Header Image Photo Credit: Mirae Campbell 

Whistler is known for adventure, so it makes sense that its dining scene is seasoned with a touch of it too. Thinking outside of the restaurant table, we’ve looked into adventure dining experiences you can have with a distinctive, Whistler twist.

From seared salmon at 6,000 feet to picnics at glacial lakes only accessible by air, here are some of Whistler’s dining experiences that put the thrill into meal time.

What’s SUP? Blackcomb Heli Picnic w/ Paddleboard

That’s right folks, the ultimate adventure-food combo deal is here! Instead of ordering a side of fries with your next meal, why not upgrade to a slice of idyllic alpine life? Blackcomb Helicopters offer the ultimate alpine picnic package. Be swept away as you rise along the Coast Mountains, taking in a bird’s-eye view of the alpine, before landing at your exclusive lakeside table.

Adventure dining via helicopter. A vibrant picnic spread that's part of Blackcomb Heli's picnic and paddle tour.
Fuel for your paddle. PHOTO MIRAE CAMPBELL

Enjoy a gourmet picnic meal catered by local restaurant Portobello, before embarking on a guided alpine hike. For an extra taste of paradise, explore the crystal clear lake on a stand-up paddle board under the expert instruction of your own private guide.

A woman paddleboards on a glittering alpine lake, only accessed by helicopter. This definitely puts the adventure in adventure dining.
Imagine paddling on a private, alpine lake. PHOTO MIRAE CAMPBELL

Read more about this experience in our blog from the vault (2016), How to Rule at Picnics: A Whistler Recipe for Success.

Alpine Drive-Thru: Salmon Bake at 6000 Feet

Prefer to drive to your next meal? Power your way up Blackcomb Mountain in an ATV or 4×4 (you don’t do the driving in this one) on one of Canadian Wilderness Adventures’ signature Whistler tours.

A group of friends enjoy a salmon bake dinner at 6,000 feet on Whistler Mountain after they've had an ATV adventure to get there.
Ride and dine at a rustic cabin, 6000 feet up Blackcomb Mountain. PHOTO CANADIAN WILDERNESS ADVENTURES

Once at the top, enjoy a locally-sourced, chef-prepared meal featuring maple-glazed, wild BC Salmon and a spectacular sunset with live music.

Dinner with Altitude: Mountain Top Summer Feast

The Mountain Top Summer Feast is a banquet-style, all-you-can-eat BBQ buffet at the top of Whistler Mountain, and is the perfect way to top off a day of sightseeing and hiking on Whistler Blackcomb.

People sit on the open patio of the Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler Mountain for the Mountain Feast.
The panoramic mountain views can’t be beaten at the Mountain Feast on Whistler Blackcomb. PHOTO MARK MACKAY

The combined banquet and sightseeing ticket offers the best value and is a great chance to check out the Raven’s Eye Lookout and, aptly named, Cloudraker Skybridge before you chow down. You might even be able to sneak a short hike in before you dine!

Make sure you leave time (before or after) for a lofty beverage or two at the Umbrella Bar too, which has panoramic views of the surrounding Coast Mountains. No need for a designated driver, at the end of the evening the Whistler Village Gondola will deliver you safely back down to your Village accommodation.

The Umbrella Bar on Whistler Mountain has 360 degree views of the Coast Mountains.
The Umbrella Bar is known for its Caesar cocktails. PHOTO MARK MACKAY

Two of our adventurous Whistler.com team recently went up the mountains for a feast and this is what they have to say…

“The views are incredible. It’s just so breathtakingly beautiful to sit on the patio and dine surrounded by snow-capped mountains. ” – Leah.

“It would definitely make a unique date night, but it’s also good for families as the ride in the gondola to and from dinner is a lot of fun. Kids under six are free with a paying adult, there’s a kids-only buffet and some fun lawn-style games like Jenga they can play with too.” – Jesica.

