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Pangea’s unbeatable location


Whistler has a reputation for being a little on the expensive side (although, if you read our recent “Best of Whistler on a Budget” blog post, you’ll find it’s quite easy to experience this unique mountain town without breaking the bank). This reputation largely rests on the fact that many of the hotels with prime locations in the centre of the village can set you back in excess of several hundred dollars a night during peak periods. A quick search on is, as things stand, an eye-watering prospect.

The solution for most budget-conscious travellers is to make some kind of compromise, and usually that compromise is location. It is, for now at least, the only real way to cut the cost of accommodation. So anyone who hasn’t got bucketloads of cash is forced to find a room in a less-than-ideally-located hotel or hostel – and then spend half their vacation trudging back and forth to their accommodation on foot (if they’re lucky) or by bus. Hardly convenient.



Come early 2018 when our pod hotel opens, compromising on location will no longer be necessary. Pangea will offer affordable accommodation right in the centre of the Village – a location that’s as good as (or even better than) any other hotel in Whistler. What we’ll offer is proximity without the price tag.

Here are three reasons why our location is unbeatable!



Nobody really enjoys having to lug their ski or snowboarding gear halfway across town – why would you want to empty the tank before you’ve even hit the slopes? Fortunately, staying at Pangea means you won’t have to. Walk out our door, follow the Village Stroll south and you’ll be bound for snow-sports heaven in just a couple of minutes. Of course, being so close to the gondolas also means you can beat almost everyone else to the slopes first thing in the morning if you want to. Which you will want to on Whistler’s famous powder days…



That’s right. Head down to The Living Room, head up to The Rooftop Patio, or just head out to your private patio if you’re one of our west-facing suites (half our suites face west, half face east) and look down over the Village Stroll with an air of superiority usually reserved for the super-rich staying in five-star hotels. At Pangea, you get to feel like a high-flyer without paying through the nose for the privilege.



Like any thriving mountain resort, Whistler has a buzzing nightlife and is home to dozens of great bars and restaurants, so a typical day rarely ends when the sun goes down. Once you’re finished on the slopes it’s usually back to the hotel to stow your gear and freshen up for dinner and drinks – which is a little problematic if you’re not in the centre of the village. By the time you finally head to bed you’ll have had to have made not two but four journeys in the day! And who needs a long trip home when they’re full of great food and even greater cocktails?

Of course, if you prefer to “stay in” and chillax, you can leisurely enjoy après, dinner and drinks in The Living Room or on The Rooftop Patio at Pangea while you wave at passersby (or better yet, invite them up for a drink as well).


If you’re planning a trip to Whistler and you’re asking yourself “What’s so important about staying in the centre of town?”, hopefully now you’ve got a pretty clear idea. And best of all, now you know how you can stay central without blowing the budget.

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Our current favourite travel bloggers


Nothing whets our appetite for adventure like a well-written, exquisitely photographed travel blog – you know, the kind that has you spending the next week of your life staring at Kayak on your phone as you try to find the cheapest available flight to the Congo, Belize, or some other weird and wonderful destination.

At the moment we’re rather busy building Canada’s first pod hotel, but if we weren’t, these are the bloggers that would be inspiring our own adventures…



Australian culture vulture Michael Turtle worked in broadcast journalism for a decade before he gave it all up to travel the world indefinitely. What we love about the Turtle is his ability to seek out and find some of the most unusual experiences. Spend half an hour reading his blog and you’ll be asking yourself why you aren’t out there learning how to charm snakes in Morocco, drinking yak’s milk with herders in Nepal, or going toe-to-toe with a sumo wrestler in Tokyo.

Recent destinations: Kyrgyzstan, Sri Lanka
Niche: UNESCO World Heritage Sites




We came across Nadine Sykura’s travel blog a while back, and we’ve been hooked ever since. Nadine is a Vancouver-based travel vlogger whose recent adventures have seen her canoeing in British Columbia and tasting the “best beer in the world” in the Czech Republic. For each destination she visits, Nadine produces a short, slick video with lots of useful information and plenty of travel inspiration.

