Whistler travel guide

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You're Going to Love Whistler

Set within spectacular scenery, Whistler Blackcomb is one of the biggest ski resorts in North America. Over the last four decades, Whistler has grown from a small mountain community to a bustling resort village that sees millions of visitors come every year for world-class skiing and winter sports.

The Whistler village is nestled at the foot of the Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, full of picturesque chalet-style accommodations along cobbled streets. The base camp area is relatively small as compared to a larger city, but it is packed with bars, restaurants, shops, and hotels.

There's no shortage of things to do when you're off the slopes, and while it obviously caters to the ski crowd, the mountains also offer summer visitors exciting outdoor fun.

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When to Visit Whistler

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Naturally, the most popular season to visit Whistler is the winter, but that period is less limited than you might think. The skiing season runs from November, (with the opening usually timed to coincide with American Thanksgiving,) to mid-May. The summers in Whistler are dry and warm, though, and prices are at a discount, making it an alternative for fans of the great outdoors.

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Where to Stay in Whistler

The Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel offers you contemporary luxury and superb service in an ultra-convenient location. At the high end of the scale, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort is a beautiful building. At Lost Lake Lodge, you'll find clean, comfortable rooms and basic amenities.

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Shopping Streets

Whistler Village is definitely the place to buy top-flight mountain and outdoor gear from a variety of retailers, such as Patagonia and the Whistler Blackcomb Outlet Store. For summer needs, there is Garbanzo Bike And Bean, stocked with world-class biking gear, and clothing, and a repair shop to get you back on the trails as soon as possible if you run into problems.

Groceries and Other

There are a couple of good options when it comes to supermarkets in Whistler, both located within the Village resort area. The IGA Plus is well stocked with a range of grocery items at reasonable prices. The Whistler Grocery Store is a bit smaller, but also offers a good range of items. A gallon of milk should run about C$5, and a dozen eggs about C$3.50.

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Where to Eat in Whistler

If you're craving some comfort food, 21 Steps Kitchen + Bar offers big portions in a location with great views. Main dishes start at about C$25. The name may suggest casual eating, but the Bearfoot Bistro is a French bistro-style restaurant with a sophisticated menu of fine dining - it may also be the only place you'll be able to order Dom Pérignon by the glass. A three-course menu starts at C$98 per person. For high-end vegetarian dining with a view, you can try Raven's Nest, with a scenic location at the top of the Creekside Gondola on Whistler Mountain. Mains start at C$11. If you're looking to eat on the go at value pricing, try the Roundhouse Lodge, a huge restaurant that's a leftover from the 2010 Olympic Games set 6,069 feet above sea level on Whistler Mountain next to the Peak 2 Peak Gondola. There are three food court areas with prices that start at about C$10 for a main dish.

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