Days off in Whistler are always incredible. It doesn’t matter if you stumble out of bed, hit up a couple of cheeky disc golf holes, then sneak in one, two or several pitchers on a sunny patio. Or if you embark on an epic mission to hike to the summit of one of the many peaks in the area. There is an abundance of activities to keep oneself occupied.
I have just finished my weekend which confusingly falls midweek and I was pretty stoked to have had a long one. Tuesday was a day well spent in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. After several hot and dusty laps it was time to sneak in a beer on the patio at Citta’s. Citta’s patio is one of my favourites in town. Central, sunny, usually busy and plenty of opportunity to watch the village and all its activity.
Tuesday night was perfect for a bbq and the day really set the tone for the next two.
Wednesday started a little slow, there may have been some late night beers at Brandy’s-at-the-Keg. Once up and running we headed to a nice, mellow hike called Nairn Falls. It’s about a 15 to 20 minute drive north of Whistler or five minutes south of Pemberton. The hike to the falls is really simple, flat and easy. It is roughly three kilometres round trip and takes you alongside the fast flowing ‘Green River’ until you reach the falls which are fairly impressive.
After we had got our falling water fix, it was time to get our food fix in Pemberton at the much recommended Mile One Eating House. What a treat! While searching the menu I came across their BLT that included pork belly and grilled apples and that was it for me. SOLD! A truly amazing burger. The views from the patio were pretty amazing as well. We looked straight across at Mt Currie which is a spectacular mountain.
Thursday, my final day off, was just as incredible. A day in the bike park rarely disappoints. Several laps were ridden of varying levels with various people. A few close calls and a few heart-racing moments to keep the adrenaline pumping. Perfect!
Downhill biking all afternoon followed by cross-country biking in the evening in the form of a ‘toonie ride’. Toonie rides are a local favourite. A race that has a different course each week with a different local sponsor. After the race, people gather for a beer and a meal all for a simple toonie ($2 coin). This week was a bike park special. Grueling climb up, flat out down, reload up, flat out down. I couldn’t think of a better way to see off the weekend.
Now just four more days and I can do it all again.