A short drive north of Whistler in a quiet enclave at the base of Wedge Mountain, the private and purpose-built Wedge Mountain Lodge & Spa is the fulfilment of a long-standing dream of the Holdsworth family. The Whistler family has successfully developed and managed vacation properties in the Sea to Sky region for over a decade. The challenges of gathering with their own large extended families prompted a desire to design a private lodge with amenities to ensure an exclusive experience for large groups, multigenerational gatherings, and corporate events.
Scheduled to open mid-November 2023, the lodge will “run like a hotel, but feel like home”, Keltie Holdsworth says. Working with local firm Gnar Architecture to polish their design vision, the family developed a well-planned, pensione-style lodge with the comforts and conveniences of a staffed luxury hotel.
Dominated by modern lines of glass and large-timber construction, the lodge is divided into rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation quarters. The accommodation wing contains 10 ensuite bedrooms that can sleep 20 adults and up to six children (under 12). Suites are decorated in colour palettes of walnut and cream, with silky bamboo linens covering king-sized beds.
The high-ceilinged great room includes a large open plan kitchen, bar, children’s play area, and living-dining area. Light floods through large windows into the generous living space, which is dominated by two low-slung black bouclé sofas.
Gourmet meals prepared by chef Bill Grimshaw are available to purchase and served buffet-style on the large kitchen island or during plated meal service on the custom wooden dining table, handcrafted by Mikey LeBlanc of Van Urban Timber in Squamish.
The 3,000-square-foot spa area offers the opportunity to rejuvenate in the Lodge’s nordic wellness facilities, including outdoor and cold plunge pools, hot tub, and patio. Indoor wellness facilities include a sauna, steam room, reading nook, massage rooms, and 24-hour gym fitted with weights, rowing machine, and spin bike. The bright indoor space is anchored by a towering verdant green wall overlooking an open room that can be used for yoga or exercise classes.
The games room includes TVs and gaming consoles, poker, pool tables and table tennis, and there’s an 18-seat movie theatre with plush blue-velvet reclining seats to keep all ages entertained and engaged when not outdoors playing pickleball on the lodge’s court in summer or sledding on the property’s small toboggan hill in winter.
The lodge is reserved on a buy-out basis, so guests can experience complete privacy, serviced by in-house concierge, on-site staff, and exclusive access to its executive chef. Stays include European-style breakfasts, a stocked pantry of essential snacks and drinks, champagne-sabering welcome, use of all lodge and spa facilities, and access to a private driver in and around Whistler. Other services can be arranged for additional cost.
Photography by Claudia Laroye.