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Tourism Whistler | Mike Crane

Welcome back British Columbia! It’s the news we’ve all been waiting for – B.C. Is officially open, meaning Whistler is open and ready for YOU! We are now in Phase 2 of BC’s Restart Plan, which now allows recreational travel within the province, and of course, this includes Whistler! I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling like these restrictions have gone on long enough, I’m very much looking forward to seeing our mountain town back to it’s vibrant self.

BE PREPARED

As they say “Know Before you Go” – Tourism Whistler is a great resource as always, offering tools to help with travel plans, itineraries and activity ideas. There are still COVID-19 restrictions in place, and many businesses are operating on a smaller scale. I definitely recommend you check out this great resource to help planning your trip to Whistler.

Photo by Tourism Whistler Justa Jeskova

MY TOP 10 WHISTLER MUST-DO’s

Here are some other activities I would recommend to do while in Whistler this summer.

You could own your own little slice of paradise – while you’re in Whistler, do reach out if you’d like to view any properties. I’d love to meet you and show you what makes Whistler so special.

Whistler in Late Afternoon Sun

Hello June!

The nights are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer, summer is right around the corner and I couldn’t be more ready. While there are some travel restrictions still in place, I am feeling optimistic that we will be enjoying a safe and fun summer soon.

We are in Step 1 of British Columbia’s Restart Plan – we can gradually begin to restart social connections and activities. Recreational Travel within BC’s designated regional travel zones is permitted. Whistler’s zone includes Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health Regions. Learn more here.

 

Nicklaus North Golf Course, Whistler, BC

FORE THE LOVE

There is no better way to de-stress than by hitting a few golf balls after work. Now that we’re into June, all 5 of the courses in the area are open and with different designs and features, you’ll sure to find one that will suit every ability.
A quick 25 minute drive north of Whistler are Sunstone Golf Club – Bar & Grill and Big Sky Golf Club in Pemberton. With spectacular views of Mt. Currie, they offer outstanding golf with affordable green fees. Here in Whistler we have the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club, Nicklaus North Golf Course and Whistler Golf Club.

Dining in Whistler Village Image Courtesy of Tourism Whistler | Justa Jeskova

PLAN AHEAD

Although Whistler is indeed open, I do advise making bookings for accommodation, activities and dining before you arrive. Capacities are a little bit lower due to COVID-19 and with restrictions easing, and everyone’s excitement growing, restaurants and activities are booking quickly. Tourism Whistler has a fantastic resource for what is available and hours of operation.

Superfly Ziplines | The Adventure Group

GET OUTSIDE

Whistler offers such a wide range of activities that sometimes it can be hard to choose. Whistler Eco Tours specialize in guided tours where you can learn about Whistler’s unique biodiversity. Valley Bike Tours, Paddle The River of Golden Dreams, Nature Walks and everything in between. If adrenaline is more your style, Whistler’s The Adventure Group has a tour for you; Bungee Jumping, RZR Tours (side-by-side) Superfly Ziplines and even an Aerial Obstacle Course.

Whistler Farmer's Market
MEET SOME LOCALS

One of my favourite things to do on the weekend is to take a stroll through Whistler Farmer’s Market. The 2021 season just kicked off and this year it’s in a new location, Whistler Racket Club (in the outdoor carpark). From 11am to 4pm, visitors and locals alike, gather to shop at local vendors that include farms, artists, artisans, food and drink vendors and other creators. A couple of my favourite ‘don’t miss them’ vendors include a pocket pie from Golden Crust, of course I grab some dog treats for Chief from WOW Treats and even a bottle (or two) of Fort Berens Estate wine from their Lillooet vineyard. You can find the Whistler Farmer’s Market every Sunday until October.

 

Whistler market update: Starting today, June 1st,  Canadian homebuyers will face tougher mortgage stress test rules. This in result will decrease the buying power of most borrowers. This was put in place as a response to an overheated market that has already seen signs of cooling since its height last month. It is predicted to affect about 25% of the buyers in the market, so though we will see an impact from this it should not be affecting Whistler. Most of the impacted areas will have more first time home buyers than we see in Whistler.

