Lifestyle Locator ~ Interview with:

Enjoy this in-depth Whistler business interview with Amos & Andes – Whistler Sweater Shop Owner / Manager: Hilary Davison. YouTube Link to Interview: click here

Hilary grew up on a farm in England wearing jeans, T’s, and SWEATERS her Granny made.

She never imagined leaving the beautiful rolling green hills and a drafty British home. However, she left in 1988 and here we are in one of the most spectacular places on the planet, amongst acres of snow-capped mountains, lakes, rivers and forests. Like most Whistler residents, she loves to ski in the winter and mountain bike in the summer; however, she has plenty of friends here who do neither, it’s just a great place to enjoy!

Hilary opened Amos & Andes Whistler in 1994. Her unique, signature shop is easy to find along the Village Stroll. It’s great for Hilary and her team to welcome the many repeat global visitors and local customers. Also, in recent years, she has expanded to reach out to connect with you via the internet via easy order process through the website, subscribers to the Newsletters and following updates on many social media accounts.

The Whistler Sweater Shop is open and following Covid-19 health protocols. Although, if you cannot see them at the moment, please order from Whistler’s favourite, unique, friendly store, Whistler Sweater Shop, on line to keep the memory, close and warm.

Whistler Sweater Shop Website:

Also, visit Hilary’s rental vacation properties via Facebook Business Page:

Essential Vacations …. offering wonderful places to stay, following Covid-19 protocols

Extra Note – Winter Season, 2020-21: connect with Kathy White via email: [email protected] or call: +1 604-616-6933 and we’ll schedule a coffee and chat for around 30 minutes to discuss real estate in Whistler or for other regional area of BC. Then, happy to mail you some delicious delicious Detour coffee as a thank you gift.

Let’s all ‘get it together’ heading into 2021+

I am gratful for amazing real estate clients over the many years of working in BC Real estate and one of the common realty transaction items is related to downsizing (right-sizing) and/or de-cluttering staging whether it’s to sell a home or when buying a future home or rental investment property.

It’s important to explore the ‘feeling and challenges / opportunities” that come from that action into the next steps. Like the very popular book by Author, Marie Kondo of the #1 New York Times bestselling book: “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” has brought forward the interview with great business founder and friend: Rowena List of locally based “Getting it Together” = whether in the Vancouver Lower Mainland or in Whistler and the Sea to Sky Corridor, she is happy to set up an online meeting to discuss your future plans.

Rowena has the proper business protocols to align with the BC Government Restart Plan 

On Thursday, January 21, 2021 on behalf of the Whistler Public Library and Whistler Mature Action Community “Lunch & Learn”, it was very kind of Rowena to be our Guest Speaker and feel free to click here to watch a recording of that very helpful online session!

P.S. If you have any community + real estate questions happy to help via email at:  [email protected] or call:  604-616-6933

Also, happy to connect via my websites + social media accounts:

Before you Renovate or Build in the Sea to Sky Corridor… Contact: Bob Deeks

In my realty career experience it’s been a pleasure to work respected Developers, Builders and Renovation Companies to provide business service excellence to my realty clients.

Throughout BC and across Canada – the Canadian Home Builders Association and Mike Holmes have recognized Bob Deeks, Owner of RDC Fine Homes as a top professional

Here’s my interview in Spring, 2020 in Whistler, BC New Home Construction Project via YouTube Link

Feel free to connect with Bob directly to start the process of renovating or building you future Sea to Sky dream chalet or rental investment property. Find out more details about their Holmes Approved Builder designation, speak with them about the BC Energy Step Code and utilizing his company’s extensive project guidance throughout the entire project.

Financial / Mortgage Evaluation – Looking for Ideas?

