Whistler is a small community which serves Whistler-Blackcomb, the largest ski resort in Canada. The resort has become even more popular since it was used for the alpine events in the 2010 Winter Olympics. Many people assume the mountains are part of the Rockies, but this is incorrect. Instead, Whistler and Blackcomb are two individual mountains that sit adjacent to each other in British Columbia. Skiing and other winter activities are the first association people have with Whistler, but in the summer there is opportunity for camping, hiking and outdoor recreation.Whistler is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts and those looking for an active vacation. Hikers, campers, skiers and snowshoers, for example, will all enjoy the fabulous facilities and stunning scenery of Whistler
Things to do in Whistler
Skiing: Downhill and Alpine
Skiing is the reason why Whistler exists, so this activity really goes without saying. Downhill slopes, including back country areas, are some of the best in the world and part of professional circuits. Cross country skiing along the paths is a relaxing and healthy way to take in the scenic resort town and surrounding countryside.
Peak 2 Peak Gondola
The Peak 2 Peak Gondola takes summer and winter visitors between the Roundhouse and Rendezvous Lodges. During the four kilometer ride, which takes 11 minutes to complete, you can get a scenic view of the glacial landscape, mount peaks and low valleys. At the end, skiers arrive at the start of the trail system, and summer visitors can take any of the hiking paths to further explore the area. Bring a camera; you’ll definitely want to captures each stunning image.
The Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre
Before British colonists came to the west coast, many first nations’ tribes lived here. The culture of these original inhabitants is still alive today. Visitors to the area are encouraged to take a trip to the excellent cultural friendship centre to learn more about the Indigenous people and their traditions.
If you ever wondered how it would feel to be a bird, taking a zip line tour over the forests and mountains is a great way to experience flights. Different companies offer ziplining packages, and they all guarantee an exciting, unforgettable experience.
Getting to and around
Vancouver International Airport is the nearest gateway. A shuttle between Whistler and Vancouver is provided on a regular basis by Pacific Coach. The coach is a comfortable and efficient means of transit and offers free Wi-Fi to its passengers. Door-to-door service is available for major hotels.
No car is required to get around the resort town, as busses, cycling paths and taxis all service the towns. In Whistler Village, just outside of the resort town itself, cars are not permitted. The best way to travel in Whistler is the economical and efficient bus service.
Pick the time right!
Tourists visit Whistler in Winter
This depends on your reason for visiting. Skiers and those pursuing similar snow-based activities will need to go in winter; campers and hikers should go late spring to early fall in order to get the best weather.