The Local’s List: October 2018

The Local’s List: October 2018

Your guide to what’s up, what’s new, and what’s on in Whistler for the month of October. 

We’re well into the “Fall for Arts” season in Whistler, celebrating culture, heritage, and the arts with gallery tours, live performances, workshops, events and festivals. Although our coastal weather system likes to throw some wetter weather our way, there’s nothing like getting out into the mountains for a hike or ride before the snow starts to fly.

Speaking of snow, you might have seen it starting to creep down the local mountain ranges, so its time to stock up on some warmer gear at the numerous Turkey Sales that happen in Whistler over Thanksgiving.

Here are some ideas of what you can get up to in Whistler this October…

Outdoor Adventures

  • We say goodbye to the Whistler Mountain Bike Park on October 8, which means you have one more week to get those laps in. Take advantage of the solid dirt and fewer riders on-trail, and get inspired by our blog featuring rider Sarah Fenton Tippie
  • It’s time to look for those adventures that are awesome no matter the weather, like splashing through muddy puddles on an ATV or heading into the canopies of the rainforest. For other rainy day activity ideas check out this blog post by contributor Megan Wilson.
  • New to the running rota this year is the Whistler Turkey Trot. From the same team who bring you the Whistler Half Marathon, they’re starting a new Thanksgiving tradition with this family-friendly event offering a five and 10-kilometre distance at Lost Lake.
  • Vallea Lumina, Whistler’s new multimedia nighttime forest adventure is now 50% off mid-week until they close on October 14.

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Arts Adventures

  • With the fall season being our time for the arts in Whistler we’ve collated some ideas for people who want to dig into their creative side, or at least the creative side of others – take a look here.
  • The Audain Art Museum have a new exhibit starting October 6, Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan & Levi Collection. It presents a selection of contemporary art by Indigenous Australian and Torres Strait Islander artists. Remember that guided tours of the visiting exhibits are free with admission and usually run every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
  • The Whistler Writers Festival happens October 11 to 14 and is packed with speaking and reading events, workshops, and panels. What’s unique about this festival is its intimate and welcoming atmosphere where you can rub shoulders with literary greats over a glass of wine. Take a look at our blog on what’s happening at this year’s event.
  • Over at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre the Coast Salish Wool Weaving Revitalization Project continues and you can see the apprentices at work every Tuesday and Wednesday with general admission entry until the unveiling ceremony on October 10. This one and a half hour ceremony is free to attend and will begin at 3 PM the Istken Hall on the SLCC’s lower level – everyone is welcome.

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Family Fun

  • Did you know there’s a pirate ship in Whistler? It’s one of four themed Escape Rooms where you’re racing against the clock to get free. Ranging from beginner to advanced this is a fun way to spend a rainy afternoon with family and friends as you work together to solve the clues.
  • Get your plaid on for some truly Canadian action down at Forged Axe Throwing in Function Junction. It’s open seven days a week from 10 AM and you can book “drop-in” sessions for groups of 1-8 people. Kids can come too, they just need to be over 10-years-old to wield a blade. It’s also right next to Coast Mountain Brewing if you need to buy the winner a drink, although if that’s your 10-year-old…
  • Kids like nothing better than trick or treating and they can revel in it during Whistler’s Frights and Delights weekend, Oct 26-28. Grab a loot bag (free) and a locations postcard from the Visitor’s Centre and look out for the matching stickers in the windows of participating stores along the Village Stroll. This is a chance to get some extra mileage out of those awesome costumes all weekend long and, of course, some yummy candy! Look out for our full Halloween blog being posted in the next two weeks for more spooky-happenings.

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Flavours of the Month

  • Not only are there some Thanksgiving menus coming out, but the specials have started to appear. Flicking through our local newspaper, the Pique (you can download a digital version), we spotted the Rimrock Cafe, Quattro, Sushi Village, Sidecut at the Four Seasons, and Teppan Village all rolling out fall specials – yummy!
  • Stouts and darker beers with fall flavours like pumpkin and chocolate are starting to appear on the menus at a few our favourite craft beer haunts so keep an eye out on those seasonal taps to see what your Whistler watering holes might have for you to try.
  • In the world of cocktails the colder temps are calling for more of those smokey, herbal tones and Bar Oso and the Cure Lounge at Nita Lake Lodge are two places that really get creative on the libations front.