Check out my new listings here. This past week’s new listings, completed sales and price adjustments for the period May 26th, 2021 to June 1st, 2021 can be viewed below:

New to Market              17             Click Here

Sold                              35              Click Here

Price Adjusted                5             Click Here

If you are considering buying or selling a property in the near future or just have questions on the Whistler Market Update, please feel free to contact me. Equally, if you would like more information on market conditions in Whistler and Pemberton, or have other real estate related questions, please contact me. I would be happy to discuss how we can achieve your goals for a Whistler purchase or sale.

I look forward to hearing from you, and hopefully seeing you in Whistler!

NICK SWINBURNE,
Personal Real Estate Corporation

Engel & Völkers Whistler

(604) 932 8899

Whistler Real Estate Market continues to be a prime time to sell your property. With todays announcements it could mean an even higher demand soon. As the town starts to open up and we welcome more visitors we could see an influx of people ready to purchase their piece of Whistler.

Check out my new listings here. This past week’s new listings, completed sales and price adjustments for the period May 19th, 2021 to May 25th, 2021 can be viewed below:

New to Market               22             Click Here

Sold                               7              Click Here

Price Adjusted                2             Click Here

If you are considering buying or selling a property in the near future or just have questions on the Whistler Market Update, please feel free to contact me. Equally, if you would like more information on market conditions in Whistler and Pemberton, or have other real estate related questions, please contact me. I would be happy to discuss how we can achieve your goals for a Whistler purchase or sale.

I look forward to hearing from you, and hopefully seeing you in Whistler!

NICK SWINBURNE,
Personal Real Estate Corporation

Engel & Völkers Whistler

(604) 932 8899

New to Market 2-Alpine 68, Whistler Creek

Looking for a you’re piece of Whistler?

Enjoy a forest background all while being a walking distance to Whistlers Creekside.  Alpine 68 is a quiet, family-friendly 2.5 acre property with 14 units situated above Nita Lake. In the Summer enjoy the valley trail connecting you to all of Whistlers neighbourhoods and lakes. In the Winter enjoy the perks of not having to find parking to access the ski lifts. Unit 2 is the largest unit in the complex. It has 3 bedrooms plus sleeping nook, 2 bathrooms, ensuite laundry, a full renovation of the main floor in 2019 and more than 300 sq ft of heated storage for all of your toys. Your monthly fee would include property tax.  Property Transfer Tax and GST are not applicable. Schedule your appointment today.

Check out the listing here!

2-2010 Nita Lane is located a short walk from the original base of Whistler Mountain, Creekside Village. Creekside is a laid back version of the village but still allowing access to the ski lifts and now the bike park! New developments keep expanding the possibilities of new restaurants and retail. Discover all it has to offer here!2010 Nita Lane 202010 Nita Lane 202010 Nita Lane 202 Alpine 682 Alpine 68

Tourism Whistler Mike Crane

Welcome, May!

Spring is in full bloom in Whistler. The tulips are out and it’s nice to see some colour back in the gardens throughout Whistler. Warmer temperatures mean more time outside so I’ve certainly been enjoying the trail network and a quick 9-holes when I can fit it in!

 

REAL ESTATE IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS
With British Columbia’s recent travel restrictions in place, there has been discussion on what that means for Real Estate. ⁠ Real Estate continues to fall under the category of essential services which means that both Realtors and Clients can still travel if it is related to a transaction; like viewing a property.⁠ ⁠

Of course if you’d rather view a home virtually, we also have Face-Time, Zoom, Skype available as alternatives. Have questions about our protocols or procedures? Reach out to me, I’d be happy to help!⁠ ⁠

Photo by Kelsey Knight on Upsplash

CALLING ALL WINE LOVERS
This month, on May 25, we will celebrate National Wine Day! I can’t talk about wine without mentioning one of my favourite wineries Fort Berens that is less than a two hour drive from Whistler, in the town of Lillooet. Their Tasting Room and Patio are both open and are situated above the vineyard and have stunning views of the valley. Many of their wines are available throughout liquor stores, click here to see if your local store carries their wine. To celebrate this National Wine Day, I’ll likely cook up a delicious dinner pair it with their crisp Pinot Gris or perhaps even their Rosé. If you try their wine, tag me on instagram!

