2010 Canadian Roadtrip Whistler BC Accommodations

We decided to spend the first 2 weeks of August in Whistler, BC before flying off on August 17th to Beijing. Dimitri did his excellent online research for accommodations and we drove up to Whistler on June 28th to reconnoiter. We left Coal Harbour in Vancouver at about 9 a.m. and were in Whistler by 10:40 a.m.--a very easy 72 miles (about 120km). The road was improved for the Olympics and it was a pretty drive when we were by the water. There are portions that are 3 lanes and portions that are 2 lanes. There was no traffic when we went up in June.

We saw an apartment in Creekside and apartments in 3 different buildings in the Upper Village of Whistler (Wildwood, The Aspens and the Marquise). Kayla at the Wildwood Lodge showed us a number of units there and we chose #206, with an eastern exposure toward the forest behind the building (and pretty good light). Unit #206 was one bedroom, one bath and had a large balcony. 
The living room, dining room (and kitchen sink) at our Whistler apartment


There was an secure garage, bike storage, a pool and a Jacuzzi. The rent for the two weeks was $1100 (or $2200 a month--a little more than we wanted to spend) and included everything--Internet, cable TV, garage and electricity and all of the exorbitant BC taxes. When we arrived at around 11 a.m. on August 1st we were able to check in and bring our stuff to the apartment before our volunteering gig started at 1 p.m. that day at The Feast in the Mountains at Rebagliati Park in Whistler (www.feastinthemountains.com).

The Feast in the Mountains was really fun (and lots of work for us). We arrived at around 12:30 p.m. and did some set up work before greeting guests and taking tickets.
The chef from Player' s Restaurant Whistler setting up his offering at Feast in the Mountains


We worked with guests arriving until about 3 when we were relieved and told circulate and eat and drink (which we did with gusto)! The first sample was from Player's Chophouse, a smoked brisket served on grilled flatbread with greens and a selection of mustards (in the picture above). It was delicious. Possibly the best was from the Four Season's restaurant called Side Cut Steak. Side Cut had a barbecue going with delicious bites of steak (rubbed with their special steak rub) and served with 6 different sauces.

The event ended at about 5 p.m. and Dimitri and Audre worked cleaning up glasses and linen napkins, breaking down tables and chairs and all kinds of other physical work. By the time we got back to our new apartment (to unpack) we were exhausted (having gotten out of bed at 5 a.m. that morning to be in Whistler in time for the event). We were totally unpacked by 8 p.m. and asleep by 8:30 p.m. that evening!