With so much to do in Whistler this summer, you will need more than a weekend to fit it all in. There, the longer you play, the more adventure you’ll find!
Pro Tip: try visiting midweek or during non-peak periods — when the resort is quieter, and there are more deals and value-add offers available.
Here are some activities to try during your extended stay in Whistler.
FOOD & DINING
Start your day off right by picking up some locally-made treats at Purebread. If you’re in town on a Sunday, head over to the Whistler Farmers’ Market to stock up on local produce and goodies.
When lunchtime hits, grab take-out from one of the Village’s cafés, bakeries, pubs and restaurants — such as Hunter Gather and Pizzeria Antico — and head over to Olympic Plaza for an outside picnic. For dessert, take a stroll through Creekside and grab a scoop of ice cream from Confetti Gelato.
Sip on Happy Hour cocktails at Four Seasons’ vintage patio camper. Then, for dinner, dine on an outdoor patio along the Village Stroll, or go for a different and unique dining experience at the Woodlands Rooftop, a pop-up summer restaurant on the Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s beautiful rooftop terrace.
Before you go, check out Whistler’s Doors Open Directory to see what businesses are open and to learn how they have modified their operations in response to COVID-19.
Savour summer while fine dining on a patio in Whistler Village. Photo: Justa Jeskova/Tourism Whistler.
ARTS & CULTURE
Explore Whistler’s past and present by getting lost in the stories told and experiences offered through the six unique cultural institutions along the Cultural Connector — which includes Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre, Lost Lake PassivHaus, Audain Art Museum, Maury Young Arts Centre, Whistler Museum, and Whistler Public Library.
Visit their websites to see what the current and upcoming exhibitions are and how you can book a private guided tour.
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
What is a trip to Whistler if you don’t take the time to breathe in the fresh air, explore wide open spaces, and admire the beautiful mountain scenery?
Rent a bike and cruise the Valley Trail, or cycle the Whistler Ale Trail to get a taste of Whistler’s craft beer scene. A hike to the spectacular, cascading Alexander Falls in the Callaghan Valley can’t be missed. If you like to explore the outdoors at night, immerse yourself at Vallea Lumina’s multimedia evening walk.
For an informative outdoor experience in nature, take an interpretive forest walk with the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre or view bears in their natural habitat on a wildlife viewing tour.
Feeling daring? Elevate your heart rate hiking the Ascent Trail to the top of Blackcomb Mountain, or take to the skies on a flightseeing tour.
Educate yourself on how to adventure responsibly when exploring Whistler.
Take time for your body and mind at Scandinave Spa. Photo: Justa Jeskova/Tourism Whistler.
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Whistler is the perfect place to treat yourself to some much-deserved wellness and self-care.
Pamper yourself with a pedicure treatment and a glass of champagne at The Spa at Nita Lake Lodge, where you also have access to their stunning mountain view rooftop hot tubs. Rejuvenate with hot and cold therapy at the soothing outdoor baths at Scandinave Spa Whistler, surrounded by woodland. For a more natural relaxation retreat, embark on DIY forest bathing amongst the ancient cedars.
As much as possible, arrive with a plan and make reservations in advance — this helps businesses prepare and it will ensure a more positive travel experience.
This summer, give yourself more time in Whistler. Planning a longer stay (and therefore staying into the week) allows you to truly connect with Whistler’s land, lore, community and culture. You’ll want to return back over and over again.
Before making your travel plans, please be sure to review the details of BC’s Restart Plan and the current travel restrictions in the province.
Stay up to date with Whistler’s COVID-19 information and resources for travellers.
For more travel information, visit whistler.com/summer.