Clark and I just spent a few days in Whistler, British Columbia celebrating our 10th Wedding Anniversary and it was amazing! Amazing weather, great food, and we went ziplining together between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains! So fun! As a plant-based eater, one of the things that makes travelling most enjoyable is when I don’t have to stress about where to find good, nutritious food, and this one of the many reason we love travelling to Whistler! I thought, why not put together a Whistler plant based food guide!
This is the first time I’ve done a food guide like this here (let me know over on Instagram what you think and maybe I’ll start keeping a diary of all the places I find while I’m travelling and this can become a regular thing! Instagram: @kimberleemoran), but I figured there have to be people like me who would love a stress-free vacation with lots of plant-based food choices!
We arrived late afternoon, so after checking into our hotel and a walk through the village we stopped for dinner at Splitz Grill, a little burger place located at the North End of the Whistler stroll, right around the corner from the Olympic Plaza. The menu at Splitz is mostly meat, so if you’re travelling with non-plant-based eaters, they’ll be happy with this choice!
Both Clark and I ordered the Spicy Lentil Burger, which the menu labels as vegetarian, but it’s actually vegan! We both added avocado to ours and then loaded it with salsa, pickles and lettuce! There is a choice of white, whole wheat or gluten free buns, and you can also add things like sauteed onions or mushrooms if you’d like! Clark ordered his with fries (which I may have stole a few of!) and we were both stuffed by the end. We both thought the burger was great and I love that the lentils made it high in protein!
The next morning we were booked to go ziplining at 9am, so I grabbed a smoothie on the way. Hands-down, one of my favourite places in the village is the Green Moustache. They have tons of amazing healthy options including fresh juices, smoothies, soups and bowls. You can’t go wrong with anything from this place. We didn’t try it, but we also saw they have vegan cheesecake! I had the Magnum smoothie for breakfast, which has kale, romaine, banana, orange, spirulina and maca. It was a tad sweet for my taste, but overall a great green smoothie that anyone could enjoy!
Clark is a huge fan of Mexican food, so when I mentioned to him that I had heard there was a taco place called La Cantina that served plant-based dishes, he wouldn’t let me forget about it. They had a few vegetarian dishes, but I don’t eat dairy or soy, so that left me with one option, the Cubano, which was mixed Mexican rice with carrots and corn, topped with cucumber pico de gallo. I ordered 2 and I probably could have eaten 3 because they are quite small.
We wanted to have a nice dinner to celebrate our anniversary, so we settled on Basalt, a great little restaurant with a patio right on the Whistler Stroll. As soon as I saw the menu I knew exactly what I wanted to try! I ordered the Pemberton Farm Plate and it did not disappoint! It was loaded with veggies! Braised hakurei turnips, sauteed swiss chard, roasted beets with toasted farro, grilled corn and olive oil roasted sun chockes, all served over a delicious hummus. I absolutely loved this dish! Actually, the reason only half the plate is in the picture is because I was so excited about this dish, I dug in before taking a picture and half my plate was already eaten! Opps!
Our final day in Whistler had a bit of late start so we grabbed a late breakfast at Moguls coffee. They had quite a few vegan options, including 3 different flavours of vegan muffins. I had an almond milk matcha latte and Clark had a vanilla almond milk latte.
We shared a vegan/gluten-free berry muffin, which didn’t taste vegan or gluten-free at all, and each had a super veggie roll which was stuffed with hummus, quinoa, kale, carrots, and tomato. It was great and the perfect start to a late morning!
We also visited Mount Currie Coffee Co. for a vegan cookie. They had a few vegan and gluten-free options, like banana bread and little dessert squares. Clark had the peanut butter chocolate chip cookie and gave it a thumbs up.
Finally, we also stopped at the Naked Sprout Juice Bar for cold drinks while we strolled through the village. I had a watermelon mint juice and Clark had the vanilla smoothie. Both were great, but I was a little disappointment that my juice was watered down!
Now, hopefully if you’re visiting Whistler you’ll have a few ideas of places to try! I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any of these places!