The Local’s List: March 2021

The Local’s List: March 2021

To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, BC’s public health officials have strongly recommended that all social and recreational travel be avoided in British Columbia until further notice. This means all non-essential travel into, out of and within British Columbia should be postponed until the travel advisory is lifted.

March is typically a snowy month up here in Whistler. Paradoxically, the longer days also mean more sunshine and the start of spring ski conditions later in the month. It’s a great time for multi-sport days, a little skiing in the morning and then perhaps an activity like ziplining, snowmobiling or cross-country exploration in the afternoon – doesn’t that sound good?

Here’s what’s happening in the month of March in Whistler.

Outdoor Adventure

You’ll find us:

  • Shooting like an Olympian with a 0.22-calibre Russian rifle at Whistler Olympic Park (WOP). Insider, Amber Turnau has some fun giving us the low down on the Biathlon Experience in How to Do Biathlon at Whistler Olympic Park. Talking about WOP, the 2021 Coast Outdoors P’ayakentsut is going virtual this year, running March 6 – 21. Register, do your skiing, upload your results and potentially win some prizes!
  • Heading out into the backcountry, like a lot of people in March. But we’re not venturing unprepared. Whether you’re on skis, split board, snowshoes, or snowmobile you must remember the Three Ts; trip planning, training and taking the essentials. Read more on being prepared for backcountry adventure on the AdventureSmart website.
  • Being the reason we keep the season, as we all want to enjoy more spring skiing! Remember not to eat or drink when standing in the lift line, only ride with your household bubble, don’t party afterwards and stay home if you’re not well. For more guidance on how to ski safely, visit Ski Well, Be Well.
  • Hitting the cross-country trails and taking advantage of the half-price afternoons / evenings at Lost Lake Park on Mondays and Thursdays from 3 PM.

Adventure Lite

You’ll find us:

  • Taking advantage of some great deals on activities like snowmobiling, snowshoeing and ziplining. If there’s something that’s always been on your Whistler bucket list, now’s the time to tick it off!
  • Spending some downtime at one of Whistler’s spas. Whether it’s checking out the new Soles Nail Lounge, a facial at The Spa at Nita Lake Lodge or a massage at Scandinave Spa, wellness is the yin to Whistler’s adrenaline-fuelled yang.
  • On a Wild About Winter Bingo Challenge in the Callaghan. For the month of March, they’re playing a Callaghan-focused bingo game where you have to check off the nature-based adventures (like visiting Alexander Falls) for a chance to win a stay at the Journeyman Lodge and swag from their partners.
  • Posing with our favourite Whistler tree on March 19 and sharing it on social (#treeposechallenge #worthmorestanding) to support BC Forest March’s protection of old-growth forest.

 

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More ways to get outside.

Family Fun

You’ll find us:

  • At Rebagliati Park (between the Upper and Lower Village) with our toboggans at the new Snow Zone. Look out for the glowing stag figure who lives there this season and for Henry the Moose at Olympic Plaza.
  • Sending the kids off on a COVID-friendly scavenger hunt in Whistler Village so that we can enjoy a coffee in peace. Do you know where you can find a wall of Jelly Bellys? A Canadian Mountie? A capoeira dancer? You might have to dive in yourself to tick a few things off the list.
  • In the forest in the evening to catch the stardust bear. Kids five and under are free at Vallea Lumina, a multimedia show in the woods. This is a great, evening family activity that adds a bit of magic to the day!
  • Printing off the winter and spring bingo activity worksheets from AWARE before we head out on a walk with the kiddos. They have a whole host of nature-based ideas to connect kids with the incredible, natural world surrounding them up here in the mountains.

 

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More family-friendly activities.

Arts & Culture

You’ll find us:

  • Renewing our membership at the Audain Art Museum before March 15 to be entered into a weekly giveaway. Membership gives you perks like unlimited access, invites to exclusive events, discounts at the gift shop and for guests who want to come with you, and access to unique activities – sold!
  • At the Maury Young Arts Centre, home of Arts Whistler, to check out the Teeny Tiny Art Show. It starts on March 11 and runs until May 1; during the exhibit dates the opening hours are Thursday to Sunday from 2 – 6 PM. The artwork on display is only three inches by three inches (or less), is made by local artists and is available to buy. This is a great way to support local and snag a lovely piece of artwork.
  • Tuning in to the Whistler Film Festival’s Whistler Wednesdays for free, industry insights. On March 3 at noon PST, director Sergio Navarretta talks about his film, The Cuban.

 

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More arts and culture activities.

Eating and Drinking

You’ll find us:

  • Raising a glass of No Limits Rye Ale by Whistler Brewing on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) with our household bubble. It’s a medium-bodied, lightly hopped amber ale with a malt flavour with a touch of fruit, and partial proceeds from each pack sold go to the Whistler Adaptive Sports Program. Find it at the brewery and at select liquor stores throughout the Sea to Sky Corridor, and North and West Vancouver.
  • Munching on a bento box for lunch by Taiwanese Kitchen. Originally from Taiwan, the food-loving founders met at the Whistler Multicultural Festival a few years ago and decided to bring the unique flavours of their home country to Whistler. Check what’s on this week’s menu, order online or over the phone a day in advance and then either pick-up (it’s located in Function Junction) or opt for delivery.
  • Working out which Whistler dining deals to do when. Insider, Nikkey Dawn, has devised a handy list for us in Top 10 Dine-In and Take-Out Deals in Whistler Right Now. We’re supporting local via our stomachs!

 

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More on Village shopping, dining and arts and culture.

Enter the Whistler Winterscape Contest, which gives you the chance of winning a dream trip to the mountains including flights, accommodation and experiences like skiing with an Olympian, helicopter rides and champagne sabreing.

Don’t Forget . . .

  • Please remember that COVID-19 isn’t on vacation – stay home if you or someone in your household bubble is sick. Practice physical distancing by staying two metres apart from people outside your household bubble and bring a face covering for when this isn’t possible, and finally, be patient, we’re all navigating this together.
  • The Day Lots are now all pay-parking, note that you can’t park there overnight (3 – 6 AM) and camping and sleeping in vehicles are not allowed.
  • It’s still the season for winter tires (they’re mandatory), make sure to check the weather and road conditions before you leave and plan accordingly!

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.

While BC’s provincial health officials are currently recommending against all non-essential travel, we can’t wait to welcome you back to Whistler when it’s safe to travel again. Until then, keep it steep!