All About Whistler Village North

Whistler Village is the main hub in Whistler. For nightlife, dining, shopping, accommodation and activities, Whistler Village is the go-to area for the majority of visitors in Whistler. The Village is separated by road called the Village Gate Boulevard. To the north of this road is an area often referred to as Village North or Whistler Village North.

To the south of the Village Gate Boulevard is the Village Square and Skiers Plaza. The Village stroll connects the North and Southside of the Village and when walking around, they are effectively the same place. I have decided to separate the two here simply because there is so much in Whistler Village, that it is easier to discuss it in two halves, and also because accommodations are often described as being located in Village North.

Within Village North itself there are 5 separate areas to think about when visiting Whistler. North Lands Boulevard is a main road that has plenty of accommodation options along it. The Market Place, which as the name suggests has plenty of shops. The Olympic Plaza plays host to many events, and has a few shops and accommodations surrounding it. Main Street has shops, a couple of attractions, and some good accommodation options.  Finally the Village stroll which heads down to the South side of the Village. All areas are side by side and walk around will flow between the 5.

North Lands Boulevard is home to the Pinnacle Hotel, which does have a couple of nice restaurants below it, namely Alta Bistro. The Cascade Lodge is the closest hotel to the main Village, and both options will be comparably cheaper than staying in the Skiers Plaza, but involve a little walk to the ski lifts. Next along the road are Sunpath at Stoney Creek, The Lagoons at Stoney Creek and North Star at Stoney Creek. These 3 places have some wonderful condo’s and town houses. These are great for large family groups or people looking for a more independent vacation. Right at the very end of North Lands Boulevard you will find Twin Peaks, Valhalla and Symphony and Glaciers Reach. These accommodations often play host to long term visitors, but can provide great options if you are on a tight budget, but want to stay in Whistler Village.

Main Street comes off North Lands Boulevard and is home to the Whistler Library and as of writing this the temporary home for the Whistler Museum. There is a lively bar in the Delta suites called the Brickworks, which has live music and local ales. Mount Currie coffee is a popular cafe with the locals and just next door are two very popular eateries: Splitz Burger; and Peaked Pies. Both great options if you are in the mood for something quick, easy and not too expensive, hence their popularity with locals. Equally convenient but a bit more upmarket and probably a healthier option, is Pasta Lupino where you can eat in, take away, or by fresh pasta and sauce to cook and home. For accommodation on Main Street the Summit Lodge is a boutique and pet friendly hotel, or Alpen Glow is home to some reasonably priced condos.

The Market Place has one main accommodation option, the aptly named Market Place Lodge. This is one of the best value locations in the Village, and is incredibly convenient. Appart form the short walk to the lifts, everything else is right outside your door. Marketplace is home to banks, a liquor store, pharmacy, grocery store, 7-11, some fast food chains, shops and some wonderful eateries. la Cantina is a great place to grab some tacos and enjoy a beer with friends, while the Green Moustache serves up healthy organic food and drinks.

The Olympic Plaza has a village green and large stage. In the summer there is often live music and even movie screenings here. There is a great kids play area, and in winter a small ice rink. This is surrounded by cafes and shops, most notably Purebread, which is a must-try and wonderful treat while in Whistler. The Brewhouse is a great local bar and restaurant serving ales brewed in-house and hearty food. The bar in the Brewhouse is a great place to relax with friends and play a little pool. The main accommodation for the Olympic Plaza is Tyndalstone Lodge. Due to the nearby amenities this is a good option for families with young kids.

The Village Stroll runs through the whole Village, but the section in Village North has the Deer, Eagle and Bear lodges alongside it. There are also a few shops here and the infamous Garfinkles nightclub if you feel like partying!

In summary Whistler Village North is a vibrant area with a local charm. There is value to be had if you choose your accommodation here, and some real treats if you eat or drink in Village North.

Whistler in the fall

Whistler Basics

Want to know about Whistler? Then our Whistler Basics is a great place to start! This page is aimed to help new and potential visitors to Whistler understand the core facts about Whistler and how our town operates.

