When most people think of Whistler, they think of adrenaline pumping adventures and outdoor activities. Yes, Whistler is all of that, but did you know there are over 20 spa facilities in Whistler? Their offerings range from luxurious full-body pampering to flawless treatments from Whistler’s top estheticians. While it always feels nice to treat yourself, it feels even better after a day of crisp mountain air and thrills.

 

Here are just a few of our favourite spas and treatments…

Scandinave Spa

Scandinave Spa is probably the most well-known spa in Whistler because their offerings are so unique. Hot and cold pools, steam room, sauna, solarium, fireplaces, tea stations and a massage building are scattered in the tranquil forest of Whistler. Most spa go-ers spend a few hours alternating between the traditional Nordic hot, cold, relax cycle for the full hydrotherapy experience.

Favourite: the eucalyptus steam room – I know you can find these anywhere but starting out the day with this steam makes your head feel clear and set to enjoy and relax the rest of the spa experiences at Scandinave Spa.

The Spa at Nita Lake Lodge

The Spa at Nita Lake Lodge is a boutique spa in Whistler. It feels as though the cozy, open and refined spaces are private and just for you. They offer a wide range of skin care treatments and all done with high quality products. All treatments include complimentary use of the stunning mountain view rooftop hot tubs, eucalyputs steam room, cozy robes and sandals.

Favourite: Ask about the new innovative truBody treatment – think of all the gains of an intense workout without any of the strain, and in a safe, controlled environment. Sounds intriguing!

Vida Spa

Come to the fairmont for the mountain side access at the Vida Spa. Their services range from massage treatments, to facials, to body wraps and more. They also offer one-on-one restorative yoga sessions for anyone missing their yin practice while traveling.

Favourtie: Try the full-body wrap, a treatment you rarely choose but after a day on the mountain this will leave your whole body feeling rejuvenated.

Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa

Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa, is the only authentic Javanese style Spa in North America. Aromatherapeutic oils along with exotic flowers give you a spa treatment you’ve never anywhere else experienced, except maybe Java. The spa uses inspirations from ancient body and beauty rituals that derived from the Royal Court of Surakarta. They specialize in traditional body treatments to help you deeply relax and rejuvenate.

Favorite: The signature treatment, a Javanese Massage, along with other well-thought-out therapies have received a variety of awards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pemberton is extremely fortunate to have been able to begin develop an incredible recreation park with the generous land donation from the Den Duyf family. For Art Den Duyf, founder of a local excavation and construction company the Sabre Group, giving back to the community was always a priority. After his passing in 2012, his final wishes gifted the Village of Pemberton an eight-hectare piece of land.

A site concept was developed in partnership with the SLRD and Lil’wat Nation and proposed amenities including two grass soccer fields, two smaller practice fields, one slow pitch field and recreation facilities including an arena, a swimming pool and multi-sport complex.

The concept has since been revised to include an amenity building adjacent to the second FIFA regulation-size soccer field (including washrooms, change rooms, a concession stand, and storage) as well as the replacement of the two smaller practice fields with a Mountain Bike Skills Park.

So far, the construction of the first soccer field has been completed, the second soccer field construction is under way and site preparations have begun for the bike skills park.

This park is a huge asset to the communities it serves and everyone who visits it to enjoy. Take a look at the progress next time you’re up in Pemberton!

Planning a ski holiday this year?

You have great timing! Winter 2021/2022 in Whistler is predicted to be a La Niña year.

La Niña typically brings conditions that are wetter and cooler than average to the Pacific Northwest and northern Plains, especially during the winter.

What does this mean for outdoor enthusiasts? Snow, snow, and more snow!

Historically La Niña winters have had been record-breaking for snowfall in Whistler. Back in the winter of 1973/74 Whistler saw the most snowfall ever recorded, a snowbase of 504cm!

What causes La Niña?

La Niña is an oceanic and atmospheric phenomenon that sweeps off of the pacific ocean. La Niña (Spanish for “the girl”)  is the colder counterpart of El Niño (Spanish for “the child, masculine”) as part of the ENSO (El Niño-Southern Oscillation) weather cycle. A long time ago, these opposite systems were called El Niño and El Viejo, meaning “the old man”. But has since been commonly referred to as La Niña and El Niño.

During a La Niña period, the temperature of the water across the eastern equatorial part of the Pacific Ocean will be lower than normal by 3-5 °C. As a result wind and weather sweeping in from the ocean is colder and wetter. An appearance of La Niña persists for at least five months at a time. It has extensive effects on the weather across the globe, especially in the areas along the pacific mountains (like our coastal range).

We can expect more tropical storms in the south and more champagne powder in the north this winter! Happy skiing!

Here are the best brunch spots to fuel up at before a hard day on the mountain, to carb-load after the night before or just to sit and enjoy the morning with no plans for the day.

