In a time when we’re being asked to stay at home, to be apart, it’s incredible to see what people are doing to stay connected and maintain a sense of community.
In a strange way, this event is bringing us closer together than ever, from neighbours standing on their balconies banging pots and pans at 7 PM to recognize the hard work being done by medical personnel to hearts being put up in windows for kids to count as they stroll by, a little reminder of that Olympic spirit.
Here are some Whistler-based stories that showcase how a small mountain town keeps ticking in a time like this.
Après is a huge part of Whistler culture and spring is a time for us to revel in this celebratory spirit with its longer days and sunnier skies.
Although chillin’ on your favourite Whistler patio might not be on the cards right now, you can still recreate a bit of that Whistler après magic right at home. Here’s how . . .
Each Friday, Whistler cover band, The Hairfarmers have been doing a live stream to raise money for food banks throughout the Sea to Sky Corridor. You can join the party from anywhere in the world on Fridays at 5 PM PST – après lives on in Whistler!
Protect Our Winters (POW) is launching an online après series starting this week with ambassador, board chair and Whistlerite, Mike Douglas leading the first session covering the achievements of POW in 2019 and the outlook for 2020.
In the following weeks, you can do some gardening with Greg Hill, homesteading with Marie-France Roy, learn about climate policy and science with Tobin Seagel, and chat about a year of zero waste with Irie Smith (also from Whistler).
RMU Blackcomb has been supporting local musicians by hosting a weekly virtual music night every Friday at 7 PM PST (live stream on Facebook and Instagram), with donations going directly to the artist.
The perfect way to add a little Whistler après to wherever you are in the world.
Glowing Hearts: Locals Lend a Hand
It’s hard to stay home, itchy feet and anxious minds are difficult to calm and tame, but for the majority of us, staying home and safe is exactly what we need to do. However, there are some home-heroes that have turned their attention to what they can do, instead of what they can’t, here are what just a few of them have been up to in Whistler . . .
Whistler Sewing is busy making non-surgical face masks for people to pick up (by donation of $5 – 10) from their Function Junction studio (Unit 8, 1208 Alpha Lake Road), they also have a video on their Facebook page detailing how you can make your own if you are sewing-skilled.
Whistler local, John Ford, is making plastic face shields for the Whistler Medical Centre using his 3D printer. While Whistler Core Climbing and Fitness Gym have loaned the centre exercise bikes so that staff have easy access to a quick workout or stress reliever.
Last week, Whistler Blackcomb donated over 13,000 pounds of food to Sea to Sky food banks, plus Vail Resorts’ CEO, Rob Katz, and his wife, Elana Amsterdam, made a $2.5 million donation to support their employees and the mountain towns where they operate, with Whistler Community Services Society and the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation both receiving $100,000.
Whistler Community Services Society had to find a bigger home for their Food Bank program and the Resort Municipality of Whistler and Tourism Whistler opened the doors to the Whistler Conference Centre to enable them to reach more people in need.
For those who are experiencing food insecurity, prepared food bags are available from 10 AM to 3 PM Monday to Friday at the Whistler Conference Centre (at the door closest to the Royal Bank) at 4010 Whistler Way in Whistler Village. Call 604-902-4800 to reach the food bank.
Although some families traditionally travel at this time of year, whether to see family or head out on the first camping trip of the season, this year we’ve been asked to stay home and stay safe. That doesn’t mean we don’t get to hunt down a few at-home treats though, see below . . .
The Easter Bunny has been to the Great Glass Elevator Candy Shop and dropped off some treats for at-home egg hunts. You can make an order over the phone with free delivery in Whistler and Pemberton on balloons, candy bouquets and Easter baskets. Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory are also offering delivery and we have our eye on the hand painted Gold Eggstravaganza, which is filled with their famous Rocky Pop (caramel covered popcorn with nuts) – drooling.
If you’re looking for a non-candy treat then Whoola Toys is doing one-on-one shopping appointments, message them on Facebook to book a slot – for big kids, we love the David McColm Whistler photography puzzles.
Get The Goods also have a great range of toys and games and are offering online shopping and free local delivery, as are The Circle Kids who curated a great Easter gift ideas list – who doesn’t feel better about the world when wearing sparkly unicorn socks?
Our local bakeries like BReD, Rising Knead Bakery and 200 Degrees Bakery have been cranking out the hot cross buns and freshly made loaves; get your order in early before the Easter rush.
For an adult Easter treat you could consider starting the day with your favourite java-infused beverage as Mount Currie Coffee Co. is now open for pick up (call ahead to place your order), and then for later in the day Coast Mountain Brewing is offering free delivery – need we say more?
If you feel like putting your feet up and letting someone else do the cooking for an Easter treat then check out the new Bearfoot Bistro’s meals-to-go menu and ABC Eats. The latter is brought to you by the chefs at Top Table Group’s Araxi restaurant, Bar Oso and Il Caminetto and is a takeaway menu of prepped meal kits for at-home cooking and farm-to-table produce selections.
Whistler.com has a list of the local restaurants, bars and cafes offering take-out and delivery options from Australian pies to Thai noodles, sushi to burgers and burritos.
Like you, we’re passionate about exploring Whistler, but now is not the time to travel. Please stay home and follow the advice of health authorities to keep yourself and others safe.
If you follow our social media channels, you’ll notice we’re continuing to share photos of Whistler to remind you of the beauty in the world. We hope to inspire feelings of calm and happiness during a time when we all need it most.