Photo by Caroline Ingebrigtsen on Upsplash
MOTHER’S DAY

This Sunday, May 9 is Mother’s Day! This is your chance to celebrate the mom in your life with something special, just for her! While we can’t dine indoors, there are plenty of patios open for business in Whistler as well as some to-go options that would make for a great picnic at the park.

Staying in this Mother’s Day? I seem to look for any occasion to cook up a gourmet brunch so I’ll be making a recipe from Half Baked Harvest; Baked Strawberry and Cream Stuffed Croissant French Toast.

Spring in Whistler

With on-mountain activities closed for the season and many summer activities not open yet, spring in Whistler is a little bit quieter than in peak-season, but nonetheless there is still a lot to do and with the warmer temperatures on the forecast, this spring is shaping up to be a sunny one.

 

Whistler Golf Course | Tourism Whistler Image | Photographer Justa Jeskova

TEE OFF

There’s nothing like hitting a few links after work. We are lucky in to have five golf courses in the area to choose from.  Formerly the Meadows Golf Club and now called Sunstone Golf Club – Bar & Grill in Pemberton (just 30km away) is now open for the season and you can book a tee time here. Big Sky Golf Club in Pemberton is not too far behind, opening April 23. Scheduled to open in May is Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf ClubNicklaus North Golf Course and Whistler Golf Club.

TIME OUT WITH TAKE OUT

Take the night off, cooking! Many of the local restaurants, cafés, bakeries, pubs and breweries are not only offering patio dining but also extensive take-out menus, with some offering delivery and curb-side pickup. Some of my favourite restaurants in Whistler include Carumba, Coast Mountain Brewing, Creekbread, La Bocca, La Cantina and so many more. Tourism Whistler has a great “Doors Open” directory that features all of the dining options available.

DOG DAYS

This weekend is National Pet Day! I am lucky enough to have my own furry-friend at home but an organization that deserves recognition at this time is Whistler Animals Galore, Whistler’s Animal Shelter. Recently voted Whistler’s Favourite Non-Profit by Pique Newsmagazine, W.A.G is an essential community asset that provides a number of programs that are so valuable to Whistler. They run volunteer programs, host fundraisers, pet foster programs and more. In honour of National Pet Day, here is the link to Whistler Animal Galore’s donation page.

Biking in Whistler | Tourism Whistler Mark Mackay

PEDAL POWER

No matter what your ability level is, Whistler offers an endless variety of biking options for people just starting out or adrenaline junkies and everywhere in between. Although Whistler Mountain Bike Park isn’t open yet (Open May 21, 2021), there are still plenty of trails to ride and places to explore. One of the most popular areas this spring is Lost Lake not only offering a ton of trails, but a refreshing lake to stop at once you finish your ride.

TAKE THE ELEVATOR HOME

Whistler’s hotels are very much open and have extensive protocols in place to protect our valued guests and staff. For a list of hotels and their amenities and offerings, once again Tourism Whistler offers a great directory.

The Whistler Real Estate Market is a tough market for buyers. The successful buyers have wrapped their head around the market value based on supply and demand. It is important to have a successful agent during this process. Being prepared will help you succeed in time like this. You never know when the perfect property for you will pop onto the market. Be ready to pull the trigger at any moment.

