Hi everyone! Sorry for my absence from the blog in August – I was visiting family in British Columbia, Canada and was just having too much fun to sit down and type! As usual, the trip home was packed with visits, delicious food, and memorable side trips to beautiful destinations.
One special day trip we did was to Whistler, BC, home (along with Vancouver) of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. We visited my friend Kristal and her brother for the day and had a blast strolling through the village, hiking, and working up an appetite (it’s that mountain air, I tell ya). Whistler is a popular wintertime destination for ski and snowboard enthusiasts, but there’s plenty to do there in the summertime as well. During our visit, we encountered hikers, golfers, mountain bikers competing in the Crankworx Whistler Mountain Bike Festival, and tourists just soaking in the cool resort vibe. Here are some of my personal favourite Whistler activities:
1. Get a scoop (or two) of Cows ice cream
Cows Creamery is a Canadian specialty ice cream shop with origins on Prince Edward Island (PEI). There are now 11 Cows shops across Canada, with 2 shops (1 big and 1 small) in Whistler Village. Cows ice cream is all hand-made using the highest quality ingredients. Their fantastic flavours paired with clever names (Wowie Cowie, Caramel Moocchiato, Fluff ‘N Udder, and Royal Cownadian Mint, to name a few) and cute merchandising make this ice cream shop a must-visit when in Whistler. I can personally recommend Gooey Mooey, a burnt sugar vanilla ice cream with English toffee marble, caramel cups, and chocolate flakes. (Thanks to Instagrammer @lunancake_flowercake for permission to use the tempting Cows ice cream photo above).
2. Go for a hike around Lost Lake
Lost Lake is a small lake a short distance from Whistler Village. Its surrounding trails are popular for hiking and biking, and its beach area is perfect for lazy picnics and sunbathing. The 5km loop trail is open from March to October and takes approximately 1.5 hours to walk/hike depending on your pace.
3. Grab a treat at Purebread
Bakery lovers should make time to visit Purebread, a family bakery in Whistler Village. The display case of baked goods could tempt anyone; choose from sweet loaves, indulgent bars, giant cookies, savoury pastries, flaky croissants, and much more. It was hard to pick just one treat, but the slice of raspberry riot loaf we selected was amazing.
4. Pay a visit to the Olympic Rings
The Olympic spirit can still be felt in Whistler Village following the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Visitors can view the five interlocking Olympic rings at the entrance of the Olympic Plaza at the north end of the Whistler Stroll in Whistler Village. I love how you can see the flags through the rings – good design!
5. Quell your appetite at Peaked Pies
If ice cream and baked goods haven’t filled you up yet, then a visit to Peaked Pies is in order. These Aussie-style meat (or vegetarian) savoury pies can be served plain or ‘peaked’, i.e. topped with a scoop of mashed potatoes, mushy green peas, and gravy. Our steak, bacon, and cheese pie and chicken, mushroom, and leek pie were big hits. A bit tucked away in the village, Peaked Pies is worth seeking out! (Big thanks to Instagrammer @simon_65 for permission to use the drool-worthy Peaked Pies photo below).
Of course there’s much more to do in Whistler than just eat ! Other popular activities include soaking in the baths at the peaceful and rustic Scandinave Spa, playing a round of golf at Canada’s #1 golf resort, taking a ride on the Guinness World Record-breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola which boasts the highest and longest lift in the world, visiting the award-winning Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, or strolling through the Whistler Farmers Market on Sundays and Wednesdays. Come up for the day or stay overnight in one of the many beautiful hotels or cabins scattered throughout Whistler – you’ll love it!
For more Whistler activities, check out the Tourism Whistler website.
Have you ever been to Whistler? What time of year do you like to visit best? Also, what did YOU get up to this summer? Let’s catch up!