when in Whistler…

A few weeks ago, we packed up the kids and headed up to Whistler, Canada for eight days of heavenly adventure! We flew into Vancouver, rented a car, and drove two more hours to Whistler.  We had gone to Whistler last year in May and loved every moment of it, so we knew we wanted to go back as soon as we were able.  However, we went a different route this time in terms of accommodations. Last year we rented an RV and stayed at various campgrounds around Whistler and Squamish, and this year, with the addition of our wee little Marigold, and also the fact that we were going in October and not May, we wanted to try a hotel.  I had a few requirements though… I wanted to be close to the village, and we needed two bedrooms.  Anyone who has ever tried staying in one room as a family of five knows what I’m talking about.  Plus we knew we could encounter some rain and possibly even snow while we were there, so we wanted someplace cozy and a bit more spacious.

So I began researching the best place to stay for our family.  After searching for a few days I came to the conclusion that the Pan Pacific Whistler Village would be amazing and perfect for our family. I loved the proximity to the village — we walked everywhere — and I loved the huge two bedroom suite we had that overlooked the village. Talk about cozy! And the best part was getting to make some film images at both of their Whistler locations for them!

The Pan Pacific Whistler Village could not have been a better choice.  It was gorgeous, our room was huge, we had a fireplace and a wall of giant windows overlooking the village… I kind of felt like I was at Hogwarts, which was basically the most amazing thing ever.

We went during what they call “shoulder season” since we were late for summer activities but also a bit too early for skiing (however it did snow one day we were there which was amazing). To be honest, we love shoulder season.  There are no crowds, great deals everywhere you look, and we were still able to do everything we wanted.  We hiked to waterfalls, crossed a suspension bridge, rode the Sea to Sky gondola, caught snow flakes on our tongues, ate way too much delicious food, and spent so many treasured hours in front of the fireplace playing old maid.  It was such a sweet time that I will forever cherish.

We visited the neatest coffee shop and lifestyle store called CAMP in Function Junction. The kids drank hot coco and roasted homemade marshmallows right at the table.  I was also able to spend a few hours at the Scandinave Spa which was incredible to say the least.  We enjoyed some amazing meals at 21 Steps, Bar Oso, and Gone Eatery, and of course we couldn’s pass up a visit (or three) to Purebread.

We drove 30 minutes from Whistler to a small town called Pemberton to visit North Arm Farm.  It was a majestic real working farm that was straight from my dreams!

The Pan Pacific also offers S’mores on the deck for kids on weekends, and a nightly cookie delivery for families with kids through the winter!

The whole trip was an absolute dream and we cannot wait to go back!