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7 Must Do Activities in Whistler

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What is it about Whistler that makes you want to travel there? Whistler just happens to be #1 in North America for year-round resorts & unforgettable experiences. There is every activity imaginable from skiing, zip lining, heli-skiing, to bear viewing tours. Precious resources & wildlife are some of the reasons Whistler was once the main trading route for settlers.
Here are the top 7 Must Do Activities in Whistler. They all offer great experiences leaving you wanting more.

7 Must Do Activities in Whistler

Stay at unique Luxury Retreats properties which are handpicked for their locations as well as luxurious amenities. Their Whistler cabin rentals include log cabin chalets like the Creekside Villa cozy enough for up to 12 guests. Warm up by the fireplace after a long day of skiing with a glass of wine or one of your favorite cocktails. The floor to ceiling windows will provide the picturesque views you’ll remember most about your trip to B.C. Best of all it’s only steps away from the Alpha Lake Park.

If your tastes wander to an outdoor hot tub experience you might enjoy staying at the Northern Lights 25 with hot tub access right off the gourmet kitchen entrance. The villa includes 4 pristine bedrooms, 2 large dining tables, and a wood burning fireplace giving an authentic appeal, but close enough to Whistler Village for shopping, restaurants and museums.

If it’s just the 2 of you on a couples get-a-way and don’t require this much space but still want all the pampering of a 5 star hotel than the Fairmont Chateau Whistler with its indoor/outdoor swimming pool can provide all the comforts & elegance you deserve.

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villa in Whistler B.C

Whistler Activities

Peak 2 Peak

Connecting the 2 largest mountains in B.C is the Peak 2 Peak gondola stretching over 4.4km giving you the perfect birds eye view of volcano peaks, glaciers, and rainforests. The gondola sits 436m or 1427ft above the valley floor with its speed takes on 11 minutes for you to venture from Whistler Mountain to Blackcomb Mountain. Ideal for skiers or hikers wanting to get the most out of their vacation time. If you love history visit some of the museums in Whistler. The original gondola can be found at the Whistler Museum.

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When you think of a ski trip Whistler definitely comes to mind. After all it is the premier ski destination. 1966 was the year of the official opening here in B.C. attracting many tourists and every year since then. 1968 B.C. hosted the Winter Olympics. A proud moment for Canada.

B.C. has over 8,100 acres of terrain for skiing making it the number #1 destination in Canada. If this is your first time take a lesson to learn the techniques & start on the smallest hills.

Some items to pack for your ski trip should include breathable fabrics, warm wool sweaters, ski pants & jacket, waterproof mitts, and of course a hat.

Pro Tip: I always pack hand warmer hot packs and put them in my mitts & ski boots to keep me extra warm. I find it extremely helpful for those of us who don’t fair with the cold weather.

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No golfer could resist the urge to try out one of the pristine courses in Whistler, B.C. The US Open, PGA Championships, Ryder Cup, and President Cup have all been hosted here over the years. A legendary course was inspired by one of the greatest players in golf history Jack Nicklaus. Nicklaus North Golf Course a par 71 puts your skills to the test and located only minutes away from the resort town.

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View of hole 16 at Nicklaus North Course [courtesy Nicklaus North]

Whistler Mountain Bike Park

The Whistler Mountain Bike Park is an extraordinary adventure to explore the beauty of the open trails in B.C. You can view a trail ride here First Timers to see what the physical demands wound be if you are contemplating this activity in Whistler and newer to mountain biking. For the more advanced try the Crank It Up Trail. The park has convenient lessons as well as guided tours making it fun for the whole family.

I personally would enjoy a leisure guided tour meandering through the forests and looking for pristine places to stop for the ultimate landscape photos. I’m excited to hear that a new Creekside Expansion will be opening in 2018 with 5 new trails.

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More Adventure Activities

Whistler has plenty more outdoor activities for the adventurist from snowboarding, zip lining, rock climbing, kayaking, and SUP (stand up paddle board) to experience year-round.

Whistler White Water Rafting

Experience the exhilarating adventure of white-water rafting in Whistler. There are three rivers and three levels of adventure for you to choose from. Opt for an easy Class I or II rafting experience on the Cheakamus River, a slightly rougher Class II or III white-water voyage on the Green River or a challenging Class III or IV river journey on the Elaho-Squamish River. Learn from your on-raft guide proper white-water techniques and get the most out of your time in Whistler. Ask us for more details.

Whistler Craft Brewery Tour

Enjoy a 2.5-hour behind the scenes tour of Whistler’s craft breweries. Sample unique and tasty beers from local breweries located in the Whistler Valley. Mingle with Whistler locals and learn about different types of beer. Each tour includes special access to two breweries, an informative overview of the brewing process, round-trip transportation, tasty appetizers, and plenty of samples. Tours run from 3:45pm to 6:15pm and conveniently depart from and return to the Whistler Gondola Transit Exchange. Hotel pickups and drop-offs are also offered free of charge. Group discounts are available and tours can usually be customized to fit your group’s specific needs at no extra cost.


Combine stand-up paddle boarding and a scenic river and you get an incredible experience. This tour is a wondrous downriver, point-to-point paddle starting from the sandy beaches of Brackendale with the sunrise and continuing down the Squamish River. You’ll head out around the Spit into the expansive Howe Sound before finishing up right in downtown Squamish. The tour is suitable for people with experience stand-up paddle boarding. Please note: minimum of 2 people required per booking.

Dining Options

Whistler has many options for those vacationing even on a budget from local pubs, cafes to bistros. If you like to meet up with some of the locals head to the village. We’ve included a few popular ones here:

  • Alta Bistro
  • Araxi Restaurant & Bar
  • Bar Oso
  • CreekbreadCoach transfer from downtown Vancouver to Whistler Village or to/from the airport can be arranged. There are also taxis, rental cars, and the gondola to help get you between sights.Have you travelled to Whistler? Share your experiences below in the comments!
  • Our post is sponsored by our partner Luxury Retreats.
  • As always our thoughts are our own.
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About the Author:

Laurie Johnson is travel writer, agent, and founder of Pura Vida Vacations. She finds her inspirations from travelling of the beaten path, meeting the locals, and sharing her travel stories, reviews, and tips with her readers.

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