Southside Diner

Does anything hit the spot quite like diner food? Southside Diner “no-fuss” brunch is sure to hit the spot with a variety of delicious menu items such as huevos rancheros, the Southside Slam (bacon and sausage with two eggs and two pancakes), and the ever-popular BELTCH sandwich, featuring bacon, egg, lettuce, tomato, cheese and ham on toast.

Elements

Looking for a more upscale brunch option? You can opt for your classic bacon-and-egg breakfast or simply amazing French toast. However, local picks include the benedicts – the version topped with British Columbia smoked salmon, crispy capers and citrus hollandaise or a frittata made with free-range eggs and served with artisan bread.

Crêpe Montagne

Get a little taste of France in Whistler where their speciality is authentic French crepes. The options extend to more intricate plates, like pancake stacks, toasted westerns and a choice of six different types of eggs benedict and of course a wide-range variety of crepes. Looking for a boozy brunch? They offer a full cocktail menu as well.

Alpine Café

Outside of the village bustle, the Alpine Café is a local’s hot spot. Founded by two former employees of Araxi Restuarant, an award-winning Whistler establishment. The menu is simple, such as eggs-any-style plates with a side of bacon, potatoes and toast or a variety of breakfast sandwiches, burritos and bagels but so tasty and with a casual atmosphere.

Portobello

Looking for somewhere casual with a great atmosphere and the smell of freshly bakes pastries? Portobello offers excellent coffee, pastries, breakfast bowls and quick and easy service. The adirondack chairs outside circle around a firepit and I think a lovely way to start your day!

Stonesedge

Looking for a great list of brunch cocktails? Stonesedge Kitchen offers a rustic elegance, effortless charm, and is polished without being fussy. Items on their menu are classic but with a flare you won’t find anywhere else like the breakfast poutine or the breakfast charcuterie board.

A-Frame Cabins- The Sought-After Mountain Resort Gem

Due to less expensive in building costs, the A-frame home was a family vacation staple from the 1930s through to the 1970s & 1980s. Companies were even selling DIY kits for people to build the home themselves. With a sloping roof that nearly (and sometimes does!) touch the ground, its shape is optimal in climates that experience heavy snowfall. The structure is famous for being a simpler build, as its humble in size and often comprised of a modest, compact floorplan.

“The reason for the recent popularity of the A-frame is the vintage look. It brings back a lot of memories, especially for millennials and baby boomers, like myself, reminding us of way back in the day when these homes were prevalent,” says Bob Angilella, an agent and team leader with RE/MAX Big Bear in Big Bear Lake, California.

While some have been refurbished, many A-frame homes hitting the market still boast their original shag carpeting, an orange-colored kitchen, dark wood paneling or a woodstove – typically freestanding or hovering from the ceiling.

It’s no surprise that in 2021, people are brimming with wanderlust. The pandemic lifestyle has vacation-goers and relocators alike searching for a getaway that feels almost off-grid. And coupled with the constant presence of technology, it’s no wonder those who seek out an A-frame admire its symbolism of days gone by, a memento of nature’s tranquility and time spent with loved ones.

He also says that in today’s hot housing market, these homes are selling fast – whether buyers are looking for an immediate getaway or a renovation project. Knowing the current fascination with the style, too, Angilella says many are seeking out these homes as a possible investment opportunity.

“Buying a cabin [and renting it out] could be a great way to generate income, help pay the bills, help pay the mortgage, and still have a vacation home to escape to,” he explains.

As they aren’t built as often anymore, A-frames are harder to come by – and when they hit the market, there’s sure to be quite the buzz surrounding them. Whether it’s the fond memories they resurface or the quality time in nature they provide, these nostalgic oases continue to delight those who visit decades after their popularization.

New Development Alert!

An ambitious new housing project is currently in the midst of getting approval. Just south of Squamish in Britannia Beach, a new community aims to give residents the perfect day, every day. This massive planned community plans to feature over 1,000 homes, Canada’s largest wave garden surf park, 2 beaches, a Brewery, Skatepark, Pumptrack, Retail and Co-working spaces, sports fields, community center, schools, hotel, campground, cliffside restaurant, and suspension bridge.  South Britannia, as it’s currently being called by parent corporation Tiger bay Development Corp is truly a love letter to the Sea to Sky region.

A quick drive to Squamish, and situated between Vancouver and Whistler, this community aims to give residents easy access to all of the Sea to Sky.

This development is still receiving the approval it needs from the SLRD in order to move forward. This will include rezoning of the entire area which is currently being used as an industrial gravel pit. If approved the master plan is set to take place over four phases.

Phase 1

If the majority of the rezoning is finished this year, the surf park could open by 2024. There are also some commercial spaces planned to be built in this initial phase.

Phase 2

Phase 2 will include about 250 to 300 homes—a mix of duplexes, townhouses, and apartments—at market prices. The idea is to rejuvenate a currently underused space to put in place more affordable houses into the Sea to Sky for young families and professionals.

Future Phases

The four-phase master plan allows for up to 1,050 homes: 900 market houses and 150 rental apartments, 50 of which will be affordable housing units.

 

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