Whistler Vacation Rental Taxes and Guest Booking Fees

Avoid Whistler VRBO Taxes & Fees.

Ask about hotel taxes, parking and fees before booking your vacation rental.

It’s important to ask all the right questions about your Whistler vacation rental pricing before making your reservations and paying the rental deposit.

Two private homes may look the same and charge the same, but one may cost you quite a bit more in undisclosed taxes and fees.

Some—but not all—Whistler owners are required to charge tax, and some charge  separate cleaning, parking or guest fees that are not included in the nightly rate. 

It’s important to ask about taxes and fees in advance and get the terms of your rental contract in writing.

Whistler Pet Friendly RentalsVacation Rental Pet Fees

And if you’re planning on bringing Fido, you will want to ask about any associated pet fees, some places will add an extra cleaning charge when bringing your furry friend.

Damage Deposits on Vacation Rentals?

Another area where travellers sometimes get blind sided is the damage deposit. Many owners require one, which is understandable, as they’ve likely invested $500,000 or more in their rental. However, it’s important that your contract includes a description of what constitutes “damage” and under what conditions the deposit will or will not be returned.

 

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One final piece of advice: if you’re driving to Whistler, be aware that some building complexes charge extra for parking your car—as much as $20 per night! Definitely ask the owner about these fees before you book, as they can have a substantial impact on the cost of your stay.

Bonus Tip… Guest Booking Fees

Just announced in 2016, all Expedia, HomeAway and VRBO vacation rentals will have a 4% to 16% guest booking fee applied as the vacation rental payment is processed.

This new fee is labeled ‘Service Fee’ and it goes straight to Expedia, HomeAway, or VRBO.

To avoid booking service fees like these, search around for the rental property name or do a Google image search. You can likely find the same vacation rental on other websites that don’t charge guest fees. Connect directly with the owner and then book through the website without the fees.

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Whistler Resort Upgrades Announced for 2016

WhistlerBlackcomb Plans $8 Million Future Improvements.

Plans to update winter and summer facilities and trails.

Plans include enhancements to learning areas on Whistler Mountain, major upgrades to Roundhouse Lodge deck and Garibaldi Lift Company patio and improvements to summer hiking trails.

Awesome news for Whistler Resort tourists and locals. Personally, I really respect a company that re-invests profits back into improving quality for their customers. These sound like smart upgrades that will improve guest experience at the resort, summer and winter. Here are the details…

 

Dave Brownlie WhistlerBlackcomb“All of these projects demonstrate our commitment to ensuring our guests have the best possible experiences when they come to our mountains,” says Dave Brownlie, President and CEO of Whistler Blackcomb. “These plans are designed to improve guest experience, enhance our weather resiliency and contribute to the year-round growth of our business. Reinvesting in our operations and continuing to provide new offerings to guests year after year is something we are very proud of.”

Beginner Terrain & Lifts:

Enhancements to the ski and snowboard learning areas on Whistler Mountain will involve earthwork in the Olympic Station area to open up more beginner-friendly terrain, as well as re-grading the Olympic and Fantastic runs to make them more accessible to novice skiers and riders. Whistler Blackcomb will be installing two new covered magic carpet lifts at Olympic Station and 25 new energy efficient snow guns to ensure prime conditions for beginner skiers and riders all season long. Plans also include re-grading the Upper Whiskey Jack run above the Chic Pea Hut to make it less steep and to create a more positive experience for beginners, as well as adding four new energy efficient snow guns to the area.

Roundhouse Lodge Decks:

Upgrades to the Roundhouse Lodge glacier-view deck include the addition of 6,000sq feet of new space in the form of a new upper and lower deck and a new “umbrella bar” featuring a collapsible roof that can open and close like an umbrella depending on the weather. The upgrades will add approximately 160 new outdoor seats to the Roundhouse Lodge, 63 of which will be at the umbrella bar. The umbrella bar is heated and will be open during the winter season, along with the new upper patio.

