We are officially in the count down to Christmas! ‘Tis the time of year of snow-capped mountain views, crunchy powder beneath your boots, lights strung up throughout the Village and of course thinking about what gifts to get your loved ones. The Village is packed with local artists and amazing shops to get your gift shopping done locally. Here are just a few local shops that I love and know you will too! There really is something for everyone with a wide range of gifts from toys for the little ones to home décor for your hosting gifts.

Get The Goods

This store offers a huge selection of gifts from all over the globe! They have some beautiful pieces and I know you will find something for someone. The store is located in Creekside with easy ski-in/ski-out access so you can pop in after your day on the slopes.

Three Singing Birds

This little boutique is truly a one-of-a-kind boutique shop with two locations in Whistler – one in Whistler Marketplace and another at Fairmont Chateau Whistler. Their shelves are jam-packed with the trendiest gifts from local candles and cosmetics to beautiful illustrations and handmade greetings cards. They clothing they offer is distinct, unique and top-notch quality…. somewhere to find a gift for that very special person in your life.

Nootka And Sea

Located in Squamish, Nootka and Sea carries all-natural skincare and aromas made locally right in Squamish. This beautiful shop has a west coast feel and I personally love it! Shopping here is easy with the self-care items, the most beautiful home goods and even a plethora of houseplants.

Defining Minimalism

Most people are familiar with the concept of minimalism. Minimalism started as a movement in the 1960s and 1970s to protest capitalism and the largely Western belief that “more” brings happiness. Minimalists rejected mainstream living and instead embraced the simple, elegant, and functional. The idealism of minimalism is that fewer things and fewer material possessions allow the person to focus on true joy and serenity without distractions. Thanks to many pop culture books, podcasts and TV series, we are starting to see minimalism grow in popularity.

Minimalism in home design

In terms of interior design, minimalism has become a very popular and trendy style. Many furniture designers and interior designers alike have been influenced by the movement. Minimalist interiors step back from the non-essential and strip items down to their most basic functions. Everything in a minimalist space serves its purpose and does so simply, without the extra bells and whistles.
Minimalist design is often confused with modern design, as the two are very similar. While both styles involve using the bare essentials to create a simple, open, bright and uncluttered space. The simplicity, clean lines, and a monochromatic palette with colour are essential elements that differentiate the two.
Most minimalist spaces feature geometric, low profile furniture. The design is simple and often quite plain. The combination of this furniture is set to make a space feel larger and brighter and improve the flow of the space. Large and bulky furniture is a big “no” for this style. All unnecessary items should remain out of sight: cords, cables, books, remotes and small appliances can ruin a minimalist look.
Light and bright colours, generally neutrals like beige, white, cream, khaki, light grey and black (sparingly) are most often used for minimalist design. A monochromatic look creates a sense of calm and simplicity that is essential for this look.

Benefits of minimalist design

Many people who choose to follow the minimalist path report a sense of calm and peacefulness while in their homes. Celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Gwyneth Paltrow and Oprah have opted for basic interiors, as an escape from busy lives. Having less can certainly feel like a sacrifice at first but it can also give you the space and freedom to unwind.

What do you think about Minimalist design?

Have questions about home design or real estate?

Give me an email at madison@madisonperry.com!

From Vancouver right to Pemberton, sushi is clearly one of the most popular cuisines in the area. The good news is whether you live in the Sea to Sky or just visiting, we’ve got the sushi game covered. Starting in Squamish and heading north to Whistler and Pemberton I have listed a few of the favorites that will be sure to satisfy that sushi craving!

 

Squamish

 

Samurai Sushi

A favorite with a few locations in Squamish and Whistler. If you looking to make a quick pit stop on Highway 99, this is the place! The sushi is well-priced, consistent, and always quick and great service.

Sushi Sen

Always a difference of opinion which sushi restaurant is the best in town, but one restaurant that seems to get a lot of talk is Sushi Sen. They have the value, freshness, and amazing innovative menu items.

