Whistler Basic Information
Whistler Blackcomb is a year-round destination that takes a lot of pride in its constantly renewed facilities. A holiday predominantly centred on sports takes a lot more planning than your average destination, so to get a grasp on all of the basic information and get the most out of your Whistler holiday, read on.
Australian passport holders are eligible to holiday in Canada for up to 6 months without a visa. In order to travel under these terms, you must hold a valid passport for the dates you are travelling within. If you're between the ages of 18 and 30, Aussies may also be eligible to work and stay in Canada for up to 2 years with a temporary work permit as part of International Experience Canada. Please be aware that these details are only a guideline. For up-to-the-minute visa information, contact your local embassy or consulate of Canada.
The currency in Canada is the Canadian Dollar. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and the Canadian Dollar fluctuates constantly, so it's a good idea to monitor the rate before purchasing cash. For safe spending while overseas, consider bringing a credit card or travel money card with you. Cash Passports are ideal for international travel as they can hold a range of currencies, including Canadian Dollars, and can be used like credit cards.
Food in the Whistler Blackcomb region is awesome, hearty and plentiful. There are few places in the world where you can dine on a snow-covered mountaintop and enjoy a fresh stone-baked pizza, and Whistler is one of them. In Whistler Village or 'The Village', you can have a filling cheap meal of soup and fresh bread, big breakfasts, steak and barbecue grills and plenty of warming European comfort food like stews and fondue. Sushi is also frequently seen on the menu of many restaurants here such as Sachi Sushi, Nagomi Sushi and Sushi Village, or sample Japanese-style tapas at Harujuku Izakaya. Canada's strong French heritage also filters through to Whistler dinner plates with crepes, waffles and other such European delights quite popular after a day spent on the slopes.
Whistler has a well-known après-ski scene with plenty of places to down skis and lift brews after a day on the slopes. The popular bars to look out for include The Longhorn, located at the base of the Whistler and Blackcomb mountains in the Village, which has a large patio area - a perfect stage to trade stories of the day. Amsterdam Cafe and Pub, also in the Village, is known to have many drink varieties at reasonable prices. Whistler's biggest club Garfinkel's (or Garf's) is always packed on weekends and has been known to host the odd celeb. Anybody who's anybody will have stepped into this venue at one point while visiting here. There's 3 slopeside bars to check out too: Dusty's Bar & BBQ, Merlin's Bar and Grill and Garibaldi Lift Co. Bar & Grill - a very popular spot with a great view of the bike park.