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Whistler Film Festival

The Whistler Film Festival takes place in beautiful Whistler Village from November 30 to December 4, 2011. This will be the 11th annual festival and you can “prepare for the unexpected” at this five day film extravaganza.

The Whistler Film Festival presents films from Canada and all around the world.  Premiers, from North Americas top directors, as well as feature films, documentaries, and shorts, in all over eighty films, are presented at the festival.  Over sixty percent of the films presented are Canadian made films.  Over $50,000 in prizes are awarded to film makers, actors, and other film industry participants in nine major categories.

Besides the eighty plus film screenings, The Whistler Film Festival offers many other exciting events.  There is an opening gala, a celebrity ski race and parties, tributes to some of the industries great talents, an awards brunch and a closing gala.

Most films at the festival are unrated and you have to be 18 to attend an unrated film. The Whistler Film Festival does offer family day programming and an outdoor screening under the winter stars.

The online box office opens for advance ticket sales on November 10 and Festival box office phone sales begin at the same time.  The festival box office opens on November 24 for walk up sales and is located in the kiosk directly in front of the Whistler Conference Centre.  The film screenings will take place at venues throughout Whistler Village including the Whistler Conference Centre, Village 8 Cinemas and Millennium Place.

Coinciding with the Whistler Film Festival this year will be the Whistler Summit. The Whistler Summit is a comprehensive business and creative conference for film, television and digital media.   This event will feature roundtable sessions, panel discussions, speaker series, one-on one meetings, interactive workshops, and networking event. This is a great networking opportunity for filmmakers and professionals in the industry.

Information regarding the films to be presented will be available online in early November at Whistler Film Festival.

Visit Whistler for this great festival and enjoy some amazing films and get some early season skiing in.  There is already plenty of snow in the mountains!

Do you need a Whistler Hotel for the Whistler Film Festival?

The Summit Lodge is pleased to be a “Festival Accommodation Partner” for the Whistler Film Festival.  The Summit Lodge is conveniently located within in walking distance to the venues.  Contact us today for rates and more details.

Whistler November Events

Winter is on its way and November is an exciting month in Whistler. Locals and visitors alike will be excited about Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain opening day on November 24th.  There is already snow in the mountains and meteorologists are predicting another La Nina year brining in lots of snow to the area.

Whistler hosts a lot of great events in November.  Below are details on some of the highlights of the month!

Whistler 50 Relay and Ultra Run – November 5th

BC Athletics is pleased to announce the inaugural Whistler 50 Relay and Ultra.  An ‘ultra’ is a running or sporting event which is longer than the traditional marathon length of 42.195 kilometres.  This ultra is 50 mile (80K).   The relay is an 8-person format, with alternating legs of approximately 12K and 8K.  The course will follow the beautiful Valley Trail system around Whistler. Registration is open now for both events and you can sign up online at BC AthleticsThere will be a post-race dance at the Whistler Conference Centre in the evening.

Cornucopia – November 10th to 13th

Cornucopia is Whistler’s Celebration of Wine and Food and takes place over the November long weekend.  During the festival you can take part in fascinating seminars hosted by renowned industry professionals, enjoy wine makers’ dinners, attend gala tasting events and dance the night away at the famous after parties.  Highlights of Cornucopia include the CRUSH Gala Tasting held on the Friday and Saturday evening at the Whistler Conference Centre.   The Bearfoot Bistro will be hosting the infamous Masquerave party on the Saturday evening.  Masquerave will feature some of the country’s top chefs, international wineries and burlesque-style entertainment.  For more infomation and to purchase tickets visit Whistler Cornucopia.

Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain Opening Day and US Thanksgiving – November 24th.

Happy Thanksgiving to our US visitors! Many of Whistler’s restaurants will be offering a traditional turkey dinner.  It’s also official opening day for Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.  There is already snow in the mountains so early season skiing conditions should be amazing!

Bizarre Bazaar – November 25th – November 26th

Visit the Whistler Conference Centre and experience Whistler’s annual Holiday craft fair.  This is a great place to browse and buy unique gifts for the Holiday season.  You can find quality, handmade arts and crafts such as ceramics, clothing, fine art, wood, glass, metal, jewellery, leather, candles, aromatherapy products as well as beautiful handmade Christmas Decorations.  For more information visit Bizarre Bazaar.

