Known globally for its snowboarding and skiing, Whistler in Canada is visited by approximately 2 million people each year. Canada’s most popular resort town both in winter and in summer, Whistler is for the adventure worshippers. Come wintertime, and you are free to indulge in snowboarding, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and winter ziplining. And during the summer months, Whistler tourism is all about hiking the alpine trails, experiencing the PEAK 2 PEAK gondola, and exploring all the lake and beach activities. Not up for any kind of adventure activities? Whistler in Canada also has a world-class dining scene and mellow indoor activities to take part in. So whether you are brave enough to do some pulse-pounding adventure or are in search of ultimate natural solace, here are some of the best places to visit in Whistler that you can’t ignore.
From Vancouver, Whistler Mountain is just a two-hour drive and the road passes through some of the most scenic areas of the country along the Sea-to-Sky Highway. Apart from being a popular ski resort, the area is also famous for its museums and scenic golf courses. So just set a trip and explore all these best places in Whistler in Canada for a memorable Canadian travel experience.
A ski resort located in Whistler in Canada, Whistler Blackcomb is the largest ski resort in North America. Whistler and Blackcomb are two different side-by-side mountains locating on the Whistler-Blackcomb Ski Resort and one can move between the two mountains by the Peak 2 Peak gondola lift which is again a stunning attraction of Whistler. It holds two world records. One for having the longest free span between ropeway towers (3.03 kilometers/1.88 miles) and the other one, for being the gondola with the highest point above the ground (436 meters/1,430 feet).
The total skiable terrain in this resort is more than 3,307 hectares and it has a total of 200 runs accessed by 37 lifts. With 5 gondolas, 2 high-speed six-pack chairlifts, and more, the resort also offers the longest ski season of any other resort in Canada. Enjoy skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobile trips in winter and come summertime, it transforms into a hiker’s den and also a place to indulge in mountain biking. Try whitewater rafting or canoeing in summer and relax in the evening while trying plenty of food and drink in the restaurants surrounding the town.
Located just at the foot of Whistler Blackcomb, Whistler Village is the place from where all the adventure begins. From cultural to culinary and from energetic to entertaining, it is the place with everything from museums to galleries to shops, and restaurants. Whether you visit Whistler in Canada during summer or winter, the village is always high on energy. Go on a sightseeing tour and visit the art galleries and museums or book a pamper session at a luxurious spa. The village has something or the other for the whole family and it is also the place to know and mingle with the local people too. Go for a stroll and explore all restaurants and bars one by one.
Whistler Olympic Plaza also locates here which turns into an ice skating rink in the winter and in the summer season, hosts many outdoor concert events. All the good lodging options are also located in the village. And it is also a fun place for the shopaholics as it is dotted with a mix of world-class and local shops selling everything from clothing items, art pieces to jewelry.
Lost Lake Park:
Head toward northeast from Whistler Village and you will reach this serene and tranquil lake that is hidden in the forest. A leisurely walk along the valley will take you to the lake and you are there to hike the many trails in the park and explore the beach in the summer. During winter, the park turns into an ideal spot for cross-country skiing, and the lake and the park, both are ideal places to soak in nature.
A perfect place for swimming, fishing, boating, hiking, and biking, the park boasts nearly 100 kilometers of hiking and biking trails. The main trail is a gravel path that winds through the park. There are trails of all difficulty levels and throughout the trails, there are many lookout points to stop and enjoy the stunning scenery of the surrounding valley and peaks.
The Lost Lake is ideal for swimming and boating and there is a grassy beach to sit for some time and relax. The park is a must-visit during your trip to Whistler in Canada and is a place to bike, hike or enjoy cross-country skiing in winter.
Whistler is home to some of the most mesmerizing waterfalls and Brandywine is perhaps the most popular among all. Conveniently located between Squamish and Whistler, the falls are the main attractions of the Brandywine Falls Provincial Park. The falls drop from a jaw-dropping height of 230 foot and the cliff face along which the falls drop is dreadfully abrupt. There is a viewing platform just opposite the falls so you get an impressive view of the gushing waterfalls and Daisy Lake.
The park also has many hiking and biking trails and they offer you pristine views throughout. The trails are dog and bike-friendly and the Whistler Bungee Bridge is also not too far. Brandywine Falls and the park, both of them are among the best attractions of Whistler in Canada.
Audain Art Museum:
The World famous resort of Whistler is not only famous as a ski resort. It is also capable of giving you a healthy dose of art when you visit this landmark art museum with priceless art collections. This 56,000 square foot art museum houses the private art collection of Michael Audain and is a place to witness a comprehensive collection of British Columbian art. The works include over two-dozen paintings done by Emily Carr, works done by Jeff Wall and Rodney Graham, and others.
Along with the art collection, the building’s architecture is also worth admiring. And the architecture firm, Patkau Architects deserve all the credits for that. Visiting this beautiful art gallery is surely one of the best things to do in Whistler in Canada.