Glacier Lift Company Patio:

The GLC upgrades include plans to renovate the section of the patio overlooking Skier’s Plaza with a small expansion, a new roof, heaters and fire pits. The renovation will increase the capacity of the GLC on a year-round basis with 90 outdoor covered seats, and will elevate the patio experience for guests at Whistler’s signature slope-side après restaurant.

Summer Trails:

Enhancement plans for the summer experiences at Whistler Blackcomb include improvements to the Harmony Lake, Peak Express Traverse, and Whistler Summit Interpretive Walk hiking trails on Whistler Mountain, and the Alpine Walk hiking trail on Blackcomb Mountain. Work such as resurfacing and widening will be done on each of the trails to improve their usability and make them more enjoyable for guests.

Alpine Theatre Moves to Rendezvous:

The Samsung Alpine Theatre, which has been a summertime favourite in the Roundhouse Lodge during recent summers, will be expanded and relocated to the lower level of the Rendezvous Lodge on Blackcomb. The theatre will continue to show visually stunning videos that touch on things like Whistler Blackcomb’s history and the construction of the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola.

All of the projects included in the $8 million investment are expected to be complete by the start of the 2016-17 ski season.

Source: WhistlerBlackcomb.com Press Release

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Dog Sled Tours in Whistler

Winter Dogsledding Tours.

Dog Sledding is the classic Canadian winter experience.

Travel through Whistler’s pristine backcountry on a sled pulled by powerful sled dog Huskies.

Whistler Dog Sledding for Couples Canadian Wilderness Adventures

 

Enjoy the Canadian Wilderness Adventure at Callaghan… Let your eager and powerful dog team lead you into the magnificent old growth forest of the Callaghan Valley. Stop for a rest at an abandoned trapper’s camp on Totem Lake and learn about the history of our Canadian fur trappers and there dog sledding adventures. Join your professional musher in harnessing and staging the dogs, learn the dog sledding commands and how to handle a dog sled. Relax with your family as you ride your dog sled along a mellow mix of open and winding trails for an unforgettable winter journey.

Or Blackcomb Dog Sled option in Soo Valley… This winter, reunite yourself with ‘man’s best friend’ as you experience the beautiful backcountry in pure Canadian style; by dogsled.

Join your musher in harnessing and staging the dogs, learn the commands and brace yourself for an everlasting memory in the making. Grab yourself a blanket and snuggle up in our comfortable sleds– or step onto the musher’s runners if you’re feeling adventurous.

Sit back and enjoy your timeless ride as you’re whisked away under snow-covered alpines and unforgettable views of the Callaghan Valley, just south of Whistler. At the end of your journey, warm up with a hot cup of apple cider and snack, and get one visit in in with our dogs – this truly is a once in a lifetime adventure.

  • Suitable for all ages and abilities.
  • Learn about the history of dog sledding.Dog Sledding Tours Whistler
  • Learn about the unique physiology and incredible skills of the specially bredArctic sled dogs.
  • Drink and snack included.
  • Sleds can accommodate 2 adults and 1 child.
  • Available December through April.

Whistler Dog Sled Tour Videos:


Blackcomb Dog Sled

Offers 2 tours each 2.5 hours in duration, Mountain Mushing in the Callaghan Valley and Champagne and Moondogs, an evening tour.

Canadian Wilderness Adventures

Offers a 2.5 to 3 hour tour called Trapper’s Run in the Callaghan Valley.

Tour Reviews for Whistler Dog Sledding

Blackcomb Dog Sled Trip Advisor Reviews 

Canadian Wilderness Adventures Yelp Reviews


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Whistler Beer Wine & Liquor Stores

Whistler BC Liquor Store Guide.

Foreign tourists might consider Whistler’s liquor laws, rules, and prices very different than home.

Without too much effort, you will find out where to buy beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes and cigars in Whistler… and what hours the shops are open. If you prefer cold beer and wine, take note that only some stores offer chilled beverages.

