The Local’s List: November 2020
Snow is creeping down the mountains as the predicted La Niña weather system comes in bringing the white stuff with her. It’s time to switch out rain boots for snow boots, get working on those squats and wall sits, and make sure you’ve got your gear ready to go, with Whistler Blackcomb opening on November 26.
It’s also a time of revellry up here in the mountains, with Whistler’s celebration of food and drink, Cornucopia taking over every weekend this month. So, with that being said, here’s what’s happening in Whistler for the month of November.
You’ll find us:
- Doing our opening day traditions as we head up Whistler Blackcomb for the first days of skiing and snowboarding in 2020 on November 26. Remember to book your Priority Days on November 6, read more in What’s New at Whistler Blackcomb for 2020/21.
- Learning how to become a pilot, a bobsleigh pilot that is. Whistler Sports Legacies is running its Discover Bobsleigh program starting November 7. A qualified coach spends two and a half hours taking you through the core skills and techniques, and then you and your brakeman take on the course. Update: The November program has been cancelled due to the recent public health order, but there are dates in December, January and February to look forward to).
- Getting ready for the cross-country ski season by putting some training in on Callaghan Gold, a 1.5 kilometre, Nordic ski trail built using approximately 10,000 cubic metres of stored snow. It’s due to open on November 14, with access for the general public on the weekends, while Whistler Olympic Park is scheduled to open on November 27.
You’ll find us:
- Scanning the skies and trees for a glimpse of a bald eagle from the vantage point of the water. Salmon start to spawn in the rivers just south of Whistler at this time of year and the eagles gather to feast from mid-November through February. See them in their natural habitat and learn about their life cycle from a local guide as you drift down the river on an eagle viewing float tour.
- Getting cozy in the back of a 4X4 Jeep as a guide whisks us up Blackcomb Mountain to find the best views, donning snow chains when we hit the white stuff that’s starting to creep down the mountain. If the snow does start to fly, then you can do a combo tour where you ATV and snowmobile on the same tour!
- Strolling the Valley Trail. Whistler has a car-free, 40-kilometre paved trail system that winds its way around lakes, parks and neighbourhoods. It’s cleared in the winter months, but if the snow does start to fall it can get slippery, so we’d suggest adding extra grips to your winter boots, like Yaktrax (available in Whistler retail stores).
More ways to get outside.
You’ll find us:
- Dusting off our ice skates and heading to Whistler Olympic Plaza in the Village for outdoor skating under the stars, which opens on November 27. There’s a max of 30 skaters allowed on the ice at one time and bringing your own skates is encouraged, although rentals are available.
- Flying through the air on Ziptrek’s Falcon Tour with the fam jam who like it fast! Spanning the Fitzsimmons Valley between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, the tour features three ziplines including a 2,400-foot line with a 30-storey descent!
- Checking out the pet-friendly accommodation options for our furry family members. The Insider recently checked in with some local pups to get the low down on which trails are hot for the pooches this time of year, in Sit, Stay & Play: Pet-Friendly Vacay Advice From the Source.
More family-friendly activities.
Arts & Culture
You’ll find us:
- At the Audain Art Museum for the opening of their latest temporary exhibit, RESERVOIR by Rebecca Belmore, which will be on display from November 26 to early spring. An internationally renowned, multidisciplinary artist from the Lac Seul First Nation, this exhibit includes new works that examine the disparity between wealth and poverty in Canada with poignant references to Vancouver, Whistler and the Sea to Sky Corridor. The Audain is also offering private, guided tours on Saturdays and Sundays.
- Exploring The Gallery at the Maury Young Arts Centre as their new exhibit Think It Over just took to the walls. It delves into how we’re dealing with the world around us at this point in time, with four feature artists using a variety of mediums and six keywords to put this into a visual representation.
- Taking a look at the film and event line up, and getting our tickets for the 20th Whistler Film Festival, happening December 1 – 20 (all virtual).
More arts and culture activities.
You’ll find us:
- Being wowed by the entrepreneurial skills of Whistler’s youth at Bratz Biz, an annual craft fair that happens at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre on November 28 and 29 from 11 AM – 5 PM.
- Watching the festive lights go up all over Whistler Village. Did you know that 350,000 LED bulbs are hung in just under 300 trees? That’s a lot of twinkle.
- Finding a quiet space to think of those who lost their lives for our freedom. Usually, Whistler celebrates Remembrance Day (November 11) in Whistler Olympic Plaza, but for safety reasons this year, it’s been moved online.
- Getting a jump-start on the Christmas shopping and supporting local. Take a read of Made-in-Whistler Gift Ideas for some locally-sourced ideas.
Eating and Drinking
You’ll find us:
- Quaffing away at Whistler’s annual celebration of food and drink, Cornucopia. With rigorous safety measures in place, this foodie experience is now being spread over extended weekends during the whole month of November. We took a look at what’s happening at this year’s celebration in What’s New and Noteworthy for Cornucopia 2020. Update: Cancelled due to the recent public health orders.
- Enjoying our Char Sui Pork Benny at The Raven Room, which is now open for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 AM – 3 PM.
- Hunting down the best winter warmers at Whistler’s bars and restaurants, mulled wine anyone? Our breweries also start cranking out some tasty winter beers like Whistler Brewing Co.’s Chestnut Ale and Winter Dunkel.
Dates for the Diary
Whistler Blackcomb Reservation System | Opens November 6
Whistler Cornucopia | November 6 – 8, 12 – 15, 19 – 22 and 26 – 29 (CANCELLED)
Remembrance Day | November 11
Whistler Blackcomb Opening Day | November 26
Don’t Forget . . .
- 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 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.
- It’s now free to park in Day Lots 4 and 5 – wahoo! However, note that you can’t park there overnight (3 – 6 AM) and camping and sleeping in vehicles are not allowed.
- It’s now the season for winter tires (they’re mandatory), make sure to check the weather and road conditions before you leave and plan accordingly!
If you’re thinking of escaping to Whistler this fall, Whistler.com is offering a free $25 dining voucher when you book a stay of two nights or more, with room rates starting at $139. And, if you’re looking to secure the best deal on your winter vacation, then book by December 1 to take advantage of Whistler.com’s flexible cancellation policy and price match guarantee.
This winter, we’re learning to adventure differently, taking our cues from Dr. Bonnie Henry’s Travel Manners and wearing our face masks when we’re out and about. Know before you go and use our Doors Open Directory for up-to-date information about which businesses are open and how they’re upholding COVID-19 precautions for the health and safety of all.