Hopefully this page will help you with the early decision-making when planning a vacation in Whistler.

Firstly, know that Whistler is located in the coastal mountains of British Columbia, Canada. It is a couple of hours drive north of Vancouver, about one hour drive north of Squamish and 30 minutes drive south of Pemberton. Being in the coastal mountains means that winters are generally milder than the interior mountains. Conversely the summers are also a little less dry than the interior. This climate creates lush temperate rain forests and allows a variety of wildlife to thrive.

Most visitors will arrive from the South, so that is how I will describe the layout of Whistler.

The most southerly and first point of reference that lets you know you are in Whistler, is the Whistler RV Park.  Beyond that,  what I would consider to be the first real zone of Whistler, is Function Junction. There is a little bit accommodation in this area, but it is primarily known as an industrial area with warehouses and factories. Function Junction is however a hub for locally owned and operated businesses in Whistler, including some great eateries, shops, and activity providers.

Continue driving north of Function and you will pass several accommodation areas such as Bayshore’s, before you reach Creekside. Creekside is the first area that you reach, from where you can take a Gondola up the mountain in Winter. Creekside has a mixed bag of clientage, with accommodation ranging from cheap seasonal to luxury lake-side lodges. There are some real hidden gems in Creekside and either biking in summer or skiing in winter, from the Peak to Creekside is an incredible experience. On the southern side of Creekside you have Alpha lake, and northside Nita Lake. Both beautiful.

Keep heading North and Alta lake will come into view and accommodation areas such as Nordic and Blueberry will pass by. Eventually the first of two main entrances to the main zone, Whistler Village, will come into view. If you want to find the main parking lots the second of the Whistler Village entrances is the best one to take.

Whistler Village is the busiest area of Whistler, and is home to a plethora of shops, eateries, hotels and condos. The heart of Whistler village is the Village Stroll, which is a pedestrianized street leading from the Marketplace, past the Olympic Plaza, to the Village Square, and ending up at the Skiers Plaza. The Skiers Plaza is where Gondolas will take you up either Blackcomb or Whistler Mountain. The Fitzsimmons Chairlift is also great access to Whistler Mountain from the Skiers plaza, and in Summer is the main lift for the famous Whistler Bike Park.  In summer the Gondolas are mainly for sightseeing and hiking access, in the Winter they take hoards of skiers and snowboarders to their paradise.

Village Gate Boulevard is a road that dissects Whistler Village. The Skiers Plaza and Village Square are the real focal points in Whistler Village and are to the South side of the Village Gate Boulevard. Consequently anything to the north of Village Gate Boulevard sometimes gets referred to as “Village North”.

The main car parks to which I referred earlier are located in-between Whistler Village and the Upper Village, which is also known as Blackcomb because it sits at the foot of Blackcomb Mountain. The Wizard and Magic chairlifts are alternate access points to Blackcomb Mountain and are both in the Upper Village. The Upper Village has a few shops and eateries, and ski rental stores. However it is distinct because of its many ski-in/ski-out accommodation options.

Many of the ski-in/ski-out accommodations in the higher elevations are in an Upper Village area known as the Benchlands. The Benchlands are also home to the main entrance to the popular Lost Lake. Lost Lake boasts a great cross-country bike park in the Summer and cross-country skiing in Winter. The Upper Village also has a pedestrianized stroll, home to a great market in summer.

If you go back to the highway and keep heading North you will pass Nester’s which is a little shopping complex. Also just north of Whistler Village is Spruce Grove which is home to another RV park and gorgeous spa.

Further North still is Alpine. Alpine is home to many season-long visitors, but also boasts some charming Lodges and Bed and Breakfasts. Alpine also boarders Green Lake and Wedge Park.

Any further North than Alpine is stretching the boundaries of what can really be considered Whistler, however the entrance to Cougar Mountain and an area called Emerald do sit on the northern boundaries of Whistler.

