The ultimate eco-friendly itinerary for a Whistler getaway

Sep 19 2019, 9:28 am

Living on the West Coast comes with a wealth of benefits, especially when it comes to travel. Vancouver’s unique location on the coast creates more opportunities for adventures than we could ever dream of.

One of the best places to go for a day, night, or weekend? Well… without a doubt, Whistler.

Located less than two hours from Vancouver, it’s a haven for adventure seekers and those looking for a place to unwind and reconnect with nature. Our close proximity to Whistler is something that people all over the world would envy, and we’ve got the luxury of visiting the resort town on a whim.

When we discovered that the BoltEV, an all-electric vehicle under the Chevrolet brand, could go to Whistler and back on a single charge, that was all the inspiration we needed for an eco-friendly road trip. Here’s how you can follow the same itinerary.

Start with the drive


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Visiting Whistler is about the journey as much as the destination. The Sea-to-Sky Highway is one of Canada’s most picturesque drives with beautiful vistas around almost every bend. Each time you take this route is a chance to fall in love with BC all over again. Since the BoltEV has up to 383 km range, you don’t have to worry about stopping for gas along the way. Instead, sit back and enjoy the scenic drive.

Pick up some healthy snacks


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Let’s be real, what is a road trip without snacks? You’ll find a healthy and organic grocery store called Kitchen Quickies located just off the highway in Squamish and it’s the perfect place to purchase some healthy morsels mid-trip. Choose from homemade rice bowls, gourmet sandwiches and salads, natural and organic meats, fresh fruit, or olives, and get ready for some guilt-free snacking.

Get out on the water


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We can’t think of a better way to start a trip in Whistler than by getting out on the water. Well, maybe by embarking on an adventure that will really bring you back to nature. Whistler Eco Tours are specialists in this area, and the 2.5 hour Alta Lake Nature Paddle is one of our favourites. Choose a kayak or canoe and head out across Alta Lake to Rainbow Park, then on to the River of Golden Dreams. Remember to bring your camera because there will be tons of Instagram opportunities along the way.

Dine out in sustainable style


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After working up an appetite on the water, make your way over to Main Street for a bite to eat at Alta Bistro. The eatery is set in a chic, industrial-inspired space and the menu is packed full of locally-sourced, farm-to-table French cuisine. Think Oceanwise seafood and herbs form an urban cultivator. If we had to choose, the delicious Pemberton cauliflower fritters and miso-charred wild sockeye salmon would be our top picks from this season’s menu.

Sleep in serenity


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If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in Whistler that encourages sustainability and green practices, Nita Lake Lodge is a wonderful option. Nestled beside Nita Lake, the stunning hotel offers an idyllic retreat for Vancouverites. Once you park the car, you don’t have to worry about charging it overnight because the BoltEV has efficient battery power to get you back to Vancouver with ease.

Sustainable foods, composting, recycling, chemical-free cleaning supplies, and energy-efficient lighting are a focus at the hotel, elements that allow for a truly eco-friendly stay. Select suites have soaker tubs and views of the lake if you’re feeling extra boujee.

Enjoy a revitalizing breakfast


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Breakfast doesn’t need to be a formal occasion in Whistler because you can sit down to indulge in a tasty and nutritious breakfast at The Green Moustache. The organic juice bar is renowned for its breakfast bowls (the chia pudding bowl is divine), salads, snacks, vibrant juices, and scrumptious lunch options. Looking for an extra boost before you hit the road back to Vancouver? We suggest trying one of the daily organic shots — they’re heavenly good.

Passionate about planning your own eco-friendly road trip? Visit your nearest Chevrolet dealership and take the BoltEV for a test drive. It could change how you do road trips, forever.

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