Whistler BC Liquor Stores

BC Liquor Stores in Whistler Resort

BC Liquor Stores carry a full selection of wines from around the world, spirits, beers, ciders, and coolers, as well as some de-alcoholized products and bar accessories. Many of the sales associates have extensive wine, spirits, and beer knowledge and are available to provide assistance with selecting products for any occasion and budget.

Additionally, many sales associates have considerable knowledge on BC VQA wines. BC Liquor Stores offer free Wi-Fi to help you find your product on the go with the mobile app.

whistler marketplace liquor storeWhistler Village Location – 4211 Village Square across from the Whistler GroceryStore

Whistler Marketplace Location – 4360 Lorimer Road across from Marketplace IGA, now featuring a “Cold Zone” chilled beverages

Whistler Creekside Location – 2071 Lake Placid Road just down and around the corner from the Creekside Market

See Whistler Marketplace Liquor Store Reviews Here

Nester’s Liquor Store Delivers

Nester’s Liquor Store stocks cold beer and wines from all over the world.

Located in Nester’s Plaza in Whistler Resort, BC Canada.

Phone: 604.938.BEER

They deliver 604.938.BEER – 4PM – 10pm

See Nester’s Liquor Store Yelp Reviews Here

Between Two Kegs – Whistler Beer Festival and Nester’s Liquor Store Video:

Blackcomb Liquor Store

Whistler’s home for the finest in local and international wines, beers, and spirits. Locally owned and operated since 1996, the Blackcomb Liquor Store has long been a destination for the best in British Columbian craft brewed beers, and boutique estate wines, and continue to be the exclusive retailer in the area for the most sought-after vintages from the Okanagan Valley. Alongside their regional focus they offer a wide array of chilled beers, fine spirits, and outstanding wines from all around the world.

blackcomb-liquor-storeFamous for quality and service, the sommelier-run store boasts over 125 different beer listings, and nearly 400 wine selections to choose from, as well as top quality spirits. With friendly, knowledgeable staff to offer assistance, and their range of in-store features each month, they confidently offer something for every taste, and satisfaction is guaranteed. Open every day from 9am to 11pm including Sundays and holidays, and have delivery service.

Located in The Glacier Lodge, across from the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Hotel.

Phone: 604-932-9795 Delivery Service Available

See Blackcomb Liquor Store Yelp Reviews Here

Roland’s Creekside Beer & Wine Store

Roland’s Beer & Wine Store offering a great selection of wine, coolers, liquor and beer with friendly service.

Located next to the Nita Lake Lodge in Whistler’s Creekside. 2129 Lake Placid Road, Creekside, Whistler

Phone: 604-932-5926


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Whistler Beer Wine & Liquor Stores

Whistler BC Liquor Store Guide.

Foreign tourists might consider Whistler’s liquor laws, rules, and prices very different than home.

Without too much effort, you will find out where to buy beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes and cigars in Whistler… and what hours the shops are open. If you prefer cold beer and wine, take note that only some stores offer chilled beverages.

Whistler BC Liquor Stores

BC Liquor Stores in Whistler Resort

BC Liquor Stores carry a full selection of wines from around the world, spirits, beers, ciders, and coolers, as well as some de-alcoholized products and bar accessories. Many of the sales associates have extensive wine, spirits, and beer knowledge and are available to provide assistance with selecting products for any occasion and budget.

Additionally, many sales associates have considerable knowledge on BC VQA wines. BC Liquor Stores offer free Wi-Fi to help you find your product on the go with the mobile app.

whistler marketplace liquor storeWhistler Village Location – 4211 Village Square across from the Whistler GroceryStore

Whistler Marketplace Location – 4360 Lorimer Road across from Marketplace IGA, now featuring a “Cold Zone” chilled beverages

Whistler Creekside Location – 2071 Lake Placid Road just down and around the corner from the Creekside Market

See Whistler Marketplace Liquor Store Reviews Here

Nester’s Liquor Store Delivers

Nester’s Liquor Store stocks cold beer and wines from all over the world.