In terms of atmosphere and character, Whistler Village is definitely the busiest and more vibrant area. The Upper Village is a little more sedate and probably on par with Creekside in terms of how busy they are. Creekside feels more like a traditional North American mountain village, and has a locals feel. Alpine is a great place to stay if you want to avoid the crowds and enjoy a forested setting.

We will cover the individual areas in more detail in separate articles, but hopefully for now, this page has given you a good insight into the layout and nature of Whistler.

2020 COVID-19 Update: Fun & Safety In Whistler

Note: It is important to stay up-to-date with the guidelines put out my the province of British Columbia before making any travel plans.

You will find the current recommendations here.

Welcome The Ski Season In Style! Here’s How You Can Plan Your Fun With Safety For Your Next Skiing Adventure

Fall is bidding farewell and the winter is knocking on our doors. It is the time of the year to ditch the confines of your home, put your ski gear into the trunk of your car, travel to the charming ski resorts of Whistler, and let yourself loose in the gorgeous snow-laden mountains. If the concern for your safety amid the ongoing pandemic situation is hovering over your ski adventure plans, Whistler Blackcomb has made all the provisions for a safe ski season. 

Whistler Blackcomb is putting several safety measures in place so that you can have an adventurous winter with your loved ones. Here’s what we’re doing here. 

Registration system to control the capacity limit

November 26 is going to be a gala day for all you ski lovers as Whistler Blackcomb will set its most anticipated and most loved winter operations in motion. Once again, you will be able to enjoy the high-octane activities, like skiing and boarding in the snow-capped mountains. 

The joy, the fun, the adventure, and the frolic will be the same, except that you will be bound to follow certain rules and regulations to safeguard your safety during this pandemic. 

To manage the capacity limits on the mountains, Whistler Blackcomb has brought in a reservation system, whereby you will have to buy the tickets in advance to reserve your place in the lap of the majestic mountains. You can buy the tickets online

The pass holder reservation system has been designed owing to the norms of social distancing. With fewer people on both the mountains, you will be able to maintain a safe distance from them and enjoy your adventure without having to worry about contracting an infection. The maximum capacity will be governed by factors such as the size of the resorts, weather conditions, operating plans, historic visitation numbers, and local regulations.

Reservations for every day will be needed at every resort. Once you get the pass, you will get the priority access to book your preferred days (up to 7 days). While using your Priority Reservation Days, you can book additional reservations (depending upon the days of access left on your pass). Furthermore, you can make week-off reservations within a week of your ski or ride day. However, it is subject to availability as well as your pass access on that particular day. 

As far as the lift ticket is concerned, once you buy the lift ticket, your reservation for the specific day will be confirmed automatically. 

The online reservations for the Core Season (From Dec 8, 2020  to April 4, 2021) will begin from November 2020 for 2020/21 pass holders. The lift tickets will go on sale on Dec 8, 2020. You will be able to make reservations at epicpass.com or  call. 

If you are a pass holder, you can make multiple reservations in Early Season (subject to availability) depending on capacity and pass access. In the Early Season, you will have the privilege of being the only guests on the mountain, while also getting the opportunity of exclusive access to confirm reservations for the Core Season (Nov 6, 2020 to Dec 7, 2020). 

Whistler Safety Guidelines

Whistler Safety Guidelines

Whistler Blackcomb has created several guidelines to ensure your safety and keep your fun unbesmirched from the current pandemic. 

To ensure that you ski and ride across the mountains peacefully, Whistler Blackcomb has mandated wearing face coverings in the mountain, resort, lift lines, lift, and gondolas. Further, only the guests skiing or riding together will be allowed to sit together on chair lifts and gondolas.

A four-person lift will carry two singles seated on opposite sides and a six-person lift will carry two doubles seated on the opposite sides. Only two people will be allowed in gondola cabins. 

Norms on similar lines will be followed to ensure proper physical distancing in ski and ride schools and on-mountain dining and recreational outlets. 

By following these guidelines, you will ensure yours and your loved ones’ safety without compromising on fun. 

