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Pemberton Pit Stops


The small village of Pemberton, B.C. is familiar to many outdoor enthusiasts as a gateway to world-class ski touring, sledding, hiking and biking. It is also the departure point for Whitecap’s winter and summer guests who are heading to McGillivray Pass Lodge. At first glance, Pemberton may seem like a sleepy farming town. But don’t let its unpretentious exterior fool you. For a village of only 4,000 people, Pemberton not only offers an array of exciting adventure sports, but also has quite the selection of delicious eats, coffee shops and watering holes.

As many of our guests will pass through Pemberton on their way to the lodge, we wanted to highlight a few of our favourite local spots to fuel up before (and after) a big trip into the mountains.


Blackbird Bakery


Situated in the old Pemberton train station in the heart of town, the Blackbird is a Pemberton institution. The local bakers start work well before the sun rises each day to ensure all the goods on offer are fresh from the oven each morning. Whether it’s sweet cinnamon scrolls, scones and cookies that tickle your fancy, or a more savoury breakfast bagel, meat pie or sausage roll to satisfy the morning tummy grumbles, the Blackbird will have your cravings covered.

The ethos of local owner and french pastry chef, Raven Burns is that ingredients should be sourced locally, organically and naturally wherever possible. All of the meat is supplied by Two Rivers Meat and is organic and natural. The coffee comes from Pemberton Valley Coffee Co. and is roasted in the valley and Ranger Tea, their tea supplier comes up from Squamish, BC. The dairy is organic and the produce is sourced locally from Laughing Crow OrganicsRootdown Organic Farm and Across the Creek Organics.

Blackbird Bakery opens early and closes when the bakery has sold out. Ideal for breakfast pit stops before heading into the hills.

Mt. Currie Coffee Co.


It’s almost like owner and former snowboard pro, Chris Ankeny, crafted the Mt. Currie Coffee menu with ski tourers, splitboarders and hikers in mind. The food is fresh, healthy, delicious, and easily packable. A selection of sandwiches, wraps, baked goods and energy bars are perfect for stashing in your pack for a day in the mountains. For those that are looking for a lighter start to the day, the smoothies and bowls are also on point. Yet, it is Chris’s focus on high quality coffee that really sets MCCC apart. Word on the street is that Chris and local photographer/ filmmaker Matt Bruhns, are deep in the process of releasing their own house roasted beans, Gradient Coffee… Watch this space.

The Hwy Cafe


If you know, you know. If you don’t….. We’re here to tell you. One of Pemberton’s newest foodie hang outs is The Hwy. Cafe. Located in Pemberton’s Industrial Yard, the hole in the wall urban vibe may seem more New York than mountain town. But, you’ll hear no complaints from us as the all vegan fare on offer is absolutely mind blowing. The food is creative, filling and unlike anything else in the Sea-to-Sky corridor. The one downside of this almost perfect pit stop is they don’t have indoor seating. So it’s either grab and go, or sit on umbrella-ed picnic tables.

Bread Warehouse


Pemberton’s newest bakery/ cafe opened its doors just a couple months ago, in November, 2023. The Bread Warehouse takes its sourdough seriously, but also offers some of the best croissants, baguette sandwiches and cookies that have ever touched our lips. The coffee is top notch and the staff are extremely friendly. Owner and head baker, Jen Park, previously owned 200 Degrees Bakery in Function Junction, Whistler, but to the joy of Pemby locals, has moved the operation to Pemberton under a new name. If you happen to visit when the fresh loaves are exiting the oven, we highly recommend snagging one for later.

The Pony


You haven’t really experienced the culture of Pemberton unless you’ve had a meal at The Pony. One of the original Pemberton restaurants, The Pony has survived the test of time. With a cozy wood interior and western saloon feel, it’s long been the local gathering place, where legendary stories are shared and plans for the next day are plotted.  Open for lunch and dinner, it’s the perfect way to finish a Whitecap lodge trip. The hearty fare will satisfy even the heftiest of hungers after big day (or four) adventuring in the mountains.