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35 EPIC Things to do in Whistler, BC (all year round 2023 guide!)

35 EPIC Things to do in Whistler, BC (all year round 2023 guide!)

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Whistler is one of the most popular places to visit in Canada. In this blog, we’ll tell you all the best things to do in Whistler, BC to make your trip amazing including must-know info before you go!

Whistler – it’s known as a winter paradise with world-class skiing and winter sports. But that’s not all Whistler is good for. In fact, there are tons of amazing things to do in Whistler all year round! The truth is, skiing and snowboarding are only just the very beginning.

We’ve spent countless days exploring Whistler over the years (we lived just down the road in Vancouver, after all), and in that time, we’ve come to realize that there’s more to Whistler than what first meets the eye. Whistler is a vibrant town that has a lot more to offer visitors than most may initially think. Some of the best activities and tours in Whistler are a little off the beaten path – and we’re here to tell you about them all!

Here are the best things to do in Whistler, Canada including both summer and winter activities to keep you busy all year round!

36 BEST Things to do in Whistler, Canada

1. Relax lakeside

Lost Lake in Whistler, BC
Lost Lake in Whistler, BC

For both visitors and those living in Whistler, hanging out at one of the town’s beautiful lakes is a must! There are three main lakes around Whistler all within walking distance from the town center; Green Lake, Alta Lake, and my favorite, Lost Lake are accessible via easy walking trails through the surrounding pine forest.

I personally visited them all and loved each one for their own unique reason.

  • Lost Lake: On a sunny day, Lost Lake becomes the best place in town to relax on the beach and have a swim. It’s also the closest to Whistler and on a hot day, it’s the perfect place to spend the day!
  • Green Lake: Green Lake is much larger than the others. From the opposite side of the lake across from Whistler, you get stunning views of the mountains. It’s not as popular to swim here though and it is the furthest from town.
  • Alta Lake: I loved Alta Lake because it was very quiet and peaceful. With that said, it’s not as well connected to town via the many trails, and much of the lakefront property is privately owned.

Truthfully though, if you’re visiting Whistler then checking out one (or all three!) lakes is definitely one of the best activities you can do! And in the winter, you might not be able to hang out at the beach, but going for a snowy walk around an ice-covered lake is a magical way to explore a winter paradise!

If you want to visit the lakes as well as many of the other best attractions in Whistler, then this half-day Whistler sightseeing tour is perfect!

2. Hike to Joffre Lakes

Bailey and Daniel take a photo together at 2nd Joffre Lake
The famous photo at the floating log at Middle Joffre Lake
If you fall off the log you may go for an unintended swim!

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 it – stunning mountain peaks, a glacier, turquoise lakes, and a beautiful pine forest. Yep, I know what you’re thinking… where do I sign up!

Joffre Lakes Trail is 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 each way. 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!

3. Ride the world’s longest gondola

Bailey and Daniel on the Peak to Peak Whistler gondola
Bailey walks along the Skybridge at the top of the gondola in Whistler, BC
You don’t need the helmet or harness we had just finished Via Ferrata!

You may have taken a ride on a gondola before, but I can guarantee you haven’t ridden one as long as the Peak 2 Peak Gondola in Whistler. This HUGE gondola holds the world record for not only the longest gondola but also the highest and longest unsupported span of any lift in the world.

That’s three world records all in one!

The Peak 2 Peak Gondola is the ride that connects the top of Blackcomb Mountain with Whistler Mountain. It spans across the valley and offers some of the most beautiful views you’ll have ever seen. To ride this gondola, you must first take the gondola up from Whistler Village. From up there, you can connect to the Peak 2 Peak and then ride the other gondola back down.

In the winter, the Peak 2 Peak Gondola is reserved for skiers and snowboarders, so to experience it you’ll need to purchase a lift pass. However, in the summer, the gondolas are open for sightseeing! Just purchase your pass for about $80 CAD, which gives you full-day access to all of the sightseeing gondolas including the epic Peak 2 Peak!

