and from there to the Finish Line. Or, set yourself up anywhere along the 35 kilometer single-track portion of the course.
Where: Whistler Olympic Park
When: June 20 & 21, 2015
What: An extreme 10 – 12 mile obstacle course
The Tough Mudder Pledge: I understand that the Tough Mudder is not a race but a Challenge. I put teamwork and camaraderie before my course time. I do not whine. I help my fellow mudders complete the course. I overcome all fears.
The Tough Mudder is exactly what it promises – TOUGH! This 10 to 12 mile obstacle course, designed by the British Special Forces, will test your physical strength, mental grit, and most importantly your team-work and camaraderie. No participant is left behind and the course is not timed. Instead the focus is on overcoming all the challenges by working together and pushing through.
Participants register in teams and must work together with their team, and everyone else, as the climb steep hills, wade through freezing water, crawl through mud, scale walls, jump from heights, run through electricity, and battle unforgiving man-made obstacles you won’t find anywhere else. It is not easy and finishing is its own glorious reward.
Participants need to have strength, edurance, agility, and cardio, cardio, cardio! Even spectators should come prepared with a change of cloths and be ready to scream and cheer their friends, colleagues, and all participants on.
When: June 20, 2015
What: A trail running race
The inaugural BarnBurner Triple is a grass roots event that will take runners over some of Pemberton’s favourit, world-renowned trails. Runners are able to choose between 10, 15, and 25 kilometer courses that follow 3 distinct courses. They can complete the distance individually or run it as a relay with a team.
The race will begin at the new Pemberton Community Barn and will showcase the best of what Pemberton has to offer, including spectacular vistas, technical single-track trails, steep inclines, and flowing descents. In its first year, organizers estimate 150 to 200 participants from all over BC, the Pacific Northwest, and beyond.
This year Pemberton Winterfest returns to One Mile Lake from January 16 – 18. This 3-day annual event is a true celebration of what makes Pemberton so special – a spectacular setting and a vibrant community. This is a chance to kick up your heels and embrace winter in a family-friendly festival with events and entertainment not to miss. Some of this year’s events include pick-up hockey, ice skating, ice fishing, curling, snow painting, and more. In addition, there will be a daily bon fire, music, and food concession, including ‘You Roast’ Hot Dogs & S’Mores.
Are you ready to take the plunge? Slip into your best bathing suite or costume and be ready for a dip in the icy waters of One Mile Like at 12 Noon on Sunday January 18th. Be there or be….warm? Don’t worry, there will be hot chocolate for all those who brave the waters – don’t forget a nice warm towel and dry clothes.
There will be a free screening of an outdoor movie every day of the festival at 6:00 PM. For extra enjoyment, pack a thermos of hot chocolate and throw some popcorn in a bag to enjoy throughout the show. On Friday the movie will be followed by fireworks at 8:00 PM and on Saturday it will be followed by the lighting of the Pemberton Wish Lanterns at 700 PM.
Free shuttles will run every 15 minutes on January 16 & 17 between 4:00 PM and 8:30 PM. The pick-up location for the shuttle is at the Pemberton Valley Lodge and the Pemberton Community Centre.
Parking will be available at the Old Highway Yard behind the Visitor Centre and at the Pemberton Community Centre. The parking lots at One Mile Lake will be closed.
For a full schedule of events please visit the Pemberton Winterfest website.
Please note that the dates for this event have changed. Pemberton Winterfest will now run from January 23 to January 24.
Another year almost over and, as usual, there is no shortage of things to do in Whistler to celebrate the coming of 2015. Christmas is over but with the Village stroll full of lights and snow dusting the ground, Whistler is buzzing with activity and fun for the entire family.
Need a break or a place to take you kids to run off some energy after the excitement of Christmas? The Whistler Holiday Experience provides a warm, indoor entertainment zone with a mini-putt course, table games, crafts, video games, a bouncy castle, and more. The best part is that parents can sit back and enjoy a coffee or hot coco while their kids entertain themselves. The Whistler Holiday Experience at the Whistler Conference Centre is open from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily until January 6th (but is closed on December 31).
On December 30th children between the ages of 5 and 12 can enjoy a night away from their parents. Whistler Kids will provide supervision from 5:30 to 9:00 PM and there will be activities, dinner, snacks, and more. Find out more here.
So, you have finished your day on the mountain but still need something to do before dinner? Every Monday & Wednesday there will be family-friendly entertainment and activities at Whistler Olympic Plaza from 4:30 to 6:30. On December 29th Toni Smith will be on stage and there will be street games, a balloon twister, and a more! Find out more here.
The free outdoor skating rink in Whistler Village is open every day from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Don’t have your own skates? No need to worry. Rentals are available for only $5.
