Things to do in Whistler, British Columbia
Located in the spectacular Coast Mountains of British Columbia just two hours north of Vancouver, Whistler is Canada’s favorite year-round destination. It’s a scenic drive from Vancouver to Whistler along the Sea to Sky Highway. Rail and air are other transport options available to reach Whistler from Vancouver.
Wild and beautiful, Whistler BC waits to welcome visitors to explore its natural beauty. Winters are full of snow and the surrounding mountains make this the perfect destination for skiing, snowboarding and other Nordic sports. Golf, hiking, mountain biking and zip-line runs attract nature enthusiast, during warmer months, to enjoy all of the scenery and fresh mountain air.
Winter or summer, the Peak2Peak Gondola offers riders vistas of the Blackcomb mountains and the glacial peaks. Leaving from Whistler’s Roundhouse Lodge, this ride is great for winter skiers looking to try several slopes. The ride is 4.4 km but is connected to the longest continuous lift system in the world. Visitors can enjoy over 8,000 acres of winter and summer fun.
Be sure to take your bike and try out Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Here people with any skill level can enjoy a day on the trails. Easy, smooth paths wind through the forest. See the forest up close on these trails. Or- if you prefer, get on your full gear and head out to the steep, sheer slopes of rock for some heart-pounding adventures. Trails with jumps, ramps bridges wait to test the skills of those willing to try them.
Those who want to experience the culture of the locals should take a trip to the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Center. Here take a guided tour by First Nation ambassadors. See the displays while hearing the stories from the guides about their people and way of life. Get to learn hands-on crafts. The museum is designed like a Lil’wat Istken (a pit house). With the mountains surrounding it, this is the perfect place to learn about the people who made up Whistler.
Hotels and Restaurants
Rainbow Mountains is the ultimate adventure for very fit, backcountry skiers. Accessible by only two extremely difficult mountain paths or by helicopter, this is the best place to find isolated, quiet stretches of untouched powder. Be sure to know the avalanche procedures and cautions before venturing into this area.
When all of the activities have you ready for a good supper and a nice bed, there are many places to choose from. First Tracks Lodge has anything from a single room to a whole apartment. Pools, hot tubs and a nearby Starbucks will all help you to unwind after a long day. There are luxury resorts and boutique hotels and condos and townhouses- any kind of accommodations your family will need are available here in the lovely pedestrian-only Whistler village or in the surrounding mountains. Tripadvisor lists following hotels among Travellers’ Choice Winner : Four Seasons Resort and Residences, Nita Lake Lodge, Pan Pacific Whistler Village Center and Legends.
Have a sumptuous dinner at Rim Rock Café and Oyster Bar. Enjoy fresh halibut and save some room for the sticky pudding. Or try some ‘peaked’ pie at Peaked Pies. Here, delicious meat pies are ‘peaked’ with mashed potatoes and gravy for a fantastic ‘stick-to-your-ribs’ meal. Top off your meal with a hot cup of coffee from Blenz Coffee and a pastry from Purebread.
When the night is finished relax in your room and plan what other adventures you can expect in beautiful Whistler, British Columbia.