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The long Whistler winter is drawing to a close, and the long sunny days of summer are now just weeks away. While Canada’s popular ski resort might not be the first destination that comes to mind when planning a summer getaway, the months of June, July and August now attract an equal number of visitors as their winter equivalents.
While the winter months offer snow sports and apres-ski, summer travel in Whistler promises an altogether more laid-back feel. While outdoor thrills and stress-busting activities can still be found in abundance, Whistler’s legendary mountain spas draw visitors from all around to enjoy a relaxing summer BC-style.
Here’s our guide to the best spas and top activities to inspire!
WHISTLER SPA RETREATS
The Spa at Four Seasons Resort
The Spa at Four Seasons Resort tops the list when it comes to Whistler spa retreats, having been named the #1 hotel spa in Canada at the Travel and Leisure’s “World Best Awards”. You won’t find a more quintessentially Canadian signature treatment! Consisting of a maple syrup and brown sugar scrub, followed by a clay body wrap and finished up with an Argan oil hair treatment, this is a treatment not to be missed! The spa is family-friendly too, so if you’re travelling with kids check out the kiddo specific manicures and gentle facials. There’s also a comprehensive offering of sports massages, custom facials and nail-care services designed for the active man.
The Spa at Nita Lake Lodge
The Nita Lake Lodge boasts arguably one of the most desirable locations in all of Whistler, and the lakeside spa is the perfect place to relax and recharge. While the rooftop hot tubs offer incredible views, visit the eucalyptus steam room for a truly revitalizing experience. The ultimate HydraFacial experience comes highly recommended. The treatment uses LED light therapy with anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing benefits. Nita Lake is ranked as the number one place to get your relaxation on according to TripAdvisor, and the impressive dining options on site are ideal for grabbing a healthy bite or a more indulgent meal.
Vida Spa at The Fairmont
The Vida Spa boasts an impressive service menu with everything from massage treatments to body wraps on offer. Many of Vida’s treatments are based on the principles of Ayurveda, a 5,000-year old system of holistic Indian medicine. According to Ayurveda, the key to a long and healthy life is achieving a balance between body, mind and spirit. Vida has created its own all natural signature ayurvedic line that is made locally, using treatment ingredients including eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender and sandalwood, so you can even take a few products home with you. The de-stress treatments are most definitely worth checking out, comprising a tension target massage, foot therapy and express massage.
If an outdoor spa that operates a “quiet policy” sounds like your kind of thing, make a beeline for the Scandinave Spa. The spa is located on the edge of Lost Lake and Spruce Grove, and the rustic wooden setting includes an array of massage rooms and saunas, as well as an extensive hydrotherapy offering. Journey through three stages starting with the hot installations made up of eucalyptus steam baths, wood burning sauna and Finnish sauna. Move to the cold installations including Nordic waterfalls and showers, before finishing up in the relaxation areas made up of solariums, outdoor fireplaces and yoga studio.
WANDERLUST 2019 (Aug 1-4th 2019)
Whistler’s most laid-back festival returns this summer, and once again the emphasis for Wanderlust 2019 is all about wellness. The event brings together instructors, speakers and influential figures from around the world to celebrate yoga, meditation, and the outdoors. Top musical acts and DJs provide the soundtrack, while top chefs serve up healthy and delicious culinary treats.
Yoga: If you can’t make it to the Wanderlust festival, don’t worry. Yoga is popular in Whistler at any time of year, and there are plenty of places to get your yoga on. Heli-yoga is popular in these parts too. Take a short helicopter ride to a secluded area of Whistler backcountry and enjoy a practice like no other.
Axe Throwing: Break from the norm and relieve your frustration lumberjack-style, trying your hand at the rapidly-growing sport of axe throwing. This popular Canadian pastime is kind of like darts but with axes, and Forged Axe Throwing is one of the original urban throwing venues. Lumberjills are just as welcome, and the venue has been in the press for its work on engaging and encouraging more women to try their hand at this fun activity. Trust us, there’s nothing more satisfying than sinking a bullseye!
