Shop Neighbourhoods

Admittedly, THE VILLAGE can be a little confusing. It’s part of the charm of the pedestrian walkways, don’t you think?

No honking cars, or busy sidewalks; just walkways that narrow and widen into sunny squares. If you’re finding it too much, refer to the map at the back of this book. But we promise, you will get the hang of it and soon you will know the difference between Skiers’ Plaza and Village Square, you’ll know how to get to Whistler Olympic Plaza and further on to Marketplace.

And then you’ll want to really start looking beyond the main stroll.

Tucked between the mom and pop shops are some trendy anchor tenants, adding a nice mix for all tastes. There are cool art galleries along the way, comfy spots to rest with a cup of tea or a beer, with an unbeatable vantage point to watch the world go by. There are kitschy places to pick up keepsakes and, well, it wouldn’t be Whistler without our T-shirt shops.

While you’re out and about, take the time to pose for a photo at the Olympic rings on the edge of Whistler Olympic Plaza. Or, climb on the Inukshuk on the other side of town.

Here’s another little tidbit of useful information: Do not discount the UPPER VILLAGE because you think it’s out of the way. Far from it. The Upper Village is a short walk over Fitzsimmons Creek, through a covered bridge, up a flight of stairs, and there you have it — the base of Blackcomb Mountain. It’s has all of the village charm and none of its hustle and bustle (except on Sundays and Wednesdays when the Farmers’ Market takes over which is a “must do”). There are a few great après spots too and the Squamish-Lil’wat Cultural Centre, another must-do for any Whistler visitor.

A little further afield is CREEKSIDE, with all the old-school charm of the original ski base. This is where skiing in Whistler all began. This is where Rob Boyd skied to downhill history in 1989, the first Canadian man to win on home snow; this is where Olympians gave it their all in 2010. Creekside is skiing, you need look no further than the wall of photos in Dusty’s to understand that. Take time to explore Creekside. There’s lots to see and do, from all the necessities at your fingertips at Creekside Village to the upscale elegance of the Nita Lake Lodge just down the road. Stay a while and watch the trains come in. Or soak up the sun while looking over the lakes.

Oft-overlooked FUNCTION JUNCTION is fast becoming an integral part of Whistler’s shopping experience. Once the local back-of-house supply nerve-centre of town, Function Junction is still all this, and so much more.

It’s its own little ’hood, decidedly more relaxed, and more eclectic than all the rest. This is the home for made-in-Whistler beer and art and yummy baked goods and an organic grocery store. Function isn’t polished, it’s a little rough around the edges. But most-decidedly it’s a little slice of true Whistler.