Whistler Film Festival – November 30th – December 4th

The  Whistler Film Festival presents a selection of films from Canada and internationally, including premieres from some of North America’s top directors. All film screenings will take place at theatres in the Whistler Conference Centre, Village 8 Cinemas and Millennium Place. You can purchase festival tickets and packages through the online box office which opens November 10, 2011.  For more information visit the Whistler Film Festival website.

Do you need a Whistler Hotel this winter?

If you are looking for a Whistler hotel for any of these events,contact our friendly in-resort staff.  The Summit Lodge and Spaoffers the perfect location in the Village. View our Whistler rooms and suites for more information.

Whistler Readers and Writers Festival

The 10th annual Whistler Readers and Writers Festival is coming to Whistler on the weekend of October 14th to 16th.  Celebrate the art and culture of the literary world at this great event.  The weekend will be filled with reading events from top authors, workshops, panel discussions and much more!

The event is organised by the Vicious Circle. This Whistler Writers Group was founded in 2001 to provide a forum for local writers to develop their craft and connect with like-minded literati.  Each year the Vicious Circle hosts a Whistler Writer in Residence.  This year’s Residence is Sarah Selecky who will be one of the presenting authors at the 2011 Readers and Writers Festival. Sarah Selecky is a Canadian writer, whose debut short story collection This Cake is for the Party was a shortlisted nominee for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and long listed for the Frank O’Connor Short Story Award in 2010.

The Opening Gala takes place on the Friday evening at the Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Center.  Guest authors include Madeline Sonik, Miriam Toews, Antanas Sileika, John Glenday, Angie Abdou, Randy Boyagoda, and Sarah Selecky in conversation with local writer Stephen Vogler. Each author will read and discuss their latest work.

Other highlights of the weekend include the Lit Grit Tribute Breakfast with Wayne Johnston, Miriam Toews and Sarah Selecky. Come join the festival’s first ever guest author, Andreas Schroeder break bread and interview literary icons, Miriam Toews and Wayne Johnston and the 2011 writer in residence Sarah Selecky.

For the children there is a great workshop happening on Friday October 14th at 3pm at the Whistler Public Library. This free workshop is titled “All Aboard – a Travel Guide to Magic Places and Other Destinations” with Alma Alexander.  Explore all the wonderful places in stories from Narnia to Hogwarts.

The festival this year will host 10 workshop sessions, 6 reading events, 3 panel discussion, a breakfast tribute to icons of writing, and a spoken word performance entitled Creative 5 Eclectic.

This is going to be a fun weekend and there will be an event of workshop for everyone to enjoy.

For more information and to download a full program, visit the Vicious Circle.

Are you looking for Whistler Hotel Accommodation for the Whistler Readers and Writers Festival?

The Summit Lodge and Spa offers the perfect location, just steps away from many of the venues. View our Whistler rooms and suitesor contact us for more information about the Whistler Readers and Writers Festival.

10 Things To Do in Whistler Over Thanksgiving Weekend!

This year Canadian Thanksgiving falls on Monday October 10th. If you are thinking of visiting Whistler for the long weekend, we have put together a great list of “must do’s”.  Fall is a wonderful time to visit Whistler, the weather is crisp and the leaves are starting to turn beautiful golden and red shades.

1.    Book your room at the Summit Lodge and Spa!
We have some great specials and packages available this fall.  For more information visit our hotel special page or contact usfor more information.

2.    Shop the Turkey Sale
The Turkey Sale is where you can buy all your ski, snowboard, gear and winter clothing at greatly discounted prices.  The Turkey Sale is on all weekend from October 7th to the 10th.  The sale takes place at the Blackcomb Day Lodge, just at the base of Blackcomb Mountain in the Upper Village.

3.    Buy quality pre-owned ski and snowboard equipment at SWAP
The annual Whistler Mountain Ski and Snowboard Swap is located outside the Blackcomb Day lodge in the tent.  The SWAP has a proven reputation for quality pre-owned equipment for both kids and adults.

