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What’s New and Happening in Whistler, BC Canada

There’s always so much happening on and off the slopes at Whistler. From dining, arts & culture, special activities and events – Here’s the latest news and offerings for the coming winter …

CULINARY HIGHLIGHTS.

BRAIDWOOD TAVERN, FOUR SEASONS RESORT WHISTLER – opening December 2020 Opening on December 15, the Braidwood Tavern represents a contemporary play on the mountainside tavern. The restaurant is a vibrant, welcoming space, evoking the warmth of your best friend’s cabin. Serving up top-quality fare, craft beer and cocktails, Braidwood is a place to connect, recharge, and order another round.

SIDECUT RENOVATION, FOUR SEASONS RESORT WHISTLER – December 2020 SIDECUT set to re-open December 15th after an extensive renovation one can expect an extravagant dining experience. Fireside lodge dining is elevated in a contemporary and sophisticated take on the traditional steakhouse. Serving well-crafted classics – focusing on prime hand-cut steaks seasoned with Chef’s Classic Rubs – the fare and ambiance are designed to comfort and luxuriate. Accompanied by an innovative cocktail program by renowned local mixologist Lauren Mote and a comprehensive wine program featuring an exclusive collection of British Columbian premier vintages and an impressive international list.

PICNIC WHISTLER

From full-service picnics to lavish tables and delectable boards, Picnic Whistler combines love of food and art into beautiful, delicious offerings. Picnic Whistler came about after living in town for ten years and realizing there was a need for small party catering solutions. For those times, when you wish to be fully immersed with your company, enjoy the gorgeous scenery and forego a major prep or clean-up, Picnic Whistler is here for you. https://www.picnicwhistler.com/

FRIDGE FULL BY WHISTLER COOKS

Born out of the spirit behind Whistler Cooks and Hunter Gather, Fridge Full aims to provide visitors with the very best in good food, delivered right to their fridge. Whistler Cooks was established in 1999 by founders Grant and Hilarie Cousar. The Cousars built a catering company that harnessed their zest for life in the mountains and love of Whistler’s character to become the spirit behind their delicious food. Working in collaboration with a network of local producers and a dedicated team, Fridge Full is a one-stop shop, designed to get your fridge full with groceries and ready to go meals in Whistler, Pemberton and Squamish. https://fridgefulldelivery.com/

ACTIVITY HIGHLIGHTS

ESCAPE! WHISTLER ADDING TWO NEW THEMED ROOMS THIS WINTER A Live Escape Room is a real-life gaming experience where groups of 2 to 6 people are placed inside a themed room. Your group will be presented with puzzles, riddles, and clues which you must work together to solve within 45 minutes in order to “Escape” from the situation you are in. This winter Escape! Whistler is adding two new themed rooms to their repertoire. Be prepared for fun, creative, and interactive obstacles. How far you make it will depend on your group’s ability to solve the challenges. If you get stumped along the way, you will have the opportunity to receive two clues to help you advance. But don’t waste time…you only have 45 minutes to Escape! https://escapewhistler.com/

*NEW* – CANADIAN CAMPFIRE COOKOUT WITH CANADIAN WILDERNESS ADVENTURES

Explore the forested trails of the Callaghan Valley and an old Trapper’s Cabin by snowshoe. Your headlamp lights the way as the twilight descends amongst the ancient old-growth forest. Come together around your own campfire and experience a true Canadian Campfire Cookout with smokies, chili and s’mores and live entertainment. The perfect evening activity for families and couples looking to cozy by the fire surrounded by wilderness. Suitable for all fitness levels and ages. https://www.canadianwilderness.com/

ARTS & CULTURE HIGHLIGHTS

AUDAIN EXTENDED & NEW EXHBITION: RESERVOIR by Rebecca Belmore Book Your Bubble into Whistler’s new Audain Extended experience: a private, safe and exclusive guided tour of the Audain Art Museum, outside of public opening hours. Join the Museum’s knowledgeable Docents for an intimate look at the latest changes to the Permanent Collection of BC art from a unique, curatorial perspective. Launching October 10, 2020. New exhibition, RESERVOIR by Rebecca Belmore, opens November 14 and runs until April 11, 2021. An internationally renowned multidisciplinary artist, from the Lac Seul First Nation in Northwestern Ontario, Belmore is in the process of developing a nighttime performance for the Audain Art Museum’s meadow as well as a rock netting installation in the Tom & Teresa Gautreau Galleries. These new works will examine the disparity between wealth and poverty in Canada with poignant references to Vancouver, Whistler and the Sea to Sky corridor. www.audainartmuseum.com

SQĀTSZA7 TMICW – FATHER LAND EXHIBIT, Bringing home Ed Archie Noisecat Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre is hosting a solo-artist exhibition, Sqātsza7 Tmicw – Father Land, celebrating the lifetime achievements of a multi-disciplinary artist Seattle based Ed Archie NoiseCat, whose father was Lil’wat; this is NoiseCat’s first exhibit on his father’s traditional territory. This exhibition runs until February 28, 2021. In conjunction with a broad scope of his work on display, NoiseCat will be mentoring Qawam Redmond Andrews (Lil’wat Nation) as they work together on a twenty foot cedar pole. What’s particularly unique about this transfer of knowledge is that NoiseCat, whose late father was Lil’wat, is a master carver, and Qawam’s father was the last master carver in Lil’wat, who passed away before completing his transfer of knowledge to the next generation of Lil’wat carvers. A decade later, NoiseCat expressed interest in exhibiting his work on his father’s traditional territory and by mentoring Qawam, this exhibit has two dynamic stories. https://slcc.ca/current-exhibition/

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL UNVEILS PLANS FOR 2020 EDITION Whistler Film Festival (WFF) has unveiled plans to celebrate their 20th anniversary virtually over 20 days from December 1 to 20, 2020. WFF 2020 will still feature film premieres, filmmaker and talent talks, and industry initiatives all scheduled for streaming convenience. The lineup will include up to 30 new feature films and five short film programs. By contrast, the 2019 festival presented 86 films with 43 features and 43 shorts. WFF is also exploring ways to combine the virtual aspects of its programs with plans for an adapted five-day physical socially-distanced edition from December 2 to 6 in Whistler to premiere its slate of films to a regional audience.

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