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Guide Spotlight: Talented Tamara

Guide Spotlight: Talented Tamara

Meet Tamara, Whistler Tasting Tours’ very first office manager! In addition to guiding tours with us, she also works in the food and beverage industry marketing top restaurants and bars in the village, which is pretty cool 🙂


How long have you been living in Whistler?

I’ve lived in Whistler for 5 years. I was travelling around the world and fell in love with Whistler when I first came to ski in 2000. I came back 5 years later and finally moved in 2012 once I found out Whistler had lakes!


Where are you originally from? 

I’m from a small town outside of Ottawa called Carleton Place.


How long have you been working with us?

I was the first office manager for Whistler Tasting Tours. It was a great experience  to work for the guys, the best job ever! I worked for them for a year and it was super fun. I love the story of how Skai and Joe started the business, they built Whistler Tasting Tours from an idea with so much passion. The fact that they changed peoples’ minds about food tours and that they were the first to start something of this sort is amazing. I’ve been guiding tours since 2013 and I’ve never wanted to leave the company. Being a tour guide is my fun job and I love the fact that I get to share my knowledge of Whistler with others. Also, who doesn’t like to drink and eat!


Tell me about your experience managing the social media for Whistler Blackcomb:

I work with Whistler Blackcomb doing their marketing and social media for the food and beverage industry. I get to work with different hotels and restaurants in Whistler and like with Whistler Tasting Tours, I get to meet people from all over the world and work with amazing restaurants in the village, there are over 200! If someone asks me where to eat, I’m a great source! I get to market what I love.


What do you love the most about living in Whistler?

Everything, it’s a small town but it has people from all around the world so you can hear so many different languages while walking around the village. It is small enough but it’s a community. 


What is the perfect spot to take someone on a special date?

Depends on the time of day and the person 😉 It could be anywhere from a ski date on the mountain, to hiking or biking to the lake during the summer. If you want to get really special, there are mountaintop barbeques and dining experiences. As long as it’s a unique and special experience, you can find all of that here in Whistler.


For someone visiting Whistler for the first time, what is a must do besides skiing and snowboarding?

Other than skiing and snowboarding, my favourite things to do are going to the Blackcomb Tube Park, snowshoeing and exploring the area.  The Scandinave Spa is incredible, you have to try it if you haven’t yet. Exploring the Whistler dining scene is a also must because there are so many great restaurants. I always tell my guests that a tasting tour is a great experience to do either at the beginning or at the end of their stay. If they do it at the beginning they get to experience everything in one night and if it’s their last day it’s a great way to celebrate.


What is the best way to celebrate a stagette?

The Finer Things Tour is a great option, I’ve hosted a friend’s stagette in the past. It’s good for many things, from a first date to a bachelorette. You get to pop bottles of champagne and bar/food hop! We can also get you booked on one of the best night clubs in town right after the tour. The lunch tour is also a good option if you’re looking for something earlier in the evening.


What is your go-to place to satisfy a sweet tooth?

It’s a tie between between Rocky Mountain Chocolates and PureBread. Rocky Mountain makes to-die-for candy apples, my favourite is the caramel sea salt and they also have delicious bear claws. PureBread has all the decadents that you may want! 


How would you describe Whistler in 3 words?

Adventurous, incredible and passionate 😉


Click here if you want to request Tamara for your next tour!


Posted by: Emily Tsai


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