Welcome To Whistler

We’ve prepared, and now we look forward to welcoming you to Whistler.

Book your room, and reserve your days on the mountain early to guarantee the spot you want, and the vacation you deserve.

Q&A w/ Canadian National BBQ Championships’ Helluva “Q”

bbqWR: Your name, Helluva “Q”, seems like it must have a story behind it, would you care to share?

Helluva Q: No story, just sitting around having a few beers and running through a bunch of names and making sure it wasn’t already being used it project plan.

WR: How long have you been BBQing and how did you get started?

Helluva Q: Started 10 years ago with our friend Kevin Lunn who went into Well Seasoned Store and saw a BBQ class and found out about one in Whistler. He went and then we competed.

WR: What sparked your team’s interest in competing in Bulleit Bourbon Canadian National BBQ Championships ?

Helluva Q: Just the fun of the people

WR: Helluva “Q” is competing in the Canadian National BBQ Championships in Whistler, BC. Will you be competing anywhere else this year?

Helluva Q: Just a couple this year. We were at the Red Barn Burner in Chilliwack. Canadian Festival of Chili and BBQ, McKinley Springs Vinyard and Mount Lake Terrace.

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Canadian National BBQ Championships at Dusty’s Bar & BBQ.

WR: What is your top five must have ingredients for BBQ?

Helluva Q: Spices, mustard, Charcoal, Meat and Tequila.

WR: A lot of BBQ gurus swear by their secret ingredient, do you have one?

Helluva Q: If we tell you if wouldn’t be a secret.

WR: If you could only BBQ one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Helluva Q: Burgers.

WR: What advice would you give to somebody who wants to begin competing in BBQ?

WR: Stick with it. The teams are great and there is always help.

The best of the best BBQ pit masters will be going head to head at Dusty’s Bar & BBQ in the Creekside area of beautiful Whistler, BC.
Starts: 07/31/2015 5:30PM
Ends: 08/02/2015 4:30PM
Dusty’s Bar & BBQ
P.O. Box: 2040 London Lane
Whistler, BC
V0N 1B2
Canada

Preparing for Alpine Backpacking: Staying Safe in the Backcountry

Backpacking is a great way to connect with nature, get some exercise, and explore the backcountry. Alpine backpacking is rewarding but also a challenging adventure. Before you hit the trail, make sure you’re properly prepared so that you can enjoy your hike and make it back safely.

Destinations and Directions

Choose your hiking trail and destination carefully; be sure to select a hike that fits your physical abilities and your experience level. For their first time out, beginners should consider a one-night trip and stick to well-traveled trails. Be sure you know where you’re going, map the trail ahead of time, and know the average distance you can hike each day.

Share your plans and itinerary with someone not joining you, so if you don’t return on time search teams will know where to look. Before you go, check with forest rangers or anyone else who knows the area well; they should know who is in the backcountry at any given time and can provide current information on trail conditions and fire danger levels.

Physical Preparation for Hiking

Backpacking isn’t a simple walk in the woods. It requires a greater level of physical fitness due to the heavy pack you carry and potentially difficult terrain you navigate. Shorter training hikes are a good way to prepare your body for the rigors of hiking. It’s also important to get regular exercise to strengthen your muscles so that you can handle the weight of your pack without straining your back look at this now. Both strength training and cardiovascular training for endurance are vital to getting your body ready to take a backpacking trip.

Choosing the Right Gear

A good backpacking trip depends on packing the right things so that you’re not carrying too much yet aren’t without the basic essentials. Make sure your pack contains these main essentials at minimum:

  • A map and compass for navigation
  • A first aid kit
  • A source of light – flashlight, headlamp, lantern, with extra batteries
  • Sun protection
  • Extra clothing for layers to keep your body temperature level
  • A foolproof method of starting a fire
  • Food and water – enough for more days than you anticipate in case of emergency
  • Basic tools including a knife
  • Some form of shelter

Certainly you can bring some luxuries along on your backpacking trip, but it’s important to pack a bag that has everything you need without making it too heavy. Start with the basics, then add extras if there is space and you can handle the extra weight.