Spring, 2020 – thank you for visiting my website and here is an interview with Mark Sturgess, Mortgage Broker who lives in beautiful Whistler – just north of Vancouver, British Columbia. During the Covid-19 global pandemic, and into the future, for those looking to refinance, renovate or purchase property in Whistler or elsewhere across BC and Canada – contact Mark Sturgess for financial / mortgage assistance

…. Click here to learn more: YouTube – Lifestyle Locator Interview

Mark Sturgess Website: Whistler Mortgages and call / text: +1 604.966.8441

Also, as part of that video = you’ll note that I’m offering an opportunity to have an online or in-person meeting in Whistler (per Covid-19 self-distance protocols) to discuss real estate. Whether you currently own, rent or looking to sell or buy in Whistler, or in the other Sea to Sky Corridor communities of Squamish + Pemberton = we could meet at Whistler’s Cranked Coffee or chat online, to talk about my business opinion on real estate trends to review. Aside from real estate market information, you can meet with your other independent professional consultants – for example: accountants, lawyers, inspectors, builders & local community government updates.

After we have a realty conversation for about 30 minutes or longer, as you gather information and research to help you be prepared and proactive for your next steps in real estate, I would be happy to mail you a package of delicious Detour Dark Roast Coffee to enjoy as my gift.

From our home to yours … hope you keep safe and well. We will all get through this together for brighter days!

Kathy White, Associate Broker / Realtor® Advisor 

ENGEL & VÖLKERS  WHISTLER Mobile: +1 604 616 6933  Business Links:   

Community Focus: CoVid-19

From arriving home from visiting family in England to Canada, March 15, 2020 – we stayed home in self-isolation for recommended 14 days – per Canadian Government & Health Authorities …. this is a global pandemic & we need to listen to their guidance and self-isolate plus physical distance at least 6 feet / 2 meters.

We all have to work together: flatten the virus curve / be positive & proactive! As we come into June, 2020 – there is the BC Govt. / Health Authority Restart Plan and SO happy to see our community / Sea to Sky Corridor slowly, methodically and carefully re-starting (thanks everyone for your help).

Check out Tourism Whistler and Whistler Chamber of Commerce updates for local business and hotel opening process along with Air BnB will be coming along with their guidelines too. Also, our fingers and toes are crossed for good luck that Whistler Blackcomb can open this Summer! They can also set up protocols

It’s amazing how our world remains a beautiful planet, yet our global village is facing life & business challenges with the Corona Virus .. renamed: Covid-19 = a name we won’t forget for generations to come.

Monitoring the BC TV and online articles = over the coming weeks and months, it will be also important to obtain updates from Resort Municipality of Whistler: the Whistler Medical Clinic; from 811 BC Govt. Website and the Canadian Government Links

Here’s are helpful articles from that talk about how Realtors will proceed with real estate transactions, plus article to keep our homes clean.

Also, the BC Real Estate Association has articles about Economic trends and outlooks.

There is a plethora of information out there and encourage setting aside time for a coffee and chat – online to assist you with the thoughts of trends from my career experience.

In the Whistler region, there is local business Whistler Grocery Service & Delivery that can help local residents and visitors to obtain boxed items.

We recently had an update that our 55+ / Senior community in BC is encouraged to connect with BC-211 also, our local Whistler Mature Action Community is another source for help via:

As a full-time dedicated Realtor with Engel & Volkers – Whistler, my career goal is to assist sellers and buyers with the important facets / details of their transaction, including proper safety / care when viewing real estate properties.

I am confident that our global leaders will work with us to find the answers to help our communities and bring global health care systems to tackle this virus. Let’s focus our mindset to Health, Strength and Success for our world to be a better place for global life, business, and community success.

As said in the past & SO important into the future: Keep Calm & Carry On

Whistler Writers Festival

Did you know that each October, event organizers and published Author: Stella Leventoyannis Harvey and her team organize one of the best Authors, Writers, Industry Speakers & participant annual events in Whistler, British Columbia.

