Whistler, a town just north of Vancouver, British Columbia, is an excellent vacation spot. Although known as a ski resort and town, it has more than just snow to offer. If you are headed to Whistler and only have time to do a couple of things, these are those must-dos that simply can’t be missed. One of the most fantastical places on earth, get ready for some real adventure and make sure to do these five things!
1 Whistler Mountain
Blackcomb Mountain and Whistler Mountain are the two peaks that surround Whistler Village. Whistler Mountain is touted as the best skiing destination imaginable in North America. The combined resorts have over 2000 runs and 37 various lifts. If you are going to stay overnight, try to stay at one of the many hotels that have ski-in access. A one-stop-shop, it is close to the gondola base and has restaurants and eateries on the premises, so you don’t have to go anywhere else.
2 Squamish-Lil’wat Cultural Centre
The First Nations museum is a must do while in Whistler. It is home to some of the most beautiful and amazing cultural carvings, stories and weaving collections of the Squamish and Lil’wat Native people of Whistler. The museum is a unique memorial to the rich history behind the inhabitants of the region. Not only a museum, there is an on-site eatery that serves the traditional cuisine of the Squamish-Lil’wat culture, and there is also a gift shop full of souvenirs to remember your visit.
If you only have five things to do while in Whistler, then hiking is a must. There are hiking trails all around for every ability level. The trails are centered around Lost Lake, which is a definite must to see. Some trails reach intense elevations and steep climbs to challenge even seasoned athletes. Once you reach the peak, the view is breathtaking. With lookout tops galore, the Gondolas can take hikers well above the trees to see fantastic sites, especially around alpine wildflower season. Try your hand at one of the five trailheads that have excellent day hiking adventures including Cheakamus Lake, Wedgemount Lake, and Garibaldi Lake.
Although known for its Olympic-awesome skiing accommodations, Whistler also has incredible golfing. Various celebrity-designed golf courses make Whistler more than just a skiing resort. The golfing landscapes are spectacular using the lush landscape, including pocket lakes and stately conifers. The best part about the golf courses is that they are surrounded by the impressive mountains that make Whistler such a fantastical place. There are several options for golfing, which include the Nicklaus North Golf Course, the Whistler Golf Club, and the Arnold Palmer-designed Club. Whether you are a golfing enthusiast or just want to give it a try, booking your reservations ahead of time are definitely recommended.
5 The Peak 2 Peak Gondola
If you want to see sites that are majestic, the Peak 2 Peak Gondola is an elevated ride between two mountains that gives you a bird’s eye view that you can’t get anywhere else. The distance that the Gondola provides is 4.4 kilometers, and it only takes you approximately 11 minutes to make it from one point to another. On a clear day, you can see as far as hundreds of miles and get a sneak peak at the snow-capped mountains, dense coniferous forests, and alpine lakes. The Fitzsimmons creek is also something that, if weather conditions are right, you can survey. There are points during the Gondola ride where you are almost half a kilometer above the valley, which literally makes you on top of the world.
Whether you go in the spring or the fall, there is an abundance of things to see. A sightseeing experience that simply can’t be missed, at the peak there are loop hiking trails that allow you to get a glimpse of the alpine terrain. Because the temperatures can get well below what you may be comfortable with, there are tea huts located at various spots for you to warm up before getting back on the slopes. During the winter, the Peak 2 Peak Gondola makes an excellent way to get from one Mountain to another for skiers and snowboarders alike.
When in Whistler you can’t miss skiing, that is for sure. What also can’t be missed are the other lesser known activities that make the experience that much more magical. Even if you can only do five things while there, it is a destination that you won’t ever forget.