Regardless of the fun ride up, it’s more about the views from the top! Once you reach the top you can head off and explore. Some of the best things to do at the top are:

1. Walk the Skybridge – The Skybridge is the main attraction and entry is included in your ticket price. For those afraid of heights, you may want to skip this, but if you can stomach the bridge, you can walk out to a beautiful viewpoint.

2. Walk the snow walls – This is such a cool activity I’ve included it on this list below.

3. Lakeside Loop – This short but beautiful hiking trail leads to Blackcomb Lake. Here enjoy a picnic and the stunning color of the lake!

The Peak 2 Peak Gondola isn’t one of the best activities in Whistler for no reason, so you won’t want to miss this one!

Hot tip: If you have time, wait for the special glass floor gondola on the Peak 2 Peak. This glass-floor gondola cart comes around every 15 minutes or so and offers a special view for riders below! We rode on it and it was really cool to see what was beneath our feet as we crossed the valley!

4. Hit the slopes!

Mountain views from Whistler Blackcomb in winter
Look at all that fresh powder!

I know this one probably comes without saying, but I’ll say it anyways – hitting the slopes is absolutely one of the best things to do in Whistler! Blackcomb Moutain is Whistler’s winter pride and joy with over 200 different runs, 3,307 hectares (8,171 acres) of terrain, and 36 different lifts this is one place you want to check out!

These statistics might sound daunting especially for a beginner, but the truth is they have great beginner runs too and offer lessons. The fact that Blackcomb ski resort really suits everyone makes it one of the busiest ski fields in Canada seeing over 2 million visitors annually.

My personal favorite thing about Blackcomb is that some of the lifts start right from Whitler Village. There are some hotels in Whistler that are in the perfect location for skiing. That means that you can walk straight out of your hotel, to a coffee shop, and then onto the ski lift all in one breath. It’s so easy and convenient!

The Whistler ski season typically runs from November to March and various passes are available including single-day passes, multi-day passes, and season passes. Lift passes for adults start at $190 CAD, kids ages 7 to 12 at $95, and teenagers 12 to 18 at $160. These prices do not include any early bird discount so if you know you’re skiing Whistler Blackcomb, book in advance to save money!

If you have kids that are learning to ski, then you can opt for daily group ski/snowboard lessons at Blackcomb at a price of:

  • $279 per day (ski only) for kids (5-6 years old). 
  • $245 per day (ski/snow lessons) for kids (7-14 years old)

If you need rental gear you can book that in advance online to avoid the hassle the morning of.

5. Rent a bike and explore the trails around Whistler town

Biking around Whistler, BC
You can cover a lot more ground and there are a ton of trails!

Bicycling is easily one of the best activities to do in Whistler. We rented bikes for a few hours and explored some of the lakes around Whistler – and it was awesome!

What makes this activity so popular is the fact that the bike trails around Whistler can just about get you anywhere. It only takes a few hours to explore most of the closer trails to town and take a scenic ride around. Many of the trails around Whistler are paved and easy to ride around on a bike.

Don’t worry about finding the perfect route for you either. The rental companies have maps and can give you great advice on where to go depending on what you want to see.

We rented our bikes from Summit Sport right in town. They had really good mountain bikes for riding around town and are very reasonably priced at $14-20 CAD per hour or $55 for the day.

Note: If you want to do some serious downhill mountain biking, you can do that in Whistler too! Keep reading to #26 on this blog to find out about downhill mountain biking in Whistler.

6. Go on an ATV or buggy tour

Daniel and Bailey take a selfie in a 4wd buggy in Whistler, BC
This is before we got dirty!
An ATV shoots through the water in Whistler, BC

One of our very favorite tours in Whistler was a buggy tour! In our small 4-wheel utility vehicle, we cruised the mountain tops taking in panoramic views (when we weren’t splashing in the puddles, that is!)

We did this specific buggy tour and loved every minute of it. Although neither of us had ever driven a buggy before, plenty of instruction was provided before we hit any of the serious trails. Our guide brought us up to the top of the mountain for a scenic photo stop before we headed back down. We learned a little about the mining days in the area and had a few laughs racing down steep hills.

The buggy vehicle is pretty much like an ATV, except it was slightly larger and had a cage around it. We both could comfortably sit side by side, as opposed to an ATV where one rider must sit in the back.

