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Canada extends cruise ship ban to at least Oct. 31

May 29, 2020

Ottawa has extended the ban of cruise ships from entering Canadian waters until at least Oct. 31, the federal government announced Friday. The decision was discussed by both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and federal transportation minister Marc Garneau this morning.…


The SLCC invites Whistler to ‘Bring Home the Bannock’ through new takeout, delivery service

Initiative aimed at raising local awareness of museum’s Indigenous-inspired cuisine

The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (SLCC) may not be open to visitors right now, but that doesn’t mean locals can’t take home a taste of the award-winning First Nations museum. The kitchen team at the Upper Village centre is inviting Whistlerites to “Bring Home the Bannock” through a new takeout and delivery service that offers a sampling of Indigenous-inspired cuisine from its Thunderbird Café.…


Trudeau considering U.S. border-closure exceptions for families split between countries

Ottawa is looking at exceptions for families split by the current U.S.-Canada border travel ban, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday. Trudeau noted that the federal government is committed to the previously announced June 21 date as the earliest time that the ongoing border closure could be ended.…


Whistler triathlete keeps going without race season

Karsten Madsen completed an Everesting challenge for COVID-19 relief

Trying to get over the hump of COVID-19 might feel like climbing Mount Everest every day. So taking part in a fundraiser that saw Whistler triathlete Karsten Madsen bike an elevation gain equivalent to the Himalayan heights on May 23 in support of COVID-19 relief efforts seemed like a perfect match.…


What is our new normal supposed to look like?

Picture it: It’s the first week of May 2020. I’ve been self-isolating for approximately 38,672 days, the month of April felt like a week, and my wardrobe consists solely of sweatpants.…


Secondhand shops continue offering deals

Re-Use-It Centre, Velvet Underground and deja vogue take precautions as they operate or get set to reopen

the re-use-it Centre is making plans to reopen in June.…


RMOW will consider expedited approval process for bars and restaurants looking to expand patio areas

May 28, 2020

Move meant to facilitate safe physical distancing during pandemic

The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is considering streamlining its review and approval process to allow local restaurants and bars to temporarily expand their patio areas during the COVID-19 crisis. “Approved patio expansions would allow businesses to safely serve patrons while complying with physical distancing and capacity limitations ordered by the Provincial Health Officer related to COVID-19,” read a May 28 release.…


Sea to Sky Gondola opens to the public today

Six days after reopening exclusively to passholders on May 22, the Sea to Sky Gondola has announced it is opening up sales to the general public. As of May 28, members of the public can buy tickets online, but not in person at the attraction.…


Watch this lost gosling return to Alpha Lake

Conservation officer responds to Whistler call for lost bird

A local gosling is back where it belongs after a Whistler resident spotted it wandering around a parking lot and called the Conservation Officer Service (COS) on Wednesday, May 27. In a video on the COS Facebook page, you can watch an officer scoop up the lost bird and guide it to a family of geese on Alpha Lake.…


Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver closes Sea to Sky offices, programming

Children’s charity has seen funding drop by more than 80% during pandemic

Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver has made the decision to close its Sea to Sky offices and programming after seeing the lion’s share of its funding dry up during the pandemic. In a release confirming the closure, which is effective immediately, the organization said its funding revenue dropped by more than 80 per cent “almost immediately” after COVID-19 hit.…


Whistler cleans up at Alpine Canada awards

Pridy, Alexander, Thompson, Jepsen all receive honours

Whistler Mountain Ski Club (WMSC) U18/U21 lead coach Conrad Pridy received a major vote of confidence earlier this month. Pridy, who made 24 World Cup starts between 2011 and 2014, was honoured as Alpine Canada’s grassroots coach of the year when it revealed its Audi 2020 Canadian Ski Racing Awards winners on May 13.…


New album shares songs from Squamish and Lil’wat Nations

Songs from Our nation Vol. 3 available online at SLCC

The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (SLCC) is celebrating the release of a new album. Songs From Our Nation Vol.…


The buzz on bees

If we have been able, most of us have been spending a lot more time outside as we spread out in Phase 2 of B.C.’s re-opening plan for COVID-19. And, for the last several weeks, people have been re-discovering the joys and trials of gardening as well with self-isolation keeping us close to home.…


Pemberton starts Mayor’s Task Force

Group to help guide council through COVID-19 response and recovery

The Village of Pemberton (VOP) is looking to be proactive on COVID-19 response and recovery. At its May 26 regular meeting, held via Zoom, council voted to go forward with convening a Mayor’s Task Force that will look to help residents, businesses and community organizations rebound from the effects of the ongoing pandemic.…


Letters to the Editor for the week of May 28th

Stay the course in Canada I read your column about reopening and you raise some good points (Pique, “How do we put out the welcome mat?,” May 14).…


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