Cafes, Eateries, and Meeting Spots
This is an incomplete list of popular coffee shops, restaurants, pubs, and other spots VOCers gather before or after trips.
Squamish and Area
Galileo Coffee Company
173 Highway 99, Britannia Beach, BC
On the east side of the highway just south of the Britannia Mining Museum
Hours: 6am-3pm Mon-Fri, 7am-3pm Sat-Sun
Popular with the Whistler crowd, this place roasts their own coffee beans and makes a mean Canadiano (that’s an Americano with maple syrup). Unfortunately not open early enough for some weekend trips.
38930 Progress Way SS 3, Squamish, BC
Facing highway 99 on the west side. Coming from the south, turn left on Industrial Way, and left again on Progress Way.
Hours: 24 hours
The Canadian institution, home of terrible coffee, rolling up the rim, donuts, and greasy breakfast sandwiches.
#6-40437 Tantalus Road, Garibaldi Highlands, BC
In the strip mall right by the Petro-Canada on the east side of the highway in Garibaldi Highlands (just north of Squamish).
Hours: 6:30am-5pm Mon-Fri, 7am-5pm Sat-Sun
Great organic, fair-trade coffee and muffins, and you can make a single stop for gas and caffeine.
The Shady Tree
40456 Government Rd., Garibaldi Highlands, BC.
Facing highway 99 on the west side. From the north, turn right on Garibaldi Way, and right again on Government Rd. Immediately on the right.
Standard pub fare, huge nachos, reasonably priced beer and lots of tables makes it popular for celebrating big trips.
Howe Sound Brew Pub
37801 Cleveland Avenue Squamish, BC
From the north, turn right on Cleveland Ave. Keep driving to basically the end of the road. On the right.
Crafting delicious microbrews since way before microbrews were cool, along with pretty decent food. Beer is expensive but probably worth it.
The WaterShed Grill
41101 Government Rd, Brackendale, BC
From Garibaldi Way, turn right on Government Rd. Drive down about 1km, on the left.
A smaller place with a more varied and a little pricier menu. It’s a good place to seal the deal with that cute beginner you were spooning with the night before.
The Cafeteria at Quest University
On the way back from the Diamond Head Parking Area, in case the drive was very stressful and you need coffee now. Check out the Attractive Young Students at Quest.
In the Home Depot shopping mall on the way back from the Diamond Head Parking Area. I wouldn't really recommend it, except Carla has shares in Starbucks so we need to drum up some customers.
4368 Main St, Whistler, BC
From the highway, turn on Village Gate Blvd, left on Northland Blvd, then the second right on Main St. A few stores down on the left.
All of your favourite Mexican food.
4369 Main Street, Whistler, B.C.
From the highway, turn on Village Gate Blvd, left on Northland Blvd, then the second right on Main St. Immediately on the right.
Easily the best burgers in Whistler, made to your exact likings.
Mt. Currie Coffee Co.
2-7331 Arbutus St., Pemberton, BC
From the south, turn left on Portage Rd. (at the Petro-Canada). On the corner of Portage Rd. and Arbutus St.
Hours: 6:30am-6pm Mon-Sat, 7:30am-6pm Sun
Enjoy their particularly delicious muffins, and of course great coffee, while rubbing elbows with sled heads and pro riders.
Mile One Eating House
7330 Arbutus St., Pemberton, BC
Just north of Highway 99 on Portage Rd., across from the Petro-Canada.
Amazing burgers, made with local ingredients, and really good mac ’n’ cheese. You order and pay up front, so it’s faster than a sit down place. Plan your next trip on their huge wall-map.
The Pony Espresso
1392 Portage Rd, Pemberton, BC
Turn north on Portage Rd., on the left after the road curves to the right.
Lots of menu options, including fantastic pizzas. A little pricey but very nice atmosphere.
7670 Vedder Road, Chilliwack, BC
From Highway 1, take exit 119. Go south on Vedder Road. At the corner with Luckakuck Way.
Hours: 24 hours.
665 Old Hope Princeton Way, Hope, BC
From Highway 1/3/5, take exit 173 from the east or 170 from the west, on the north side of Old Hope Princeton Way.
Familiar comfort food at a pretty reasonable price.
Mt. Baker Area
Wake ‘n Bakery
6903 Bourne St, Glacier, WA
From Mt. Baker Highway, turn north on Bourne St. and drive up one block. On the left.
Hours: Unknown. Open before and after skiing.
'Get sconed' with their delicious baked goods before or after slaying the pow or conquering Baker. They take Canadian cash too.