If you prefer to ride an ATV, that is possible too. The same company, Canadian Wilderness Adventures, runs this specific ATV tour that takes you on an almost identical route as the buggy tour. Both are fun and have rave reviews, so you really can’t go wrong.

Buggy and ATV tours are some of the most popular things to do in Whistler in the summer, but they can also be done in the Fall until around the beginning of October and in the Spring starting as early as June 1. Of course, this depends on the weather each year, so be sure to check online to see if they are still available during your planned visit.

7. Go whitewater rafting

group of people whitewater rafting near Whistler
Doesn’t that look exciting?!

Who doesn’t love whitewater rafting? In summer so this activity is a no-brainer – especially on a hot day.

In Whistler, the whitewater rafting is done on the Cheakamus River a short drive from Whistler. The rapids on this river are typically level 2-3 which is great if you’re traveling with kids or anybody who’s a little nervous. You can book this tour online here that includes all of the info you might want to know.

For those looking for something a little bit on the crazier side, another option is this rafting tour from Squamish. It is on the Elaho River and offers a full-day experience with lunch on level 3-4 rapids. This is the best option for anybody looking for a full day of excitement!

8. Go snowmobiling

a group of smowmobilers in whistler, canada
One of the best winter adventure activities!

This is another one of those winter adventures in Whistler you really can’t miss! Snowmobiling is exciting, but it is also very scenic and on a snowmobile, you can cover lots of ground easily allowing you to see a ton of landscapes.

Snowmobiling in Whistler is best done on a guided tour. This way even if you’ve never snowmobiled before, your guide can teach you and ensure safety. Guides also know the best routes and provide top-of-the-line equipment.

This snowmobiling tour is an awesome option at 3-hours long with impeccable reviews. I do have to admit though, snowmobile tours aren’t cheap ($200+ CAD), but if you can find the room in your budget then I wouldn’t skip this Whistler adventure!

9. Visit a museum

Wandering the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Center in Whistler.
Wandering the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Center in Whistler.

Not every day in Whistler is going to be a bluebird sunny day. So, it’s best to have a backup plan in case the weather takes a turn for the worse. Luckily, there are a few museums in Whistler you can visit to hide from the rain all while learning lots about history, art, and culture!

Besides escaping the weather, these museums are important if you want to learn about Whistler’s past, present, and the different cultures that call this area home.

There are three main museums in Whistler and they are:

  • Audain Art Museum – This museum features art from around British Columbia in their everchanging exhibits. Entrance is $20 CAD for adults, with dicounted rates for kids and seniors. Hours of operation are Thursday-Sunday 11am to 6 pm.
  • Whistler Museum – Here you can learn all about the history of Whistler. Entry is by donation ($5 is reccommended.) The Whistler Museum is open Friday to Tuesday from 11 am to 5 pm, closed on Wednesdays, and open late until 9 pm on Thursdays.
  • Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Center – Here you can learn about the cultures of the Skw̲xw̲ú7mesh and Lílw̓at first nations people. Entrance is $20 CAD for adults with discounts for kids and seniors. Hours are Tuesday-Sunday 10 am to 5 pm, with a hand-drum wlecome song and short film includes every hour on the hour. Admission is discounted 50% if you enter after 4 pm.

All of these museums also frequently host special events. Be sure to check their websites (all linked above) for up-to-date hours and special events and exhibits that might interest you.

10. Wander the “Train Graveyard”

Climbing a train at the Train Graveyard
This is a really unique attraction!

Whistler is home to some pretty unique things to do and one that surprised me the most was the Train Graveyard.

This unique attraction is a graveyard of train carriages that derailed back in the 1950s. In order to get the train tracks open as fast as possible after the derailment, they moved the carriages off the tracks and left them in the forest nearby.

That was some 50 years ago, and well, they’re still there today! Nowadays, the trains are covered in graffiti and murals which makes them all the more interesting.

On the way to the trains, you’ll also pass a beautiful suspension bridge that crosses the Cheakamus River. There are a total of 7 carriages to explore with 5 being just after the suspension bridge and the other two a little further on.

