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An Insider’s Guide to Whistler

TEDActive is a week-long event. But many argue that it’s also everything that comes before and after. Given that it’s our first year in Whistler, why not use it as an excuse to linger and explore? Go on, let this be your invitation to arrive early and stay late.

Of course, charting new territory can be daunting. Where do you even start?

We reached out to our Event Operations rockstar Lilli Clark, pictured above in her ski gear. She’s a native Canadian, works from the Vancouver registration office, and has been frequenting Whistler since she was young (we have the proof). Here, she compiled for you a list of all of her favorite places to experience, eat and go out:

THINGS TO DO

  • Ski the Peak to Creek – The longest run on either Mountain is the Peak to Creak at 11km. It starts at the very Peak of Whistler Mountain and takes you all the way to the bottom at Creekside. You can’t leave Whistler without saying you’ve done it.
  • Scandinav Spa – A truly luxurious experience. A large expanse of hot and cold outdoor pools nestled into a hill. On a gorgeous snowy night nothing beats soaking in the hot pools as big snowflakes melt on your cold nose and cheeks. But no talking ;)
  • Après at the GLC or Dustys – You cannot come to Whistler without experiencing its legendary après Ski. I prefer either GLC (Garibaldi Lift Company) or Dustys both of which are located at the bottom of Whistler Mountain. (One at Creekside and one in the Village). If there are cold beers, goggle wind burns and people dancing in ski boots, you know you’ve stumbled upon true après.
  • Pow Pow Pow – Locals will tell you it’s the only thing TO do. For newbies, “pow” refers fluffy, soft powder snow perfect for snowboarding/skiing. There’s plenty to go around.
  • Peak 2 Peak Gondola – The view from the Peak 2 Peak Gondola is spectacular and very much a must-see. It’s a beautiful ride and connects Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.

PLACES TO EAT

  • If I told you where the BEST place to eat in Whistler was then it wouldn’t be Whistler’s best kept secret. So find me at TEDActive and I’ll whisper it in your ear.  You won’t regret it.
  • Alta Bistro – a hidden gem. Modern French cuisine set in a casual bistro atmosphere. Locally sourced and sustainable offerings.
  • Gone Bakery – Best place for a quick coffee or lunch. Gone Bakery offers some of the best soups in town with fresh bread baked in house daily. No fancy bells or whistles, just really good comfort food.
  • Elements – Elements Urban Tapas Parlour is one of my favorite places for Breakfast or Brunch. With a cozy atmosphere and Java Maple Bacon French Toast on the menu…how can you go wrong?
  • Fat Tonys Pizza + Zogs – Pizza or Poutine? Pick your late night poison. But be sure to hit up these two late night joints.

LATE NIGHT SPOTS

  • Cure Lounge @ Nita Lake Lodge – One of the best places to kick back and relax by a roaring fire and drink one of the best Caesars in town. They also boast a very creative drink menu thanks to their talented in house mixologist.
  • Dubh Linn Gate – A traditional Irish pub. True local hang out. ‘Nuff said :)
  • Brewhouse – Perfect place to get your beer and pool game on.
  • Cittas – One of Whistler’s originals, Cittas (pronounced “Cheetahs”) is located in the heart of the village and has some of the best people-watching.
Lilli
“A Whistler ‘classic’ of me cross country skiing with my parents…or refusing to do so,” says Lilli Clark

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