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.
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 Organics, Rootdown 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.