Hiking: A walk in the wilderness is a sure-fire way to relieve stress and see the stunning scenery that British Columbia is renowned for. Hiking in Whistler is a summer essential and the best way to enjoy it is with a guided hike. An experienced guide will not only share their local knowledge but also keep you safe.
Biking: Biking is another hugely popular summer activity in Whistler and there are over 200 trails ready to explore. Hire a bike from a number of places in Whistler village and get your cardio fix while taking it all in.
Fishing: Whether you’re an experienced angler or are yet to pick up a rod, fishing in Whistler is one of the best ways to let off steam. Choose between wading along the shoreline or casting from a boat, enjoying the peace and serenity of Whistler’s lakes and rivers.
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Vancouver International Wine Festival is one of Canada’s premier food & wine event that you don’t want to miss. Although this year’s themed wine region is California, we enjoyed a sumptuous winery lunch at Lift Bar & Grill at Coal Harbour featuring food-friendly wines from Chile and Argentina.
Domaine Bousquet Organic Brut NV – Aromas of citrus, apple and tropical fruits. Tastes of green apple flavour and aroma, tropical and delicate minerality. Made from organic grapes.
Cono Sur Vineyards & Winery Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2018 – Aromas of citrus, grapefruit, lime, pineapples and white flowers. Smooth, flavourful taste of acidity, mineral and saline hints. 20% in French barrels for 5 months leads to a less oaky finish.
Viña Santa Ema Amplus Carmenére ONE 2017 – Aromas of sour cherries, black pepper and chocolate. Bright tasting, well bodied and concentration with a fruity ending linger.
Bodega Argento Cabernet Franc Reserva 2016 – Aromas of cherry, raspberry, currant leaves and fruits. Tastes of herbs and cassis for spicy notes. Tastes of sweet tannins, spiciness, rich and full-bodied with a long finish. Argento Reserva is a limited selection of fuller-bodied wines with a greater concentration of fruit and complexity. The grapes used to make these wines come from the Argento’s oldest vineyards in Mendoza.
Achaval-Ferrer Mendoza Malbec 2017 – Aromas are fresh and floral, featuring blackberry, raspberry and violets. Taste is dense, thick with a noticeable mineral frame. It is acidic with silky tannins and a long finish.
My favourite was the bright crimson Gran Reserva Carmenere from Santa Ema.
Featured Lunch Menu:
- AMUSE: Argentinean Prawn with Chimichurri
- CHILLED SEAFOOD SALAD: Wine braised octopus, clams, mussels, squid, chorizo chips and warm garlic beard
- SLOW COOKED BEEF SHORTRIB: Infused Jasmine rice, winter vegetables, spicy corn salsa and red pepper coulis
- CHOCOLATE MOCHA CAKE WITH SALTED CARAMEL
Mon 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Tue 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Wed 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Thu 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sun 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Menchion Mews, Vancouver, BC V6G 3H2
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Kizami is a small Japanese restaurant that opened up last year in a tiny strip mall on Leslie Road & No.3 Road. The team comes from Manzo and is Chinese owned and operated. Kizami menu offers both fresh sheet and fish flown in from Japan along with a decent izakaya menu with lots of robata choices. What I like most is their pressed oshi sushi.
Unfortunately there is limited parking front of the restaurant and parking can be difficult during peak hours. I highly recommend making reservations. For parents this restaurant is kid-friendly and even has a changing table in the women’s bathroom. Kizami just earned itself plus 10 stars!
We came here for lunch of a quiet Wednesday weekday. Originally, we were going to order off their lunch set menu which includes a variety of Black Cod set, sashimi rice don sets and udon noodles – priced between $13 to $27. Instead we ordered a la carte.
Cheese Chikuwa 6.50: six pieces of deep fried chikuwa filled with a creamy cheese center. These were pretty tasty and would be a great late night snack!