4.    Visit the Whistler Farmers Market
Thanksgiving weekend is the last Whistler Farmers Market of the season.  Visit the market on Sunday October 9th from 11am to 4pm in the Upper Village outside the Fairmont Chateau Whistler.  The market features local produce, fresh baked goods including delicious pumpkin pies, crafts, honey, pottery, jewellery and more!

5.    Ride the Whistler Mountain Bike Park

Monday October 10th is the last day for the Whistler Mountain Bike Park to be open for the season.  Experience one of the best mountain bike parks in the World!  There are trails to suit or ability levels.  Bike rentals and gear are available at a number of stores throughout the Village.

6.    Last round of Golf for the season
This is the last weekend that the Whistler golf courses will be open for the season.  Experience the world class courses at The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Course, Nicklaus North or the Whistler Golf Club, all of which are open over the Thanksgiving Weekend.

7.    Discover the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Center
The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Center is located in the Upper Village, just across from the Four Seasons Hotel.  The center celebrates the history, language, stories, and craft-making skills of the Lil’wat and Squamish people. View the museum, exhibits, contemporary galleries and gift shop – a great place to spend time on a rainy day.


8.    Relax at the Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa.

The Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa is located inside the Summit Lodge and Spa.  This is the perfect place to relax on Thanksgiving weekend.  Enjoy one of the signature massage treatments then relax by the pool or in the hot tub.

9.    Enjoy dinner at one of Whistler’s many restaurants.
Many of the Whistler restaurants have a special menu during the fall.  Enjoy world class fine dining at special prices!

10.    Explore Whistler via the Valley Trail.

The Valley Trail is a network of over 40kms of paved trail.  The trails connect Whistler neighbourhood, lakes and parks.  You can bike, rollerblade, jog or just walk the trails.  A perfect way to spend time with the family over Thanksgiving weekend.

Whistler Savings at the Summit Lodge

Stay at the Summit Lodge and enjoy the benefits with our neighboring businesses! Simply flash your keycard at any of the listed businesses to enjoy the following discounts or promotions. Another good reason to stay at the Summit Lodge!

Food and Dining

  • Crepe Montagne  Free sweet crepe with lunch of dinner. 1 per table.
  • Tandoori Grill 10% discount
  • Blenz Coffee Buy a 12 oz’ coffee and get a free upgrade to a 16 oz’
  • Pizza Café 10% discount

Health & Beauty

  • Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa $40 off a treatment for 2 people. Valid until Dec 23rd

Retail

  • Underground Tuning 10% discount
  • Skiis and Biikes 10% discount
  • The Circle 10% discount non-sale items
  • Whoola Toys $5 off purchase of $50 of more
  • Fruv FREEDOMWEAR 11% off when you “bust a move”
  • The Oracle 15% discount off any product
  • Lovenest 25% off second item purchased

 

If you are a business who would like to join Summit Lodge Savings contact us directly.

Cornocopia

This annual event is one you cannot miss! Cornucopia is Whistler’s Celebration of Wine and Food and takes place over the November long weekend from the 10th to 13th.

The festival celebrates everything about wine and food.Over the four days and nights you can take part in fascinating seminars hosted by renowned industry professionals, enjoy wine makers’ dinners, attend gala tasting events and dance the night away at the famous after parties.  Cornucopia offers something for everyone, whether you are an experienced gourmet or just appreciate a glass of wine and fine food.  Cornucopia is now recognised as the “West Coast’s premier resort-based epicurean extravaganza”.

Highlights of Cornucopia include the recently announced Chef’s Table Luncheon featuring Dale Mackay from Ensemble Restaurant. Dale MacKay is Canada’s Top Chef winner and will be making a multi-course extravaganza, paired with delicious local wines.  The Luncheon will be held in the intimate and breath-taking setting of a Whistler mansion.

The legendary Masquerave at the Bearfoot Bistro returns to Cornucopia this year. This is a must-attend extravaganza which will feature local and international wines, champagnes, light shows and sexy burlesque entertainment.  Enjoy gastronomic creations by Bearfoot Bistro executive chef Melissa Craig and other top chefs from Vancouver and Quebec.

