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For people who know Whistler, getting around is a cinch. There’s one main highway through town. The Village is in the centre of that highway and there are neighbourhoods to the north and the south. The only thing that could be simpler would be numbered streets!

And yet, Whistler is a confusing, winding place and it can be easy to get lost. That’s where FAQ comes in handy. There are maps at the back and you’ll soon know the difference between Village North, the Upper Village, the Benchlands and Skiers’ Plaza.

Use Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains as your guide — Whistler sits to the right, Blackcomb to left, both cradling the village. From the base of the mountains you can head closer to Blackcomb or take the opposite direction further away from Whistler Mountain.

Let’s start with the former. Head over the Fitzsimmons River and find your way to the Upper Village. During the Farmers’ Market on Sundays and also Wednesday afternoons, the Upper Village is a hive of activity from kids adventure stations to fresh veggies from Pemberton to freshly-made gelato to keep you cool. The Upper Village is also home to the Squamish-Lil’wat Cultural Centre, well worth a visit to get to know Whistler’s first people.

Carry on past the Cultural Centre to the new Audain Art Museum (more on this in FAQ) and spend some time getting lost in the art of this province. From there, cross back over Blackcomb Way and you’ll find yourself in one of the main village hubs — Whistler Olympic Plaza. This is one of the legacies from the 2010 Winter Games. This is the spot for the free village concerts that take place at select times throughout the summer.

Here is a little insider tip: If you’ve lost your way, there are Village Hosts at stations around the village. You’ll spot them in their red shirts. They’re there to help you get on track with directions and tips and helpful advice. Don’t be shy. They’re very friendly.

Beyond the Village you’ll find mostly homes and condos where the locals live. There are some fun things out there too. At Nesters you can find everything you need for a picnic in the park. At Alpine, close to Meadow Park, you’ll find a little café with an old Whistler Mountain gondola in the parking lot. You can order fondue to the gondola. It’s the “Fondula.”

There are golf courses with great patios. You don’t need to be a member to enjoy a beer there.

South of town there are great spots too. The BMX track is set to open at Cheakamus Crossing this summer. Grab a coffee and watch the kids ride or play in the park.

In other words, take our advice and get out there. The Valley Trail leads you almost everywhere and there is adventure waiting around every corner.

With the new access to the Whistler Mountain Bike Park from the Creekside Gondola, things are starting to heat up south of town in the summertime. This is Whistler’s original ski base. And, despite the upscale boutique lodge on the shores of Nita Lake, Creekside still has some of that old-school feel. You can see it right there on the walls of Dusty’s — Snapshots of Whistler through the ages. It’s there in the ambiance at the Southside Diner too. Soak up the sun at Alpha Lake Park during the day and see what Creekside has to offer.

Don’t be put off by the neighbourhood sign heralding Function Junction as the industrial heart of Whistler. While it’s true this is the home of Whistler’s back-of-house operations — its warehouses and its construction base — Function Junction is turning into an eclectic hub of resort life, a place worthy of any curious tourist. You’ll find an organic grocery story, art studios and galleries, friendly coffee shops, a ski and snowboard factory. You can get your hair done, drop off the kids at the trampoline facility, get homemade treats and take home some made-in-Whistler beer. And who doesn’t want a Grapefruit Ale or a Bear Paw Honey Lager from Whistler Brewing on a summer’s day?