Stella Leventoyannis – Author, Whistler, BC Canada

Here is the recent press release

 Spring reading events from the Whistler Writers Festival
Festival offers an evening of books and music, and a morning workshop to
 kick-start creativity and rejuvenation in June.
May 16, 2022: WHISTLER, BC — The Whistler Writers Festival offers a taste of what’s to come in October with two spring reading events in June.
“We’re hoping to inspire people’s creativity and help shake off the long, cold, wet winter we’ve had,” said Rebecca Wood Barrett, the new artistic director for the festival. “We’re pulling together music and stories for our first event, and then we’re holding a workshop to help people spark new ideas and connect with their creativity. I think we can all use a creative infusion, and that’s what these events will provide.”
First up is An Evening of Stories & Songs in the Mountains on Thursday, June 16 from 7-9 pm in person at the Maury Young Arts Centre, and online.
“In stories, and songs, we find strength, insight, reflection, and healing,” Wood Barrett said. “They help move us towards understanding and wellness.”
Feature authors include CBC host Grant Lawrence, author of A Return to Solitude, recounting his experiences with family and beloved characters at Desolation Sound on the remote west coast. Chad Sayers, local author of Overexposure: A Story About a Skier will tell his story of risk, the beauty of nature and his journey through a change in consciousness. Plains Cree writer and National Poet Laureate Louise B. Halfe – Sky Dancer employs Indigenous spirituality, black comedy, and the memories of her own childhood as healing arts in Bear Bones & Feathers. Barbadian-Canadian writer Jasmine Sealy’s debut novel The Island of Forgetting is an intimate generational saga about love and the ways the trauma of a family’s past can haunt its future. Woven throughout the evening is music by Dustin Bentall and the Blue Wranglers. For ticket information visit:
The second event is Elevated Awareness — Engaging Creativity Through Mindfulness on Saturday, June 18 from 2-3:30 pm at the Whistler Public Library, and online. Led by Nicola Bentley, a local mindfulness facilitator and mentor, this creative writing workshop is perfect for writers looking for fresh energy, budding ideas, and new insights. Bentley will help participants use mindful awareness as a tool to elevate consciousness and attention. Honing the ability to observe, to clear away mental distractions and to connect with inner wisdom informs creativity and enriches our lives. With mindfulness, we can more deeply engage in our world and experiences. Come prepared to observe, listen, meditate, write, read, and discover.  For ticket information visit:
This year, the Whistler Writers Festival runs Oct. 13-16 in-person in Whistler, and online. Find all the latest information at
The society runs the hybrid online/in-person Whistler Writers Festival Oct. 13-16, 2022, along with the Whistler Writer in Residence and the Authors in the Schools programs. It also offers IBPOC Scholarship for emerging or experienced writers in Sea to Sky. For tickets, news and events, visit
Rebecca Wood Barrett, Artistic Director
The Whistler Writing Society
E: [email protected]
P: 604-698-9597

Alli Vail
Writer, Valancy

Content services with an editorial bent.

Our mailing address is:
Whistler Writing Society9327 Emerald Drive, Whistler, BC, Canada Whistler, BC  V0N 1B9Canada


Stella’s latest novel, Finding Callidora is available in fine bookstores, Signature Editions, Amazon, and Chapters Indigo. Watch the Finding Callidora Book Trailer

Extra note from Stella: … here is an interview and video done that includes me and two other authors talking about our books. Stella has also received a grant to produce another video for book clubs specifically.

And here is a recording of the livestream can now be found on YouTube at as well as the Signature website on the book pages for After LightNever, Again, and Finding Callidora.

Some of the best outcomes of the Whistler Writers Festival may be for a future writer / author to get their work evaluated and obtain a potential publishing company book writing opportunity!

Over the years, Stella and family have enjoyed living in Whistler and walking the local nature trails, cross country + downhill skiing. Tip for life and career: she finds insightful ideas written in a journal notebook for later reference when creating a novel, and also helpful for the event to-do lists!

Another great community give-back is that Stella offers her author consultation services, through a booked appointment at the Whistler Public Library …. who knows where her insights, guidance will lead!

