Whistler is an enchanting winter wonderland with scenic views, adventurous slopes, world-class restaurants, cozy resorts and charming shops.
Where to stay: Nita Lake Lodge
With its majestic mountain views and cozy suites, the Nita Lake Lodge is the perfect place to take it easy after a day on the slopes. Warm up with a cocktail by master mixologist Hailey Pasemko at Cure Lounge & Patio or unwind with an Ayurvedic treatment at the Ashram Spa. 2131 Lake Placid Rd., nitalakelodge.com.
Where to shop: Patina Home Interiors
Make yourself at home in Patina’s spacious yet cozy showroom. It’s sectioned off into rooms, each one a well-edited vignette of inspiring ideas from decorator (and store owner) Maureen Schomaker and her team, featuring eclectic furnishings and colourful accessories. 1072 Millar Creek Rd., patinahomeinteriors.com.
Art junction gallery and frame studio
Owner Harvey Lim takes advantage of every displayable space in his lofty gallery to showcase the work of more than 30 B.C. artists. Wary of checking your new artwork with your luggage? Lim will happily ship it home for you. 1068 Millar Creek Rd., artjunction.ca.
Owners Jan and Monique Van Lindert teamed up with Netherlands-based floral and product designer Han Fokkink to create a retail treasure trove of unique pots and imported gifts and housewares, including handfashioned driftwood benches and frames. 2-1030 Millar Creek Rd., rembrandtdesigns.com.
Where to eat: Araxi
Hailed as the best restaurant in Canada by superstar chef Gordon Ramsay, Araxi is situated in the heart of scenic Whistler Village. A commitment to local growers means a menu that’s rotated seasonally and dishes made with only the freshest ingredients. 4222 Village Square, araxi.com.
This quaint bakery uses irresistible ingredients, such as lavender, fig, rosemary and Asiago cheese, to create a selection of sweet and savoury breads that are baked fresh daily. Fall in love with its gourmet assortment of treats: chocolate chip cookies with fleur de sel and the Adults Only dark chocolate with sea salt and rosemary. 1-1040 Millar Creek Rd., purebread.ca.