Whistler is home to North America’s biggest Ski resort, Whistler Blackcomb. But other than ski and snowboard what else is does Whistler offer? Here are some of my favourite activities…

  • The Peak 2 Peak gondola

Ride the Guinness world record-breaking peak 2 peak gondola. Connecting whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, get a 360 view with mountains in every direction. Wait in line for the glass bottom gondolas to get a birds eye view of the valley below.

Looking slightly creepy on the Peak 2 Peak

  • Après

Relax at one of the many après spots. Some of my favourites are Longhorn Saloon at the base of Whistler, Merlin’s at the base of Blackcomb and Skiitour by Monster Energy at the GLC.

  • Coca Cola Tube Park

Located on Blackcomb Mountain, The tube park is fun for all ages. The tube park offers multiple lanes with a variety of sliding experiences. An adult ticket for the tube park is $23 CAD for 1-hour, or $31 CAD for 2 hours.

  • Ride The Peak Chair

Take the Peak Chair to the Peak of Whistler Mountain. Soak in the amazing views of black tusk and grab a photo with the Inukshuk!

  • Giant Snow Walls

During the summer months, Pika’s Traverse turns into a winter labyrinth. Blackcomb takes all the snow leftover from winter and carves it into giant snow walls. Take advantage of this unique hiking experience in the early summer months. The snow walls reach much bigger heights than the one featured in the below photo.

  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Cool off while Paddle Boarding your way through the calm Alta Lake. Rentals available through Backroads Whistler for $30 per board per hour, plus taxes.

  • Canoeing

If Stand Up Paddle Boarding isn’t your thing why not try canoeing? Canoe rentals are available through Backroads Whistler for $35 per boat per hour, plus taxes

  • Sea To Sky Gondola

Soar above the mountains on this 10-minute gondola ride. Located in Squamish, the Sea to Sky Gondola gives you breath-taking views of Howe Sound fjord. Once at the top, there are several hiking trails for different abilities.

  • Brewery Hop

Function Junction is home to Whistler’s Craft Brewery scene. Sample locally made beers at Whistler Brewing Co and Coast Mountain.

  • Brandywine Falls Provincial Park

Brandywine Falls is a magnificent waterfall just a 15 minute drive from Whistler. There are several viewing platforms available, or if you choose to, an unofficial hike. The hike down to the falls wasn’t overly difficult but it was definitely an adventure.

  • Nairn Falls Provincial Park

Located in Pemberton, just a short drive from Whistler, Nairn Falls is a relatively easy hike for all ages.

  • Alexander Falls Provincial Park

Located here in Whistler, there is no hike needed to view this waterfall. A short drive up to the Olympic Park will bring you to Alexander Falls. No hike required for this waterfall, but the parking lot is fairly small so may be full on busy days.

  • Shannon Falls Provincial Park 

Shannon falls is B.C’s third highest waterfall measuring 335 metres. This provincial park is a great place to have picnics during the summer. Shannon Falls is located in Squamish, next door to the Sea to Sky Gondola.

  • Visit a Ghost Town

The Ghost Town of Parkhurst is located just behind Green Lake in Whistler. A small logging town, originating in 1926, it was eventually abandoned in the 60’s. Although all but one of the original houses has collapsed, there are remnants of its’ past history everywhere.

  • Whistler Interpretive Forest

A great place to go for an easy hike, the Whistler Interpretive Forest has lots of hiking and biking trails. We stumbled upon this awesome waterfall during a stroll through the forest.

  • Whistler Train Wreck

One of Whistler’s most famous sites, the Whistler Train Wreck, is a group of railway cars that derailed in the 50’s. Now adorned with art & graffiti, the Train Wreck is a popular easy hike. Accessible from the parking lot of the Interpretive Forest.

  • Visit Whistler’s Oldest Trees

The Ancient Cedars trail, located just north of whistler, is a relatively easy to moderate hike. From the trail are some amazing views of the Showh Lakes. While hiking this trail we ran into a mountain grouse! Word of advice is to bring tons of bug spray. I got eaten alive at the Cedars, so much so that my head swelled and I grew a second forehead!

  • Fairmont Fridays

Every Friday, the Mallard Lounge in the Fairmont Chateau hosts a happy hour known to locals as “Fairmont Friday”. From 5:30pm to 6:30pm (times may vary), enjoy half price drinks and free appetizers. Make sure to get there early as this is very popular and seating fills up fast.

  • Squamish Lil Wat Cultural Centre

Take a tour through the Cultural Centre to get a first hand history of the Squamish & Lil Wat nations. The Cultural Centre houses First Nations pieces of art, history & culture. Tours are available hourly.

  • Audain Art Museum

The Audain Art Museum boasts collections of Northwest Coast First Nations art. They regularly have temporary exhibitions, most recently a pop art exhibition

  • Snowmobiling

If you’re lucky like me, you’ll have a fiancé who owns a snowmobile and can take you into the backcountry whenever you like.

If not, a good alternative is snowmobiling with Canadian Wilderness Adventures. I took a tour using this company last year and had the most fun I’ve ever had in the snow. We were in a group with women only, all with varying abilities. Our tour guide was fantastic and had us sliding down steep hills and riding faster than I ever have.

  • Fishing

Here’s something I never thought I’d enjoy! This past Summer I found my love of fishing. Having caught a fish on my very first cast and 5 more in the same day I was hooked. Whistler is a great place to fish, my 2 favourite places to fish here in Whistler are Nita Lake and Green Lake.

  • Hike To Cheakamus Lake

This past month I took a relatively easy hike to Cheakamus Lake, beautiful on a clear sunny day. This lake is hidden high in the mountains. You’ll need a car to access the hiking trail, which is most of the hard work done! On the hike into the lake, you’ll also pass some pretty amazing Cedar Trees.

  • Vallea Lumina

This spring an enchanting new light show experience was brought to Whistler’s Cougar Mountain. Vallea Lumina is a tour through the mountains that explores the trail of a secret valley. This experience is only available through the summer months through to Fall. Tickets are $29 CAD per adult and can be purchased through the official website.

  • Bear Spotting

One of the things Canada is famous for is its wildlife. I’d always wanted to see a bear in the wild, and it’s possible to see plenty in Whistler without having to pay for a tour. I personally don’t agree with bear spotting tours, and during the summer months, it’s possible to spot them by the side of the road. Please remember to respect the wildlife by not littering or getting too close

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