The CRUSH Gala Tasting held on the Friday and Saturday evening at the Whistler Conference Centre is the flagship tasting event of Cornucopia.  Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere whilst you sip, sample and savour your way through dozens of wineries from all over the world.

After the CRUSH Gala tastings there will be the infamous After Parties! Details are still to be finalised, however Araxi Restaurant have confirmed they will be hosting the famed Bubbles + Oceans after party.  This will be an unforgettable night of brilliant seafood and deluxe bubbles from 30 of the world’s top Champagne and sparkling wine houses, in celebration of Araxi’s 30th anniversary.

Day time events include the Viking Stage Series tastings, Chef’s Trip to the Farm, Chef’s Table Luncheon and number of seminars.

For a complete schedule of events, times and to purchase ticket, please visit the Cornucopia Website

Whistler September Events

There are lots of events happening in September. This is a great time of the year to visit Whistler and celebrate the end of summer.  Spend the days exploring Whistler, hike in the Alpine, experience the many activities in Whistler and get to see some great events, many of which are free!  The Summit Lodge and Spa offers a great location in the Village close to many of these events.

Whistler Farmer’s Market

The Whistler’s Farmers Market is held each Sunday from 11am to 4pm and on Wednesday from 3pm to 8pm.  The market is located in the Upper Village, just outside the Fairmont Chateau Whistler and only a short walk from the Summit Lodge and Spa.

Come to the Farmer’s Market to buy fresh local produce, much of which comes from the Pemberton Valley just north of Whistler.  The market also features home baked goods, fresh breads, pizzas straight from the wood burning oven, arts, crafts, jewellery, textiles and woodworks.  The Whistler Farmer’s Market is fun for the whole family with live music, kid’s activities and face painting.

Jazz on the Mountain

Friday September 2 to Sunday September 3

A new festival is coming to Whistler.  Over the September Labour Day long weekend, Whistler will be hosting the first Jazz on the Mountain festival.  The Festival takes place over 3 days and includes music from top international and Canadian jazz artists in a number of venues including the Whistler Olympic Plaza and MY Place.  There will also be a number of free concerts in the Village Square and a street festival with children’s entertainment and family fun including acoustic musicians, face-painters, jugglers and acrobats. Jazz on the Mountain will feature jazz greats Kevin Eubanks Quartet, Stanley Jordan Trio, Oliver Jones Trio, The New Gary Burton Quartet, Spyro Gyra, The Rippingtons and more.  For more information see theJazz on the Mountain event.

RBC GranFondo Whistler

Saturday September 10th

The GranFondo is a 125km bike race from Vancouver to Whistler. Last year was the first such an event and saw a turnout of over 4000 riders.  Granfondo are mass participation cycling events which have enjoyed incredible popularity in Europe for decades.   The race starts in Downtown Vancouver on the corner of Georgia Street and Burrard, riders begin the epic journey at 7am sharp.  The riders will travel west on Georgia, through Stanley Park, over the Lions Gate Bridge, up Taylor Way to reach the upper levels Trans Canada Hwy.   They then follow the stunning Sea to Sky Highway all the way up to Whistler and celebrate in style at the Whistler Olympic Plaza.

Whistler Spirit Run

Saturday September 24th

The Whistler Spirit Run and Festival takes place in the Whistler Olympic Park in the beautiful Callaghan Valley. It is a one-day cross-country and trail running event and features something for everyone.  This is a great day to come out and experience the stunning scenery and enjoy the beautiful cross-country ski and biathlon trails at Whistler Olympic Park.  Competitors can expect cross-country events for all age groups from children to masters.   Distances range from 1km to 8km, including a family fun run. The event welcomes all ages and abilities for the highly competitive runners or for those just out for a fun trail run, or a relay event for teams of four.  For more information visit www.whistlerspiritrun.com

2nd Annual Huckleberry Festival

Sunday September 25th

This event takes place at the beautiful Callaghan Lodge between 9 AM to 5 PM. As you hike the 5km route to the lodge, make sure you pick one cup of blueberries along the way so you enjoy a free blueberry pancake brunch! After brunch join in the interpretive hike to Ring Lake at 10 AM. Other fun activities include a visit from the friendly wranglers and horses of Copper Cayuse Outfitters, Huckleberry-Pie-Baking competition, live music, guest speakers and more.  For more information visit Callaghan Lodge.