Located in Nester’s Plaza in Whistler Resort, BC Canada.

Phone: 604.938.BEER

They deliver 604.938.BEER – 4PM – 10pm

See Nester’s Liquor Store Yelp Reviews Here

Between Two Kegs – Whistler Beer Festival and Nester’s Liquor Store Video:

Blackcomb Liquor Store

Whistler’s home for the finest in local and international wines, beers, and spirits. Locally owned and operated since 1996, the Blackcomb Liquor Store has long been a destination for the best in British Columbian craft brewed beers, and boutique estate wines, and continue to be the exclusive retailer in the area for the most sought-after vintages from the Okanagan Valley. Alongside their regional focus they offer a wide array of chilled beers, fine spirits, and outstanding wines from all around the world.

blackcomb-liquor-storeFamous for quality and service, the sommelier-run store boasts over 125 different beer listings, and nearly 400 wine selections to choose from, as well as top quality spirits. With friendly, knowledgeable staff to offer assistance, and their range of in-store features each month, they confidently offer something for every taste, and satisfaction is guaranteed. Open every day from 9am to 11pm including Sundays and holidays, and have delivery service.

Located in The Glacier Lodge, across from the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Hotel.

Phone: 604-932-9795 Delivery Service Available

See Blackcomb Liquor Store Yelp Reviews Here

Roland’s Creekside Beer & Wine Store

Roland’s Beer & Wine Store offering a great selection of wine, coolers, liquor and beer with friendly service.

Located next to the Nita Lake Lodge in Whistler’s Creekside. 2129 Lake Placid Road, Creekside, Whistler

Phone: 604-932-5926


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Heli Skiing Whistler Heli Boarding

Whistler Resort Heli Boarding or Skiing.

Skip lift lines and Crowds. Access untouched mountains, untracked powder, and prime BC alpine terrain.

 

Whistler heli skiing companies have the highest standard of pilots. Professional guides are expertly trained with years of experience.

Whistler Heli Skiing and Boarding

It’s an exhilarating experience to rival all else – unadulterated skiing and uninterrupted snowboarding down 6000 feet of powder. That’s the way it should be.

Whistler Heli Skiing Video:

Transform your ski holiday into a dream holiday. If you can ski or ride blue runs (intermediate) then you can heli-ski in Whistler! No previous powder experience is necessary. With exclusive rights to 432,000 acres of big mountain terrain that includes 173 glaciers and 475 runs, Whistler Heli-Skiing is Whistler’s most popular heli-skiing company.

  • All tours are led by certified guides.
  • Group, private and multi-day adventures available.
  • Tours include lunch, avalanche safety equipment and return ground transportation from Whistler Village.
  • Available December through April.

Whistler Heli Ski and Heli Boarding Company Reviews:

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Thanksgiving at Whistler Resort

Thanksgiving typically involves turkey… but the Turkey Sale is a Different Deal.

Thanksgiving normally means family gatherings and maybe football. If you’re thinking about doing it differently, Thanksgiving in Whistler this year might be just what the doctor ordered!

Here are the top Thanksgiving things to do in Whistler:

