Home to one of North America’s top-rated ski resorts, Whistler saw its popularity soar when it co-hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics with Vancouver. Here are some things to do in Whistler next time you’re in town.
This picturesque British Columbia mountain town of 12,000 attracts visitors year-round with a combination of thrilling outdoor activities and relaxing options in Whistler Village. This charming town has much more to offer than just a ski resort.
Whistler Blackcomb offers more than 8,000 acres of skiable terrain with close to 40 lifts and 200 runs. For a breathtaking bird’s-eye perspective, travel between the two mountains on the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola or go for a daring stroll on the 2018-opened Cloudraker Skybridge and Raven’s Eye Cliff Walk. Take biathlon lessons at the Whistler Olympic Park or a bobsleigh ride at the Whistler Sliding Centre. Snowboarding, snowmobiling, dog-sledding, tubing, heli-skiing, and cat-skiing are among the other winter thrills.
Four Seasons of Fun
Contrary to what many people think, Whistler isn’t a winter-only destination. You can vacation here any time of year and still have a long itinerary of things to do. In the summer, bear-watching, hiking, zip-lining, ATV tours, mountain biking, golfing, and axe-throwing are just some of Whistler’s most in-demand activities. If you’re a fan of fishing or want to pick up the sport, there are tons of rivers and lakes where you could practice your skills. If you love an adrenaline rush, try white water rafting or rock climbing. Year-round, relax in outdoor baths at the Scandinave Spa or immerse yourself in local native art, food, and legends at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre.
If you’re just not about the skiing or snowboarding life, or if you’re tired from hitting the slopes, the village is the perfect place to kick back and relax. No matter the season, the alleys and streets are lined with shops, cafes, and delicious eats. Dozens of Whistler Village restaurants serve West Coast cuisine and international dishes for every palate. Live music, patios, interactive exhibits, and more. Stroll around and see where the day takes you. And when the sun sets, you can hit up one of the many cocktail bars and brewpubs scattered around the village. You can wind down with some wine by a cozy fireplace, or, if you’re a party animal, Whistler Village can easily turn into a wild night out. Check out our Guide to Whistler Village for more information.
Although you won’t have a shortage of things to do in Whistler, you always have the option of quick day trips for a change of scenery. If you want to relax in some natural hot springs, there are few spots that are a short distance from Whistler. While you can drive to many of these locations, some of them require a bit of a hike or even snowshoes to reach. For beer lovers, the town of Squamish is less than an hour away. The craft beer scene here has really been blossoming, so you can have your pick from a variety of breweries and beer tours. And if you’re in the mood for a big city vibe, Vancouver is less than a two hour drive away. Check out our Vancouver Guide if you need ideas to fill up your itinerary.