The official trail to the graveyard starts on Jane Lakes Road near the Whistler Olympic Village. The trail to the trains takes around 30 minutes each way and is a very easy hike.

If you have a car and want a shorter hike then you can also reach the trains from a small parking lot just off the Sea to Sky highway. This trail is a little less maintained but only takes about 10 minutes to reach the trains. You can find the location of both the trails and the parking lot to start the trail on Google Maps.

Alternatively, you can visit the Train Graveyard on this guided sightseeing tour of Whistler that includes a visit to a “hidden” waterfall.

11. Explore Whistler by floatplane

View out the window of a Sea Plane from Whistler to Vancouver
A sea plane in Vancouver harbour

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 do a helicopter flight with an alpine lake landing for around $250.

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!

12. Hike to Garibaldi Lake

A wooden boardwalk along Garibaldi lake
There’s really no where more beautiful!

Garibaldi Lake is one of the most beautiful alpine lakes in Canada. But despite its natural beauty, it remains rather unvisited compared to other lakes in Canada. The reason?

It’s the grueling 5.6 miles (9km) hike to the lake and 2,950 feet (900 m) gain in elevation that keeps people away. This is enough to turn most away, but for those willing to tackle the tough incline, the reward at the top is worth every sore muscle!

Once at Garibaldi Lake you can head off onto two other trails to viewpoints. They are the Blacktusk and Panorama Ridge lookout. Both are another 5.5km and 7km further and both incline more than 500 meters, so it’s best to only tackle these if you consider yourself fit.

To make it easier though, you can spend the night camping at Garibaldi Lake. The campsite at the lake has over 50 campsites, toilets, and cooking shelters. Campsites are $13 CAD a person per night and need to be booked online prior to arrival.

If you’re having trouble booking you can ask the Squamish visitor center to book it for you (as we did!)

The trail starts around 30 minutes outside of Whistler around halfway between Squamish and Whistler. There is a large parking lot that has just been upgraded to help deal with the larger numbers of hikers on the weekends.

13. Ride the longest zipline in North America

Daniel at the top of the Sasquatch Zipline in Whistler known as one of the longest
I must admit, it’s pretty scary!
Two people come down the Sasquatch Zipline as seen from the bottom
can you spot the start?

Ziplining is super fun but to be honest, after completing the Gibbon Ziplining Experience in Laos (2 days of 30 Ziplines some over 1km long) I hadn’t come across another zipline worth doing that would top that. That is until I came across the Sasquatch zipline in Whistler.

Whistler is home to the longest zipline in North America at over 1.2 miles (2 kilometers) long! For me, going ziplining in Whistler is a no-brainer for anyone wanting to add a little (or a lot) of excitement to their visit to Whistler!

This particular zipline is called The Sasquatch. This huge zipline will have you reaching speeds of well over 100 km/hr – it’s an adrenaline rush for sure! This zipline experience starts at $145 CAD per person and can even be done in Spring, Summer, and Fall (until mid-October.) It is only one zipline but is well worth it if you ask me.

You should book this ziplining tour in advance as it is one of the most popular activities in Whistler and often books up.

The Sasquatch Zipline is only open from April to October, so outside of those months, you will have to do one of the other ziplines, but don’t worry, there are plenty! I recommend the popular Eagle Tour, which features 5 ziplines, 4 treetop bridges and lasts between 2.5 and 3 hours.

14. Visit Brandywine Waterfall

Brandywine Falls, Squamish, BC
It’s one of the most accessible and most beautiful waterfalls near Squamish!

Brandywine Falls is a must-visit either on your way to or from Whistler. It’s located just on the outskirts of Whistler about a 15-minute drive from the village towards Vancouver. It’s one of the best stops on any road trip from Vancouver to Whistler.

It’s an easy 5-minute walk to the falls and once there you’ll be amazed at not only the waterfall but also the stunning valley lookout.

This is such a short trip but a great easy activity to do in Whistler.

Related Read: Check out other hikes in the area – the best easy hikes in Vancouver!

15. Try out Via Ferrata

Bailey climbs the Via Ferrata in Whistler, BC
This si the perfect introduction to rock climbing for those without experience!

