Top 10 Things to do in Whistler, Canada

January 29, 2018 Kaleigh Reichenbach

Whistler, British Columbia, is a short trip from Vancouver by road or air. The stunning landscape, pedestrian-only Village and genuine, down-to-earth mountain culture make Whistler an unforgettable year-round destination. Winters provide reliable snow for skiing, snowboarding and Nordic sports while golf, mountain biking and hiking fill the warmer months. Festivals, spas, restaurants and bars combine with endless outdoor activities to make Whistler the ultimate place to escape and unwind.
Restaurants in Whistler

1. Whistler Mountain Bike ParkOfficial Whistler Tourism OfficeAdrenaline Adventures

4545 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B4, Canada +1 866-218-9690
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5 based on 476 reviews

Whistler Mountain Bike ParkOfficial Whistler Tourism OfficeAdrenaline Adventures

Whistler Mountain Bike Park has something for every level of rider. Gentle, banked cruisers through the Coastal forest. Tight and twisty single track - perfect for intermediate riders. For the armour clad, full face wearing, 50lb. bike group there are steep rock faces, gnarly, root strewn lines, drop offs of all descriptions and more.

Reviewed By Jeff W - Corpus Christi, Texas

They take their bikes up the lift chair then come up on another chair. We could not see what they were doing up high on the mountain but there were very cool trails the bikers road down the mountain. It looks like it is one of the main attractions at Whistler in the summer months. You could tell the bikers thrive on doing this and there were bikers all over Whistler doing this every day. It looked like a total blast.

2. Whistler Sliding CentreOfficial Whistler Tourism OfficeWinter Adrenaline Adventures

4910 Glacier Lane, Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B4, Canada +1 604-964-0040
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5 based on 469 reviews

Whistler Sliding CentreOfficial Whistler Tourism OfficeWinter Adrenaline Adventures

The non-profit Whistler Sliding Centre is home to the fastest ice track in the world. Since hosting the bobsleigh, skeleton and luge competitions of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, the venue continues to grow sport as an active training and competition site. Visitors can experience the action first-hand with passenger bobsleigh (winter and summer) and skeleton rides (winter only) down parts of the 1,450 meter-long ice track. All proceeds from public programs go directly towards sport, and make training affordable for the athletes. Public Bobsleigh and Skeleton programs on ice will resume December 16, 2017 until April 1, 2018. Summer Bobsleigh on wheels will run again from late June until September 2018. Year-round, visitors can access the Whistler Sliding Centre's public areas for Sightseeing daily from 9am until 5pm (except public holidays). Don't miss the free interpretive walk and learn about the venue and the sports! Site access is not permitted outside these hours.

Reviewed By justatravellinman - Burlington, Canada

This was everything we had hoped it would be!! Our entire sledding experience was about 2 hours and was super informative, entertaining, and exciting from start to finish. While locating the actual venue was a bit challenging (though it is in the fine print of the docs you will receive) once we arrived we were well taken care of and knew what to expect each step of the way.
After a 20 minute info / safety session (and after the first group of 9 were driven up the hill) the rest of the group headed into the track area to watch the first sleds roar down this amazing track. Loved that they called the rider names and times of each sled (30 sleds in all our day!) and we are able to view the times and placing of each sled.
When it was our time, we were driven to the top for another brief safety briefing and we got to meet our pilot who was super engaging. While I had no idea how these sleds actually got back up the mountain, I was surprised to see that they are simply loaded onto the back of a truck and driven up.....who knew!!
The slide itself was an adrenaline rush!! We clocked in at 126 KPH and finished in second place for the day!! Despite the total time being just over 40 seconds.......it felt like longer.....with each corner I was sure it was the last corner because we were going SOOO fast.....but no, as soon as \I thought we were done we were into another corner! That final corner (thunderbird at 77 MPH) is where you will hit your greatest G's for about 4 seconds..........this is when you will actually appreciate the fact that the ride is over..... :) I just cannot believe that athletes do this for a loving!! :)
Book it and go - it's a thrill and the anticipation will actually be harder on you than the ride itself.....

3. Peak 2 Peak GondolaOfficial Whistler Tourism OfficeWinter Adrenaline Adventures

4545 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B4, Canada +1 888-403-4727
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4.5 based on 7 reviews

Peak 2 Peak GondolaOfficial Whistler Tourism OfficeWinter Adrenaline Adventures

The PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola travels 4.4 kilometres in just 11 minutes, transporting winter and summer guests from Whistler’s Roundhouse Lodge to the Rendezvous Lodge on Blackcomb Mountain. Skiers and riders have the opportunity to easily take advantage of 8,171 acres of terrain via the world's longest continuous lift system. The adventure for summer visitors includes spectacular views of glaciers and peaks as well as access to an expanded hiking trail network on both Mountains.

Reviewed By sbizzle - london

We took the P2P to get onto Blackcomb to ski, and this ride alone makes the price of the ski ticket worthwhile! It’s sensational even in poor weather. Must be amazing when the sun is out and there is less cloud. We marvelled at how the 3km distance from tower to tower was ever run with the cable, of which there is 9km apparently! According to a YouTube video- helicopters!
It’s a blissful lift and one we will repeat.

4. Audain Art MuseumOfficial Whistler Tourism OfficeArts and Culture

4350 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B4, Canada +1 604-962-0413
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4.5 based on 206 reviews

Audain Art MuseumOfficial Whistler Tourism OfficeArts and Culture

Experience the art of British Columbia, from the traditional works of the province's First Peoples through to its contemporary masters, in one of Canada's most treasured Wilderness destinations. Admission is always free for children 18 and younger.