 

Oryzae Japanese Cuisine

If you’re looking to enjoy a more elevated sushi experience, visit Oryzae Japanese Cuisine right in downtown Squamish. They offer a delightful array of dishes to tempt you. If you appreciate a little show at your table, ask for the Applewood-Infused Smoking Saba (Mackerel) with ginger soy sauce and get your Instagram ready.

 

Umai Sushi & Grill

Looking for some very “showy” rolls this is the place to hit up! This eatery carries the unusual (and delicious) east coast favourite ‘sushi pizza’, as well as an array of Korean dishes that occasionally fuse with the Japanese, such as the BBQ Short Rib roll. With great service, reasonable prices and good sushi be sure to add this to your list.

Sushi Goeman

Sushi Goeman offers a cozy atmosphere, relaxed vibe with a straight forward menu. A family-run business with very affordable prices. Try the Croquette or Ume-Avo (Japanese pickled plum) Rolls, exclusive to their menu.

 

Whistler

 

Samurai Sushi

A fast and efficient location in Nesters, Whistler. If you looking to make a quick pit stop on Highway 99, this is the place! My real estate office is located below this restaurant so I find myself here often! The sushi is well-priced, consistent, and always quick, and has great service.

 

Sushi Village

A favorite in Whistler by far and for good reason, it’s a must go! The atmosphere is lively, vibrant and a great place to go with a group of people. I would start with the notoriously known sweet tasting sake margarita, you won’t be disappointed. There is a very huge selection of menu items, and their rolls are top notch.

 

Sachi Sushi

Sachi Sushi is a local’s favorite! The atmosphere is casual, service is top-notch and food is fresh and good quality making this sushi joint highly rated among the locals. Their bowls are unique and tasty (try the tempura noodle bowl).

 

KA-ZE

Looking for somewhere a bit more intimate but with a delicious taste of Japan? KA-ZE serves high quality sushi with a unique twist. They offer a wide array of Japanese cuisine. Don’t miss the Set Dinner Menu for 4 or more which comes with appys, a packed sushi boat and a hot pot.

Nagomi

For authentic Japanese sushi look no further than Nagomi. Servers are knowledgeable and quick with a suggestion as they offer a wide selection of food with many unique options like Duck Confit or House Smoked Salmon. Hungry? Try the $28 4 course menu for a lot of bang for your buck and all the sushi your little heart desires.

Pemberton

 

Fish and Rice

Fish and Rice in Pemberton is sure not to disappoint…a hidden gem! The food is consistently delicious, fresh, and the service is impeccable. The atmosphere is cozy, and the menu may be small but offers a range of different items you may have never seen before like the Fish Kar-age (so good!).

If you ever need recommendations for anything in Whistler, Squamish, or Pemberton, reach out to me!

I have lived in the corridor for over 15 years and am an expert in both real estate and the lifestyle in the Sea to Sky.

 

 

 

 

What makes you think of Whistler?

When you think of our world-famous ski resort the images that probably come to your mind are snow-peaked mountains, warm fires, and cozy alpine log cabins. Your mind may even go to a relaxing sauna or Aprés in a hot tub,  you might think of many things but it’s unlikely that you think of waterslides. However, in the years 1985-1991, Whistler was well known for having two large waterslides. In this blog post, we will explore Whistler’s history and possibilities for future waterslides.

The History of our Waterslide’s

Walking through Whistler Village today, it may be hard to picture two large tandem waterslides on the mountain. The waterslides were proposed in 1983 as part of a project to market Whistler as an all-seasons resort for skiers and non-skiers alike. The proposal was almost immediately met with controversy from neighboring business owners and residents. The “Whistler Springs” waterslides project faced backlash over concerns of aesthetics and noise.

The original plans featured a juice bar, spas, and restaurant, a spiral staircase would lead guests to a sundeck and observation level. Due to pushback from the community, the plans needed many modifications and the project took two years to complete.

Finally, on August 23rd, 1985 Whistler’s first waterslides were open to the public. Locals and visitors lined up to test the new features and it was quickly noted that the right slide was slightly steeper and faster than the left.

The slides were a hit with children & ski camp goers, as well as adults. Whistler used the slides for many advertisements over the next few years. Some guests complained of being cold on the walk from the pool to the top of the stairs.

