By Anita Draycott | Jan 10, 2018
The One & Only Bearfoot
Where else can you saber a bottle of Champagne and drink it with a platter of freshly shucked oysters? Wait, the fun has just begun. Don a Canada Goose parka and sample four exotic vodkas from a choice of 50 from around the globe in the Ketel One Ice Room where the temperature (between -25 to -32 C) is ideal to savor the clear liquor. Now sample some of the finest and most innovative cuisines in Whistler concocted by Executive Chef Melissa Craig. Finish the night off with a tableside preparation of ‘nitro” ice cream—the best molecular cuisine you’ll ever taste. All of this epicurean excitement takes place at the award-winning Bearfoot Bistro.
Striking Gold at the Fairmont
Staying on the Gold Floor at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler is the way to go. The tasty breakfast buffet includes bowls of fresh berries, scones, smoked salmon and a different egg creation every day. After golf head back to the Gold Lounge for complimentary appetizers such as artisan cheeses, freshly shucked oysters, and hot canapés. At the hotel’s Mallard Lounge sample the unique Chocolate Bar flights featuring “Grand Cru” premium cocoa beans from different countries.
Whistler could arguably be dubbed the Adrenalin Capital of Canada. If golf’s too tame, consider Forged Ax Throwing or drive an ATV up Blackcomb Mountain. Try Bungee Jumping from a bridge above the Cheakamus River. Whistler boasts the longest zipline in Canada and the USA. The Sasquatch Tour spans more than 2km.
R&R at the Spa
Based on Finnish and Norwegian bathing traditions, Scandinave Spas are designed so guests may relax and rejuvenate by participating in a cycle of heat therapies, refreshing cool rinses and relaxation periods. The prescribed routine: spend about ten minutes warming your body in a sauna, eucalyptus-scented steam bath, hot tub or thermal waterfall. Heating the body helps increase blood circulation, which, in turn, cleanses by promoting the elimination of toxins. Then it’s time to close the skin’s pores by cooling off beneath a bracing Nordic waterfall or a dip in a cold tub. The third part of Scandinave’s routine is chill-out time. Snooze in the solarium, swing in a hammock or cozy up with a good book and a cup of organic tea.
Meet the 50 black bears and cubs that call Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains home. Tours with bear lovers and experts ($189 plus tax for adults) take about three hours. You travel in comfortable 4x4vehicles through alpine terrain to feeding habitats.