Recent destinations: Canada, Eastern Europe
Niche: Travel vlogs



Having travelled from coast to coast over a period of five years, Saskatchewan-born blogger Corbin Fraser knows Canada better than most, and his blogs and guides are a constant and reliable source of inspiration and information. Focusing on outdoor adventure and budget travel – but not averse to a little bit of luxury (the two aren’t mutually exclusive, you know – just look at our pod hotel!) – Corbin’s blog is an absolute must-follow if you’re planning a trip to British Columbia. Oh, did we mention he’s won tons of awards for his work?

Recent destinations: Whistler
Niche: Budget travel and affordable luxury, Canada




In 2010, Miami-based freelance photographer Matthew Karsten decided to go backpacking for a year and started out by buying a one-way ticket to Guatemala. Seven years and countless countries later, he’s still at it (albeit now for ‘only’ only six months of the year). His most recent adventures have seen exploring Vancouver Island and the Canadian Rockies on foot, mountain bike and motorcycle. Follow the Expert Vagabond’s blog if, like us, you can’t get enough of GoPro photography.

Recent destinations: British Columbia
Niche: Insane GoPro photography and video!




Specialising in adventure travel with an emphasis on hiking, biking and canoeing, Leigh McAdam is an award-winning Canadian blogger who seems to have seen and done it all.  The former geologist and dietician gave up everything to explore the world and is now one of Canada’s foremost travel bloggers. As well as having hiked, biked, climbed and paddled her way across large parts of Europe, Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, Leigh has spent a good deal of time getting to know and reporting on her home country. We should add that Leigh has an incredibly stylish website with plenty of inspirational travel imagery. Her blog really does make us want to hit the open road again!

Recent destinations: Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, Ivvavik National Park
Niche: Hiking, biking



Please note this is just a partial list of the incredible travel bloggers and vloggers we respect.

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Crankworx 2017 | Pounding out of Pangea



Watch some pre-opening partying at the currently-under-development Pangea Pod Hotel as Reed Boggs and Ethan Nell, competitors in this year’s Red Bull Joyride and Red Bull Rampage, send it through Pangea’s upper floor windows during Crankworx Whistler 2017 in the sickest fashion possible. Full clip with X Games announcer Brad Jay posted separately.



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The Whistler Scene | Best patios through the year


It’s summer and Whistler’s patio season is in full swing. Who are we kidding? Unless it’s raining (and we mean a torrential downpour), it’s always patio season in Whistler. Après is, after all, the most important meal of the day. As such, we’ve put together a few of our favourite patios in Whistler Village to toast the day’s adventures.



Whistler may not currently have any rooftop patios, but that is going change in April 2018 when Pangea unveils The Rooftop Patio, dishing up elevated après in the centre of the Village.

Our third floor rooftop patio will be a smaller version of The Living Room, our design-forward interior bar + lounge + cafe on our second floor, and will feature a small bar, standing counter and sensational views up to snow-capped peaks and down over the pedestrian-only Stroll to Village Square.

Quench your thirst with an ice-cold craft beer in the summer or warm your inner soul (and your body) under a patio heater with a Baileys-infused gourmet hot chocolate in the winter. This is going to be a game-changer, and with its limited capacity it’s going be kept a secret by Whistler locals for as long as they can.



Whistler’s largest patio bar is home to the infamous Bulldog cocktail – an inverted Corona beer stuck deep in a mini pitcher of lime margarita. If you’re hitting up the Longhorn make sure you’re ready for an epic après – the Longhorn does not do low key. This huge patio with outdoor firepits and signature yellow umbrellas is a favourite with locals and visitors – you’ll understand why as soon as you grab a seat front-and-centre at the base of Whistler Mountain.



