Whistler, B.C. attracts skiers, hikers, joggers, vacationers, and those who need to escape the mundane, 9-5 world of work. However, ironically, most need a break from a vacation too. That is why it’s a great escape to visit Whistler Village, home to over 200 shops and restaurants.
Choose Your Adventure
As mentioned, Whistler is a playground for those who love activity and sport. Similarly, you may choose your adventure regarding shopping, eating, and relaxation. Whistler doesn’t provide just one shopping area; you have a choice of districts including Village Stroll, Upper Village, Creekside, and Nesters Square.
Whether you’re searching for high-end goods or want to kill a few moments snacking on local foods, you’ll wish you planned a whole other separate vacation within your vacation.
Whistler Village Stroll
You’ll have to disengage your dog sled, snowmobile, or snowshoes to waltz about; the pedestrian-only shopping area is fit with gift shops, art galleries, and eateries. There’s something for everyone, whether you covet upscale fashions or local accessories for men or women. Additionally, those staying in Whistler vacation homes get a chance to grab items from pharmacies, grocery stores, and liquor marts. Phew, all that shopping is exhausting; better take a few moments to enjoy a snack or beverage at one of the many restaurants.
Most of the time has been filled shopping; and, you haven’t even begun to grab souvenirs for the unfortunate souls left back home. Luckily, you can make them feel better upon your return by purchasing them hand-crafted goods from locals and apparel you can only get at Whistler. Don’t forget to look above and peruse the specialty shops on the mezzanine level of Fairmont Chateau Whistler. Oh, and if you’re here in the summer, you’ll want to pay homage to the Farmers Market taking place on Sundays!
Natives are proud to share this refurbished shopping area that features boutiques, cafes, and more. Residing 2.5 miles from the main village, Creekside is no secret to regulars and quickly becoming popular with return visitors.
If you want to shop like a tourist but feel more like a local, head to Nesters Square, replete with grocery stores, laundromats, florists, pharmacies, electronics stores, and more. With plenty of free parking and local flair, Nesters provides visitors with a domesticated shopping experience. You won’t have to travel far; Nesters is less than 2 miles from Whistler Village.
No consumer needs introduction to wanting and buying sought goods, but if you’re a visitor to the area, it’s important to remember to bring along a tad of vigilance. For example, do research on desired goods before taking out your wallet, especially when shopping for local-centric goods and services. Moreover, be mindful of shifty vendors; Whistler is a beautiful place, but some shady vendors are out to dupe tourists who are ignorant of regular prices. Try dressing more like a local and less like a visitor, and if you can, bring along a person who is savvy regarding regular versus ‘tourist’ prices.
Charles Fitzpatrick is a travel advisor. He enjoys sharing his travel tips on the web. You can find his articles on many travel and vacation websites.