Truffle Chawanmushi 7: Silky smooth savoury soft egg custard has a subtle truffle flavor that is delicate. Comes with one bouncy prawn.
Salmon Oshi 14: A good ratio of salmon to rice with a good balance of sauce. It isn’t too saucy like Hanamori. It’s a good option for pressed sushi when you don’t want to go all the way to Downtown for Miku.
Saba Oshi 13: This pressed sushi also had a good amount of saba but we found this oshi sushi to be less flavourful and bland in comparison.
We also ordered a few nigiri pieces and I was pleasantly surprised they also carried Engawa. The nigiri sushi are well portioned. I also love their A5 Wagyu Beef (fatty and juicy).
- Engawa 7 each
- Botan Ebi 5 each
- Uni 5 each
- Hotate 6 each
- Foie Gras 6 each
- A5 Wagyu Beef 12 each
I’m looking forward to my next return when we try their Chef’s Choice Sushi platter for $28 – 9 pieces of aburi style nigiri sushi and includes foie gras and wagyu beef topped with a quail. And also their grilled robata chicken wings which I hear is tender, juicy and falls off the bones!
Overall I think Kizami is a great Japanese restaurant with fresh quality ingredients. I love that they are kid-friendly! And if you stay long enough, you may run into some Hong Kong celebrities like Bernice Liu.
Kizami Japanese Cuisine
Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
Tue 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Wed 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Thu 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 pm – 12:00 am
Sat 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 pm – 12:00 am
Sun 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
120 8031 Leslie Road, Richmond B C, V6X 1E4
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While a white Christmas can’t be guaranteed everywhere, you can be almost certain of snow on the big day in Whistler, BC. This Canadian winter wonderland boasts Christmas card scenes as standard as well as some of the best ski and snowboard opportunities in the world. Aside from snow sports, Whistler has lots to offer families and groups seeking a festive getaway. We take a look at the best events and activities to enjoy in Whistler this Christmas.
Dress like Santa and head for the slopes…(December 16th)
What better way to bring Christmas to the slopes than with the traditional Dress Like Santa Day?! The first 100 people to arrive at the Garibaldi Lift Company dressed in full Santa or Mrs. Claus attire traditionally enjoy a free lift ticket too. Upload starts at 8.00am so get down there early donning your finest Claus costume!
Sing carols at the 35th Christmas Eve Carol Service (December 24th)
The 35th annual Christmas Eve Carol Service will take place at the Westin Resort & Spa, hosted by the Whistler Children’s Chorus and Whistler Singers. Traditional carols, choral music and readings by community members are sure to get you in the mood.
See the Christmas lights…
Stroll through the village to check out over 280,000 lights and decorations. Don’t forget to take plenty of photographs to brighten up that social media feed.
Get competitive and learn to axe throw!
Forget the board games this Christmas and give axe throwing a go instead. This quintessentially Canadian pastime sees participants throw axes at a target with the hope of hitting a bullseye. What better way to test your aim and fire up the competitive spirit? Forged Axe Throwing has all you need to get started and will provide all the training and guidance you need.
Enjoy an indulgent Christmas feast…
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a hearty dinner on the big day. Whether you opt for a traditional roast turkey dinner or feel like mixing it up, there’s an abundance of dining options from which to choose. For a classic roast, Hunter Gather offers three serving times on the big day, while Araxi, 21 Steps and Basalt are also great choices for a turkey meal with all the trimmings.
Go ice skating…
Head to Olympic Plaza to enjoy everyone’s favourite winter activity. Once the skates are off, grab a hot chocolate and soak up the atmosphere.
Watch the Fire & Ice Show…
Take the family to Skier’s Plaza every Sunday night to witness a spectacular display of ski and snowboard skills as part of the legendary Fire & Ice Show.
Ring in 2019…
Spend New Year’s Eve in Whistler and ring in 2019 in style. While there are plenty of pubs and bars for those looking to party the night away, the strolls and plazas cater for families with over six hours of entertainment, music, crafts, games, and a Fire & Ice Show.
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