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Honeymoons are such an exciting trip for newlyweds, and honestly, it will be a memorable occasion regardless of where you decide to go! The part that seems to be the most tedious is the planning part. That’s exactly why we put together this ultimate guide to help you plan the most romantic honeymoon in Whistler.
One of the things that makes Whistler such a great honeymoon destination is that it doesn’t matter what time of year you go – you’re going to be surrounded by beauty and have plenty of activities to choose from!
Whether you’re looking to have a relaxing honeymoon in Whistler with spa days and nice dinners, or an adventure-filled one full of exploring, we have got you covered!
Here are some of the best places to stay, eat, explore, and relax in Whistler for your romantic honeymoon.
3 Most Romantic Honeymoon Hotels in Whistler
Four Seasons Resort Whistler (Most Luxurious)
Four Seasons Resort Whistler, the only AAA Five-Diamond property in Canada, offers you nothing but the highest-quality service in town. It comes complete with an outdoor heated pool, three hot tubs, and mountainside dining – perfect for couples honeymooning in Whistler!
This is definitely one of the most luxurious hotels in Whistler, and if you have the budget, it is an absolute dreamy accommodation for your romantic getaway.
If skiing is on the agenda they have a free shuttle available during ski season to take you to the Whistler Village and Whistler Mountain. If you think that’s the best part, wait until I tell you that Four Seasons Resort Whistler also provides a highly customized 24-hour service! The concierge can organize personalized activities for you, creating a honeymoon tailored to your specific needs.
You can choose between 273 modern-rustic rooms and suites, all fitted with a flat-screen cable TV and a fireplace in the seating area. Your rooms also have views of the mountains, the forest, or the courtyard.
If you’re worried that there won’t be anything to see outside the hotel, you’ll be relieved to know that the Whistler Blackcomb ski lifts are only an eight-minute walk away. The Nicklaus North Golf Course is also about a seven-minute drive away.
The Deluxe King Room for two here costs about $404 CAD a night.
Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre (Best Views)
The Pan Pacific Whistler Village Center is a full-service, all-suite European-style hotel located within a five-minute walk from the Whistler Village chairlift, making it one of the best places to stay in Whistler for a ski holiday.) It features a breakfast buffet, complimentary wireless Internet access, and slope-side valet ski and bike storage.
While staying here, you can pamper yourself in the sauna, heated outdoor saltwater pool, or one of two outdoor hot tubs. Or, spend the day on the sundeck overlooking the mountains! Take advantage of the free in-resort shuttle, as well.
The modern rooms have seating areas with fireplaces, a fully equipped kitchen, a balcony, and breathtaking mountain and city views. Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre is definitely one of the best honeymoon stays in Whistler.
Rooms start at $226 CAD per night.
Riverside Resort (Best Budget Stay)
Nestled in more than 40 acres of land and surrounded by breathtaking green space, Riverside Resort lets guests experience Whistler naturally all year long! It features free Wi-Fi in all public areas, snowshoe rentals, an on-site café, and an on-site market, where you can buy snacks, drinks, and RV and camping supplies. You can also find a volleyball court, BBQ facilities, and a kids’ playground on the premises.
Riverside Resort has a wide range of rooms to suit all seasons and budgets. You can choose from cozy Log Cabins, private Walk-in Tent Sites, RV Sites, and unique Yurts. All cabins and yurts include a dining and seating space, and all heated rooms have a private entrance.
While staying at Riverside Resort, there are tons of activities for you to enjoy. You can relax in the spa or play a match of beach volleyball with your new neighbors. There are also facilities available for skiing, zip-lining, and mountain biking. If you wish to explore Whistler’s bustling core, the resort also provides a complimentary shuttle service to Whistler Village.
If you want to save your honeymoon budget for the activities, this is a great budget-friendly stay for your honeymoon in Whistler.
Rates here start at $90 CAD per night.
Related Read: For detailed information on all of the best areas to stay in Vancouver, check out our blog about where to stay in Whistler!
Romantic Things to do on your Whistler Honeymoon
Explore Whistler by floatplane
There’s no better way to explore Whistler than from the sky. It’s beautiful, exciting, and sometimes a little scary, but one thing is for sure, it’s unforgettable.
In Whistler, you have an even more unique way to explore the skies and that’s via floatplane. On a floatplane, the lakes will become your airport in what I would call one of the most unique experiences I have had to date.
Taking off in the water was the scariest because you honestly feel like you’re not going fast enough as you slowly run out of lake! Once we were in the air though I was just in awe at the surrounding landscapes and loved every minute of it.
Although fun, scenic flights around Whistler are not cheap. You can get the 30-minute scenic flight around Whistler we did for around $200 CAD and if you can afford a little more you can even add in an alpine lake landing and lunch for around $400 CAD.