Still referred to by many locals as Citta’s (its former name), this popular spot in the centre of the Village is just a stone’s throw from Pangea and sports an impressive selection of craft beer. Take a seat, slip on some shades and revel in the sights and sounds of Whistler Village as the day winds down. Add a side of the Beacon’s deep-fried pickles and wings (with a helping of their homemade hot sauce), and you’ll feel like a local pretty quickly.

Beacon Pub and Eatery Patio



The GLC, as it’s more commonly known, is perched right on Whistler’s shoulder in Skier’s Plaza. It offers front-row seats for watching skiers and snowboarders gliding into the Village in the winter and mountain bikers airing over the drops in the summer. A recent renovation that introduced outdoor firepits on the GLC’s side patio overlooking Skier’s Plaza has created a buzzing lounge vibe. This patio mainstay ups the ante on typical après fare – think epic nachos served with fresh homemade guacamole, an impressive selection of local and imported beers, and their signature appetizer, “Sex Cheese”.



Another close neighbour to Pangea, La Bocca’s sunny patio is a superb location for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between. Their menu has a strong Mediterranean influence and an overarching European feel. Grab a cozy table for two, pair an antipasto platter with a bottle of wine, and you’ll know your night is getting off on the right foot.




The BrewHouse is adjacent to the most photographed location in the Village – the giant Olympic Rings. Grab a seat in the summer and enjoy fresh pizza or hot rotisserie delights from their wood-fired ovens, all washed down with ice-cold, brewed-on-the-premises, craft beer. They do beer flights too, so you can taste a variety of brews before ordering a pint of your favourite (our summer beer of choice is the Lifty Lager). Even better if you do it on a night when you can listen to music during the free Whistler Presents concert series.

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Yes, this is part of a “chain”, but we’re not sure why that matters when the food and service are always on point. Earls offers a slightly more upscale patio experience and an elevated view across the Village Stroll. Their menu is excellent. And, most importantly, there are always drink specials.


Please note this is just a partial list of the incredible patios in Whistler. 

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What to do in Whistler | Summer edition


This may come as something of a surprise, but more people now visit Whistler in the summer than in winter. Why? Because although Whistler enjoys international renown as a ski resort (one of the finest in the world, we might add), Canadians and travel-savvy adventure seekers everywhere know that Pangea’s home has a hell of a lot to offer after the thaw. Make no mistake, this is a year-round town.  

So what exactly is on offer? Here we take you through some of our favourite summer activities, how to do them, and who to go with.



When the snow melts in late spring, the wooded slopes around Whistler echo to the sound of merry mountain bikers taking on the bumps and jumps of mile after mile of single track. Whistler is a world-class destination for downhill and cross-country mountain biking, a veritable hotspot for those who love off-road adventures.

Many of them flock to Whistler Mountain Bike Park for knuckle-whitening downhill runs, all of which are well-maintained (and some of which are just about gentle enough for Pangea’s owners). The Park also offers tuition and guided tours.

Away from the Park, a number of operators offer bike rentals and guided tours on the trails around Whistler. Cross Country Connection is one of them.



Who doesn’t love a summer hike? Around Whistler you’ll find scenic alpine trails that’ll have you traversing through pristine forests, across gorgeous flower-filled meadows, and alongside some of British Columbia’s most beautiful lakes and rivers. Don’t miss the High Note Trail, which offers unforgettable views over Cheakamus Lake.

If you’re looking for a guide, Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures can help. They offer half-day, full-day and multi-day hikes around Whistler and Blackcomb.

Also highly recommended are Whistler Eco Tours, whose tour options include short interpretive nature walks, a ‘moderate’ rainforest walk and full-day adventures with private guides that have expert knowledge of the local flora, fauna and geology. They also specialise in kayaking, canoeing and mountain biking adventures.



Fancy hurtling head first towards the glacial waters of the Cheakamus river from a 50 metre high bridge? Of course you do.