    1. Whistler Turkey SaleShop at Whistler Blackcomb’s Turkey Sale – Save up to 70-per-cent off on winter gear so you can carve up the slopes in style. The sale draws crowds from all over the lower mainland year after year. Whistler retailers also hold huge pre-season sales so there are great deals to be had everywhere in the resort. Be ready to take your time as it can be very busy, bring a nice warm cup of your favorite pumkin spice beverage and meet some new peeps while you wait!
    2. Check out the Whistler Mountain Ski and Snowboard Swap – shop for quality slightly loved equipment plus a wide selection of clothing and accessories from local Whistler retailers, all under the “big tent” at the base of Blackcomb Mountain.
    3. Get all the fixings for Turkey Dinner at the Whistler Farmers Market – happening on both Saturday and Sunday from 11 to 4.
    4. If you’re taking a break from cooking and want to relax at home, you can! Sidecut at the Four Seasons Resort Whistler and the Bearfoot Bistro Whistler are both offering a full turkey dinner at $39 per person, (minimum six, at Sidecut) so you can put your feet up and just enjoy!
    5. Ski porn and after parties – And to get you in the mood for another epic season iF3 Whistler will be hosting three film presentations on October 11, plus afterparties and events through the weekend. Find out what, where, and when and get tickets here. Just to tempt you here is IF3 Festival 2014.
    6. And if you want to get out to enjoy the fall leaves in the crisp fall air of Whistler Village for dinner La Bocca is offering an in-house 4 course harvest menu for $30 per person. And Wild Wood Bistro has a 3 course dinner special for only $23.99. And if you want to check out the Best Whistler Restaurant ratings here is  Trip Advisor, Urbanspoon, and Yelp‘s reviews and info.
    7. Golf – If it’s the great outdoors you enjoy you can still take advantage of the end of season at Whistler Golf Club, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park do some siteseeing on the Peak 2 Peak Gondola or for the more adventurous see the many activities complements of Hello BC.
    8. Bring the Kids! Take part in the family fun activities happening in the Village or check out the Fairmont Chateau Whistler hosting a variety of family geared events.

Whistler Thanksgiving Video:

Here’s the Whistler Village Thanksgiving lowdown:

Circus Fungus

Bring the family to the Village this Thanksgiving weekend. Prepare for a brilliant feast for the eyes and imagination as Circus Fungus’ whimsical roving fall characters, like the Scarecrow Family, Hedge Wizard Woodruff Talltree, forest fairies Forestra and Ivy, the incorrigible Ms. Fox and her lovely dining companion Mrs. Chicken.

Saturday, October 12
12 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. | Roving

Sunday, October 13
1:30 p.m., 3 p.m. | Roving

A Taste of Fall – Hot Apple Cider

Nothing brings out the crisp and spicy flavours of fall better than a cup of hot apple cider. Enjoy stories brought to you by the Whistler Public Library Book Bike, make Thanksgiving crafts or carve your own pumpkin masterpiece. *while supplies last.

Saturday, October 12
12 to 4 p.m.* | Whistler Olympic Plaza

Sunday, October 13
12 to 4 p.m.* | Millennium Place

Pumpkin Carving Station

Celebrate fall with pumpkin carving and decorating. Create a spooky, funny or creative pumpkin for Thanksgiving or Halloween. Pumpkins will be donated by Nesters Food Market Whistler. *while supplies last.

Saturday, October 12
12 to 4 p.m.* | Whistler Olympic Plaza

Sunday, October 13
12 to 4 p.m.* | Millennium Place

Thanksgiving and Fall Crafts Stations

Get into the spirit of Thanksgiving and fall with fun, seasonal crafts and decorations that you can take home. Make a paper turkey, leaf stamp cards, colourful garlands and more.

Saturday, October 12
12 to 4 p.m. | Whistler Olympic Plaza

Sunday, October 13
12 to 4 p.m. | Millennium Place

Whistler Public Library Presents: The Book Bike

The Book Bike is the Whistler Public Library’s unique way of bringing the library to Whistler’s Village Stroll. Take a seat on a colourful mat, soak up the crisp fall air, and enjoy stories of fall and Thanksgiving presented straight from the bike. *Location may move to Millennium Place Gallery if the weather is inclement.

Saturday, October 12
1 to 1:30 p.m. | Whistler Olympic Plaza

Sunday, October 13
1 to 1:30 p.m. | Sightlines Bridge Alcove*

Photo Opportunity Cut-Outs

This is the perfect opportunity for a photo with family and friends right in time for Thanksgiving. The artistic life-size cut-out characters will add some fun to your photo.

Saturday, October 12
12 to 4 p.m. | Sightlines Bridge Alcove

Sunday, October 13
12 to 4 p.m. | Sightlines Bridge Alcove

Whistler Thanksgiving Vacation Rentals by Owner

Thanksgiving and ‘Home’ go hand in hand.

