The Local’s List: April 2020

The Local’s List: April 2020

This is obviously not the right time for our typical Local’s List.

Instead of the usual run-down of Whistler happenings, we’ve decided to highlight how people in Whistler are staying safe and connected.

Staying at Home

You’ll find us:

  • Taking more time over our morning coffee and trying to emulate our favourite Whistler treats – watch our social media channels over the coming weeks for a few recipes.
  • Getting in a virtual workout with our Whistler instructors and coaches – they can still make us sweat over the net.
  • Trying to recreate some of our favourite Whistler cocktails with what we have in our drinks cupboard.
  • Celebrating après in a virtual way with Whistler’s musicians like Kostaman and The Hairfarmers.
  • Taking time for wellness and emulating the Scandinave Spa’s relaxing hydrotherapy technique by following their at-home suggestions – just make sure you let people know it’s quiet time!

Safely Exploring Outdoors

You’ll find us:

  • Spending some quality time with our four-legged companions on Whistler’s trails.
  • Looking at things with a fresh perspective as we go on a gentle walk or hike. Trying to name the birds in the trees, spotting nature-made sculptures amongst the fallen branches, and seeing what’s poking its way out of the snow to add a splash of colour to the landscape.
  • Saying good morning to our iconic, furry friends who are starting to come out of hibernation. Did you know that Whistler is home to around 55 black bears? Here are some tips to follow if you see one: Be Bear Aware

More ways to get outside (for future travel).

Exploring Arts & Culture

You’ll find us:

  • Picking up our pens and pencils as we try our hand at a few arts and craft projects including colouring-in Kate Zessel’s funky, mountain-inspired printable prints.
  • Checking out Arts Whistler’s online resource page for creative ideas and activities for adults and kids, as well as live music events, virtual gallery and museum tours, and free courses you can take from home that help you flex your creative muscle.
  • Getting our cultural craft on every Friday with the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre’s Cheximiya Allison Burns Joseph via Facebook live.
  • Joining the Audain Art Museum’s Director and Chief Curator for his daily, virtual flashlight tours.

More arts and culture activities (for future travel).

Having Family Fun

You’ll find us:

  • Encouraging the kids to hang out with us, from going on a snowy trail run to taking over the kitchen.
  • Dusting off the board games and puzzles, and trying not to get into family feuds over Monopoly rules.
  • Just being plain happy that we’re together.

More family-friendly activities (for future travel).

Eating and Drinking

You’ll find us:

  • Experimenting in the kitchen. With Easter coming up, we thought pancakes were in order!
  • Following Namasthe’s directions for making a healthy, relaxing evening tea.
  • Making our own charcuterie boards for a stay-at-home date night. Check out our Whistler picnic ideas, whether you do this inside or out!

More on Village shopping, dining and arts and culture (for future travel).

Don’t Forget . . .

  • All Resort Municipality of Whistler facilities remain closed until further notice, including Meadow Park Sports Centre, Whistler Public Library and municipal hall. 
  • We have a Business Updates document, which provides an overview of how businesses in the resort are modifying their operations in response to COVID-19.
  • BC Parks have closed a number of parks across the province including Stawamus Chief Provincial Park, Shannon Falls Provincial Park and Joffre Lakes Provincial Park.

Like you, we’re passionate about exploring Whistler. 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.