24 hours in Whistler Village at the Crystal Lodge

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Living in Vancouver, we are always ready for a road trip to Whistler! It's the perfect little escape from the city, and we recently visited for just a short 24 hours with Whistler's Crystal Lodge. Whether you stay for a day or a week, there's so much to explore in Whistler, and this trip we got to try a few new things too! 

Planning a trip to Whistler? You can view all of our favorite Whistler spots and posts here

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We hit the road with our bestie Lindsay from Treasures & Travels blog and started the trip by venturing through Squamish. 

We often find ourselves stopping the whole way to Whistler, no matter how many times we visit. Alta Lake and Lost Lake are two of our favourite spots to visit in both winter and summer for the epic scenery and calm water. 

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When we got to Whistler, we ended up visiting the gorgeous Audain Art Museum for the first time!

The museum is a mesmerizing display of art from local BC artists. The architecture of the museum is stunning and very forest-like, reflecting the presence within. We definitely recommend visiting, especially if you're a BC local and looking for something new to do in Whistler! 

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While in Whistler, we stayed at the Crystal Lodge, which is the perfect spot to stay within the village if you're wanting to be close to everything! We finally got to visit Basalt, a wine and salumeria located upstairs/above the hotel facing the village.

We were obsessed with the charcuterie boards and cocktails, specifically the Bour•geoi•sie that features St Germain Elderflower Liquor, Gordon's Gin, Orange Marmalade, Lemon Juice and Sparking Wine. We also loved their selection of wines, including some of our favourite wine from BC's Okanagan like Covert Farm's Rose and MoonCurser's Syrah. 

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Where to Stay in Whistler Village

We had never experienced staying right in the thick of the village, and we loved our stay at Crystal Lodge, with windows facing the mountains and village walkways. We didn't hear a sound all night, and really enjoyed our cozy and minimal room. We also enjoyed a Vegan Scramble and Egg's Benedict from the Wild Wood Pacific Bistro, which was voted the #1 Brunch spot in Whistler.

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In the morning, we woke up and found ourselves going up the gondola as every local usually does. The Peak2Peak gondola is our favourite adventure to satisfy that craving for snow on a time crunch. The glass bottoms are very romanticizing, if you're not afraid of heights!

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After taking in the snow and beautiful day, it was time for aprés and a local beer at Beacon's Pub & Eatery, along with deep-fried pickles and massive Caesar's served in a boot glass. Sooo yum!

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We had such a fun 24 hours in Whistler village! Looking for more things to do in Whistler? Check out our Whistler City Guide

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This post is in partnership with Crystal Lodge 

A Relaxing Escape to Tofino, BC: Where To Eat, Surf, and Stay

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Tofino, BC is one of the most beautiful places on earth, and that's not the only reason to visit! Besides being one of the only places in Canada you can surf, Tofino also has stunning sandy beaches, an incredible food scene full of local, fresh seafood, and beautiful resorts made for relaxing. 

Here's some of the best things for you to do and see in Tofino, BC: 

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How to Get to Tofino, BC from Vancouver

One of the things that makes Tofino, BC such a magical place to visit is that it's pretty secluded. While the trip is definitely worth it, is does involve driving to the ferry, taking a 2.5 hour ferry to Nanaimo on BC Ferries, and then driving another ~3 hours. Did we mention that the last bit of the drive is super windy roads, too? 

If you're like us, the last thing you want to do when leaving or coming home from vacation is deal with renting a car, especially when you already have a long road trip ahead of you. It adds SO much time to your trip to wait for your car and return it, not to mention you get charged if you don't return your car exactly when you thought you would be back. 

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That's why we were SO excited to find out that you can take an Evo Car Share on the road with you outside of the city! We use Evo all the time in Vancouver anyway, so we decided to use Evo's daily rental rate for our road trip to Tofino. It's $89.99 per day, and that includes all of your gas too!

We did the math and compared it to a regular rental car rate, and after you add up the rental fee, insurance, and gas, it was not only cheaper to take Evo, but way more convenient. There was an Evo across the street from our house, and when we came home all we had to do was drive to our house, unload our bags, and sign out. No horrible rental car experience, yay! 