One of our favorite mountain climbing experiences is right here in Whistler – the Via Ferrata tour!

So you might be curious, what is Via Ferrata? The words “Via Ferrata” actually translate from Italian to “the iron path,” which is a great description. Iron ladder rungs and poles are used along a cliff face to make climbing to the top of a mountain easy!

This Via Ferrata Tour in Whistler is suitable for beginners and involves climbing up a mountain peak (right next to a glacier!) and with the help of safety cables. At the end, you’ll have climbed up the 2160-meter summit of Whistler Mountain.

That’s right, no experience is required!

We actually did the Via Ferrata tour in Whistler ourselves, and we would highly recommend it to anybody who is up for a bit of a challenge. You’ll first ride the gondola up to the top of Whistler Peak (take the Whistler Village gondola or the Peak 2 Peak) this is where the tour starts. Your guide will get you geared up in safety gear before beginning a bit of a hike to the beginning of the Via Ferrata route. Then, it’s time to climb up!

I’m not going to lie, it is a little nerve-wracking looking down from way up high on a cliff face, but it was also so much fun, too! And once we got to the top, the scenery was indescribable!

This particular tour is 4 hours in duration and costs from $185 CAD per person.

Note: You will need a Peak 2 Peak gondola sightseeing pass to get yourself to the starting point of the tour. This pass can be bought when you purchase your Via Feratta tour or separately. For this reason, it’s a great add-on activity for those already planning on checking out the Peak 2 Peak Gondola.

16. Explore the snow walls on Blackcomb Mountain

The snow walls on Blackcomb mountain in Whistler
The snow walls on Blackcomb mountain in Whistler

It’s summer and outside temperatures are almost 30 degrees Celcius, but did you know that you can still check out the Snow Walls for most of the summer? 

Once the winter season wraps up, Blackcomb Mountain opens for sightseeing and at the top of the gondola is the famous Snow Walls that tower over the access road on the mountain.

Depending on the year, these can tower some 40 feet high! With that said, they do get smaller as the days go by so this activity is best suited to late spring or early summer. When we visited they were only a fraction of the size they can be.

As mentioned above, you’ll need to take the gondola up Blackcomb Mountain to reach them but from there it’s only a short hike to the snow walls!

17. Hike the Ancient Cedar Trail

The viewpoint along the Ancient Cedar Trails overlooking the forrest in Whistler, BC
The viewpoint along the Ancient Cedar Trails overlooking the forest.

If you’re looking for a short but beautiful trail near Whistler with amazing views then the Ancient Cedar Trail is perfect. This hike is 5km round trip, and only takes around 2 hours to complete at an easy pace.

The path is a hike in, hike back trail that leads to a beautiful viewpoint (pictured above), and just past that viewpoint is the Ancient Cedar Forest. This is one of the few areas left that weren’t logged and quite rare nowadays.

The trail starts just north of Whistler at the end of Sixteen Mile Creek Forrest Service road up Cougar Mountain. The road to the trailhead is unpaved but almost all vehicles should be able to make it up without trouble in the summer.

18. Enjoy a beer at Whistler Brewery

Enjoying a beer at Whistler Brewing Co
Enjoying a beer at Whistler Brewing Co

If you love craft beer as much as I do then you simply must visit Whistler Brewing Co. This small craft brewery makes a selection of tasty beers and they are all very well priced!

A 20-ounce beer costs $7 and there is a huge range to choose from. You can also get takeaway growlers or six-packs of beer to take with you.

We also had lunch at the brewery and shared the “as big as your face nachos”. This dish really is huge and it’s certainly a lot bigger than your face.

The brewery is located to the south of Whistler. Although a little out of the main area of town, this is a great Whistler activity rain, hail, or shine!

If you’re a real craft beer lover (like we admittedly are), then you can join a craft beer tour in Whistler. That way, you can experience all the best beer that Whistler has to offer without having to worry about a designated driver.

19. Canoe the River of Golden Dreams

Kayaking down the River of Golden Dreams
Kayaking down the River of Golden Dreams

What could sound better than canoeing the River of Golden Dreams? This very unique tour in Whistler is really relaxing. On the trip, you can enjoy nature from a kayak or canoe.