Welcome to Lifestyle Locator Blog: Whistler, BC – Canada

Realtor Advisor, Engel & Völkers – Whistler

Life in Whistler is amazing, fulfilling and worth sharing the joy of our Resort life! Today is my #mondaymotivation to share with everyone some key points of living and visiting our community, just north of Vancouver and YVR Airport.

Come and visit us year-round … here are helpful community websites to connect with when planning your future trip.

Tourism Whistler

Resort Municipality of Whistler

When planning the opportunity to find your future legacy Whistler Resort home and/or rental investment property … let’s connect for further assistance:

Kathy White – Realtor Advisor (Engel & Völkers – Whistler)

Real Estate Wire Website

Also, I’m current Board Chair & participant of 55+ activities & advocacy through: Whistler Mature Action Community

Here are some of my year-round sporty activities:

Downhill Biking at Whistler Bike Park & enjoy X-Country biking around Whistler Valley!
Enjoy Skiing at Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains … happy to share my ski tips!
Enjoy sailing along British Columbia coastline and Gulf Islands – plus, local lakes!

Ecomist Cleaning Services Pemberton / Whistler

Connect with them at:

When you meet company co-owners Hayley Middleton and Helen Whitworth you’ll understand why they are enjoying business success since launching their ‘environmentally friendly cleaning company’.

Did you know … since the start of their company in 2012 = they and their team have cleaned over 18,000 properties with non-toxic products!

We met at Engel & Völkers Whistler office to discuss how Pemberton and Whistler homeowners and rental property investors can connect with them for a “deep clean” (for example: pre-winter + pre-summer). It’s important to have a deep clean with non-toxic cleaners that bring enhanced ‘fresh scent’ to your property for everyone to enjoy!

They have collection of ongoing full-time properties they clean and can occasionally add to their year-round client lists. Further details on those services can be reviewed by emailing: [email protected]

Aside from business we were talking about some of our favourite books …

4 Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Thanks again Helen and Hayley … for keeping our world clean with non-toxic products!

Awesome Autumn Season! Whistler, BC

Photo courtesy of: and Photographer: Justa Jeskova

Let’s take time to share the joys of Autumn season activities and events in Whistler! Global visitors and Whistler residents enjoy the quieter days between the wrap up of the Whistler Bike Park and other fun summer adventures to prepare their skis & snowboards for upcoming Whistler Blackcomb winter season! Also, be prepared for the autumn weather

When planning your trip to Whistler … many community events are noted on the Tourism Whistler Events Calendar as a great place to set your dates of arrival. Review local business + community organization websites for promotions of free events, discounted activities, meal promotions & music nights. It’s a great idea to set up a “Sunday to Thursday” mini-holiday to enjoy hotel rate packages or nightly rental property or B&B options!

Photo courtesy of: and Photographer: Justa Jeskova

Autumn is a wonderful time: rest, reflect in nature + recharge!

Are you considering your ‘next life chapter’ – potentially moving to our community to enjoy living here full-time or purchasing a part-time rental investment property? My goal as your “Lifestyle Locator” Realtor Advisor is to help with your journey of discovery to align with your future real estate plans. You work hard to plan ahead for your future = let’s start today to blend your work + adventure schedules, to purchase your Whistler Resort property, in the Sea to Sky Corridor of British Columbia. You deserve it!

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We often meet inspiring people in Whistler that live here and visit, to help us build our sense of “Global Community” connections + caring!

As a Whistler local resident with global connections & ‘get it done’ business acumen & life focus my guest speaker – Laurie Cooper: Anchor.FM Podcast

Take the opportunity to volunteer, send money and/or provide support for Canadian refugee(s), to help them get settled in your community!   

Here’s a CBC Interview with Laurie and Hassan: 

Also … another way to contribute is the Canada Caring = Baby Box Project    

Thanks again Laurie and we’ll keep in touch via What’s App / LinkedIn / Facebook and other social media platforms with your amazing non-profit organization Canada Caring