This article is part of an ongoing series in partnership with Tourism Whistler to raise awareness of how the destination is opening safely to welcome guests this summer.
Over the past few months, Canadians have been asked to make changes to their everyday routines for their safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
But as BC moves through its gradual reopening plan, we’re now able to travel safely within our province. For a vacation close to home that offers an escape from city life, Whistler is a perfect choice.
The resort is welcoming guests back to enjoy the thrill of nature safely and responsibly. If you visit midweek, you can get the best rates for a three-night stay or longer with rooms from $93 per night. Beyond the mountains, Whistler is a shopper’s paradise with stores selling everything from essentials to specialized sporting products, to goods crafted by local artisans.
To ensure a safe experience for visitors and the community, the shopping industry is implementing new protocols like limited store capacity, frequent sanitization of spaces and products, outdoor racks, and private appointments. Here’s a look at 25 local stores where you can buy confidently on your next trip to Whistler.
Sporting goods and rentals
Whistler is a wondrous playground with outstanding hiking and mountain biking trails. Before playing outside this summer, get kitted out with the right gear and equipment to adventure safely.
For biking gear and repairs, make an appointment at Comor Sports by calling ahead of time. If you plan to go camping or get out on the water in Whistler, check out Escape Route Adventure Group for rentals — all of which are sanitized between each use.
Locally-owned store TMC Freeriderz has pivoted during the pandemic to offer free delivery for retail orders like apparel and sports equipment. Premium Mountain Rental also has plenty of options for downhill bikes and e-bikes, with one customer permitted in-store at a time.
After what feels like an eternity of wearing sweatpants at home, it’s time for some retail therapy.
Yogis and fitness enthusiasts can make a stop at lululemon to shop for quality pieces using contactless payment or order online for curbside pickup. Check out summer apparel by brands like Sorel, Mavi, and Mackage at OC2 in the heart of the Village. Skate enthusiasts on the lookout for new outfits can order from The Circle Skate & Snowboard Shop for free curbside and in-store pickup.
Treat yourself to a new summer outfit (or two) at Amos and Andes and have your order delivered right to your hotel to safely try on items at home. Don’t worry about returning unwanted items to the store — they will be collected 24 hours later before being steamed and isolated.
Jewelry and accessories
If you forget to pack those special items that can make or break your outfit, that’s okay. You can accessorize your outfits by purchasing stunning jewellery, hats, and bags at local stores in Whistler.
Browse Ruby Tuesday’s online store for bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and more and order for free pickup in-store at a time that suits you. Shop Canadian designs at Keir Fine Jewellery and choose curbside pickup or free local delivery for your order.
Take a peek at Rocks & Gems Canada’s latest collections and get free shipping on orders over $75 within Canada and the US for a limited time. When you’ve picked new jewelry, visit The Whistler Hat Gallery to find the finishing touch for your look. Staff wearing masks and gloves will be happy to assist you as you shop.
Shopping in Whistler isn’t limited to fashion and adventure gear; the galleries and museums throughout the resort town stock bespoke pieces you can buy.
Connect with the local arts scene by supporting the Adele Campbell Fine Art Gallery, which specializes in designer jewellery and unique artworks (and offers free delivery within Whistler, the Sea to Sky, and Lower Mainland), or by visiting the Mountain Galleries at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler.
The Whistler Contemporary Gallery is also open. Here, you can admire artworks while social distancing and use contactless payment at the till points where plexiglass barriers are in place. Visit the Audain Art Museum Shop online to browse books, homeware, and accessories. Make the most of free in-store collection for your order and international shipping if you’re shopping for loved ones who live abroad.
Food and drink
It’s incredibly easy to pick up local ingredients in Whistler for a DIY picnic with a view or to make a meal at home.
Once you decide on your menu, order the groceries to bring it to life from the Upper Village Market — there’s no minimum purchase required and you can get free delivery within Whistler. You’ll find organic options at Creekside Market which offers in-store pick-up and local delivery for a small fee (delivery is free for seniors and high-risk individuals).
Looking for wine or beer to serve with your meal? Blackcomb Liquor Store has delivery and pickup options for orders placed via email or over the phone. Since no dining experience is complete without sourdough bread and treats, BReD has you covered with organic and vegan selections.
Gifts and specialty goods
To bring a piece of your Whistler vacation home to family and friends, check out local gift stores like Get the Goods, which is currently offering free delivery within Whistler.
The Nook of the North is another wonderful gift store where you can shop locally-made goods safely at a limited capacity store. At Cabin Fever Gifts Whistler and Carlbergs Gift Shop, the same applies, and you can expect to see staff wearing protective face masks.
It’s important to remember that not all Whistler stores are open at this time and some might be operating with limited hours. However, more stores are gradually reopening and complying with the highest health and safety standards.
For more information on the post-COVID-19 Whistler experience before your trip, and to see a full list of stores currently open for business, visit the Whistler Doors Open Directory.