Gear is only as useful as your knowledge of how to use it. Practice starting a fire, using your tools, and take a first aid course before you go so that you will be ready to respond to any need.

Getting Ready to Go

Dressing in layers is the best way to handle a backpacking trip. Choose lightweight fabrics that keep moisture away from the body, and be sure to have a waterproof top layer in case of rain or other inclement weather. Wear proper footwear, including sturdy shoes and socks that will keep moisture off your feet and prevent blisters.

Pack your backpack carefully to create a balanced load and easy access to the items you will need most frequently. Getting your pack on requires a cautious approach to avoid back injury. The simplest way is to have someone lift it for you from behind so that you can slip your arms into the straps. If you don’t have assistance, lower yourself to the pack and stand up carefully, making sure to put the weight on your legs and not strain your back.

Kuba Oms | Squamish Valley Music Festival

The Squamish Valley Music Festival starts today! To kick off the event we have another great interview with the very talented artist Kuba Oms. For more information about his appearance, please visit the official site.guy

How did you get started in music?
Singing around bonfires in high school. A bunch I my buddies had a hot band and I got the music bug from them.

Tell us a bit about the new album ADHD:
I realized during the recording of the album that I do indeed have ADHD. It explains a lot about my life and it is reflected in the recordings.

What inspires your musical process?
Life experience. We all go through so many ups and downs and I find it therapeutic to put my stories into song.

What’s more fun: small shows or festivals?
Festivals! No brainier.

Tell us about the best show you’ve ever played:
We opened for the Chemical Brothers and DJ Shadow a while back – that was a special show for us:)

Hannah Epperson | Squamish Valley Music Festival



Hannah Epperson

The Squamish Valley Music Festival is fast approaching. It’s one of the summer’s most popular events in BC. With an all start line-up featuring the likes of Eminem, Bruno Mars and The Roots to name just a few, we’re also seeing a commendable amount Canadiana throughout the festival. While some of the larger Canadian acts include Juno award winners Serena Ryder, Sam Roberts, and A Tribe Called Red, there’s a few lesser know acts that can ‘t be missed. Enter the sweet sounds of violinist and loop artists, Hannah Epperson.

Hannah is an amazing musician originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, but has made Vancouver her home since 2002. I doesn’t take much to see that she is incredibly intelligent, well spoken, witty,  and one heck of a musician. Her style is described as orchestral folk but much like the her counterparts in the industry, Andrew Bird and Owen Pallett, her music can’t be put into one particular music style box.

How did you get started in music?
I had the great fortune of growing up with a slew of musical brothers (3 older ones, to be precise) and parents with musical priorities.  I took up the violin in kindergarten because the cello was already taken (my brother Nicholas had already proved his mastery of the instrument) and my parents vetoed the flute (they were both concerned about the repertoire I would get stuck with as a flutist). From there, music somehow always managed to have social relevance in my life, in and between all the dizzying hormonal shifts and geographic relocations when I was growing up.  I feel very lucky to have had the support to stick with it through all the turbulence.

Do you have any advice for those trying to learn the violin?
Violin is notoriously gnarly to learn. I think a poorly played violin can truly issue some of the most soul crushing frequencies known to man or woman, which can be a real turn off when you’re at the beginning of the learning curve.  I think the most important thing to hold on to when you’re learning anything is your sense of humour.  Making mistakes seems to get harder to bear as we get older. We get proud and impatient, we come to expect that mistakes and mishaps are things you grow out of. If you think about it, mistakes are what we grow out of… it is from our mistakes that we can ever hope to grow and evolve and take shape.  That’s a great thing to remember when you commit to learning something new.
Technically, I would pass along the advice to always keep a relaxed right hand.  Perhaps the hardest aspect of playing violin is mastering the bow! In my opinion, the best performances come from an expressive, dancing right hand.

