A Glacial Haven in Whistler...Or Is That Heaven?
by Lynn Welburn
Nestled beside the sparkling waters of Green Lake, three kilometres north of Whistler Village, you'll find Edgewater Lodge, a cozy and peaceful resort, set on 45 acres private, forested land where the River of Golden Dreams pours its glacier waters into the lake.
Built six years ago by the Symons family, the Edgewater's clean West Coast design blends into the surrounding natural beauty making it still very much a part of Whistler's wilderness. Perhaps that's why it attracts a high number of skiers, hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. Or perhaps it's because, as Whistler's only lakeside lodge, it has views of the lake are simply drop-dead gorgeous, especially when the mineral content from the glacier melt makes the waters shimmer a vibrant, emerald green.
One of the main features at Edgewater Lodge is its elegant dining room, cut with high vaulted ceilings and oversized windows through which the vistas are inspired as the food. From here, you can watch kayakers paddle to the distant shore or float planes land, and stretching across the lake, the views rise up to Wedge Mountain, Blackcomb, Whistler and the Armchair Glacier beyond.
Breakfast is a self serve affair - fuel for champions - while dinner is a gourmet's delight. The latter is by reservation only and features a good menu and delicious specialties of the house including farm raised venison dishes from the Symons fallow deer ranch in the Fraser Valley. Venison is an extremely low fat meat and the medallions, served with a light shitake mushroom sauce, melt in your mouth like butter.
The big draw to the Edgewater is its proximity to so much to do, year round. The easy to walk, bike and ski Whistler Valley Trail system borders the Edgewater property, and meanders its way along Green Lake directly into the bustle of Whistler Village. Skiers, of course, love the Whistler and Blackcomb runs, considered some of the best in North America and with the Lodge being only minutes away, they can enjoy all the schussing and moguling they like before escaping to the peace of the lodge at night.
Then there's the golf. Nicklaus North, designed by Jack Nicklaus himself, is located adjacent to the lodge, while three other world-class designer courses - the Whistler Golf Club designed by Arnold Palmer, the Chateau Whistler Golf Club designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Big Sky Golf and Country Club designed by Robert Cupp are nearby. And closer to home, right beside Edgewater's driveway, is the Edgewater Outdoor Centre where the folks at Whistler Outdoor Experience can arrange any manner of activities: horseback riding through the forest, kayaking or canoeing on the lake, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing or, a special winter treat, a ride in a horse-drawn sleigh.
That's the beauty of the Edgewater. The Lodge is still a part of Whistler's wilderness, yet only minutes from the bright lights of the Village. And in a place where nature is at her most magnificent, then the Edgewater Lodge does her justice.
If You Go:
8020 Alpine Way
Phone: (604) 932-0688; Toll free: 1-888-870-9065
Fax: (604) 932-0686
Web site: www.edgewater-lodge.com.
Host: Jay Symons
Take Highway #99 North from Horseshoe Bay near Vancouver. About five minutes past Whistler itself, turn right onto Alpine Way and follow the signs to Edgewater.
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