Around 15 minutes south of the village is Whistler Bungee – “Whistler’s Ultimate Adrenaline Rush”. Admire the basalt cliffs, old growth forest and stunning mountain vistas before launching yourself into the abyss.

Whistler Bungee have operated since 2002 and have a perfect safety record.



Reconnecting with nature is easy in Whistler (did you know it was named after the whistling sounds the local marmots make?), but one way to take your love of the wilderness a step further is to head out on a bear watching tour. As well as finally finding out the answer to that age-old rhetorical question, you’ll get to see (and take pictures of) black bears in their natural habitat and learn about local ecology. Keep your eyes peeled and you may even catch a glimpse of a coyote!

Whistler Discovery Tours offers various Land Rover excursions led by knowledgeable guides with expertise in ecology and wildlife photography. One of the most popular is their ‘Evening with the Bears’ sunset tour.



If it’s high-octane, adrenaline-pumping, paddle-until-you-can’t-feel-your-arms-anymore kind of adventures you’re after (just kidding about the arms), we recommend you head straight down to one of the local rivers for some white water rafting. It’s without doubt one of our favourite summertime activities in Whistler.

One very popular local outfit is Wedge Rafting. For over 20 years they’ve been helping thrill-seekers experience what they call ‘riverspeed’ – the ancient rhythm of the river. Wedge Rafting offer tours on the Cheakamus (family-friendly), Green, Elaho, and Squamish rivers. Our co-founder, front and centre in the photo, was so scared he wet himself…

Also offering a variety of tours, including an epic 10-day adventure on the Tatshenshini, are Canadian Outback Rafting, another highly reputable operator. Check out their ‘Scenic Twilight Float’ on the Squamish for something a bit more sedate.  



One of the best and most exhilarating ways to take in Whistler’s jaw-dropping scenery is to get up above the forest canopy and glide across the valley on a zip line. This is probably the closest you’ll ever come to knowing what life’s like for a bird! Just ask our Tech Head who’s trying his hardest to fly in this photo…

Whistler is blessed with two great ziplining operators. Ziptrek Ecotours offers an “entertaining combination of aerial adventure and exploration” with a dose of education on the environment. Most tours start from the Carleton Lodge, just across from the Whistler Gondolas.

Superfly Ziplines promise to have you soaring across mountain valleys and through old growth forests. Their adventures begin with a 4×4 trip up Rainbow Mountain.



Taking a backcountry ATV tour of British Columbia is one of our favourite things to do during the summer here in Whistler, and of course it’s a great way to really get to know the region’s diverse terrain. Several operators offer tours departing from the Village.

Check out Whistler ATV for open and private tours for riders of all experience levels. Canadian Wilderness Adventures also offers multiple tours around Whistler, Blackcomb Mountain and the Callaghan valley.


Please note this is just a partial list of the incredible activities and operators in town.

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Best of Whistler on a budget | Summer edition


We get it. You’re thinking: “I’d love to go to Whistler, but I really don’t want to go broke.” Well, the good news is that you can enjoy Whistler without maxing out your credit or condemning yourself to years of back-yard vacations. In fact, it’s very easy to keep the costs down if you plan ahead – and in the case of choosing a hotel, if you use your head (cue a shameless plug about staying at Pangea). 

If you’re heading to Whistler for the summer season, here’s how you can save money and still have an incredible time.


We really don’t want you to spend all your money on an oversized, pricey hotel room that you aren’t going to use. Why would you want to sit in a hotel room when Whistler is out there?

When our pod hotel opens in 2018, we’re going to be in the centre of the Village, we’re going to cost a lot less than the hotels down the Stroll, and we’re going to offer all the amenities you really need (like, actually need) – for instance a very comfortable bed in which to recharge at night. Even better, you’ll be staying in a boutique hotel with incredible interior design and a super-cool vibe.

Learn more about Pangea.


