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Local Christmas Shopping Guide: Pemberton

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As the last of the vibrant autumn colors cling to the trees and the clouds part to reveal more and more snow on Mount Currie, the excitement of the coming snow season continues to grow for many of us here in the spectacular Pemberton Valley. With the approach of the winter season, the holidays are also right around the corner. The presence of a global pandemic encourages us to reflect on how we might celebrate in a different way than years past. It is an opportunity to be creative with our social connections and reflect on our values when it comes to the art of gift-giving. We are blessed to have an abundance of high-quality local vendors and adventure providers offering memorable gifts and experiences.

Here are just a few to get you started:

Restaurants

In lieu of large gatherings to celebrate the festive season with family and friends, treat a few of your immediate circle to a gift card, take away meal, or shared dining experience at one of our locally owned culinary offerings:

Barn Nork

“At Barn Nork, our goal is to bring you a unique and authentic experience of Thai Cuisine as we interpret it. Prepared with integrity and with the highest quality ingredients we can possibly get our hands-on. We use local products from businesses and farms just minutes and miles away from our restaurant. Supporting our local community is a big priority for us!”

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The Pony

“We strive to use locally produced and ethically raised ingredients and what place could be easier to do that, than at the heart of the extremely bountiful Pemberton Valley, in British Columbia. Enjoy a delicious, filling meal with ingredients sourced from minutes down the road!”

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Mile One Eating House

“We take comfort food seriously. We believe the food you eat ought to be as genuine as the people you share your table with. Our menu respects the ingredients, the producers, and the land that make it up. A hard-earned hunger deserves good, clean food. Made with care. Dished straight-up, every time.”

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Craft Breweries and Distillery

Gift those on your holiday list a festive beverage produced in the beautiful Pemberton Valley.

Pemberton Brewing Co.

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Pemberton Distillery- “We distill the famous Pemberton potato into the world’s only organic potato Vodka, Gin, Absinthe, Schnaps and Liqueurs. We also produce organic Whisky and Brandy from locally grown grains and fruits. Straight from the farm to the bottle, we craft our award-winning spirits entirely on-site using organic ingredients and traditional hand-operated copper pot stills. Come taste the spirit of the Pemberton Valley!”

Visit Pemberton Distillery

 

The Beer Farmers- “First we were farmers, then we were brewers… Arriving in Pemberton in the 1890’s our forefathers got straight to work farming their way into the future they wished to see for themselves. Steadfast and self-reliant they laid the foundation for our farm today.”

Visit The Beer Farmers

Artists

The Pemberton Arts Council has a website that is easy to navigate and allows you to connect directly with local artisans from Pemberton, Squamish-Lillooet Regional District, Lil’wat, and Whistler.  By procuring a locally created piece of artwork you can give a unique gift that will be cherished for years to come. The below website lists an abundance of talented artisans and showcases the diversity of work available from photography, to pottery, painting, carving, macrame and sculpture.

Visit Pemberton Arts Council

 

Experiences

Create memories by recruiting one of Pemberton’s world-class guides or coaches to progress the skills or expand the interests of your loved ones.

Pemberton Fish Finder – Guided fishing tours in Whistler, Squamish and Pemberton. The Pemberton Fish Finder provides quality year-round fishing charters, fishing reports and videos.

Sweet Skills – “The Sweet Skills crew is passionate about making riding fun. Give yourself the opportunity to accelerate your learning curve and explore more trails, no matter what your starting point. We offer small-group women’s mountain bike clinics, private lessons, guided rides, and North America’s only coached and guided ladies-only backcountry mountain bike camps.”

She Shreds – “Nine years ago, Julie-Ann Chapman created She Shreds being the first ‘all girls’ snowmobile clinic in the world, which has progressed and branched out from there. Julie-Ann and her team specializes in teaching women to progress their skills on their snowmobile and now we welcome men to join us for clinics and guided adventures as well!  With a strong emphasis on backcountry safety, She Shreds provides one of the best snowmobile adventure learning experiences. She Shreds also provides avalanche safety courses in conjunction with the Canadian Avalanche Association.”

Mountain Horse School – “Nestled in the embrace of the coast range in Pemberton BC, Mountain Horse School creates unforgettable encounters between horses, humans and the natural world.”

 

Local Shops

Stroll along the picturesque main streets of Pemberton and find treasures for everyone on your list while maintaining physical distancing guidelines.

Small Potatoes Bazaar – The stylish folks at Pemberton’s everything store are always hard at work sourcing and stocking the latest in high quality, decorative house and kitchen wares, art supplies, clothing, jewelry and bath and body.

General Store – A true gem of Pemberton, the General Store features “Western wear, all types of footwear, ladies clothing & accessories, children’s clothing, souvenirs. We can dress the whole family from head to toe, summer or winter. Serving Pemberton since 1956.” 

Spud Valley Sporting Goods – “We are a Four Season Outdoor Store with the combined largest selection of fishing, camping, hunting, and outdoor equipment in the Vancouver – Whistler Sea to Sky Corridor, challenging ourselves to meet the needs of outdoor customers from around the world.  We trust that you will find that we strive to provide quality customer service in addition to all the necessary instruction you will need to get you out into your sport of preference.”

Bike Co. – Everything is in the name, from sales to rentals, service to bike fashion and function, The Bike Co. is a Pemberton institution, a hub for all things biking.

Whiskers Pet Shop & Animal Barn Pemberton: Don’t forget to spoil your 4-legged family members with treats from either of Pemberton’s quality pet supply stores. Both fully stocked with toys, chews, beds, coats and other inventory to keep your pet health, happy and loved.

Spas & Beauty

Pamper someone special with one of the many services or abundant, quality products offered at one of the quaint spas in town.

Mynt Salon – “Mynt Salon, is a locally owned and operated boutique hair salon located in the heart of Pemberton, BC. Our small-town studio provides big city style. Whether it be a simple style or trendy haircut and colour treatment, our goal is for you to walk into our salon as if it were your second home, a place where you can kick back, relax, and get pampered. Our educated and committed team is passionate about creating the look you’re after.”

Ivy Esthetics – Waxing, tinting, manicures, pedicures, nail, tanning, Dermalogica products and more.

Pemberton Day Spa: Known for their decadent Eminence Facials and wide selection of skincare products, Pemberton Day Spa has recently expanded their repertoire to include and RMT, lashes and waxing.

 

Shopping locally supports Pemberton businesses financially and builds connections with the community while cutting down on the environmental impact of shipping.  This is by no means an exhaustive list of locally owned businesses but in the attempt (and subsequent fail) at brevity, above are some highlights to inspire local shopping. For a more complete business directory, head here.