Reviewed By Drew K - Saint Louis, Missouri, United States

On a rainy day break from the slopes, my fiancee and I visited the relatively new art gallery in Whistler village. It displays a fine collection of 19th century folk art from the First Nations people of the BC coast and Coastal Mountains. It features two galleries of local 20th century artists highlighting the same region. We also visited a temporary gallery of art work inspired by the three Canadian mountain regions, the Coastal and Rocky Mountains and the eastern Mountains.

5. Whistler Public Library

4329 Main St, Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B4, Canada +1 604-935-8433
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4.5 based on 197 reviews

Whistler Public Library

Reviewed By Teresa H - Texada Island, Canada

A very lovely open air building with a very extensive collection of books. IF you have a BC library card you can take out and return to your home town. Staff is very helpful.

6. Whistler Valley TrailOfficial Whistler Tourism OfficeRejuvenation Escapes

Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B0, Canada +1 800-944-7853
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4.5 based on 220 reviews

Whistler Valley TrailOfficial Whistler Tourism OfficeRejuvenation Escapes

Reviewed By Teresa H - Texada Island, Canada

This trail is either paved with a centre lane or hardpack gravel making a very easy ride. There are some minor hilly sections, but nothing to speak of, especially if you are a mountain biker. We enjoyed the leisurely pace. The trail was not busy. We did find some intersections around Lost Lake a tad confusing as the maps did not show the Valley trail, only xcountry ski trails. We met hikers who were very frustrated as they said they were going around in circles and wish they had bikes as they were out far too long.
We went towards green lake and Rainbow park before going back along the golf course gently rolling hills. To go around Alta Lake you have to go on the shoulder of the back road, not busy. In the village centre, walk your bikes, but the bike path goes all around the village.

7. Squamish Lil'wat Cultural CentreOfficial Whistler Tourism OfficeArts and Culture

4584 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B0, Canada +1 866-441-7522
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4.5 based on 794 reviews

Squamish Lil'wat Cultural CentreOfficial Whistler Tourism OfficeArts and Culture

The Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre is a three-storey, 30,400-square foot award-winning First Nations tourism facility. Guests are offered a guided tour from a local First Nation cultural ambassador who share their knowledge and stories while visiting the many displays and artifacts on display. Guests enjoy a cultural performance of drums and song as well as the chance to learn, hands-on, an indigenous craft. The facility is designed to evoke a traditional Squamish longhouse and a Lil'wat Istken (pit house) and is surrounded by dramatic mountain scenery. Designed to preserve and renew local First Nations' cultures and to share these living cultures with the world; the experience includes Class A museum space to house rare artifacts, a gift gallery, a cafe and an 80 seat HD theatre.

Reviewed By Lesley Y - Ipswich, United Kingdom

A wonderful place to visit and find out about the native peoples of the region. Informative guides, welcoming staff, lovely gift shop and cafe. Thanks guys!

8. Peak to Creek

3379 Lakeside Rd, Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B3, Canada +1 604-932-9893
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4.5 based on 136 reviews

Peak to Creek

Reviewed By ReallyBadHat

Home of the Peak to Creek race, the longest run in resort and a huge Whistler tradition.
Beautiful on a sunny day, ideal if it’s been groomed, great views and a long cruising run to Creekside and the promise of lunch in Dusty’s.
We made the run twice, once was great the second was marginal due to mist and poor visibility.
Great for high speed cruising is it’s been groomed.

9. Brandywine Falls Provincial Park

Highway 99, Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1H0, Canada +1 604-986-9371
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4.5 based on 521 reviews

Brandywine Falls Provincial Park

Reviewed By Marty B - Jensen Beach, Florida

A local recommended seeing Brandywine Falls. It is a good 7 miles/ 11kilomenters drive south of Whistler along the Sea and Sky Road, route 99. It is easily missed while coming into Whistler.
The one and half kilometer re-done trail is a nice walk. A beautiful valley unfolds with the 70 meter/230 foot Brandywine Falls to one side.
The ambiance is exceptional. In the distance you can actually spot Daisy Lake. The highly recommended experience may take you thirty worthwhile minutes.
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10. The Whistler Train Wreck Trail

Alpha Lake Rd, Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B1, Canada +1 604-932-5535
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4.5 based on 222 reviews

The Whistler Train Wreck Trail

A long-time favourite among hikers and mountain bikers, Train Wreck features graffiti train cars and spectacular views of Cheakamus River. The trail was built many decades ago. The Resort Municipality of Whistler's new pedestrian bridge creates a safe, legal access point. The bridge connects Train Wreck to the Sea to Sky trail, which is part of the Trans Canada Trail. Associated trail connections have also been built on either side of the bridge. The Train Wreck suspension bridge can be accessed off Jane Lakes Road in the Cheakamus Crossing neighbourhood at the south end of Whistler from two locations: the multi-use Single Track "Trash" trail or the double track Sea to Sky trail

Reviewed By T55MCS - Bedfordshire

This isn't a super strenuous hike, you need about 1.5 hours to complete it if you are setting out from Function Junction. The trickiest part is finding the trailhead, and we had a few false starts before we found the correct trail. If you're walking from the bus stop at Function, cross the Highway and follow Cheakamus Lake Road for about 1km, then take a right on to Legacy Way, and very soon another right onto Jane Lakes Road. About 1.5km along you'll find the Train Wreck Trail Trailhead on the right side of the road, there's a marker post. If you're in a car you can park in a small lot on Jane Lakes Road just beyond the trailhead.
The trail is very well maintained and passes through beautiful old growth forest, a suspension bridge was constructed in 2016 to river. Once you reach the bridge, you'll see what remains of the train wreck in the forest beyond. There are several carriages scattered amongst the trees and over time the forest has regrown around them.
Famous for the graffiti which has been created by a succession of artists over the years, it's really worth exploring the area and enjoying the atmosphere. Well worth the effort, and remember to take your litter home with you.

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