The Local’s List: September 2020
There’s a touch of fall in the air up here in the mountains, with crisp mornings and a few trees starting to show off their fall colour flair. Fall is a special time in the mountains; school reopens and the crowds thin, cooler temps make adventures less arduous, there’s a focus on art and music and if you’re a biker it’s time for that sought after hero dirt.
You’ll find us:
- Hiking, hiking, hiking. Whether you choose to head up a gondola, to get into the alpine or put in some serious sweat equity getting up there yourself, as summer turns to fall the blend of fiery orange and red alongside Whistler’s lush evergreens is simply stunning. Remember to pack waterproofs and choose comfy footwear, as Mother Nature can turn the tables on you pretty fast at this time of year. Note that after September 7, the Whistler Village Gondola closes and PEAK 2 PEAK access is only at weekends and holidays via the Blackcomb Gondola.
- Riding the flowy Creek Zone trails in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park before they reduce to weekends only from September 8 onwards (the wider park is open daily until October 12). If you’re more into cross-country biking, check out the rebuilt Cheap Thrills trail and new Chipmunk Rebellion trail, both located in Whistler’s Westside trail network. Check out the Stay and Bike Park package for a deal on accommodation and Whistler Mountain Bike Park tickets.
- Flying across the valley on the longest zipline in Canada and the US. The Sasquatch spans over two kilometres, at 7,000 feet and is certainly the most intense way to view fall colours in Whistler! Open on weekends throughout September, with the new Falcon Tour open until October 12.
You’ll find us:
- Stretching in Rebagliati Park with Yogacara, who are doing outdoor, evening classes until September 17. Classes are weather dependent and you need to register ahead. Or, you could take your yoga to new heights, quite literally, with Blackcomb Helicopters’ Heli Yoga, where you get to downward dog at a remote lake on Rainbow Mountain.
- Teeing off on Whistler’s four championship golf courses as we attempt to conquer their signature holes before winter’s snowy blanket dons the greens.
- Catching our supper, then putting it back when we fish in Alta Lake and Green Lake (these are catch and release lakes and you need to grab a license online). Consider a fishing tour to get the local intel on where to drop a line.
More ways to get outside.
You’ll find us:
- Spotting bears with the experienced guides of Whistler Photo Safaris. Whistler’s bears are currently busy stuffing their faces to prepare for their big winter nap and these guides know where their favourite berry bushes are!
- Taking the kids for a g-force infused ride on Rolling Thunder, the summer bobsleigh experience at the Whistler Sliding Centre (youths ride free with a paying adult). September 5 and 6 is the last weekend this incredible Olympic experience is available for the summer season!
- Splashing through puddles in an off-road mountain buggy tour that takes us into the wilderness of the Callaghan Valley. Great for families with kids aged eight and over, who like speed, bumps and mud! Our Insider, Feet Banks took his son just the other week, read about their experience in Side-by-Each: A Whistler Off-Road Adventure.
More family-friendly activities.
Arts & Culture
You’ll find us:
- Guessing who did which art piece at Art Whistler’s Anonymous Art Show, which is on exhibit at the Maury Young Arts Centre September 1 – October 9.
- Heading to the Audain Art Museum to check out the latest additions to their permanent collection, as well as the current exhibition, The Extended Moment: Fifty Years of Collecting Photographs, which will be on display until October 18, 2020.
- Picking our seasonal fruit and veggies at the Whistler Farmers’ Market on Sundays from 11 AM – 4 PM at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (SLCC). Head inside the SLCC to check out the Sqātsza7 Tmicw – Father Land exhibit. It displays art pieces by Ed Archie NoiseCat in a range of mediums including multi-media work, kiln cast and fused glass, cast bronze, wood carvings, water-jet cut steel and handcrafted silver jewellery. FYI – you receive a free Whistler Cultural Pass for two (gives you access to the Audain and SLCC and is valued at $60) when you book two or more nights this fall.
- Checking out the lineup for the Whistler Writers Festival, which is being headlined by Wade Davis, and grabbing our books so we’re ready for the digital event happening October 15 – 18, 2020.
More arts and culture activities.
You’ll find us:
- Looking out for specials and deals in the stores. Fall is a great time to pick up a deal on last year’s ski and snowboard gear, and with the news that Whistler Blackcomb will be opening November 26, 2020, for the winter season, we’re making sure we’re ready to go!
- Listening to local musicians at Hear and Now – Whistler’s Local Music Celebration, on September 19 and 20 from 11 AM – 7 PM at Whistler Olympic Plaza. It’s free, there’s lots of space and it features 16 artists and bands.
- On the hunt. There’s a new Whistler scavenger hunt that works off an app called Let’s Roam. It takes about two hours to complete, with riddles, games and photo challenges that take you all over Whistler Village.
- Taking a stroll along Whistler’s Cultural Connector and stopping at the pump track and skateboard park to marvel at the skill of the riders, or if we have some skills of our own, giving it a go.
Eating and Drinking
You’ll find us:
- Nibbling on an artfully arranged grazing box by Good Grazing or Picnic Whistler. Perfect for a family picnic, small celebration or date night. We’d say pick an epic sunset spot and enjoy it outside, wrapped in a blanket.
- Finding an apres location with a view and some rays. Happy hour you say? Don’t mind if we do. Look out for fall dining deals – many of Whistler’s restaurants roll out specials this time of year.
- Treating ourselves at Blenz Coffee to a locally-made, raw, superfood bite by Solfeggio. Our favs include the spirulina goji bar and almond butter cups. Or ecologyst Cafe has their new Belgium waffles on the menu – we challenge you to smell that sugary batter and keep on walking.
Don’t Forget . . .
- It’s Labour Day on Monday, September 7, which means it’s gonna be a busy long weekend in Whistler. Please remember that COVID-19 isn’t on vacation – stay home if you or someone in your bubble is sick. Practice physical distancing by staying two metres apart from people outside of your bubble and bring a face covering for when this isn’t possible, and finally, be patient, we’re all navigating this new normal together.
- The Resort Municipality of Whistler has implemented a number of safety measures throughout the resort, including signage, hand sanitation stations and divided pedestrian walkways along the Village Stroll.
- If you’re planning on enjoying the BC Parks in our area then make sure you grab a free day-use pass (which is how they’re managing visitor numbers for distancing and environmental reasons).
Late summer and fall room nights through Whistler.com start at $93 CAD and there are deals to be had on longer stays and activity bookings. If you’re already thinking of switching your bike for skis, then remember that the deadline for the best deals on winter packages (up to 40% off) is September 17, 2020.
This summer and fall we’re learning to adventure a little differently, changing our pace to adjust to a new normal, one that requires a bit more patience and understanding. Take a look at our COVID-19 page for more information and utilize our by-business Doors Open Directory.