Here in Whistler, we care about our environment. A lot.
Nature is our playground, our main attraction, and our very spirit. So it only makes sense that, as a community, we want to celebrate it and protect it.
If you feel the same way that we do, then you’ll want to check out these five restaurants the next time you visit Whistler. From coffee shop to high-end restaurant and everything in between, the places below have a few things in common. First, whatever they make, they make it really well. Second, they’re each doing their little bit to help make Whistler even more sustainable. Check it out:
1. Alta Bistro
Foodies might recognize the name of this popular-yet-unpretentious bistro: Alta Bistro is one of Whistler’s top dining hot spots (and in a town with many world renown restaurants, that’s saying a lot).
Amid seasonally inspired dishes featuring foods of the Pacific Northwest, you’ll find a menu based around local, ethically sourced food and drink. They buy from nearby farms and artisans, use Oceanwise fish from local waters, and serve sustainably farmed wine.
When it comes to sustainability, Alta Bistro checks all the boxes: an Urban Cultivator provides them with their own herbs, they return organic waste as compost to a local farm; and they cook with renewable hydro-electric power. The food is divine and the cocktails are out-of-this world. A trip to Whistler is simply not complete without a meal at Alta Bistro.
2. The Green Moustache
Slightly less formal but equally delicious, The Green Moustache is an organic juice, smoothie and live bar serving up luscious local and organic meals, snacks, and treats. If you’re looking for a nutrition infusion, stop by The Green Moustache for a colourful juice bursting with antioxidants or a vibrant salad packed with fresh veggies.
More than just food, The Green Moustache is about building a community focused on physical and environmental health. They host talks and events, like “How to Clean Just About Anything—Chemical Free!” and “Sweet Alternatives Dessert Party”. You’ll feel great supporting this awesome local company.
If the idea of cozying up inside a big, log cabin in front of a roaring fire sounds good to you, then head straight to Creekbread. This local favourite is equally suited towards a casual family dinner as it is for a celebration with friends. The menu is simple—pizza and salad—but the flavours are anything but.
Using local, organic ingredients as much as possible, Creekbread crafts unique, mouthwater pizzas featuring toppings like British Columbia grown mushrooms, Pemberton potatoes, cheeses from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, and homemade sausage. They rely only on fire to cook their pizzas, right before your eyes. It all makes for a meal that you won’t forget.
4. Mount Currie Coffee Company
Whistler residents rejoiced when the beloved Pemberton coffee shop, Mount Currie Coffee Company, opened a second location in Whistler Village. Not only do they serve up a mean latte, but they aim to be as sustainable as possible.
Some of their initiatives include using organic local produce, compostable flatware and to go cups, and natural meats and organic eggs. They also take recycling and composting very seriously: they even won a local competition held by Whistler’s Centre for Sustainability with their big ideas for a composting proposal. So stop by for your daily caffeine infusion and grab a breakfast, while you’re at it.
We cap our list off with another fine dining restaurant. Aura’s farm-to-table approach yields delicious dishes made up with fresh ingredients from their rooftop garden and local farms, foragers and fisheries.
Chef Paul Moran knows how to work with local foods: he leads foraging classes, showing students the best nearby spots to find savory mushrooms. He serves up the findings in multi course dinners with so many delicious flavours and textures that your head will be spinning. The meal is best enjoyed from Aura’s patio overlooking the beautiful Nita Lake.