Ring in the new year at this family-friendly evening of entertainment and celebration. You can purchase your ticket to the event here or at Millennium Place, Meadow Park Sports Centre, and the Whistler Visitor Centre. Tickets will give you access to a range of venues with entertainment for all ages, crafts, food, dancing, ice skating, a special kid’s countdown party at 9:00 PM, and more. There will be something for everyone to enjoy.
You can’t celebrate New Year’s without fireworks! The best seats for the fireworks show will be at Skiers Plaza at the base of Whistler, but, as long as you can see Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains you will probably be able to see the show so make sure you don’t miss it!
Other New Year’s Eve Events
Not interested in the family-friendly Whistler Presents? Not to worry, there are parties planned accross town in almost every pub, club, and restaurant. From the Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s New Years Eve Gala to the New Year’s Eve Extravaganza at the Bearfoot Bistro, to Buffalo Bills New Years Eve Masquerade Party and the Roaring 20’s Party at the Firerock, there is sure to be an event for you. Here is a full list of other New Year’s Eve events.
No matter how you decide to spend your New Years, I wish you a safe evening filled with fun, laughter and cheer. I look forward to seeing you in 2015 – HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Who has the best burgers? What DJ gets you dancing? Where do you apres? It is time for you to get your vote on and help decide who is truly the ‘Best of Whistler 2014’.
I was honoured to be voted Best REALTOR in Whistler for 2011 and 2012 and I would love to regain that honour in 2014! If you agree, please take a moment to fill out the Pique survey HERE. Vote for me and then let me know that you did. For every vote I get, I will donate $2 to WAG as a show of appreciation for your time and support. Voting closes on December 7th.
Thanks for all of your continued support!
Planning to spend this weekend in Whistler? Here are a few of the events to look forward to:
This is the ultimate gravity fueled, mountain bike festival. With only 3 days left here are some of the events that will be happening this weekend:
Visit the Crankworx Whistler website for more information. Or, take a walk through the Village to check out the posted schedules of events and entertainment.
When: 12:00 – 4:00pm
Where: The Upper Village at the Base of Blackcomb
What: A celebration of all things cheese including:
- Uphill Races: A kids race to roll cheese up the cheese rolling hill
- Cheese Bowling: A kids race to roll cheese through an obstacle course
- Face Painting
- Cheese Tasting
- Expert Seminars with Cheese Makers & Experts
- Crazy Costume Contest
- THE MAIN EVENT: Put on a helmet & knee pads to chase an 11-pound wheel of cheese down a hill! The first person to the cheese gets 2 season passes to Whistler Blackcomb!
This is the Sea-to-Sky’s signature agrotourism event. Take a pedal-powered trip through the beautiful Pemberton Meadows and meet local growers, sample fresh produce, connect with the local community, and more!
For more information or to register, visit the Tourism Pemberton website.
The 2014 Wanderlust Festival in Whistler is happening this weekend from July 31 to August 4. Although is is commonly known as a festival of yoga, including classes from the world’s leading yoga teachers, it also brings together top musical acts and performers as well as renowned speakers and amazing chefs. This is a festival for all the senses.
Yoga: You can create your ideal day of yoga at the Wanderlust festival – no matter if you are an experienced yogi or brand new to the practice. A broad selection of classes, from relaxing meditation to aerial yoga, there is something for all ability levels and interests. See the Yoga schedule here.
Music: A feast for your ears. Wanderlust believes that ‘if yoga is the soul, music is the beating of the heart’. The festival brings a wide variety of musical performers together, from the beloved to those who you are yet to discover. View the musical lineup here.
Outdoor Adventure: In addition to yoga, the Wanderlust festival celebrates a healthy outdoor lifestyle with hiking, trail runs, mountain biking, zip-lining, rafting, and rock climbing. Check out the adventures here.
Food & Wine: Find healthy food choices from renowned chefs throughout the festival. No matter if it is a quick bit on the go or a fine dining experience. Find out more about the dining experience here.
Speaker Series: The Wanderlust Speakeasy Lectures focus on topics related to mindful living and feature a lineup of yoga teachers, musicians, authors, business leaders, filmmakers, and philosophers. See the lineup here.
A family affair: The Wanderlust Festival is not just for adults! The festival offers a variety of kids programs and workshops for all ages. Learn about the kids programs here.
Tickets are limited but there are still some available. To purchase tickets for get more information, visit the Wanterlust Whistler website.
After 6 years, this year marked the return of the Pemberton Music Festival and for 4 days (plus 1 day in Whistler) 20,000 people flocked the the festival grounds. Now that we are living in Pemberton, I had a fantastic time enjoying the music from my very own viewing stage.