What drew you to looping?
I stumbled into the looping world quite by accident.  My parents gifted my brother a looping pedal, which he never ended up using, so I tried it out in the basement one lazy summer night. I very quickly found myself revelling in the freedom of orchestrating multi-layered pieces without the logistical and emotional challenges of delegating musical parts to other players.  Looping can feel very safe, because it is a compositional process often carried out in isolation and without the pressure or judgement of other players.  For this reason, I think it can be a really liberating technology.

What inspires your  musical process: nature, observation, personal experiences?
Music as a process has often seemed to be a spontaneous brimming-over of something that exceeds me, but which has somehow been metabolised through me. I think a lot of artists experience this feeling of being a vessel which creative expression moves through. So it’s hard to pinpoint where or how or what inspires a song or a piece of visual art or a dance piece. And so too can it feel difficult to take responsibility for something that doesn’t seem to be your own. I would say that the musical process, for me anyway, emerges quite spontaneously as an emotive synthesis of those things which move or stir me, which can be anything – a bird song, a newspaper clip, a shadow on the floor, politics, anatomy.

Do you have any musical collaborations coming up that you’re looking forward to?
Collaborations galore!  I recently finished producing, writing, recording and mixing a full length album alongside Cayne McKenzie (of We Are The City) for spoken word artist Shane Koyczan. There is no release date to share yet, but I’m tremendously excited to share that project when the time comes.  Also, I have started working more and more closely with LA-based producer and musician Ajay Bhattacharyya (aka STINT) on material for a new album and a series of singles, as well as developing a meatier live show.  I couldn’t be more thrilled with the direction we are taking.

What’s more fun: small shows or festivals?
Unfair question, and impossible to answer!  Festivals are terrific if you let your guard down and participate in them, which I find many artists are not so inclined to do.  The intimacy of small shows is often where the magic is, because there is a real opportunity to connect with people. It all really depends on the combined energy that everyone brings to a space, so small shows and festivals alike can be the best or the worst.

You seem to have a pretty active touring schedule, does is it ever get tiring being on the road so much?
Having just returned from two months on the road, I can certainly say that touring life can become treacherously draining. I take great joy in mundane rituals, because they are often the only thing stable enough in my world to ground me.  Waking up in my own bed, whisking matcha in my favourite ceramic cup in a morning glow specific to my studio, watering my plants, holding my friends hands on long walks and gossiping about whatever … these are all things I miss sorely on tour.  But touring is wonderful, whimsical, enriching and so inspiring, so I come to miss the touring life too after a while.  That seems to be a concise analogy for the ebbs and flows of life in general, I suppose.

What do you love most about the west coast?
Water!  The tap water is absolutely extraordinary here, and the ocean is so unbelievable. Water is a truly mystical substance, and we are very lucky to have so much of it where we live.

For more information about Hannah check out her:

Website: http://hannahepperson.ca/

Bandcamp: http://hannahepperson.bandcamp.com/

5 Tips for Driving to the Squamish Valley Music Festival

This year’s Squamish Valley Music Festival is set to be a huge, incredible event, with approximately 35,000 people expected to attend. The majority of these visitors will arrive by car, which can mean traffic jams and long waits. Make the most of your trip to the festival, and spend less time in your car with these five tips.

  1. Go Early, Stay Longer. Arriving in the area a day or two early will ensure you miss the worst of the traffic. It will also allow a little extra time to relax and prepare for the festival itself by stocking up on supplies and exploring the area. The same applies to heading home after the festival. Stay another day to avoid the mass exodus leaving the area at festival’s end.
  2. Carpool. The fewer cars you are trying to get to the festival, the easier it will be. Gather a group of friends planning to go and take a single vehicle. Fewer cars means less traffic, and it also means you’ll pay less in parking fees at the festival.
  3. Arrive from the North. The vast majority of the traffic heading into the Squamish area will be coming from the south, heading up from the Vancouver area and other southern cities. Combine this tip with the first tip and check into a Whistler hotel a day before the festival. You can then head south from Whistler to the events and miss the major traffic coming from the south.
  4. Park and Ride. If you’re driving up and staying the weekend in Whistler, leave your car at the hotel and take the shuttle into the festival grounds. Shuttles are available for a fee and will drop you at the festival and take you right back to your hotel at the end of the day. You’ll fight less traffic and let someone else navigate the roads. Shuttles are also available directly from Vancouver.
  5. Camp at the Festival. Campers get reduced parking fees and won’t have to drive anywhere once they arrive. Settle into your campsite and walk to the festival daily. You can leave your car in a secure parking area and not worry about it.

