Most of us do not need any help in blowing through our daily calorie count. Each visit to Starbucks for my morning coffee, I am using every ounce of my being not to throw in a donut or a danish to my order. But, normally I resist. How? It certainly isn’t because I have a lot of self control. It’s because I already have my sights on how I’m really going to ruin all of my hard work in watching what I eat and exercising. If I am going to ruin my diet, I’m going to at least be disciplined about how!
Sounds like too much work? It might be if there isn’t some spectacular treats near you. And this is where the focus of this blog starts. I am both happy and terrified to say that there are some spectacular spots in Whistler to find some delicious Whistler treats.
Happy because there aren’t too many places in this world that I know I will be outdoors and staying fit doing what I love than in Whistler. Whistler is all about the outdoors – skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing in the winter and hiking, biking, paddling, swimming, playing tennis and golf and more in the summer. I know that I am going to “earn” my Whistler treats.
Terrified because the Whistler treats are just too easy to get and only a few dollars to enjoy. Maybe in the winter you can rely on a snow storm or two to stop you from hopping in your car or walking from your hotel to find these Whistler treats. But, then again, that hasn’t worked for me.
Here are my five favourite places to find Whistler treats that are worth the wait. They are all in Whistler Village in geographic order from the Market Place parking lot where the IGA and liquor store are found to the base of Whistler Mountain.
1. The Great Glass Elevator Candy Shop
Who doesn’t get a thrill going into a candy shop? The smells and the candy on display easily bring back happy childhood memories of getting that special treat from your corner store. This is especially true when a shop is filled with goodies that you might not have seen since your childhood.
The Great Glass Elevator Candy Shop is this shop. Every child who walks in is thrilled with all the candy choices before them. Parents are both horrified by the sugar high that their kids are about to hit and mollified by how happy the store makes them feel. For those of you who are homesick, there is a whole selection of US or British candies to choose from.
Warning: This store is right next to an enormous playground. The good news is that it is a little tucked away so it is not easy to see. The bad news is that I can normally smell the sugar about 100 ft or 30 m away.
Within eyesight of the candy shop is Purebread. This place is the ultimate test for me. I congratulate myself every time that I walk by without going inside and buying something.
Purebread is filled with absolutely stunning and delicious baked goods. It is normally very busy at breakfast time with limited indoor seating. An espresso bar is also available for those that want to compliment their Whistler treat with an excellent cup of coffee.
Local’s tip: Counter service for baked goods is very quick. However, the same is not true for the espresso bar. If you want to eat your baked goods with your coffee, I would recommend either purchasing your coffee a couple stores down at Blenz or Starbucks before you order your baked goods, or taking your baked good to Blenz or Starbucks and order coffee from there. Otherwise, you run the risk that you will finish your Whistler treats before your coffee arrives.
3. Rogers’ Chocolate
Rogers’ Chocolate was originally founded in Victoria in the late 19th Century. It’s founder, Charles Rogers, was the first chocolatier in Canada. There are now 10 retail stores in British Columbia, one of which is in Whistler.
If you have a weak spot for boxes of assorted dark or milk chocolate bonbons, then you may wish to stare intently at the ground as you quickly walk through the mid part of the Village.
If you are looking for gifts to take back home to family and friends, Rogers’ Chocolate is an excellent spot to search. These Whistler treats come in pre-packaged boxes or you may create your own.
If your weakness is ice cream, then all I can say, on behalf of Whistler, is “I’m sorry”. Cows ice cream is simply some of the best out there. It is worth it to do that extra double black diamond ski run or hike that extra couple of miles/kilometres so that you can stride into Cows with your head held high and ask for your double scoop of ice cream in a chocolate dipped cone. That’s all I’m going to say!
Local’s tip: There are two Cows locations within a 3 minutes walk from each other. The bigger and more obvious one is also the newer one. You can find it a couple doors down from Rogers’ Chocolates, on a corner overlooking the pedestrian bridge. The other one is tucked away across the bridge towards the movie theatre. If there is a line up at the new location (which there usually is), then I’d recommend walking to the second location. Odds are there isn’t a line up, or it will be a lot shorter.
5. Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is, quite frankly, what dreams are made of. When you first enter the store, there is rack upon rack of candied apples on a stick. Some are traditional – an apple coated in cherry candy – but most are not. Instead these Whistler treats are either coated with chocolate or caramel, and loaded up with smarties, nuts and marshmallows. Fudge, assorted chocolates, ice cream and peanut brittle are scattered throughout the rest of the store for those who are capable of walking past the candied apples. Good luck.
My Favourite Whistler Treats
As you can see, there are many ways to blow your diet while enjoying Whistler and the beautiful outdoors. I say just accept that your trip to Whistler will be filled with many amazing outdoor adventures and stunning views of mountains and lakes. Then, I’d just skip the “trying to eat healthy” part of your life and move directly to “you gotta do what you gotta do”. Those Whistler treats will be some of the best calories you have ever had.
For other articles about Whistler, please refer to the following:
- A Whistler Summer in Canada: 10 Of My Favourite Things To Do;
- Whistler Restaurants: Budget Friendly Choices!
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