Beyond the Music Festival: 12 Reasons to Visit Pemberton

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We’re almost certain you’ve heard of Pemberton Music Festival, in fact it’s the one big thing that this BC town is known for. But there’s certainly more that happens in this vibrant village than most festival-goers realize. The mountains are big, the people are fresh and the outdoor activities are nearly endless. Next time you’re in the area, give Pemberton a visit and try one of these 12 activities — it’s worth the drive past Whistler.

Beyond the Music Festival: 12 Reasons to Visit Pemberton

By Roslyn Kent

  • To Do: Visit the Pemberton Distillery

    By Roslyn Kent

    After studying Scottish distilling lessons at the famous Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, [Pemberton Distillery](http://pembertondistillery.ca) owner and operator [Tyler Schramm](http://pembertondistillery.ca/about.html) began brewing his homemade potato vodka here in BC. Business quickly grew and so did the number of their hand crafted spirits. Today, they also sell absinthe, apple brandy and an organic single-malt whiskey. Visit them for samples, or even better, take a tour of the distillery.

  • To Eat: Solfeggio Foods

    By Roslyn Kent

    Taking a wholesome approach to food, [Solfeggio](http://www.solfeggiofoods.com) offers an organic farm to table menu with meat-based, vegan, vegetarian, gluten free and even raw options. The restaurant is owned by holistic nutritionist and Olympian Kristi Richards as well as pro-skier Mark Abma. On their [menu](http://www.solfeggiofoods.com/lunch) you'll find everything from pulled pork and curry to kale salads and smoothies.

  • To Hike: Joffre Lakes

    By Roslyn Kent

    Joffre Lakes is composed of three different bodies of water (the Lower, Middle and Upper Lakes) and are a dream for any seasoned hiker. Grab your boots and a hiking buddy and venture along the 5.5km route that leads from Lower to Upper Joffre Lake and gains 400m of elevation. The first lake is a mere half kilometre from the start of the trail and will give you a cheeky taste of what's to come. Forewarning: there's minimal cell service during the hike—you'll have to save your Instagrams for later.

  • To Visit: North Arm Farm

    By Roslyn Kent

    [North Arm Farm](http://www.northarmfarm.com) is a local, organic, family-run farm that sells strawberries, blueberries and raspberries as well as a large variety of other seasonal fresh produce (everything from asparagus and cherries to beets and squash). The farm is open on a daily basis to the public and even offers "You Pick" days for berry picking. Or, you can stop for lunch at their full-sized kitchen where they serve home cooked meals. Afterward, you can take home a basket of artisan bread or handcrafted sweets.

  • To Do: Skydive and Paraglide

    By Roslyn Kent

    If you have a more adventurous nature, then Pemberton is the destination for you. Sign up for paragliding or skydiving; both activities run from the [Pemberton Regional Airport](http://www.pemberton.ca/business/pemberton-regional-airport/). There are a variety of companies that offer these services such as [Whistler Skydiving](http://www.whistlerskydiving.ca/), [Cayoosh Expeditions](http://cayooshexpeditions.ca) and more.

  • To Eat: Mile One Eating House

    By Roslyn Kent

    Featured on _You've Gotta Eat Here_, [Mile One](http://www.mileoneeatinghouse.com) takes comfort food seriously and believes that "the food you eat ought to be as genuine as the people you share your table with." They use locally-sourced produce and have close ties with the producers and land that they derive their ingredients from. Try one of their stacked, indulgent [burgers](http://www.mileoneeatinghouse.com/the-food/) or steal their [Mac 'n Cheese](http://www.mileoneeatinghouse.com/blog/2015/6/30/how-to-tame-mile-ones-world-famous-wild-and-tame-macncheese-recipe-yourself/) recipe for yourself!

  • To Hike: Nairn Falls

    By Roslyn Kent

    With a powerful [60-meter high](http://whistlerhiatus.com/whistlerhikes/nairn-falls.html) waterfall that lies 1.5km into a beautiful hiking trail, [Nairn Falls](http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/nairn_falls/) is certainly worth the detour. The beginning of the trail is only 5km south of Pemberton and it's a great hike to start with if you want to explore the region's many other trails. Pro tip: the vibrant Green River looks tempting, but it's not a safe swimming spot due to high currents.

  • To Do: Get Muddy on a Mountain Bike

    By Roslyn Kent

    If you're a mountain biking fanatic then you'll certainly enjoy taking a ride up to [Signal Hill](http://thewellnessalmanac.com/2014/07/04/trail-watch-new-intermediate-trail-link-up/) with one of the intermediate or advanced runs that start near the village. Pemberton biking trails have seen an upgrade in recent years since the village partnered with the government of Canada to invest an impressive [$120,000](http://www.tourismpembertonbc.com/activities/cycling/) into their upkeep. Check out more trails [here](http://www.hellobc.com/pemberton/things-to-do/outdoor-activities/biking.aspx).

  • To Do: Practice Your Golf Swing

    By Roslyn Kent

    At the base of Mount Currie sits Pemberton's two stunning golf courses that look out across a beautiful backdrop of BC mountains. [The Meadows at Pemberton](http://www.pembertongolf.com/) is an 18 hole, par 72 golf course with unique layouts for the front and back nine holes. [Big Sky Golf & Country Club](http://www.tourismpembertonbc.com/pemberton/members/big-sky-golf-inc/) is also an 18 hole course and was voted the Best Public/Resort Golf Course in BC.

  • To Eat: Have a Bite at the Pony

    By Roslyn Kent

    [The Pony](http://www.thepony.ca/) is a longtime favourite of Pemberton locals and is thought to be "worthy of a ride to Pemberton" according to the _[Vancouver Sun](http://www.vancouversun.com/life/Restaurant+review+Pony+worthy+ride+Pemberton/1842045/story.html)_. With dishes like a [BBQ pulled pork sandwich](http://www.thepony.ca/restoMenu.php?sectionId=85&sectionName=Lunch) and a baked Queen Charlotte halibut with a hazelnut herb crust, you may struggle to save room for one of their scrumptious homemade baked goods. Unpretentious, locally sourced food and a funky atmosphere? _Definitely_ worth the drive.

  • To Hike: Mount Currie

    By Roslyn Kent

    [Currie Trail](http://pembertontrails.com/2013/10/mt-currie-trail-update-temporary-trail-closure/) is a relatively steep 8km hike that is suitable for intermediate and advanced hikers. Although the hike may be strenuous, Mt. Currie is a wild mountain that stands at 2596 meters tall. This means that the two hour uphill climb will be worth the view. Believe it or not, the ["vertical relief"](http://blog.hellobc.com/best-alpine-hikes-pemberton/#sthash.eCiRWjh9.dpuf) of Mt. Currie (the height difference between the bottom and top) is just over 2/3 that of Mt. Everest. Don't worry, you can head to a pub afterward to reward yourself.

  • To Do: SUP at One Mile Lake

    By Roslyn Kent

    In case you haven't heard, supping (stand up paddle boarding) is the new craze in outdoor water fitness. A relaxing way to get on the water while getting your tan on, stand up paddle boarding is also a fantastic way to work your core muscles. Rent a paddle board [here](http://www.pemberton.ca/business-listings/one-mile-lake-stand-up-paddleboard-rentals/) at the beautiful [One Mile Lake](http://www.whistlereh.com/pemberton-parks/one-mile-lake.html).

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