Squamish Valley Music Festival – Where to Stay

The Squamish Valley Music Festival is among Western Canada’s largest music festivals and draws thousands of visitors project management steps. Many people will choose to stay in the area during the weekend-long event, and there are several options available for lodging. Wherever you choose to stay, be sure to book early.

Staying in Squamish

Squamish is a small town offering limited selection for lodging. While hotels here are closest to the festival, they will sell out quickly and may be difficult to book. There are a few large hotels in town that are close to the festival. There is also a small selection of motels and bed and breakfast options. Those looking for a more private stay can look to rental cabins and vacation rentals in the area.

Staying in Whistler

Thirty minutes to the north of Squamish, Whistler is a convenient location from which to attend the festival. The hotel options are more numerous here, and with the ski season long past, accommodation is easier to find. Whistler also has a great selection of cabins and vacation rentals and even offers a vibrant nightlife. Shuttles run to and from the festival to make accessing the events easier for those who choose not to drive. If you do drive, heading south from Whistler each day gives you the advantage of avoiding the major traffic jams coming from south of Squamish.

Attending from Vancouver

Vancouver is approximately 45 minutes south of Squamish, but you can expect the drive to be longer in festival traffic. This major city offers a very large selection of accommodations in all budget ranges. Shuttles also run between Squamish and Vancouver during the festival.

Camping at the Festival

The closest place to stay for the festival is right on site. Four different campgrounds are available to choose from, all walking distance from the festival grounds. The options include premium camping and a Quiet/Family campground with a noise curfew. This year’s camping options have been expanded due to the large turnout expected for the festival, but sites are expected to book quickly.

WinterPRIDE 2014

Whistler is known internationally for major events, and for the last 20 years WinterPRIDE has successfully become the celebration of the LGBTQ community. This year top performing artists from around the globe team up with local talent to bring the very best to Whistler’s entertainment scene. Thanks to gaywhistler.com, we have provided you with a list of some of the best indoor and outdoor adventures this alpine resort town has to offer.

January 25: The kickoff party of the century, “Glitter” comes to Vancouver’s Club FIVESIXTY. This downtown club showcases international Mixologist DJ Paulo who is known for Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance and headlined for Ibiza. He’s voted as 2011’s DJ/producer/mixer of the year by Just Circuit. Added to the mix is local phenomenon DJ Quest throwing his spin on the turntable scratching some mad sounds bringing the seven day festivities to a start. Doors Open at 10pm.

January 26: If it’s your first time visiting WinterPRIDE head over to Garfinkel’s Whistler. Between 9:00pm and 1:00am the WinterPRIDE team will be there to answer any questions and give some tips for new pride adventure seekers as well as share their wild stories from WinterPRIDE’s past project planning steps.

January 27: You can’t travel all the way to the most beautiful mountain ranges in North America without the chance to go play on them. At 10:00 am join WinterPRIDE’s professional Ski Guides as they take you into our breathtaking backcountry to explore some of the best groomed runs. If this is your first time visiting our Alpine heaven then you have to take advantage of this outing.

January 27: After your alpine adventure at 3:00pm, head over to Buffalo Bills for Après Ski with DJ Gritty Bumps. This afternoon party will rev your appetite while preparing your pallet for a whole lot of food, music and dance.

January 27: End the night at Maxx Fish and experience “Mix and Mingle” at 9:00pm. This fun venue will delight you with drinks, games and a whole lot of fun. DJ Joni T has been slinging some of the best beats up on the mountain and definitely delivers the best atmosphere.

