I look out my huge picture window at the stillness of the lake. The view is so spectacular that I move to my balcony to see if I can capture a picture of the reflections on the water in the dim light. Though it is well after 10:00pm, night has not yet completely fallen here in Whistler. The longest day of the year — June 21 — will soon arrive.
If you like peace and quiet, Nita Lake Lodge is your top choice for your visit to Whistler. It is located on the edge of a serene glacier-fed lake in Whistler Creekside, a five minute shuttle ride from “downtown” Whistler with its shops, bars and restaurants. You’re just 500 meters from the base of Whistler Mountain and the Creekside gondola.
The lodge has 77 rooms, all generously sized and luxuriously outfitted with king bed, double soaker tubs, glass-enclosed rain showers, heated slate bathroom floors, and basalt gas fireplaces. I stayed in a two-bedroom, two-bathroom suite which was spread out on two floors, and also included a discrete kitchen area. As lovely as it was, I couldn’t keep my eyes off the lake view through the two-story windows.
I also gazed at the lake while eating an extremely innovative dinner created by Chef Paul Moran and his talented kitchen. That morning I joined Chef Moran’s foraging class. We wandered through the woods near Whistler’s Lost Lake and he showed us how to safely identify forest foods. I had no idea that cattails (bull rushes), fir shoots and sorrel were edible, let alone tasty!
On-site facilities at Nita Lake Lodge include a spa, fitness centre, yoga studio, rooftop hot tubs, a lakeside pool, private dock and complimentary seasonal equipment like snowshoes, bikes, stand-up paddleboards, canoes and fishing rods. There are three dining options on-site, including the exceptional Aura restaurant and the local favourite Fix Café, which all make use of the rooftop herb and vegetable garden.