Things to do in Whistler

Things to do in  Whistler

Time to hit the slopes

Home to the largest ski area in North America, Whistler is a winter playground for skiers and snowboarders. However, the best things to do in Whistler go far beyond the slopes of the Whistler-Blackcomb Mountains. Outdoor experiences span every season and activity level, whether hiking Garibaldi Provincial Park, swimming in Green Lake, or taking in the views on a scenic Peak 2 Peak Gondola ride. Energetic nightlife keeps Whistler Village buzzing year-round, and ingredients from British Columbia farms and fisheries power its fine dining.

Top 15 attractions in Whistler

Whistler-Blackcomb Mountains

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The biggest ski resort in North America and mountain host of the 2010 Winter Olympics, Whistler-Blackcomb Mountains feature 8,171 acres (3,306 hectares) of terrain and over 200 trails. With lift-accessed mountain biking, hiking, and more in the spring, summer, and fall, Whistler-Blackcomb is a world-class resort year-round.More

Shannon Falls

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Tumbling 1,099 feet (335 meters) over granite framed by evergreen trees, Shannon Falls are a scenic highlight of the Sea-to-Sky Highway linking Vancouver to Pemberton. The hike to the falls from the parking lot is a beautiful way to get some fresh air and stretch your legs.More

Sea to Sky Highway

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This scenic stretch of British Columbia’s Highway 99 extends from Horseshoe Bay to Pemberton, an 83-mile (134-kilometer journey past Howe Sound, Squamish, and Whistler’s rugged peaks. It’s not just a pretty drive; with so many stops along the way you could spend a week exploring hiking trails, towering waterfalls, and the region’s First Nations cultures.More

Cheakamus River

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The turquoise-hued Cheakamus River—a popular spot for fishing and white-water rafting—runs alongside the Sea to Sky Highway. Beginning in Garibaldi Provincial Park, it flows for more than 40 miles (65 kilometers, rushing through swirling rapids as it narrows into the Cheakamus Canyon before joining the Squamish River at Cheekye.More

Britannia Mine Museum

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Once the British Empire’s biggest copper mine, the Britannia Mine’s tunnels, shafts, and structures are now preserved in an award-winning museum. Come to the Britannia Mine Museum to ride a train into a mine, pan for gold flakes, and learn about the lives of generations of miners who worked copper deposits at the edge of Howe Sound.More

Peak 2 Peak Gondola

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Gliding along the world’s longest unsupported span, Whistler’s Peak 2 Peak Gondola connects two side-by-side mountains—Whistler and Blackcomb—and is the longest and highest continuous lift of its kind. The gondola was built for skiers, snowboarders, hikers, and sightseers alike to travel between the two internationally renowned snow- and sun-sport wonderlands. With incomparable views of the surrounding peaks, you’ll get some of the freshest mountain air and most spectacular vistas in all of British Columbia.More

Brandywine Falls

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Streaming a sheer 230 feet (70 meters) from a rock ledge, dramatic Brandywine Falls is a sight in any season. Lucky for visitors, a short trail and viewing platform make getting to the falls a breeze, and the they aren’t the only reason to visit this provincial park, which is home to jewel-like lakes, lush forests, and rare frogs.More

Squamish Adventure Centre

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With its Douglas fir features and a curved roof that resembles a bald eagle in flight, the striking design of the Squamish Adventure Centre references its surroundings. The center is a hub for visitors to the area, offering information on outdoor activities in Squamish and views of the imposing granite dome of the Stawamus Chief.More

Garibaldi Provincial Park

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British Columbia’s spectacular Coast Range is home to numerous glacier-covered peaks. Visitors to Garibaldi Provincial Park will find trails that lead to backcountry lakes, campgrounds, and forests that are near the towns of Squamish and Whistler. The most famous peak in the park is Black Tusk, a pinnacle of volcanic rock that juts skyward.More

Green Lake

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Just north of Whistler Village, Green Lake—named for its vibrant emerald hue—is a popular recreation area for activities such as canoeing, kayaking, and paddleboarding. The glacier-fed lake, surrounded by mountains, makes for a great picnic spot too. It’s also a landing zone for seaplanes, which connect Whistler to Vancouver and Victoria.More

Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Center (SLCC)

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Learn about the culture and heritage of the Squamish Nation and the Lil’wat Nation at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Center (SLCC). Located in Whistler Village, this award-winning, immersive center showcases the art, history, and culture of both nations through exhibits, stories, arts, crafts, performances, films, and interactive activities.More

Whistler Mountain Bike Park

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Considered by many to be the best mountain bike park in the world, Whistler Mountain Bike Park features over 60 trails covering 124 miles (200 kilometers) and nearly 5,000 feet (1,524 meters) of lift-serviced vertical. With four separate zones and five skills centers, there’s something for mountain bike riders of every ability level.More

Audain Art Museum

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Explore the artwork of British Columbia from the 18th century to the present day at Audain Art Museum. Head to Whistler to see the museum's permanent collection of works from some of Canada’s most celebrated artists, including First Nations artists, as well as visiting exhibitions from around the world.More
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Whistler Olympic Park

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Kick and glide through 56 miles (90 kilometers of trails at the Whistler Olympic Park in Callaghan Valley—the location of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games’ Nordic events. The trails are now a winter playground for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, and biathlon; and visitors can stop by to check out the Olympic facilities.More
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Fitzsimmons Creek

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Originating in Garibaldi Provincial Park, this glacier-fed creek courses through the valley between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, where it’s visible from the Peak 2 Peak Gondola. The creek then flows between Whistler Village and Upper Village, tumbling alongside Rebagliati Park before emptying into the aquamarine-hued Green Lake.More

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All about Whistler

When to visit

Avoiding peak ski season is a win-win for visitors as you’ll experience fewer crowds, shorter lines at the ski lifts, and cheaper rates at Whistler’s resorts. Hit the slopes in November or early December before the holiday season kicks off, or come later in February or March for some of the best snow. Whistler isn’t only a cold-weather town—summer (June through August) affords plenty of ways to get outdoors, from hiking and mountain biking to swimming in the lakes.

Getting around

Whistler’s hotels, ski lifts, and restaurants are all accessible on foot along the pedestrianized Village Stroll, or you can hop on the seasonal shuttles for a free ride to the ski lifts and parks. Car-free transport is actively encouraged in this outdoors town, and more than 28 miles (45 kilometers) of paved walking and cycling trails lead the way to Whistler’s neighborhoods, lakes, and parks. If you need a break from walking, 24-hour taxis and ride-shares are also available.

Traveler tips

Whistler gets busy in peak season, and there can be wait times of up to an hour for the ski lifts. To avoid the crowds, get up early—the slopes open at 7am for Fresh Tracks ticket holders—or keep an eye on the lightboard throughout the day and steer clear of the busiest runs. For a mid-session sugar rush, it doesn’t get better than the Belgian waffles at the Crystal Hut, served with a view over the slopes.

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Many travelers plan a day trip to Whistler from Vancouver. On a single day, travelers can take in the scenery, shop in the village, ride the gondola, or hike to see a waterfall. In winter, Whistler is known for skiing, while summer brings mountain biking and swimming.

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What is there to do in Whistler in the summer?

Whistler in summer is all about outdoor activities. Go for a scenic drive, ride the gondola for mountain views, or hike to see a waterfall. Other fun things to do include swimming at a watering hole, renting a bike for a ride, or connecting with nature on a camping trip.

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Some travelers spend a single day in Whistler, and a day trip provides a good introduction to the natural beauty of the area. But Whistler has more to offer and can easily entertain tourists for two, three days, or longer with its plentiful outdoor activities and landmarks such as Brandywine Falls.

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What to do in Whistler if you're not skiing?

Whistler offers plenty to do if you’re not skiing. In winter, visitors shop in the village, ride the gondola for mountain views, and indulge in the local spa scene. Other local landmarks worth checking out include the Audain Art Museum and the Whistler Museum.

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Is Whistler a party town?

Yes. Whistler has a reputation for nightlife. It is known for a lively après-ski culture in winter and vibrant nightlife in summer. Any time of year, happy hour is popular with visitors, though there are also bars and venues for live music and dancing as the night goes on.

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