The tour travels between two of Whistler’s biggest lakes starting at Alta Lake. From here, you’ll head off down the river mouth while floating along casually paddling in the currents. Along the way, you’ll see geese, navigate past beaver dams, and enjoy overhanging greenery and stunning views.

The end of the tour finishes in Green Lake where you’re picked up and taken back to where you started. It’s a great self-guided tour that’ll cost you about $139 CAD for 3-hours on the lake with all of your equipment included.

You can book your kayaking tour down the River of Golden Dreams in advance online or find out more information.

20. Go snowshoeing

group of people snowshoeing near Whistler, Canada
Guided snowshoe tours replace hiking tours in the winter months in Whistler.

I have mentioned lots of hikes on this blog, and that’s because hiking is definitely one of the best ways to enjoy Whistler. However, in the winter months, the snow can make hiking a lot more challenging – that is unless you have snowshoes!

Snowshoeing is a popular winter activity all around Canada. Not only is it kind of a novelty if you’ve never snowshoed before, but it is also a practical way to conquer a hiking trail that is covered in snow.

In Whistler, you can either rent snowshoes from ski rental shops like Whistler Sport Legacies or join a guided snowshoeing tour. Shoe rentals will cost you about $16 CAD per day, where a tour will be upwards of $100.

21. The Chief and Sea to Sky Gondola

Bailey sits at the top of the Stawamus Chief, Vancouver
The Sea to Sky Gondola travels up the mountain near Squamish in BC, Canada
On the way up!

I wasn’t sure whether to include this on my list because it is a little bit far from Whistler, but I honestly loved it so much I just had to include it! The Sea to Sky Gondola is actually 40 minutes from Whistler in the town of Squamish and sits next to the Chief hiking trail.

Both the Chief and the Sea to Sky Gondola give you fantastic views of the Howe Sound.

I loved the Chief as it’s an amazing hike and a good place to warm your legs up for some much harder hikes around Whistler. The hike takes around 3 hours to complete there and back and finishes on top of the Stawamus Chief. There are three peaks to climb but completing peak one is all I did and it was enough.

I also loved the Sea to Sky Gondola and it actually takes you much higher than the Chief trail. From the top of the gondola, you can explore a few other trails and enjoy stunning views.

You can also have lunch or even join the Via Ferrata climbing tour up there. There is actually a tour that includes Via Ferrata Climbing and Gondola pass!

I recommend doing both the Chief and Sea to Sky Gondola, but if you only have time for one then just ask yourself if you feel like hiking up or spending the $60 on the gondola or would rather tackle the challenging climb on the Chief. If you do want to do the gondola, be sure to buy your ticket in advance.

This gondola and hike is also only about an hour’s drive from Vancouver. This makes it one of the best things to do in Vancouver too!

22. Test your skills at axe throwing

Daniel axe throwing in Whistler
It’s surprisingly fun!

Axe throwing was something I never thought about doing before coming to Canada. To be honest, though, I didn’t even know it was a thing to do! But as it turns out, it’s super popular and there are actually places all over Canada to test you skills at hitting a target with an axe.

Let me tell you though, it’s super fun and the hour we had booked went by so fast! As a first-timer, it took a few throws to get the hang of it but after that, we were keeping scores and getting super competitive.

If you’re wondering what it’s like, Bailey put it best “it’s like bowling but way more dangerous”. This is true but with the safety rules and training, it’s actually super safe and there’s nothing to worry about!

I highly recommend giving this activity a try in Whistler or at least once while you’re in Canada! You can book your Whistler axe throwing experience ahead of time here at no extra cost!

23. Stuff your face at Purebread

A takeaway coffee from Whistler, BC
A selection of treats at Purebred Café in Whistler, BC

Move over Tim Hortons, there’s a better bakery in town – Purebread! Purebread is a Canadian company with only 5 locations (3 in Vancouver and 2 in Whistler.) These guys have made a name for themselves by having the best, you guessed it, bread and pastries!

