Nestled just north of Vancouver, the picturesque mountainside town of Whistler in British Columbia is home to bountiful wilderness, exhilarating outdoor activities, luxurious accommodation and sophisticated bars and restaurants. Whether you are a snow-sport enthusiast or simply want to take in the clean mountain air and stunning views, there are a number of reasons to discover this dramatic landscape for yourself.
Follow our helpful guide to Canada’s west and discover the wonders that await your arrival in Whistler.
1. Savour the scenery on the Sea to Sky Highway
Make your way north through to the mountains via Highway 99, otherwise known as the Sea-to-Sky Highway. True to its name, this spectacular scenic journey begins in British Columbia’s harbour-side capital and winds its way two hours north to Whistler, with uninterrupted views of snow-covered cliff sides, cascading waterfalls and sparkling ice fields along the way.
2. Be suspended between two world-famous mountains
Enjoy the scenery from sky level on a Peak 2 Peak Gondola Ride. This four kilometre elevated expedition spans a snowy chasm between the region’s most recognisable summits: Blackcomb and Whistler. As you ascend, you will be spoiled with superb views of the area’s distinct landscape, from striking alpine lakes and snow-filled valleys to soaring pine trees and rocky mountain passes.
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3. Take a stroll down the walkways of Whistler Village
Experience the unique atmosphere of Whistler Village, a charming township nestled at the feet of the region’s mightiest mountains. This pedestrian-only centre is a favourite amongst locals and travellers alike; the perfect place to enjoy a spot of shopping along the promenade or people watch from the comfort of a welcoming café.
4. Spend a day exploring the slopes
Renowned for being a winter wonderland, Whistler is one of the best places in the world to try your hand at snow sports. From cross-country and alpine skiing to snowboarding, sledding and snowshoeing, everyone can play amongst the powder atop the area’s snowy peaks.
5. Bite into a beavertail
Tempt your taste buds with an unexpected Canadian delicacy. Flat and round in appearance like the tail of the animal from which they glean their name, these hand-rolled pastries are served warm with tantalising toppings, including freshly sprinkled cinnamon sugar, warm baked apples, creamy maple butter and decadent chocolate.
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6. Skate on local lakes and outdoor rinks
Join in Canada’s most popular winter activity and choose from skating at the National Hockey League (NHL) sized indoor rink at Meadow Park Sports Centre or Whistler Olympic Plaza that transforms into a massive outdoor rink every winter season. For skating on natural ice that are essentially frozen lakes, always make sure the ice thickness is at least 6 inches thick, just to be safe!
7. Unwind with comfort food and craft beers
Experience one of Whistler’s must-visit landmarks at Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub and Patio – a family favourite famous for their daily live music, a selection of their own craft beers, and hearty pub food like Guinness Burger and Fish and Chips made with Pale-ale battered North Pacific cod. You can also choose to people-watch on their new outdoor patio with a fire-feature, and enjoy the crisp mountain air.
8. Find one-of-a-kind treasures at Function Junction
Enjoy a change of pace from Whistler’s foot-friendly village at Function Junction. This fascinating cultural hub is bursting with boutiques, art galleries, providores and pastry shops, making it a premier destination for retail indulgence when taking a break from the snow.
9. Wine and dine 6,000 feet above sea level
For a true taste of Canada’s west, venture to Christine’s – a superb mountain top restaurant serving locally sourced, seasonally inspired meals alongside flights of regional and international wines.
Image credit: Whistler Blackcomb
10. Witness another side of Whistler’s snowy mountains
Once you have experienced Whistler’s winter-time charms, plan a second stay to enjoy this spectacular region in the summer months, when the warming sun reveals peaceful walking trails, rugged mountain bike tracks and serene lakes, perfect for paddle boarding, canoeing and kayaking.
Experience the best of Whistler’s magnificent wilderness while you enjoy the comforts of our 5-star luxury accommodation. Book your stay at one of our Pan Pacific Whistler hotels today.