The Village Vibe

  • Need some gear? The Turkey Sales start happening all over Whistler at the beginning of October so if you’ve got a list of goodies that you need to keep you happy this winter season then now’s the time to go shopping! The Whistler Blackcomb Turkey Sale is happening October 5-8, but you have to be a local, season pass or edge card holder to get in on the first day, Oct 5.  At the same time The Whistler Mountain Ski Club’s Ski and Snowboard Swap is on with pre-owned equipment for sale – this is truly a one-stop shop to get outfitted for winter, at the best prices. For more info on timing visit Whistler Blackcomb.
  • Whistler Blackcomb isn’t the only place where you can get a deal, all over Whistler Village the retailers have their own sales so be on the look out for bargains all over town!
  • Like art? Like wine? Every Friday in the month of October there’s a self-guided Wine Walk happening from 5 – 7 PM. Check out our blog on which galleries are involved and where to go for dinner afterwards!

More on Village Shopping, Dining and Arts and Culture

Don’t Forget…

  • It’s Halloween soon! The Whistler Re-Use-It-Centre is a great resource for those looking to put some wacky outfits together for the events happening around town. Check back on our blog a bit later this month for a run down of what’s happening and this page on
  • Cornucopia is back and now’s the time to get your tickets for 11 days of the best food and drink from BC. has exclusive rates on packages including event tickets and accommodation.
  • The Whistler Film Festival (Nov 28 – Dec 2) has released some of their film lineups and tickets are on sale!
  • Sight-see operations continue on weekends and holidays only until Monday October 8th. The Whistler Village Gondola is open on weekends from 9:45 AM – 5 PM (Sat: 8:00pm) and PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola from 10 AM – 5 PM. Please note that the Peak Express Chair is now closed for the season and there is no access to the Raven’s Eye Cliff Walk or the Cloudraker Skybridge, which re-open in the Spring.
  • Even though the gondolas aren’t running during the week you can still get up the mountain on Jeep, ATV, and Sprinter 4×4 tours through Canadian Wilderness Adventures. Mountain Skills Academy also offer mid-week tours including Whistler Via Ferrata, Whistler Sky Walk, Glacier Discovery, Glacier Ascent, and Guided Hiking. Take a look over on for some of the activity companies offering fall deals.
  • Fall hours are in effect in the Bike Park until it closes on October 8. The hours of operation are: Fitzsimmons Express 10 AM – 5 PM (daily) , Garbanzo 11 AM – 4 PM (weekdays only- dependent on both weather and volume) and Whistler Village Gondola 11 AM – 4 PM (weekends only) . Creekside Gondola and Top of the World are closed for the season.
  • Even though the Whistler Olympic Park in the Callaghan Valley is now closed until the winter season you can still access it on a Whistler Photo Bear Safari until October 15.

Events this Month

October 4, 11, 18 and 26: 9th Annual Whistler’s New Music Search 2018

October 5, 12, 19 and 26: Wine Walks

October 5 – 8: Turkey Sale and Whistler Mountain Ski & Board Swap

October 6 – 7: Whistler Farmers’ Market (last one of the season – special Saturday market)

October 7: Whistler Turkey Trot

October 11 – 14: Whistler Writers Festival

October 12 – 13: Fungus Among Us Mushroom Festival

October 13: Whistler 50 Relay & Ultra

October 13: Annual K9 Wine & Dine: A Night in Vegas!

October 13: Whistler’s Celebration of International Day of the Girl

October 14: Vancouver Cello Quartet

October 18: Arts Whistler Live! David Scheel in Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Only the Piano Player

October 25: Krafty Kids: Halloween Mask Making

October 26: The Masquerade: Zero Ceiling’s Fall Fundraiser

October 28: The Rocky Horror Picture Show Experience

Plus plenty more, all here in our event calendar… or you can check out What’s on in Whistler this week here.

Well, there you are – there’s a ton more to discover so make like a flying squirrel and go giv’r.