August 2011 Whistler Events

August 2011 is one full schedule for great events and activities in Whistler. Every weekend has something happening including most Friday plus the Farmer’s Market runs every Wednesday. Here’s a quick list of what’s going on!

Saturday August 6

‘Whistler Presents’ FREE Concert Series
Performers: Papa Josh & Bif Naked
Where: Olympic Plaza
Times: 7 p.m. start
More Info: ‘Whistler Presents’ Concerts

Sunday August 7

Whistler Farmers Market
Where: Upper Village Stroll
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
More Info: Whistler Farmers Market

Wednesday August 10

Whistler Farmers Market
Where: Upper Village Stroll
Time: 3 to 8 p.m.
More Info: Whistler Farmers Market

Friday August 12

‘Whistler Presents’ FREE Concert Series
Hairfarmers & Tom Cochrane with Red Rider
Where: Olympic Plaza
Times: 7 p.m. start
More Info: ‘Whistler Presents’ Concerts

Saturday August 13

Whistler Children’s Art Festival
Entertainment & workshops for children 3 years of age up.
Where: Whistler Creekside
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
More Info: Whistler Children’s Art Festival 2011

‘Whistler Presents’ FREE Concert Series
Gonch Messiah & Colin James
Where: Olympic Plaza
Times: 7 p.m. start
More Info: ‘Whistler Presents’ Concerts

Sunday August 14

Whistler Children’s Art Festival
Entertainment & workshops for children 3 years of age up.
Where: Whistler Creekside
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
More Info: Whistler Children’s Art Festival 2011

Whistler Farmers Market
Where: Upper Village Stroll
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
More Info: Whistler Farmers Market

Wednesday August 17

Whistler Farmers Market
Where: Upper Village Stroll
Time: 3 to 8 p.m.
More Info: Whistler Farmers Market

Friday August 19

‘Whistler Presents’ FREE Concert Series
Performers: Northern Pikes
Where: Olympic Plaza
Times: 8:15 p.m. start
More Info: ‘Whistler Presents’ Concerts

Saturday August 20

‘Whistler Presents’ FREE Concert Series
Performers: Brother Twang & Barenakes Ladies
Where: Olympic Plaza
Times: 7 p.m. start
More Info: ‘Whistler Presents’ Concerts

Sunday August 21

Slow Food Cycle Sunday
Touring farms on 2 wheels, buying produce & much more.
Where: Pemberton Meadows Rd. – Pemberton Valley
Time: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
More Info: Slow Food Cycle Sunday Pemberton

Whistler Farmers Market
Where: Upper Village Stroll
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
More Info: Whistler Farmers Market

Wednesday August 24

Whistler Farmers Market
Where: Upper Village Stroll
Time: 3 to 8 p.m.
More Info: Whistler Farmers Market

Saturday August 27

Official Opening – Whistler Olympic Plaza

SEARS Great Canadian Run
Run from Squamish to Whistler, fundraiser to help fight childrens’ cancer
Where:  Trail network Squamish to Whistler
Time: 5:30 a.m. start
More Info: Great Canadian Run Whistler

Sunday August 28

Whistler Farmers Market
Where: Upper Village Stroll
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
More Info: Whistler Farmers Market

Wednesday August 31

Whistler Farmers Market
Where: Upper Village Stroll
Time: 3 to 8 p.m.
More Info: Whistler Farmers Market

Need Accommodations or More Info?

Summit’s friendly in-resort staff are here to help with any questions you have about Whistler events or acitivites. And we know a thing or two about great Whistler hotel accommodations. So feel free to contact us if we can be of service!

Jazz on the Mountain

Whistler will be hosting a new festival this year. The Jazz on the Mountain festival is coming to Whistler from September 2nd to 4th over the Labour Day long weekend.