Although it’s not the cheapest tour in Whistler, it’s certainly an exciting one and one I recommend if you can afford it.
You can book your Whistler scenic flight in advance and save the worry of it booking out!
Visit Brandywine Waterfall
Brandywine Falls is a must-visit for your honeymoon in Whistler. You’ll find it on the outskirts of Whistler, just a short 15-minute drive from the village heading towards Vancouver. If you take a trip to Vancouver, this is one of the best stops on the drive.
The best part is you can get these spectacular views after an easy 5-minute walk! Once you’re there you’ll be amazed at not only the waterfall but also the stunning valley lookout. It’s also one of the best hikes near Vancouver!
This is such a short trip but a great easy activity to do in Whistler for your honeymoon.
Hike to Joffre Lakes
If you know me then you would know that I love stunning alpine lakes (almost more than traveling itself!) Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to visit many blue lakes situated high up in the mountains. With that said, Joffre Lakes just outside of Whistler is one of the best I’ve ever seen!
Just picture stunning mountain peaks, a glacier, turquoise lakes, and a beautiful pine forest. Yep, I know what you’re thinking… where do I sign up!
It’s easily one of the most popular hiking trails in all of British Columbia and the main trail leads to not one, but three lakes – the lower, middle, and upper lake. They’re all stunning, but my personal favorite is the middle lake.
The hike to the furthest lake (the upper lake) took me around 2 hours and is 3.5 km long. The trail is steep almost the entire way and it’s recommended you allow 3 hours to hike up according to the signs on the trail. The hike back down is quicker as it is all downhill.
Important: At the start of the trail, there is a large car parking lot and another one a minute down the highway. These may seem large but they often fill up before lunchtime. My recommendation is to arrive before 9 am to start the hike. This way you can easily get parking as well as avoid the bulk of the crowds.
Honestly, I can’t recommend the Joffre Lakes hike enough. The trail is one of the best things to do in Whistler. If you do only one hike in Whistler, make it Joffre Lakes!
Kayak the River of Golden Dreams
Kayaking the River of Golden Dreams on your honeymoon has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? This is a very unique, and relaxing kayaking tour. So if you want to explore Whistler, but still want to have a relaxing honeymoon, this is a great activity.
You can explore the river via kayak or canoe. The self-guided tour explores two of Whistler’s largest lakes starting at Alta Lake. From Alta Lake, you’ll head down the river mouth while floating along occasionally paddling in the currents.
Chances are you’ll even get to see some wildlife during your adventure. Perhaps some geese, and certainly some beaver dams. Enjoy the overhanging greenery and stunning views.
You’ll finish in Green Lake where you will get picked up and taken back to where you began. The tour costs about $90 CAD if you choose the self-guided option.
You can book your kayaking tour down the River of Golden Dreams in advance online or even find out more information!
Wander the “Whistler Stroll”
The “Whistler Stroll” is the main walking street in Whistler. Personally, I love just wandering around aimlessly here hand in hand with Dan, as it is so relaxed, yet vibrant. The walking street is always full of people and surrounded by boutique shops, restaurant patios, and a seemingly endless number of cafes.
There is also often live music and street performers scattered throughout the stroll with the most popular time being weekends. Events also frequently take place here and when Dan and I were in Whistler in 2019, we managed to catch the annual Canada Day Parade!
Wandering the Whistler Stroll is one of those typical “must-do” activities in Whistler, and even if you don’t plan on it, you’ll likely find yourself here at one stage or another.
Visit Pemberton and Go Horseback Riding
Horseback riding is a fun activity anytime, but I think it’s an activity especially suitable for your romantic honeymoon in Whistler.
To do this activity you’ll need to head to the small city of Pemberton, just outside of Whistler. It’s about 30 km (19 miles) away and worth a visit on its own. Pemberton actually has more horses per capita than anywhere else in British Columbia! There are tons of trails throughout the area that will take you through forests, meadows, and rivers.
You can definitely explore Pemberton on foot or by bike, but the best way (and in my opinion, most romantic way) to experience the beauty of the Pemberton Valley is on horseback with a guided tour. Check out Copper Cayuse Outfitters for guided tours. You can do hourly, half, or full-day tours. A half-day tour is about $300 CAD.
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly option to see some horses, you can always head to Dreamcatcher Meadows, a gorgeous farm with views of the mountains and river, and see them for free. You’ll have the opportunity to see some majestic horses and even go for a tour of the property!
Treetop Canopy walk
I love treetop walks especially since I was lucky enough to do the Capilano Treetop walk in Vancouver.