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Whistler Crankworx Whip-Off World Champs

14-year-old Whistler Mountainbiker Takes on the World &  Wins!

Finn Iles, wins the Whip-Off World Chanpionships
Finn Iles, wins the Whip-Off World Chanpionships  Photo by Anthony Smith

Iles was allowed into the competition on a special exemption after a social media campaign last week that made use of the hashtag #LetFinnIn. Iles has been riding for 11 years and is a long time user of the Whistler Bike Park. He frequently podiums at BC Cup races and recently came third at the 2014 Canadian Mountain Bike Downhill Championships at Sunpeaks. 

Letting Finn compete is not a decision we have taken lightly and we understand the risks associated with competing at Crankworx,” said Finn’s parents Dave and Allison Iles. “As parents, we think the best thing we can

Thomas Vanderham. Photo by David Reddick
Thomas Vanderham. Photo by David Reddick

do for our children is to give them the freedom to follow their passions while ensuring they have the awareness, training and proper equipment to do so in a safe manner.” Quoted in the Whistler Question, August 11th.

The now-official Crankworx Whistler Whip-Off World Championships went off August 14th, with around 100 of the world’s most respected riders drawing the contest’s biggest-ever crowd of close to 1,000 fans. Event organizers implemented considerably more structure than previous years, when the event more resembled a high-profile jump jam than a formal competition. The more regimented structure didn’t stop the crowd from going into a frenzy with each massive whip.

Mens Crankworx Results:

Anton Thelander. Photo by David Reddick
Anton Thelander. Photo by David Reddick

First: Finn Iles

Second: Bernardo Cruz
Third: Andreu Lacondeguy
Fourth: Graham Agassiz

Fifth: Ryan ‘R-Dog’ Howard
Best Whips Both Ways: Bas van Steenbergen
Best Overall Style: Ryan ‘R-Dog’ Howard

Womens Carnkworx Results:

First: Casey Brown
Second: Lorraine Blancher

 

Here’s a glimpse of some of the day’s highlights from Bike Magazine:

 

 

Find a Great Vacation Rental and Relax in Whistler…

Whistler rentals including condos, cabins, rental homes, and chalets. Mostly owner-direct reservations, so you’ll find deals on budget to luxury flats.

Whistler vacation rentals by owner in prime Whistler Blackcomb locations.

Perfect accommodation for your relaxing holiday. Many homes feature private hot tubs and secure ski, snowboard, bike and golf equipment storage.

Cheap or luxury, studios to mansions… for way less than a hotel.

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Whistler Activities in June

What to do in Whistler in June?

Spring activities come in all shapes and styles in Whistler Resort, especially if you ignore changes in the weather.

After a decade of living in Whistler, I’m here to tell ‘ya that anyone who cancels their activity plans due to rain or snow is called a weenie. OK, sometimes we call them wankers or wussies or gorbies.

Bottom line in Whistler is dress for the weather and go for it, every single time.

It is unbelievable how many times the sun shines on your face just as you ascend the peak… or get to the beach… or walk onto the teebox on the Whistler Golf Course.

So, here are some springtime ideas what to do in Whistler in June…

Zipline Through the Trees

If you aspire to be an adrenaline junkie, but don’t have the nerve to do anything too crazy, then ziplining may be for you. Ziptrek Ecotours has 2.3 km of lines running between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains that whiz you across creeks and forests at speeds of up to 80km per hour. The tours have an educational component that lets your adrenaline levels drop between rides, but your heart will race as gravity takes you down ziplines that are as high as 60m above the rushing waters of Fitzsimmons Creek. Check out the zipline companies here.

All Terrain Vehicle ATV Ride

Not for everyone, especially iCanadian Wilderness ATV Toursf you have an aversion to exhaust fumes, but piles of fun if you love motorized activities.

