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!
What are you waiting for?
Winter has set in and Whistler has become a beautiful winter wonderland but baby, it’s cold out there! The best way to relax in Whistler on a cold winter evening after a day outside in the snow is in front of a toasty warm fireplace. These sample listings have some of the most beautiful fireplaces available in Whistler today.
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Take a moment to sit back and relax in front of one of the many fireplaces in this home. The grand floor-to-ceiling, wood-burning fireplace in the living room sets the perfect stage for entertaining while the window-framed, gas fireplace in the family room is perfect for enjoying amazing mountain views and a great book. In the evening, the master bedroom will be cozy and warm thanks to the cozy fireplace. More >>
This stunning floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, framed by peaceful forested views is the perfect compliment to a large, open-concept living area. Light a fire and host a family game night or a gourmet dinner party as the winter snow falls. More >>
Sitting in a quiet, sunny location, this river rock fireplace with large wood beam mantel makes this living area a comfortable and cozy room. More >>
This stone fireplace offers the perfect focal point for this living room, dining room combination. With an extra long ledge, you can dress this fireplace up or let it stand on its own. More >>
This fully renovated townhome offers a gorgeous fireplace for those looking for a sleek modern look. Step away from the traditional idea of Whistler decor with sleek lines and cool ambiance of this gas fireplace. More >>
Light a fire in this traditional-style, air-tight wood stove and fill up your kettle to enjoy a warm cocoa with water boiled on the heat from your fireplace. This is the ultimate experience for a truly cozy winter day by the fire. More >>
For a true Whistler experience, take it outside. Sit back and enjoy panoramic mountain views while you roast marshmallows over the fire and gaze up to the night sky. More >>
If a traditional fire pit is more up your alley, this flat and grassy backyard is the perfect setting to sit around the fire and share stories in summer and winter. More >>
Imagine waking and sipping your morning coffee in this gorgeous country-style kitchen/dining area complete with fireplace, while you gaze out our window to the rolling fields and mountain vistas of the Pemberton Valley – Paradise! More >>
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!
The rain has come to the Village and this means that snow is falling in the Alpine. I have started to think about pulling out my winter jacket, I have found my winter sweaters and mittens. My winter boots are by the door ready to go. Old man winter is nipping at our heels and the countdown is on to opening day.
What does all this mean? It is time to prepare your home for the winter months ahead before we get to deep in snow.
If you have yet to get started on your fall check-list, here are my top 10 tips for getting your home ready for winter:
The most important step in getting ready for winter is to make sure that you are ready for the ski/board season ahead. Here are 5 things you should be doing:
I just got back from a perfect mini-getaway and an amazing ski-touring trip in the Hurley Pass. Ski-touring is not always the first thing you think to do when you are visiting the Whistler and Pemberton areas but it is so much fun and something you should look into if you are looking for a little adventure.
There are several ski touring companies in Whistler and Pemberton, but this time, we went with Blackcomb Snowcats. The Hurley Pass is just north of Pemberton, hidden in the South Chilcotin Mountains. Backcountry Snowcats provides pick-up in either Whistler or Pemberton and multi-day trips provide lodging in their Backcountry Lodge.
The World Ski & Snowboard Festival is just around the corner! Can you believe it?!
This is one of the biggest parties in Whistler and you could win a VIP experience to celebrate the coming of spring and the end of the 2013/2014 ski and snowboard season in Whistler.
Check out Dose.ca for your chance to win.
Whistler offers clean, fresh mountain air, gorgeous surroundings and an endless variety of healthy activities for you to experience. With such beneficial attributes, it isn’t surprising that this resort has also become a renowned destination for health and wellness getaways.
Here are a few places to relax, rejuvenate and cultivate a healthier lifestyle:
Have you had the chance to visit the Whistler Museum? If not, make a point to. You’ll be fascinated by photos of Whistler’s first pioneers, Whistler’s original ski-bums, and beautiful photos of the ever changing mountain scenery.
The mission of the Whistler Museum is to “collect, preserve, document and interpret the natural and human history of mountain life – with an emphasis on Whistler – and to provide a forum in which to present an innovative range of exhibitions and education programs to enrich the lives of residents and guests.”
And believe me, the staff and supports of Whistler Museum have done just that. The Museum is located across from our new office at 4333 Main Street, and is open 7 days a week, 11am-5pm. Admission is under $10.00.