The Tree Top Canopy Walk in Whistler is no different. This is a beautiful way to explore the pine forests near Blackcomb Mountain with your significant other. On the walk, you are up to 200 ft. (61m) from the ground!
On the tour, your guide will explain lots about the forest and there are also lots of interpretive signage along the way. The tour runs for around 2 hours and only costs $60 CAD per person. It’s easily one of the best things to do in Whistler!
Hit the slopes
Without a doubt, one of the best things to do in Whistler in winter is skiing and snowboarding. If you and your loved one like winter sports, then Whistler is the perfect place to hit the slopes on your romantic getaway.
Whistler Blackcomb is one of the largest ski resorts in North America. With over 4,757 acres / 1,925 hectares of skiable terrain, 36 lifts, and over 200 runs, Whistler Blackcomb is suited to the novice skier all the way up to the pro. I love this ski resort and I’m pretty certain you will too!
Related Read: Vancouver is only a short drive away, and it’s also a great place to visit. Check out our 1-day Vancouver itinerary to plan a quick visit, or if you’re traveling with your loved one, our guide to planning the most romantic Vancouver honeymoon!
3 Best Places to Eat on Your Whistler Honeymoon
Whistler is full of award-winning restaurants! If you’re trying to decide where to go for a delicious meal that is sure to provide a special experience for your honeymoon in Whistler, here are the top three places to try:
The Bearfoot Bistro is one of the best restaurants in Whistler, if not all of BC. Try their 4-course tasting menu for a romantic and special dining experience. From the main menu the Wagyu beef, Perigord truffles, and Berkshire pork are outstanding!
They do offer specials during their daily happy hour from 3:30 pm – 5 pm for their oysters and drinks specials.
Head to the restaurant’s underground wine cellar and try to saber the top of a champagne bottle off, a tradition that dates back to the Napoleonic era. In the cellar, you will be surrounded by over 20,0000 bottles of wine, so take your pick of the bottles and see if you can successfully saber it!
Red Door Bistro
Red Door Bistro definitely sets the mood. This cozy, candlelit spot is another great dinner option for your special night out.
The cuisine here is french meets west coast. You’ll find steak and seafood options, but they are especially praised for their duck dishes. Whatever you decide on eating, be sure to save room for dessert! The peanut butter bombe and baked apple cheesecake are crowd favorites.
If you’re hoping to enjoy a glass of vino with dinner, they have a diverse, comprehensive wine list for you to choose from as well.
Be sure to make reservations in advance (like a month out), because this place books up.
Does it get more romantic than Italian? Quattro has a warm, inviting atmosphere and serves up authentic, contemporary Italian cuisine. Better yet, it’s staying on-trend and pairing the cuisine with an award-winning wine list as well.
They offer Italian spins on classic dishes like rabbit, lamb, and halibut, as well as offering amazing, fresh pasta. Again, if possible I definitely recommend saving room for their dessert, but if not they also have some nice liquid dessert options such as limoncello and espresso martinis.
Spa and Wellness Centers in Vancouver to Spoil Your Loved One
Whistler is home to some amazing spas, and it is a great way to relax and spend some time unwinding on your honeymoon. Here are a few options for you to check out for a couples massage:
Scandinave Spa is located just a few minutes’ drive from Whistler Village in a Nordic-inspired outdoor spa that’s surrounded by native forest. It’s huge at 20,000 square feet and is the best way to relax after a long day of adventuring around Whistler in December.
The outdoor baths are mirrored on old Finnish traditions and have the added benefit of being surrounded by Whistler’s incredible natural beauty. You can also get a traditional Scandinavian massage to truly relax after having all the fun in Whistler.
Whistler’s most unique spa is open from 10 am – 9 pm daily. Access to the baths starts at $75 CAD per adult.
The Spa at Four Seasons Resort
If you’re already staying at the Four Seasons, this is a convenient option. Or, if you didn’t want to splurge on the hotel room at Four Seasons, this could be a good happy medium where you still experience some of their amenities.
The Spa at Four Seasons is a stunning, luxurious indoor and outdoor getaway. It was voted as the #1 hotel spa in Canada by Travel and Leisure’s World’s Best Awards.
This relaxing sanctuary provides 12 treatment rooms, two couples’ rooms, and two zen relaxation lounges. Along with their signature massage treatments, they also offer body scrubs and wraps.
They have several different types of massages, starting at $205 CAD. If you would like to make it a couples massage, be sure to ask to be side by side when booking so you can have the experience in one of their luxurious couples suites.
Whistler Day Spa
Whistler Day Spa is one of the more budget-friendly options for your relaxing spa day. They are located at the Pan Pacific Hotel, making this a very convenient option if you choose to stay there. They offer a wide variety of services including facials and several different types of massages.
