Tucked away in the Rocky Mountains along Canada’s west coast, 120 kilometres north of Vancouver, is Whistler, one of Canada’s premium all-year tourist towns. Famous for its ski season and mountain lifestyle, the popular village attracts a wide variety of visitors who are looking for an iconic Canadian experience. Keep reading to discover 7 wonderful things to do in Whistler and where to stay on your next vacation to the Canadian Rockies.
Top Things To Do In Whistler
1. Soak your cares away in an outdoor hot hub
Is there anything better than an outdoor hot tub during snowfall? If this is the kind of holiday activity that resonates with your to-do list, head straight to Scandinave Spa. Once in your best bathing suit, wander outside under towering evergreens blanketed with snow. Inhale the smell of fresh wood, pine needles, and invigorating essential oils as you meander in and out of soothing hot tubs, dry saunas, and hydrating steam rooms. In true European fashion, plunge yourself into a cold pool (or snow drift) to increase your heart rate and release your body’s endorphins. It’s common for hotels in the mountains to offer hot tubs and spa treatment too. At the Nita Lake Lodge, a boutique and quaint holiday accommodation in Whistler, their award-winning spa is sure to pamper the stress away. Unwind in the rooftop hot tubs or during a hot stone massage or cleansing facial. You’ll feel so good after that you might never want to leave!
2. Eat, drink, and be merry
When you’re looking for stuff to do in Whistler, naturally, food will be a top priority and this mountain town delivers some good eats (and great craft beer). Trending in popularity is Hunter Gather, a casual and sophisticated gastropub famous for their smoked meats and abundance of tap beer. Another brewpub worth visiting is The Brewhouse, located beside the Olympic Rings. This is a staple hang-out in Whistler Village and a great place to get cozy with a few pints and some delicious hot pizza. If fine dining is more your style, book a table at the locally loved Araxi Restaurant and Oyster Bar. Executive Chef James Walt serves up land and sea specialities like Nova Scotia Lobster, Wild BC Salmon, Pepper Crusted Venison Loin, and of course, a wide variety of fresh oysters.
3. Visit Whistler Olympic Park
Every Whistler holiday to-do list needs to include a visit to Whistler Olympic Park. It’s where they held the Winter Olympic competition in 2010 and today it’s a place of great snow-filled fun. The hills and ski trails in this part of the Callaghan Valley are stunning and inviting. Popular activities include snowshoeing, biathlon, tobogganing and cross-country skiing. If you’re looking for something a bit more blood-pumping, go for a joyful ride on the public bobsleigh or luge at the Whistler Sliding Centre.
4. Embrace your inner flying fox
For a unique and fun way to see and experience the woods and mountains, try a zip-line tour with Ziptrek. Imagine flying securely over the treetops of Canada’s longest zip-line called The Sasquatch, an exhilarating flying fox more than two kilometres long! And if zip-lining isn’t for you, no problem. They have treetop walks that take you over boardwalks and suspension bridges.Find Cheap Flights to Whistler
5. Discover all things arty and cultural
When you’re looking for what to do in Whistler BC, try combining experience with education and cultural insights. The Audain Art Museum is a stylish addition to the Whistler entertainment and cultural scene. Stroll through their permanent collection of nearly 200 works of art that they call a “visual journey through the history of art from coastal British Columbia.” The collection includes a large number of works by Canadian artist and writer, Emily Carr. Not far away is the renowned Squamish-Lil’wat Cultural Centre, another beautiful space that illustrates the history of BC’s First Nations. Check their website for a schedule of events and performances.
6. Snow much fun in Whistler
Whistler-Blackcomb is surprisingly easy to ski, even for a newbie. If you’re new to the ski scene, sign up for ski or snowboard lessons and before you know it, you’ll be heading up the chairlifts with the cool kids. There are plenty of easy runs on both Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, some offering amazing insta-worthy views from the top. If you want to play in the snow without the commitment to gaining a new skill, head straight to the Coca Cola Tube Park at Blackcomb for hours of laughter and sliding fun. And for the super adventurous, a snowmobile tour is a pretty cool way to experience the mountains of British Columbia.
7. Get lost and found at Lost Lake
Lost Lake Park is one of Whistler’s hiking and biking hotspots. It’s an easy 15-minute walk from Whistler Village but there’s also a free shuttle during the summer months. Pack a picnic, towels and bathing suits for a day of nature exploration, swimming and fun in the sun. In the winter, the trails around Lost Lake are reserved for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
Where to Stay in Whistler
Embarc Resort, formerly known as Club Intrawest, is an exceptional and stylish hotel located minutes away from Blackcomb Mountain. The Fairmont Chateau Whistler combines great history with classic design and elegance. The Westin Resort and Spa is a short walk from the ski lifts and Whistler Golf Club. ResortQuest offers affordable accommodation within a stone’s throw to all the best things to do in Whistler.
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