Check out my new listings here, and the rest of my January stats here. This past week’s new listings, completed sales and price adjustments for the period March 17th, 2021 to March 23rd, 2021 can be viewed below:

New to Market            21            Click Here

Sold                                 6          Click Here

Price Adjusted              3                Click Here

 

If you are considering buying or selling a property in the near future or just have questions on the Whistler Market Update, please feel free to contact me. Equally, if you would like more information on market conditions in Whistler and Pemberton, or have other real estate related questions, please contact me. Moreover I would be happy to discuss how we can achieve your goals for a Whistler purchase or sale.

I look forward to hearing from you, and hopefully seeing you in Whistler!

NICK SWINBURNE,
Personal Real Estate Corporation

Engel & Völkers Whistler

(604) 932 8899

 

Whistler Blackcomb is known as having some of the best skiing and snowboarding terrain in the world, but what if you’re not keen on skiing? Don’t worry. Whistler’s epic mountains and beautiful valley provide so much more than skiing. So, if flying down the mountain on two planks isn’t your thing, there are multiple options to keep you entertained while you’re in Whistler. We commonly say it’s not an issue of what to do, it’s how to fit it all in!

1. Snowshoeing

One of the most popular ways to explore the stunning Whistler valley is simply via walking (with a little help). Strap on some snowshoes and you’ll experience the peacefulness that only snow-covered trails can provide, all while getting in a little bit of exercise. The two most popular snowshoeing destinations are the Callaghan Valley and the Lost Lake trail network. At both locations, you can rent snowshoes and access the stunning snowshoe trails for a fee.   

2. Sightseeing

Take in the epic vistas of Whistler by purchasing a sightseeing ticket from Whistler Blackcomb. With this ticket, you’ll be able to experience the expansiveness of the mountains without having to ski down them. The record-breaking Peak to Peak Gondola spans from Blackcomb to Whistler mountain, giving you easy access to both mountains, as well as mountain-top dining experiences.

3. Scandinave Spa

If you just want to get away from it all, the Scandinave Spa is our top recommendation for rest and relaxation. You’ll experience traditional Scandinavian hydrotherapy in a rustic, natural setting. The baths are nestled on the edge of spruce and cedar forests, with stunning views of the mountains as a backdrop. Can you already feel your stress already melting away? 

4. Ziptrek Zipline

For those who still want to get their heart pumping with a dose of adrenaline, try out Ziptrek Ziplining. You’ll have a birds-eye view of the mountains as you fly amongst the trees via zipline. These tours aren’t just about the views though, you’ll receive an educational experience from your guide as you hike from zipline to zipline.

5. Snowmobiling

Experience the Whistler wilderness by snowmobiling through the scenic Callaghan Valley. From first-time riders to advanced snowmobilers, Canadian Wilderness Adventures is a fantastic touring company to book with. You’ll have experienced guides and instructors leading you through some of the most pristine backcountry scenery Whistler has to offer. 

The Whistler Real Estate Market continues to be hot, sales are up 166% from this period last year. I feel we will continue to see demand for resort real estate increase over the long term.  We should see more inventory come to market in the spring, but at higher levels than current prices. The Whistler Real Estate market continues to see high demand from buyers looking to secure time in Canada’s #1 ski resort.  If you see a property that is of interest, do not wait to make your move.

Check out my new listings here, and the rest of my January stats here. This past week’s new listings, completed sales and price adjustments for the period March 10th, 2021 to March 16th, 2021 can be viewed below:

 

  New to Market            22            Click Here

  Sold                                 19          Click Here

   Price Adjusted              4                Click Here

For today’s new listings, please click here

If you are considering buying or selling a property in the near future or just have questions on the Whistler Market Update, please feel free to contact me. Equally, if you would like more information on market conditions in Whistler and Pemberton, or have other real estate related questions, please contact me. Moreover I would be happy to discuss how we can achieve your goals for a Whistler purchase or sale.

I look forward to hearing from you, and hopefully seeing you in Whistler!

NICK SWINBURNE,
Personal Real Estate Corporation

Engel & Völkers Whistler

(604) 932 8899
mywhistlerlistings.com