You wouldn’t walk up to an airline counter and expect the best deal for a flight that day, right? If you want to save some of your hard-earned dollars, pre-purchase your Whistler Blackcomb lift tickets online for mountain biking, sightseeing and skiing/snowboarding (yes, Whistler has summer alpine skiing). That way you’ll get the best possible rates.

What’s more, pre-purchased tickets are good for a range of dates so you don’t need to figure out your exact plan before you go – perfect for those of you who like to remain flexible. There are a variety of ticket options and deals.  

Check out all the deals.


Whistler, especially in the summer, is home to tons of world class events like:

Whistler celebrates with each special event that rolls into town, throwing free concerts over most weekends at Whistler Olympic Plaza in July and August. Watch for demo booths and free or discounted activities associated with these Whistler special events.

Check this calendar for a few events worth planning a visit around.


Whistler is foodie heaven and much of the bounty is locally sourced from Pemberton, just 30 minutes north up the valley. When the Living Room, Pangea’s café and bar, opens in 2018 you’ll be able to get simple, delicious food that doesn’t break the bank, and you can pair your plate with icy cold craft beers, a cocktail or a glass of wine. In the meantime you can venture into the village. Though not always “cheap” per se, you can get to experience a lot of Whistler’s best restaurants “on the cheap” during weekdays in the summer when they run specials.

Check the Whistler Bites website for daily deals on food and drink.


Make the most of your mountain pass by lacing up those boots and hitting one of the many hiking trails that can be accessed with it. Highly recommended is the High Note Trail, which takes you right up to the top of Whistler Mountain. Get up there first thing in the morning and you’ll be rewarded with limitless views, fresh mountain breezes and fewer crowds. Pack a picnic, not your cash.

There are also many hikes in and around the valley to explore, including the famous Train Wreck. One of the best websites we’ve found for hikes around the region, including how to get to Train Wreck, is Whistler Hiatus.

If you prefer exploring on two wheels than on two feet, you’ll be pleased to know that the Whistler valley also has hundreds of kilometres of single-track looping through the forests surrounding the village. So while Whistler Mountain Bike Park is undoubtedly something every biker wants to check off their bucket list (and we recommend you do), you can also bike for free if you’d rather save money.

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Whistler’s highly convenient paved Valley Trail connects five lakes in which you can take a plunge into cool, clear waters on a warm summer’s day (for free of course). You’ll find sandy beaches (some with volleyball courts), smooth green lawns with picnic areas, docks to swim to, and even paddleboards, kayaks and other water gear to rent in a couple of places. All of this makes the freshwater lakes of Whistler some of the hottest places to see and be seen.

Hop on a bike for a cruise through each lakeside park and take a mandatory dip in each lake, or catch a ride with Whistler Transit’s free shuttle to lakeside parks on weekends and holiday Mondays. The Lost Lake shuttle from the gondola transit loop is free throughout the summer season.

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Quotes from Whistler’s leaders



Want to know what the word on the street is about Whistler’s new pod hotel? Here’s what the key movers and shakers of Whistler, BC, are saying about Pangea.


Nancy Wilhelm-Morden

Mayor, Resort Municipality of Whistler

“Congratulations to the Pangea Pod Hotel team on the announcement of their newly updated hotel. This is an excellent example of a substantial reinvestment in the Village, something that has been a priority of council, and important in keeping Whistler fresh and competitive.”


Dave Brownlie

Chief Operating Officer, Whistler Blackcomb | CEO of the Year, 2016 Business in Vancouver

“I look forward to seeing Pangea in action.  I think it is a winner and could be applied across different resorts.”


Melissa Pace

CEO, Whistler Chamber of Commerce

“On behalf of the Whistler Chamber of Commerce, we welcome the Pangea Pod Hotel to our community.  This unique and innovative concept fills a short-term accommodation option not yet offered to travelers visiting Whistler. In addition, the careful redesign of the exterior of the building will significantly enhance the overall feel and vibe on the Village Stroll.  Congratulations to the Pangea Pod Hotel!”