When visiting this spa you’ll also have access to the Pan Pacific hot tub, pool, and sauna with any massage, facial, or spa package booked! They also provide you with robes and lockers, so come early, or stay late and enjoy the added amenity.
They also typically have some sort of promotion or last-minute deal going, so be sure to check that out before booking! If you do want to make the occasion last, they even offer affordable prices for packages. The Alpine Escape package which includes a 50-minute full-body Swedish relaxation massage and a 20-minute hydrating facial costs $210 CAD.
This spa also has quite the list of raving reviews, so you certainly aren’t giving up any stars for quality service at these more affordable rates.
Other Places to Visit near Whistler on Your Honeymoon
If you’re visiting Whistler on your honeymoon, the exploring doesn’t have to stop there. There are several other amazing surrounding cities as well! Some places you can consider visiting include:
- Vancouver – Full of natural beauty, Vancouver offers plenty of fun things to do and see! The city is set right on the west coast of British Columbia, and has the Pacific Ocean on one side and the mountains on the other side. You can also find great hotels, restaurants, and places to relax and pamper yourself – all necessary for a romantic honeymoon!
- Vancouver Island – Jump on the ferry from Vancouver and head over to Vancouver Island. There isn’t anything more romantic than exploring the world-famous Butchart Gardens in Victoria. Or, for those a little more active, head to Tofino for surf lessons!
- Sea to Sky Highway – Rated as one of the most scenic drives in Canada, this highway is a noteworthy destination in itself. This highway connects Vancouver with Whistler as it winds its way around mountain peaks and along the coast. Be sure to visit the Sea to Sky Gondola and visit Garibaldi Lake – you won’t be disappointed! You can do this drive on a guided tour, or if you don’t have your own wheels, rent a car.
Renting a Car in British Columbia
If you’re arriving in British Columbia via plane then I can’t recommend getting a rental car enough. British Columbia is a large province and traveling between cities and even just getting out to the best attractions within them requires transport. Although you can use public transport on some occasions, this means your trip will not only require more time but more planning.
Car rental in Canada is relatively cheap especially if you get a budget car. The cheapest car with a pickup and drop-off in different locations is around $70 CAD per day. The price does vary though depending on the time of year. For car rentals, I use the website Rental Cars.com. It’s a search engine with lots of deals with good customer service. In fact, I’ve used Rental Cars.com all over the world including in Chile, New Zealand, and Australia.
Another popular option is to rent a campervan or motorhome (only for the brave in winter.) Using Motorhome Republic you can search hundreds of deals across multiple companies to pick a great vehicle and the cheapest price. Having a motorhome is a stunning way to see Canada and using crown land and campsites you can often camp for free or very cheap in the most beautiful places imaginable!
Canada Travel Essentials
Before you decide to head off and explore the gorgeous mountains, lakes, towns, and cities around Canada it’s important to have the right equipment. Of course, it’s likely you’ll have most of the basics already but there are some common items people forget that I never travel without.
Crampons: In winter crampons are super handy, but what people don’t realize is that they come in handy in summer too. In fact, up until mid-July, you can still expect icy conditions in the mountains. The pair I use is only $29 and they have lasted me 3 seasons so far!
Waterproof shell: Most people will have this item but I thought I’d include it anyway since it’s so handy in Canada. The Columbia waterproof jacket is a lightweight windproof jacket that will seriously save you in many situations. The best part though? It comes in pink!
Scent-proof bag (for bears): Most people think you only need to keep the smell of food away from you when you’re overnight camping. However, bears can smell the food in your bag while you’re hiking and the best way to avoid an encounter is to use a scent-proof bear bag. Basically, you put your food in the bag and the bear cannot smell it while you’re hiking. This is one item most people never have (I never hike without it) but it could save you and the bear.
Buff: I love my buff! Seriously, I go nowhere without it both in winter and summer. There are a few brands around but I always buy the original Buff (you know, the one from Survivor!) They’re a little more expensive but the material is good quality and both breathable and quick drying.
Dry bag: I have expensive camera equipment so I always travel with a dry bag large enough to fit some of my equipment. It can be a camera, book, binoculars, or even my keys. Regardless, a dry bag gives me peace of mind! The MARCHWAY bag is really good quality, and when not in use, takes up only a small amount of room.
Binoculars: I love my binoculars! Seriously they have come in hand so many times especially when I’m looking for wildlife. The best part is, I use a set that only costs $27 and they serve my basic needs without any issues!
Before you go…
Honeymoons are very special, and usually your first trip together as husband and wife! We hope this guide helps make the planning for your honeymoon in Whistler a breeze. Congratulations on your marriage and we wish you a memorable and romantic honeymoon.
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