Culinary Culture: Alta and Audain

Looking to nourish your creative side as well as your stomach? Experience world-class British Columbian art on a personalized tasting tour of the Audain Art Museum, before sitting down to four courses of fine dining courtesy of the Alta Bistro. They have combined to create the alta + Audain Fine Dining Art Experience, which happens every Friday during the summer months.

Art lovers dine underneath the Audain Art Museum in Whistler for adventure dining that pairs the visual and culinary arts.
Combining the cultural and the culinary. PHOTO AUDAIN ART MUSEUM / MIRAE CAMPBELL

On the Cutting Edge: Whistler Tasting Tours

With so many options, you could pass the menu and let someone else decide! Join a local guide on the Finer Things Dinner Tasting Tour and enjoy four courses across some of Whistler’s award-winning restaurants. You’ll also visit an impressive 15,000-bottle wine cellar where you’ll learn how to saber champagne.

A woman sabres a bottle of champagne in the wine cellar of the Bearfoot Bistro in Whistler. Adding a sword to dinner definitely adds to the sense of adventure.
It’s good luck to get a clean sabre! PHOTO WHISTLER TASTING TOURS

Liquid Liaison: Brewery and Distillery Tours

With no shortage of breweries in the Sea to Sky, Whistler Valley Tours offer multiple transport-inclusive options to savour the crafty delights. If gin is more your thing, check out the Montis Distillery tour, which includes a guided tour of the facility as well as tastings of all their products paired with local charcuterie.

The tour begins at Montis Distilling in Whistler.
It’s fun to tour what you’re tasting. PHOTO DEE RAFFO

Read more about this experience in our blog, Whistler Distillery Tour & Tasting Experience.

Wheely Good Food: Park Eats

Lake days just got even better with the expansion of the Park Eats program. Featuring local favourites Folie Crepes, Lucia Gelato, The Island Oasis, Sargent Poppers Kettle Corn and Whistler Wood Fired Pizza.

The Lucia Gelato food truck at the lake, part of the Whistler Park Eats program.
Make mine a double cone. PHOTO KATE HESKETT

These food trucks will keep you fuelled up for a day of fun in the sun and can be found in Whistler’s lake parks until September 5, 2022.

One of the delicious crepes available from the food trucks which are part of the Park Eats program in Whistler.
Flipping good eats. PHOTO KATE HESKETT

Go Your Own Way: Picnic Whistler

Whistler has no shortage of picturesque look-outs and secluded lakeside spots, so why not find your own picture-perfect location? Picnic Whistler offers a range of lovingly prepared charcuterie boards and boxes with vegetarian, vegan and brunch options available.

A stunning cheese, charcuterie and fruit box by Picnic Whistler.
These curated picnic boxes are as beautiful as they are scrumptious! PHOTO PICNIC WHISTLER

Beautifully arranged and designed to travel, these edible artworks look almost too good to eat! For an extra special day out try one of their gorgeous, picnic packages.

A curated picnic experience by Picnic Whistler!
Who knew picnics could be so stylish? PHOTO PICNIC WHISTLER

If you’re looking for inspiration for where to go, check out our blog on picnic spots with altitude, but always check which trails are open before you hike!

With sunny weather and so many options to choose from, there’s no better time to book an adventure dining experience that takes you beyond the restaurant table. Bon appétit!

If you’re thinking of a winter trip, take a look at Winter Adventure Dining in Whistler.

Stay longer and save this summer with 4-night stays from $189 per night plus a free $100 Adventure Voucher. If you are a BC or Washington resident, be sure to check out Whistler Rewards for the best seasonal deals and perks. You can also win a trip to Whistler by entering the Summer Recharge Contest, which includes return flights, accommodation and a whole host of incredible Whistler activities.

Author

Like a lot of locals, Kate came to Whistler for a month, five years ago. Originally from Australia, Kate is happily stuck in the Whistler bubble, spending her free time boarding, biking and hiking among the trees. In the summer months you can find her canoe guiding on the River of Golden Dreams.