Whistler may be known as one of the top ski resorts in North America, but it also has a fantastic food scene. Its proximity to the lush farmland of Pemberton and the fresh seafood from Howe Sound and the Pacific Ocean ensures quality and fresh ingredients, while more than 150 restaurants, including excellent fine dining options, ensures variety. Plus there’s a lively après scene.
As a foodie, I make it a point to explore the dining options when I travel, and Whistler does not disappoint. The difficulty is in narrowing down the plentiful options. Here are my recommendations on how to eat your way around Whistler in three days.
Bring layers. It gets cold in the mountains of Whistler, even in summer.
If you only have time for one thing, make it après and dinner in Whistler Village at a fine dining restaurant.
Start your day with breakfast from Purebread or Crêpe Montagne before heading up the mountain for skiing and snowboarding, or mountain biking and hiking, depending on the season, or just sightseeing. Grab lunch with a view at Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler Mountain or Christine’s on Blackcomb, and book your rentals ahead of time to save time.
Enjoy après at the iconic Garibaldi Lift Co. or Longhorn Saloon and Grill in Whistler Village, or Merlins or HandleBar Cafe in the Upper Village. For dinner, try Araxi or Bearfoot Bistro for fine dining. A progressive food tour lets you sample dishes from several top restaurants and hidden gems.
If you’re visiting in summer, stop at the Whistler Farmers' Market in the Upper Village on Sundays and Wednesdays. Or head up to Pemberton to visit some of the farms. In winter, go ice fishing. In some cases, you can eat the fish you catch, though many guided tours are catch and release only.
Spend the afternoon sampling beers at Whistler Brewing Company or Coast Mountain Brewing. Enjoy ice-cold vodka in the ice bar at Bearfoot Bistro, or saber a bottle of Champagne in the bistro's Champagne lounge. Alternatively, join a distillery tour around the Function Junction neighborhood.
Combine exploring the outdoors with a dining experience on your last day. In summer, pack a picnic lunch and go for an all-terrain vehicle ride, or combine an ATV tour of Blackcomb with a salmon bake and live music at Crystal Hut. In winter, combine a snowmobile tour with breakfast or a steak dinner on Sproatt Mountain, or take a snowmobile up Blackcomb Mountain for a candle-lit fondue dinner at 6,000 feet (1,828 meters).
For an epic end to your trip, book a helicopter tour with a picnic to enjoy bird's-eye views and a picnic lunch around Beverley Lake or Marriage Lake.