Over time, the slides lost their appeal to tourists, and the Whistler Springs waterslides were closed in 1991. The restaurant upstairs became offices and the slides were removed. The area that the slides had been was purchased by the Westin hotel. The only reminder that it ever existed there remains in the name of the Whistler Blackcomb staff services building “The Springs”.

Will Whistler slide into the Future?

While it is unlikely that Whistler will ever rebuild its waterslides, there may be hope for a future solution. The $345 Million dollars “Renaissance plan” that was developed with the merging of Whistler and Blackcomb resort, featured a similar project. The “Watershed” a large and ambitious indoor waterpark was planned to include slides, a surf zone, a kids’ splash area, cliff jumping, and hot and cold pools would have been awesome. The building was also to feature a family entertainment center, cafe and concessions, and an eight-lane bowling alley.

When Vail bought out Whistler Blackcomb the idea was benched for the time being in order to focus on-mountain improvements and expansion but the plans have not been dismissed entirely. Will we develop a waterpark in the future?

I think it would be great to bring in more families during the shoulder season and I have my fingers crossed! Do you support a Whistler waterpark?

 

 

 

A special thanks to Pique magazine, the Whistler Museum, and the Whistler archives for providing most of the source material in this article.

 

The guide to buying lift passes and tickets!

So, you’re coming up to Whistler Blackcomb and you’re eager to hit the slopes! Let’s look into the different options you have to get the lift passes that are right for you!

Lift Tickets: These can be bought the day of your trip or in advance and are specific to the day you are planning on enjoying the slopes. You can purchase same-day lift tickets online or at the resort ticket window. For the biggest savings, purchase your lift tickets online, 7+ days in advance of your visit. If you purchased your lift ticket 9 or more days in advance, your lift ticket will be mailed to your address. If you don’t receive your lift ticket before your ski day, simply go to the resort ticket window to pick up your ticket. If you purchased your lift ticket less than 9 days in advance of your first ski day, go to the resort ticket window to pick-up your ticket.

Day Passes: The Whistler Blackcomb Day Pass is a pass product that provides expanded value and flexibility over lift tickets. With savings of up to 62% as compared to lift tickets for guests purchasing in advance of the season, the Whistler Blackcomb Day Pass also offers flexibility to choose when you ski or ride throughout the season and doesn’t need to be used consecutively, whereas lift tickets must be used on specific dates.

Seasons Passes: There many options for what type of seasons pass will suit your needs. If you’re planning on visiting more mountains that just Whistler/Blackcomb, the Epic Pass may be right for you!

  • The Epic Pass offers additional limited access to Fernie Alpine Resort, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Kimberley Alpine Resort, Nakiska, Mont Sainte Anne, Stoneham, Telluride Ski Resort, Sun Valley, Snowbasin, and Hakuba Valley and Rusutsu in Japan.
  • The Unlimited Seasons Pass at Whistler Blackcomb gives you the freedom and flexibility to do winter your way. Enjoy exclusive perks and discounts at Whistler Blackcomb as an Unlimited Pass holder.
  • There are a few other options of types of passes that may suit your needs if you’re a student, local or adaptive skier or rider.

For a full list of information and answers to frequently asked questions, make sure to visit Whistler Blackcomb’s website for up-to-date prices, purchasing options and regulations that may affect the mountain!

https://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/plan-your-trip/lift-access/tickets.aspx

What’s happening on the Sea to Sky?

This week I had the pleasure of joining in on the Sea to Sky Real Estate 2021 & Beyond community update. The panel was a diverse group of community leaders from Whistler, the SLRD (Squamish-Lillotlett Regional District), Squamish, Pemberton, and the Squamish-Lill’wat nation.

I am so excited to see all of the changes coming forth in the area in the future. See my summary of what was talked about below!