My faves are the Canadian Wilderness trips that offer mild to wild adventures on Blackcomb Mountain and a handful of other playgrounds around Whistler Resort.

If it happens to snow in June, it’s OK… Al,Craig, and the boys and girls at Canadian know how to improvise. This might require a quick change from ATV to snowmobile, but either way, you’re going to have a blast and snap some photos to send home to your co-workers.

Explore Whistler’s Valley Trail

From the Whistler.com website… Over 40 km of paved trail and boardwalk that connects all of Whistler’s neighbourhoods. Skate, walk, run, cycle or rollerbade your way from lake to viewpoint to picnic spot. A fun and accessible way to experience Whistler with the whole family – including the dog! Be prepared for all weather, bring some lunch money, and go for it… You’ll be glad you did.

Aboriginal Experience for Bad Weather Days

Whistler Squamish LilWat Cultural CenterOK, I know I just said to go for it, regardless of weather, but…

Sometimes the weather in June requires inside days.

When we had 5 kids in tow on a recent Whistler family trip, we needed an inside day… the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre was the perfect fit for us.

Today, visitors to Whistler can explore the two nations’ distinct cultures, histories, practices and beliefs at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, an innovative, architecturally stunning collaborative endeavour.

Designed in the form of a Squamish longhouse and a Lil’wat istken – a traditional pithouse dwelling – the centre features fascinating displays, an istken, an interpretive forest walk, multimedia exhibits, interactive performances and traditional craft making, offering visitors a truly immersive experience of the two nations’ rich cultures.

Find a Great Vacation Rental and Relax in Whistler…

Whistler rentals including condos, cabins, rental homes, and chalets. Mostly owner-direct reservations, so you’ll find deals on budget to luxury flats.

Whistler vacation rentals by owner in prime Whistler Blackcomb locations.

Perfect accommodation for your relaxing holiday. Many homes feature private hot tubs and secure ski, snowboard, bike and golf equipment storage.

Cheap or luxury, studios to mansions… for way less than a hotel.

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Relax in a Whistler Vacation Home

Whether you already love Whistler, or you are keen to find out what all the Whistler buzz is about, here are some great Whistler vacation tips and links to some of Whistler’s best offerings.

There are many ways to relax, of course, but in Whistler it’s a bit different than in other resorts. 5 star spas to heart-pounding adrenaline trips, every Whistler guest can scratch their itch…

RELAX in WHISTLER…

Here’s a bit from www.Whistler.com about how to relax in Whistler Resort.

Research out of Harvard University (and plain old common sense) suggests that relaxing the mind and body can activate “disease fighting genes” that will keep us happier, healthier and living longer. Apparently being relaxed, breathing deeply and living the good life allows for better blood circulation to feed body and brain tissue and switches on the parasympathetic nervous system, which is linked to everything from good digestion to boosted immunity and cell regeneration.

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Of course, Whistler locals are way ahead of the curve on the science of taking it easy and the Indulge in Whistler program running May 1-15, 2014, is all about showcasing some of the area’s best lower-adrenaline activities. Indulge will feature spring-value golf and spa packages with multi-course dining specials throughout town. It’s all about slowing down, breathing deep and enjoying the high life.

“Chill days are so necessary,” says Whistler pro-snowboarder Helen Schettini. “After all the energy that goes into a big winter, and the travel and stress, May is the time to just unwind, play golf, go for walks and hang out with friends.”

Helen has her own favourite local spots but this May anyone can customize their own Whistler chill days. Indulge in Whistler is a “choose your own adventure” style initiative that sees all four of Whistler’s golf courses, six top spas, and over 25 top restaurants all offering special spring value packages and deals. You don’t need to be a Harvard scientist to see that a day of golf, massage, hot tub soaking, and fine dining is going to be beneficial to anyone’s mind, body and soul. Toss a little spring skiing in there, or some epic patio sessions and the road to enlightenment has never looked better.

