Arts & Culture
Admittedly, Whistler isn’t exactly the place to go for high culture. Musical performances, ranging from classical and choral to folk and blues are held at the Maurice Young Millennium Place community center (tel. 604/935-8410). There are also frequent outdoor concerts in summer, as well as festivals and events year round; your best bet is to check the Tourism Whistler events calendar to see what’s coming up (www.whistler.com).
Believe it or not, Whistler does have a museum. The Whistler Museum (4333 Main St.; tel. 604/932-2019; www.whistlermuseum.org) covers the story of the area from the First Nations to the early British settlers and right up to the Olympics. More First Nations culture is on offer at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (4584 Blackcomb Way; tel. 866/441-7522; www.slcc.ca), a beautiful new glass-and-stone building filled with haunting artifacts. There are displays, events, a cafe, a gift shop, and more.
The Whistler Marketplace (in the center of Whistler Village) and the area surrounding the Blackcomb Mountain lift brim with clothing, jewelry, crafts, specialty, and equipment shops that are generally open daily 10am to 6pm. One of the best things to shop for is art; for a list and map of all the galleries in town, as well as information on events, contact the Whistler Community Arts Council (tel. 604/935-8410; www.whistlerartscouncil.com).
After a tough day on the slopes (or in front of the fire), nothing makes you go ahhh like a trip to the spa. And Whistler has several excellent options.
The Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa (tel. 604/938-8836; www.tamansarispa.com) at the Hilton offers an unusual array of Javanese and European spa treatments. The Westin’s Avello (tel. 604/935-3444; www.whistlerspa.com) has a variety of signature treatments, including hot rock, Thai, and Satago massage. The Vida Wellness Spa at Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort (tel. 604/938-8000; www.vidaspas.com) provides massage therapy, skin care, and body wraps. And the Scandinave Spa (tel. 604/935-2424; www.scandinave.com) offers Finnish-style saunas, steam room, hot pools, and cold showers, as well as massages.
If something didn’t quite go right on the slopes or on the trails, Whistler Physiotherapy (339–4370 Lorimer Rd.; tel. 604/932-4001; www.whistlerphysio.com) specializes in sports therapy.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.