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We did the math and compared it to a regular rental car rate, and after you add up the rental fee, insurance, and gas, it was not only cheaper to take Evo, but way more convenient. There was an Evo across the street from our house, and when we came home all we had to do was drive to our house, unload our bags, and sign out. No horrible rental car experience, yay! 

If you want to try out Evo, use the promo code "JOIN" to get free membership + 30 free minutes! 

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Where to Stay in Tofino: Pacific Sands Resort

We stayed at the most incredible and romantic Tofino resort! We quickly fell in love with Pacific Sands Resort, and we had an amazing beach house to enjoy all to ourselves. All of the beach houses have this incredible, floor to ceiling view from the master bedroom, complete with your own balcony that is literally right on the ocean. 

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The view from our room was pretty incredible, there were steps to the sand right beside our beach house and we had incredible ocean views. Nothing like falling asleep to ocean waves every night! The beach house had a full living room, kitchen, and second bedroom, so this would be the perfect Tofino resort for a group of friends or a family too. 

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Wandering Cox Bay, Tofino

Pacific Sands Resort is located right on the beach in Tofino at Cox Bay. This is a popular spot for surfers, and it's honestly one of the prettiest beaches we have ever been to. It has long, sandy beaches (something you don't get in Vancouver) and Pacific Sands Resort has their own private trails that are perfect for going on a walk at sunset. 

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photo and photo above by Jordan Dyck

photo and photo above by Jordan Dyck

Having the beach literally right outside your front door is such a luxury, and it's such a calming escape from the city. Perhaps that's why Tofino is such a special place for so many people, they get the chance to just exist in beautiful nature and don't have to worry about anything other than when their next beach walk will be. 

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photo by Jordan Dyck

photo by Jordan Dyck

Where to Go Surfing in Tofino:

Like we mentioned, Cox Bay is a popular Tofino surfing spot. One of the best benefits of staying at Pacific Sands Resort is that they have one of the best Tofino surfing schools located on the resort! Surf Sisters is a Tofino staple, and their surf shack at the resort makes it super convenient for you to go surfing whenever you want (or every day). 

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We had never surfed before, and while I was a little nervous to try, we ended up having so much fun! The instructors at Surf Sisters are all women, and they make surfing super accessible and not intimidating at all. They provided us with everything we needed: wet suits, booties, surfboards, and the confidence to get up on a board and catch a wave! 

Plus, with Wildside Grill restaurant right next door to Surf Sisters at Pacific Sands Resort, you'll have some amazing seafood to fill up on after you've burned all those calories surfing! 

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Our Favourite Tofino Restaurant: 1909 Kitchen 

Wondering where to eat in Tofino? Well you're in luck, because the restaurant scene in Tofino is amazing! Between the Wolf in the Fog, Wildside Grill, Shelter, Tacofino, and Rhino donuts, there's so many yummy things to eat. 

On this trip, we tried out the new 1909 Kitchen at Tofino Resort and Marina, and it was amazing! 

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This new Tofino restaurant is not only stunning and newly renovated, it's located right on the marina so you have a beautiful ocean view during dinner! Their menu is seafood oriented to showcase the best of Tofino, and their wood-burning oven cooks up some seriously delicious pizzas. Chef Paul Moran created this amazing shared plate of ceviche in shells, and we sipped on their delicious cocktails all night long. 

Definitely make a reservation at 1909 Kitchen for your Tofino trip! It's our new favourite. 

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Craft Beer Tasting at Tofino Brewery

Obviously, one of the things you have to do when you visit Tofino is hit up Tofino Brewing! Whether you sit and stay for awhile in their tasting room, or grab a growler to go, Tofino Brewing is a classic part of any visit. Their kelp stout is so good too, it's literally made with kelp from the ocean and has a yummy chocolate-y taste to it. Pretty unique! 

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Tofino is such a naturally beautiful and inspiring place to visit, you're guaranteed to have a great time! 

We can't say enough good things about it, especially our stay at Pacific Sands Resort. Looking for more BC road trips?

Check out 7 Gorgeous Weekend Getaways from Vancouver !

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