It’s Whistler without the partiers.
I love Whistler in the Summer. In fact in the 25 years I’ve lived in Vancouver I’ve only ever been to Whistler in the Wintertime once, and that was just for a day trip. When the opportunity to spend a weekend in one of my favourite summer cities came up for my 30 Days Of Summer I jumped at the chance. Since I’ve been coming to Whistler every summer for 25 years I’ve decided to challenge myself by staying at a new location and try some of the adventures I’ve often wanted to experience but for one reason or another haven’t. So with my Honda CRV all packed up I head to Whistler Creekside to check out Evolutions part of the Lodging Ovations accommodations group. Creekside is where to stay in Whistler if you are looking for a quieter get away but still all the Whistler Village access.
Evolutions is just one of three properties managed by Lodging Ovations. Legends and First Tracks Lodge are also located in Creekside and are just a short walk away. Everyone checks in at Legends but each “lodge” is its own unique and separate property with their own parking garage. Good to know the Honda CRV has a place to rest each night just like me.
Speaking of resting my head it’s time to check out my room after a super quick check in at Legends. Normally in Whistler I expect fairly small spaces but this 1 bedroom at Evolutions is quite roomy and very well laid out. An open concept kitchen, living room with a two sided fireplace and of course a bathroom that you can enter from the living space or the bathroom. Pretty nice if you ask me.
Off the bedroom is a very large balcony, perfect for morning coffee or afternoon beers and wine. I guess it just depends on your vacation and your liver.
Of course you don’t come to Whistler to stay in your room so I get out to explore the other amenities that Evolutions at Whistler Creekside has to offer. Hot Tub, Steam Room and Sauna, three of my favourite amenities are tucked behind the lodge between the mountain and the building. A perfect place to escape the crazy of the Village and also a great place to soak those tired muscles from biking or skiing.
If relaxation isn’t what you want there is a Games and Media room that you can be more active in. Kick back and watch a movie perhaps on the big screen.
One of the things I enjoyed about my stay at Whistler Creekside is that on my first night I felt I needed a quiet night in and I wasn’t in the mood for restaurant food so all I had to do was walk 5 minutes to the Creekside grocery store, pick up a few items and head back to my kitchen and cook myself a nice meal. The kitchen had everything I needed including a dishwasher for clean up. Dinner was a nice pasta salad and some BBQ beef kebabs. Super yummy and just what I wanted.
Considering I’ve never stayed at Whistler Creekside before I had a great time and I need to rethink my previous policy of always wanting to stay right in the Village. For some of my visits Creekside might just be the perfect spot and I’ll definitely stay at Evolutions when I do.
This is only the first of my new summer Whistler adventures. Make sure to come back over the next few days as I explore Ziplining, Mountain Biking and who knows what else on the slopes of Whistler Blackcomb. It is a great place to visit and I think summer time in Whistler is way better than the winter, but you can be the judge of that.