With seasonal snowfall increasing and lights glistening around the village, the anticipation of the snow and festive season is quickly approaching for all Winter enthusiasts in Whistler. There is no denying it is one of the most beautiful and exciting seasons to experience what the mountain lifestyle has to offer. The presence of a global pandemic throughout the holidays in 2020/ 2021 encourages reflection on how we may celebrate all the season offers while protecting our loved ones by coming together in less traditional ways. The spirit of community is palpable and inspiring throughout the Sea to Sky and supporting local businesses this winter is a simple but powerful way to foster that connection. Whistler has an abundance of diverse local offerings that will make the art of gift-giving more meaningful and unique, the positive impact more far-reaching than just those on your shopping list.
The absence of large gatherings to celebrate the season will have a huge impact on those in our community who own or work at one of the many local restaurants. By purchasing a gift card or take away meal you can celebrate the festive nature of this season by enjoying some amazing local food. With so many delicious, unique dining experience we will let you decide which place best suits for your gift-giving needs. For a full list of restaurants in Whistler, see here.
Craft Beer is part of the culture here in Whistler and we have some talented producers who offer unique seasonal brews as well as their classics. Whether you’re looking to get them a 6-pack, or treat them to a gift card, both locations are located in Function Junction, just south of Creekside. While you’re there, don’t forget to treat yourself to a pint or a quick snack – or maybe even some stickers, a glass or brewery apparel.
Experience the beauty of Whistler firsthand by following the Village stroll in search of treasures for all on your shopping list. One of the benefits of shopping locally is discovering unique artisans and finding one-of-a-kind pieces for adults, kids, and pets alike. So grab your masks, follow COVID safe operating protocols and see what unique finds you can slip under someones Christmas tree this year! For a full list of shops, go here.
Spas & Beauty
Treat yourself or a loved one to an indulgent spa experience, stress-melting treatment, or quality beauty product. Whether you’re looking to give a gift card to a hair salon, spa, tattoo shop or beauty shop, there is no shortage of choices when it comes to supporting local businesses in spa and beauty!
Arts & Culture
Do you have an art lover on your list? Give the gift of a unique Whistler experience that will deepen their connection to the culture and art of our region with admission to the Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Center or the Audain Art Museum. Purchase a piece of locally created art by visiting the Maury Young Arts Centre gift shop or online through the Arts Whistler website, a great resource for familiarizing yourself with the offerings of many local talents. There are several talented, local artists. Whether you’re looking for fine art, photography, sculpture, or native prints – there’s a variety of options that will not only fit in your stocking but could fill up an entire wall!
Adventures and Experiences
Both a creative and interactive gift option is the purchase of a shared outdoor experience. The Tourism Whistler website offers a great resource to search for the perfect adventure, sure to create amazing memories and ignite new passions. Including Nordic Skiing, Snowmobile Tours, Ice Skating, Bobsleigh, Snowshoeing and Winter Ziplining, and the unforgettable Vallea Lumina, there is something for every taste and skill level. Let Tourism Whistler introduce you to a variety of vendors and their skilled guides, opening all that Whistler has to offer.
Shopping locally supports Whistler businesses financially and builds connections with the community while cutting down on the environmental impact of shipping. This is by no means an exhaustive list of locally owned businesses but in the attempt (and subsequent fail) at brevity, above are some highlights to inspire local shopping. For a more complete business directory, please go here.