Indulge Whistler

The dining aspect of Indulge includes multi-course meals at some of Whistler’s top eateries with huge saving, and the locals literally eat it up. “Food is such a good way to bring people together,” says Helen. “I love to hit the fine dining spots this time of year for their set-menu choices to try new dishes. It’s just so nice to enjoy time with friends I don’t see much during the busy winter.“ Participating restaurants range from high-end to pizza joints so there are options to satisfy any appetite worked up over that hard day of taking it easy. Just be sure not to over-indulge and miss that morning tee-time or spa session (or better yet, book your activities for the afternoon).

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“For me, a round of golf in the morning just makes the whole day better,” says Whistler Golf Club’s Ro Davies. “If you are first on the tee you feel like you’re getting so much more out of the day. While the rest of the world is in bed or hungover you’re putting on freshly cut grass into a perfectly cut and painted cup. All that silence and fresh air…you feel like your whole body just becomes more aware and awake.”

Spring is a time of renewal and Indulge in Whistler is like spring cleaning for your soul.

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Source: Whistler.com

 

Find a Great Vacation Rental and Relax in Whistler…

Whistler rentals including condos, cabins, rental homes, and chalets. Mostly owner-direct reservations, so you’ll find deals on budget to luxury flats.

Whistler vacation rentals by owner in prime Whistler Blackcomb locations.

Perfect accommodation for your relaxing holiday. Many homes feature private hot tubs and secure ski, snowboard, bike and golf equipment storage.

Cheap or luxury, studios to mansions… for way less than a hotel.

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You might also enjoy hearing about how to relax in Whistler from Tash McGill, in her article…

 

Waking up in Whistler is outstanding on any given day, especially when your California King bedroom has an enormous in-room spa bath on one side (perfect for soothing away the aches from a hectic day on the mountain) and a startling view of the mountain on the other. I was tempted to lie in bed all day enjoying the view – but Whistler is the kind of place you come to play hard before you relax.

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When the summer season hits, it’s all go-go-go, whether or you’re on the ground or 50ft in the air. The  scary news is that you don’t need to be up a mountain to get that high. We raced to Wildplay Whistler to play in the 900-year old Douglas Fir treetops.

Of course, it really depends on your idea of play. I think this is a particularly creative form, especially considering it involves putting on a harness to climb up, over, through and hang on for dear life on their amazing zipline obstacle course! An experienced guide takes you the whole way through the course which got progressively more challenging as we negotiated our way through what seemed to be impossible pathways. What a thrill – only slightly less thrilling was the little 9 year old who blitzed us at every turn.

Down from the treetops the action didn’t have a chance to stop – so with much anticipation of how the arms would be aching – we were off for more canoeing and biking, this time on a stunning lake and small river. We were once again looking out for bear cubs on the side of the lake only to mistake a small log for a cub. Let’s blame it on the sunshine, the boogie and the glare.

A peaceful canoe ride took us past a few features of Whistler’s long popularity with travelers and young people – including an old lodge and some original settler cottages. Then, onto the bikes which would eventually lead us to our reward for all that hard playing.

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Some quality relaxation at the Scandinave Spa and believe me, I was prepared to give relaxation everything I had, especially when Swedish massage and sauna was on offer.

The Scandinave Spa should not be rushed – this is a quality experience for all the senses, built into the side of a small hill with terraced pools, gardens, relaxation rooms and views of the stunning surrounds. The Nordic way begins with sauna or steam room (both options are available) for 15min, followed by a plunge into an icy cold pool before retreating to the warmer pool for 5mins. Take a breather in the sun or in one of the conservatories – then repeat the whole cycle 3 – 5 times (or until it’s time for your massage).

Not for the fainthearted – the catch is, you must be silent! But it’s hard to stop yourself from having a wee giggle about whether the Scandinave Spa will deliver a Sven to complete the all-important massage. I was not disappointed when Sven turned out to be an Ivan, all 6ft something of him. By the end of the session I was floating on air and convinced I wasn’t going to feel a single twinge of muscle ache the next day.

Source: Tash McGill