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Whistler: Top Things To Do Any Time of the Year

by Penny Sadler

 

Whistler is among Canada’s best known and most beautiful regions for outdoor sports. It’s a world-class resort known for snow skiing, but if you can’t visit in the winter, don’t worry—Whistler has you covered. it is truly an outdoor playground at any time of year.

Whistler Village is located at the epicenter of the 8,000 square foot resort area. Base yourself in the village, where you can choose from a large selection of unique accommodations. Do you fancy staying in a traditional log cabin? With a Whistler luxury village rental, you can! By staying in the village, you’ll also have easy access to restaurants, bars, shopping, and galleries. Bonus: the village is pedestrian-friendly. 

 

 Top Things To Do Any Time of the Year

Check Out Whistler Village

Whistler Village is at the base of two towering mountains, Blackcomb and Whistler. The village is divided into sections connected by walkways and the Valley Trail. What is the Valley Trail? It is simply the pathway connecting the villages with parks, like Lost Lake Park, only minutes from Whistler Village. In the winter months, the ample trails provide opportunities for cross country skiing and snowshoeing; in warmer months, walking them is simply a peaceful way to connect with nature and take in the spectacular views all around you. 

Whistler Village in the summer

Winter transforms the village into a wonderland – an especially magical time for families traveling with younger children. Snap photographs, stroll the streets and check out the town’s ice skating rink. Be sure to stop in one of the many cafes and order a hot chocolate next to a cozy fire.

Love arts and culture? Walk the new Cultural Connector, a trail through Whistler Village that makes it easy to discover the burgeoning arts and culture scene. 

Don’t miss the Whistler Peak To Peak 360 Gondola Experience

Stretching between  Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, the Peak 2 Peak gondola is a favorite attraction, any time of year. While you will enjoy the breathtaking views from the gondola, the experience is not over once you reach the mountain top. There’s mountaintop dining, tours, hiking, and Olympic Games display inside the Roundhouse. In 2020 you ‘ll be able to access the new Cloudraker Skybride and Raven’s Eye Cliff Walk. The suspension bridge spans 130 meters and the Raven’s Eye Cliff Walk has a 360-degree view of Whistler Mountain. That’s definitely on my bucket list

Whistler is a fabulous outdoor destination no matter the time of year.

Experience the legacy of the Olympics

Whistler hosted the Winter Olympics in 2010.  Almost a decade later, the town still proudly presents the spirit of the Olympics to all the visitors.  The Olympic Park remains open to the public and competitive athletes still train here. If you’re lucky, you might see them practicing the ski jump and snowboarding in the park. There are many different tour options: e-bike, hike, or self-guided or with a local guide, which I would recommend. There’s a lot to see! 

Explore Whistler Olympic Park’s history and legacy from the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games by reading the interpretive signage and exploring the new exhibit. Take a photo as you visit the Olympic cross-country stadium, the biathlon range, the majestic ski jumps and the Olympic Rings

If you love adventure activities, don’t miss the Whistler Sliding Center, the fastest ice track in the world! You can experience the bobsled year-round with a professional. And lest you think this can’t be very fast, well, is 90 miles per hour fast enough for you?

 

Hiking Trails on Blackcomb Mountain

Take a Day Trip to Alexander Falls

Alexander Falls is easily the highest waterfall in Whistler. It rises 140 feet before it tumbles down into an attractive pool below. The falls are located only fourteen miles from Whistler Village, but you’ll need a car to access them.

Before you set out to see the falls, be sure to check for road closures, especially in the winter months.  You’ll also want to keep your eyes open for the local wildlife, like grizzly bears, which often roam in the forest. While it’s unlikely that you’ll come face-to-face with a grizzly, do not bring any food with you when you’re hiking the area.

 

Whistler Top Things to do any time of the year

Whistler Olympic Village. British Columbia. Canada.

There you have it, my top tips for enjoying Whistler any time of the year!

Whistler is a resort that everyone can enjoy whether you like skiing or not. You can enjoy the attractive village or ride the Peak 2 Gondola.  If you visit in the warmer months, hit some of the trails or take a day trip.  It’s easy to have an adventure in Whistler, any time of year.  

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2 comments

lisa October 6, 2019 at 10:18 am

It really looks like a beautiful place to visit. thank you for the idea!

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Penny Sadler October 6, 2019 at 4:29 pm

Yes, spectacular!

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