January 28: Garibaldi Lift Co brings you DJ Kori. K. This well-travelled DJ has brought the party to 5 different continents and 14 countries. This home town boy, known for his Smirnoff House Party at the GLC, knows how to bring the house down.

January 28: Buffalo Bill’s is rounding up all the wranglers for the Cowboy and Cowgirls Party. This wild night presents the Timberline Dance Troupe and bronco busting DJ Billy The Kid. Get ready to ride your steed into the party with the Mr. Gay Canada delegates. MGC delegates are known to travel internationally with their outreach and education but tonight they are here to make the west one.

January 29: It’s been a wild four days and it’s time to revitalize the system with the SuperFly Zipline. The Adventure Group Whistler will zip you through winter wonderland over the longest zip line of over 1500 feet in length at 400 feet in height. Don’t worry you don’t have to ride this alone TAG is one of the very few zip-lines that let you and your partner ride side by side.

January 30: Join TAG Whistler once again with their Trailblazer Fresh Tracks Tour. Wake up to fast paced fearless adventure where experienced guides will take you to places in wild whistler that not many get to see. Once up the mountain TAG treats you to a pleasant break by treating everyone to a warm beverage and snack in their backcountry yurts. This ride books fast; speed over and make your reservations today.

January 30: It’s the 6th annual Mr. Gay Canada Finale and Fashion Show. For many, this is a chance in a lifetime to represent the country in international competitions. It all begins with a vibrant high end fashion show where the competitors place their talents on the catwalk dressed in everything from formal to fabulous. That’s not all; special acts like Australian Idol sensation Courtney ACT and New Zealand’s Got Talent Chris Olwage performing his legendary “Black Swan”.

http://youtu.be/orv4Pee-Qrw BLACK SWAN

January 31: Ferocious – Military Ball will dress your night in uniform. Dress like your favourite army or police hero strap on the leather and get ready to dance. Vancouver’s own Nick Bertossi will blast you off your feet and on to the dance floor. Nick’s high-energy sound blasts into the crowd for a guaranteed good time. Whistler Conference Centre 9pm – 2am

February 1: It’s the last night and the Vancouver Dyke March Festival Society is ready to start the night just right. Two of Vancouver’s leading DJs will be headlining this Grand finale. DJ Kasey Riot rules bass with an amazing talent with mixing House and Electro and fusing them at the core. She dropped sets at many popular events including Burning Man and Afterglow.

Lisa Delux is influenced by Hip Hop, Dubstep, Funk and Breakbeat and is a master of knitting up her own mashups and remixes. This DJ is not only a producer of music but also teaches fresh DJs the ropes at “The School of Remix”.
Garibaldi Lift Co @ 9:00pm -2:00 am

February 1: Don’t fret the partying isn’t over yet! Gaywhistler.com wants to make sure every bit of energy goes into celebrating. This is extreme mountain partying that entertains into the wee hours. “Snowball” is the grand slam of all celebrations with go-go dancers and two top elite DJs.

DJ Ivan Gomez from Barcelona brings heat to the winter mountains. Gomez made his mark in the industry globe-trotting with his appreciation of Tribal, Progressive, Tech House and Underground. His trademark sound delivers endless live mashups and original productions. If Ivan’s groove doesn’t melt the snow then more likely your dancing will.

DJ Phil B originally from London, United Kingdom now lives in San Francisco and headlines parties such as White Party Palm Springs, Folsom Street Party, MASS and Aftershock only to name a few. Phil has released critically acclaimed CDs and not to mention opening for acts such as Jon Digweed. His unmistakable sound will move until the morning sun.

We would like to congratulate Dean Nelson and the WinterPRIDE team for their hard work and dedication to bringing such an extravagant festivity to Whistler, BC year after year. Their talented professionalism has placed Whistler on the map as the top LGBTQ friendly resort community and also created an international community.

Make sure to go to gaywhistler.com for complete scheduling and information or eventbrite.ca to purchase tickets online.