Whistler

Jack Crompton, Whistler’s Mayor joined and touched on how it’s reaching historical highs for property prices and historical lack of supply. Jack talked about the breakdown of buyers based on MLS stats and how foreign buyers’ taxes will likely not affect the Whistler market too much. The new housing project at RiverRun in Cheakamus Crossing and the new WHA housing was discussed. This plan is extensive and will bring forth more affordable housing for working locals.
The increased wait time to get permits was brought up.  Jack blamed the cyber attack and the pandemic as the primary reasons for the delays.
During the question period, it was asked if RMOW was planning on changing any Phase 2 properties. RMOW does not want to change any phase 2 on suites.
Another question was in regards to a train to transport people between Vancouver, Squamish, and Whistler. As this project is immense and would cost millions of dollars it would need to be an undertaking by the Ministry of Transit and the Federal Government.

Pemberton & Squamish Lil’Wat Nation

Ted Cradic spoke for Pemberton and gave an in-depth account of what to expect in the next five years. Did you know that the average age in Pemberton is 36? That means lots of babies and kids! There is a new K – 12 French Immersion school coming to Pemberton with a capacity of 410 students to help accommodate the upcoming boom.
The NKWUKMA -Skenkenam indigenous community has purchased a 31.17-hectare parcel of land above the Benchlands. Over a 20-25 year period, they will take on the project of building 500 homes upon this land. As this is a massive undertaking this project will happen in phases. Phase 1 is starting soon and is approx $27.5 Million. This community will serve as a training ground for builders as well as a model community for other indigenous nations.
There is a new development of 32 units going in at Harrow Rd and Highway 99 with 32 units. This will be for people with disabilities and the elderly. There is a lot of focus on Age-friendly affordable housing in Pemberton and will continue to be looked at in the future.
Final a fun fact for Pemberton! Homes are now classified as Chalets as the average chalet with acreage in Pemby is now $1.748 Million! Great news for everyone invested in Pemberton real estate!

SLRD & Squamish-

Holy smokes, that’s a big area. Did you know the SLRD is a third the size of Sweden? Crazy. LOTS going on in this section Kim Needham was the panelist for this region. According to her calculations, we can expect this area to increase by approximately   5,000 people in the next 5 years.
Another fact I learned is that no billboards are allowed in the SLRD, otherwise, I would love to have my own!
The SLRD is now coming up with a heritage management strategy to protect these with all of the new developments.
Each electoral district has its own community plan as we know and each plan now has a climate focus. Lots of focus on hazards by the regional district, the climate crisis will bring on a lot more floods, fires, avalanches, slides, etc. Geotech’s are now needed before any building permits are issued.
There will be a requirement to build Zero net emissions buildings coming in by 2023. The aim is to be at 36% emissions by 2030 by 2040 and 0% by 2050.There will be an emphasis on investment in emerging sectors like green economies, agrifoods, and outdoor recreation gear.
Lots of new developments coming in! WOOHOO inventory! The issue is that new fire services will be needed in Britannia Beach in order to complete these. North Britania (mine museum) has a build capability of 850-1000 units, however due to the fire service restrictions currently in play they will be building 225 lots 60 units will be suites and an additional 73 townhomes have been approved.
Other new developments currently being read are the following:
South Britannia- 1000 units including a hotel, wave pool coveted affordable housing, townhomes, and apartments. This area will also have a full public beach which is currently a major focus of the SLRD and developers.
Furry Creek- Wedged North and South of the 99 this development will have 870 dwellings including a couple of condo towers between the 14th hole and the ocean (how nice, eh?!). The other units will be SFH and townhomes. There will be some new commercial units here as well.
Porteau Cove-1030 Mixed units coming in at Porteau Cove (little information is available from the developers)
The Ski Hill- Brohm Ridge/ Garibaldi @ Squamish Environmental checks have been passed, the group behind the project has not applied for any rezoning permits and it is currently not zoned for that. Large hoops need to be lept through in order to make this dream a reality.
Squamish is going to be putting in a couple of new roads in order to help deal with the number of new developments There is an area being held in reserve to create a future by-pass above furry creek. The Department of Transportation (Provincial Government) needs to approve and plan this. So far no plans have been put forward.
As a Realtor in Whistler and the Sea to Sky corridor, I am hopeful that we will be able to share our community with more people in the near future!

If you have any questions about the Sea to Sky community or Real Estate please reach out to me and my team!