A guide to what’s up, what’s new and what’s on in Whistler this month.

January 2018 – The Rainbows and Snowflakes Edition

We’re starting off the New Year right with magic moments, unique events and outside-the-box ideas for winter fun. Celebrate the incredible diversity in nature around Whistler, and the humans who visit.

In Nature

  • Winter is in full effect – the lakes are frozen, the snow is sparkling and there are icicles everywhere…time for a winter walk or outdoor activity to take it all in.
  • On the slopes we’re enjoying champagne pow, crisp groomers and the return of the Blackcomb ice cave
  • We’ve caught the full moon on snow, and the alpenglow has been incredible – worth staying outside for even when the temperatures are cool.
  • An inversion this week has allowed us to warm up on the hill, with warm temperatures in the alpine giving us a taste of spring in January. Coffee on the patio anyone?
  • But there’s more snow on the way, according to the weather report
  • By the way, we’re stoked to see that nature was the clear winner in @GoWhistler’s top Instagram posts of 2017!

Adventures and Activities

Flavours of the Month

  • We’re diving into those bacon maple donuts at the revamped Portobello in the Fairmont Chateau Whistler in the Upper Village.
  • Enjoying the ambiance at the newly revamped Aura Restaurant in Nita Lake Lodge at Creekside.
  • NEW – We’re getting our reservations in line for the reincarnation of Il Caminetto.
  • NEW – Oodles of noodles! In addition to Main Street Noodles, we’re also checking out the Oyama Ramen Japanese Noodle Bar on Whistler Way.
  • NEW – we’re grabbing a mid-ski refreshing beverage at the Umbrella Bar at the Roundhouse on Whistler Mountain.
  • We’re taking a day off skiing to refuel, with a sleep in and brunch – like the new menu at Stonesedge.

Retail Therapy

  • NEW – We’re checking out the Sitka pop-up store near the movie theatres, for quality Canadian apparel and gifts (the plaids are both warm and gorgeous)
  • NEW – Get the Goods has opened in Creekside, full of interesting gifts (and things you’ll want to keep)
  • We’re definitely going to pop in to Circle Kids, they’ve got a new location across the street and a store full of funky and well-made kids clothing and footwear.
  • The Giant store in Marketplace is offering fat bike rentals…why not pedal the Valley Trail and check out the mountains from a different angle?

Arts, Culture and Mind Expanding Moments

  • We’re heading to the Audain Art Museum to check out the Stone and Sky: Canada’s Mountain Landscapes exhibition – the perfect pairing for the mountain peaks outside. Taking a tour with a knowledgeable docent highly recommended.
  • NEW – The Audain Art Museum has just announced that free admission for youth will be extended to include 17 and 18-year-olds as well as all those under 16. Neat!
  • We’re learning more about Whistler’s bears (currently in hibernation) with a seminar by local researcher Michael Allen.
  • On the human side, the Whistler Museum also has a new exhibit: People of Whistler.
  • Over at the Library, we’re kicking off the New Year in a mindful way with events like Intro to Meditation

Events this Month

Don’t Forget…

  • To check out the Pique’s Best of Whistler 2017 – as voted by locals (Congratulations to Insider Feet Banks for coming in top Whistler Writer again!).
  • The Winter Olympics start February 9 – are you ready to cheer your country!?

Well, there you are – a list with the flavours of the month in Whistler. There’s a ton more to discover so don’t limit yourself, get out there and giv’r.


Nikkey got her start in Whistler as an outdoor guide and the habit of talking about the place has clearly stuck. Whistler’s general laid-back lifestyle and immediate access to fun is what’s kept her around. When not hanging out on the Whistler Insider team Nikkey works as a freelance creative for outdoor and wellness brands. Nikkey’s favourite Whistler animal is the marmot- she just wants to pinch those fluffy cheeks! (but never would because she respects wildlife and really likes having her fingers attached to her hands.)