 

Over the three days there will be ticketed concerts with top international and Canadian jazz artists, a master class series, a street festival with children’s entertainment, family fun and free concerts around Whistler Village.

The Whistler Jazz festival will feature Jazz greats including Kevin Eubanks, Stanley Jordan, The New Gary Burton Quartet, Oliver Jones Trio, Spyro Gyra and The Rippingtons.  These ticketed events will take place in the Whistler Olympic Plaza.  This venue was used in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games for the medal ceremonies.  It is now a stunning outdoor venue with amazing views of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.  This venue has a state-of-the-art pavilion and can hold an audience of up to 5000 people.

Tickets are available as a 3 day pass or single day passes and will provide access to the Whistler Olympic Plaza venue from noon until night, with in and out privileges.   Tickets are valid for all shows each day in Whistler Olympic Plaza.

You can relax and enjoy the music at the Whistler Olympic Plaza and visit the Jazz Bistro. Enjoy snacks, cheese, gourmet food, beer, wine and other beverages.

There will be a number of free outdoor and indoor concerts over the weekend around Whistler Village.   Well-known and up-and-coming Canadian jazz performers and acoustic musicians will perform in different locations.

This is going to be a great weekend in Whistler for all the family. The Street Festival in Whistler Village includes face-painters, acrobats, acoustic musicians and jugglers.

For more information and a detailed schedule, visit the Jazz on the Mountain website.

Need Whistler Village Accommodation for Jazz on the Mountain?

The Summit Lodge and Spa offers the perfect location, just steps away from the Whistler Olympic Plaza venue. For more information on our Whistler rooms and suites or to make a reservation, please contact our reservation staff.

Getaway Activities in Whistler this June

Lots of fun things to do as we head towards our sunny Whistler weekends. Here are the Summit Lodge Staff picks for the month of June!

Getting Creative

There will be a plethora of artsy things to feast yours eyes upon or get your hands stuck in to. Quilts on the Mountain: The Whistler Valley Quilters Guild will be holding a daring exhibition June 11-12 featuring local artists and modern displays including “Passages, Portals & Beyond”. Workshops and presentations from renowned quilters will be at hand for expert advice and learning.

Whistler Art Workshops on the Lake: Every week from mid June to mid August, take part in Whistler’s 2-4 day workships by the majestic Alta Lake with picturesque views of snow covered Whistler, Blackcomb and Wedge Mountains. Beginner to Intermediate level courses include life drawing, sketching, oil, watercolor and acrylic painting! Register online or by calling 604.935.8410.

 

Family Fun, Fun, Fun!

Grab your favorite teddy bears and join in with the picnic festivities for the 18th Annual Teddy Bear Picnic at the Myrtle Philip Community School. This free event is open to children 6 years old, with their bears and parents, for vase decorating, flower planting, bubble blowing fun! Event starts at 10.30. Story readings, dancing and singing will be courtesy of “Music with Marnie”.

Finally, the Whistler Famer’s Market returns with fresh local produce, gourmet delights, and local crafts, jewelry, live entertainment, activities and so much more!! Situated on the lively Upper Village Stroll every Sunday from 11am – 4pm and Wednesday 3pm – 7pm from June 20 to October 10

Sporting Times

The Tenderfoot Boogie Ultra Trail Race is possibly one of the most impressive races as they conquer anything from gentle slopes to climbs and descents on the Sea-to-Sky Trail. Register here to take part on June 18th.

Whistler Sliding Centre will host this year’s Whistler Longboard Festival, presented by UNKLE. Over 100 top international racers will drop over 1.5km at audacious speeds along Whistler’s winding mountain roads. Event is June 26 and is free for spectators.

Thursday night is Toonie Rides, hosted by Whistler Off Road Cycling Asscociation (WORCA). Join them for a off road ride with local and visiting riders. Races are open to all ages, young and old, and of all abilities. Helmet is must and bikes must be in good working order. Only $2 to participate, of which the proceeds will benefit WORCA’s trail maintenance program. Program running until mid September. Click here for more information.