Barrett Fisher

President & CEO, Tourism Whistler

“The entire team at Tourism Whistler are delighted to welcome the Pangea Pod Hotel to Whistler.  We are exceptionally excited about the potential for this unique, high quality concept in the heart of Whistler Village to serve and grow visitation from a new customer segment.”


Drew Meredith

Former Mayor of Whistler | Freeperson of the Municipality | Founder, Whistler Real Estate Co.

This was one of the most interesting and challenging properties I have ever worked on in over 40 years as a realtor in Whistler. Jelena and Russell’s concept was a hard sell initially, but their logical and determined approach won over the decision makers. From tired condos owned by more than a thousand uninterested timeshare owners to a vibrant hub in the heart of the Village, this is a historical project for Whistler. I look forward to Pangea opening.”


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The founders | Their story



Jelena was in her pj’s eating breakfast in the common room of a Prague hostel back in 2003 when Russell – a young South African cutting his teeth on Wall Street – decided on his opening line. “Any idea what the weather’s like today?” The response came slowly, without the courtesy of even the slightest eye contact: “If you want to know what the weather’s like you should go outside.”

There had been better introductions, but the ice was broken (or at least taken out the freezer to slowly melt), and over the course of the ensuing days they realised they had a lot in common, even if they hailed from different continents, spoke different languages, and were born into different religions.

Jelena, a biochemical engineer from Belgrade, grew up through the disintegration of Yugoslavia and the brutal regime of Slobodan Milosevic. Russell, who had gone from an ordinary Cape Town suburb to a high-octane job on Wall Street, was a teenager when Nelson Mandela walked to freedom at the end of Apartheid.

What brought them together in this most historic of European cities was a shared passion for travel, culture and adventure.

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If proof were ever needed that long-distance relationships can work, these two are it. What started as a holiday romance turned into more than three years of back-and-forth trips across the Atlantic.

Jelena eventually joined Russell in Manhattan, attending Columbia University for her graduate degree in Biotechnology and thereafter pursuing a career in cholesterol research. Russell meanwhile had been made a partner at a renowned investment fund in Connecticut. The two lived together, loved each other, but barely saw each other (working 100+ hour weeks will do that).

So at the end of 2009, the pair decided to do something different with their lives. To the outsider, it may have seemed like a crazy decision. They were giving up on a life and careers they’d worked exceptionally hard for, and which they were all too aware they’d been incredibly fortunate to have. But they saw it exactly the opposite way – through hard work and perseverance they’d put themselves in the position of being able to throw caution to the wind, and they intended to do exactly that. In their eyes they would have been crazy not to do it.

Business suit and lab coat off. Shorts, shades and backpacks on.


Everybody said they’d be back in six months. They returned after three years.

Together they set out to discover the world, not with illusions of self-fulfilment or any pretensions about changing it, but with a simple and shared desire to see, to experience and to learn. They only had two rules. The first, to avoid putting on a coat – winter clothing would only weigh them down and they wanted to travel light (a single backpack each), so they would continually circumnavigate the globe chasing summer. The second, to spend most of their time visiting places they’d be unlikely to go once they had kids and became responsible for real lives.

Over the course of more than a thousand days and a similar number of bottles of wine, the pair went on to criss-cross all seven continents. North Korea, the entire Trans-Siberian railway from Moscow to Vladivostok, a truck through Africa, a canoe through the deep Amazon, expeditions to Antarctica (for which they had to break their first rule) and the High Arctic (rule broken again) in search of wildlife. And yes, Ibiza.

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Having spent 25,000 hours in each other’s company without divorce (or murder), they figured they may as well work together. For this next [ad]venture they had only one rule: to have fun. They sought something that combined their passion for travel with their love of meeting and sharing experiences with people from all backgrounds and all walks of life. The idea of Pangea was born.