Purebread on Mainstreet in Whistler is often so busy that a line-up forms out the door. If this doesn’t tell you how delicious this place is then I’m not sure what will! It is easily one of the best cafes in Whistler.

Try their Zucchini Lime Carrot Cake, Flourless Chocolate Cake, or anything really, it’s all good. They also offer savory breakfast items and freshly brewed coffee.

You can find Purebread on Mainstreet or at Function Junction in Whistler.

24. Eat a pizza slice that’s as big as your head

The outside of Avalanche Pizza in Whistler
Daniel chowing down on some $3.50 huge pizza slice.

If you haven’t filled up on Purebread already then you’re in for another treat in Whistler. Avalanche Pizza is Whistler’s go-to pizza shop for massive pizza slices! Here, you can choose from a variety of pizzas on offer and get one massive slice for only $3.50, for that price you really can’t go wrong!

Avalanche Pizza is most popular for their to-go pizza slices, however, they do sell full pizzas too and offer delivery. The shop is located right on Mainstreet in Whistler, you can’t miss it.

25. Rest your legs on an e-bike tour around Whistler

Lake in Whistler on a bike tour
With an E-Bike you can get right out of town!

Whistler seems flat…that is until you decide to bike around the many trails in the area. To make it easier you can actually do an E-bike tour around Whistler instead. On the E-bike you won’t have to work nearly as hard as on a normal bike and you’ll be able to glide up the hills with ease!

E-bike tours go for around three hours and cover much of the greater Whistler area including the three major lakes, all three golf courses, a real bear den, and lots more. On the tour, you cover 27km!

Tours are $115 CAD and include a guide! You can book your tour here in advance!

26. Go downhill mountain biking

Downhill Mountain biking in Whistler, BC
The bottom of the lift to go up the mountain for biking.

Winter is for snowboarding, and summer is for downhill mountain biking! In fact, some of Canada’s best downhill mountain biking events are held in Whistler thanks to the long, and varied trails.

Now I’m not going to lie, Dan and I don’t downhill mountain bike. The last time we were in Whistler though there was a huge mountain biking event, and the town was packed full of people itching to ride. It sure was an indication that this is one popular sport in Whistler for both visitors and locals.

If you don’t have your own bike and safety equipment then you can rent it in town from one of the many bike rental shops. A 1-day lift ticket will run you $80 CAD, with discounted rates for multiple days.

27. Relax at Whistler Olympic Plaza

the whistler olympic rings atatue
Whistler Olympic Rings at the plaza.

You’ll recognize this park by the huge Olympic rings! It is located at the end of the main walking street in Whistler and features a large grassy area, a playground, and is surrounded by shops and restaurants. Often there is live music or performances on the stage and people set up chairs or picnics in the grass.

This park was created to remember Whistler’s involvement in the 2010 Olympics.

Of course, don’t forget to get a cheesy tourist pic posing in front of the rings too!

If you’re lucky enough to be visiting Whistler in December, be sure to visit the Olympic Plaza for the Family Apres event. Here, you’ll find a variety of fun activities – snow sculpting, ice skating, musical and dancing performances, face painting, and arts and crafts just to name a few. 

28. Wander the “Whistler Stroll”

Small creek that runs through Whistler, BC downtown area
Whistler is a beautiful town that we both love!

The “Whistler Stroll” is the main walking street in Whistler. Personally, I love just wandering around aimlessly here 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.

29. Visit the Whistler Farmers Market

Walking through the Whistler Farmers Market
The Whistler Farmers Market.

If you happen to be visiting Whistler on a Sunday between the months of July and October then you’re in luck! The Whistler Farmers Market operates every Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm showcasing the best homemade and freshly grown items the area has to offer.

When I was last there they had a selection of fresh fruits and veggies, handmade crafts and clothing, and a huge selection of food trucks! To me, this is the perfect place to visit for your Sunday lunch or even just for an afternoon snack!

You can find out more information about the market in Whistler including vendors and the location on their website.

30. Treetop Canopy walk

Treetop Canopy walk in Whistler
Treetop Canopy walk in Whistler

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. 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!

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31. Wine and dine

a sandwich and salad prepared by the Bearfoot Bistro in Whistler
Doesn’t that look tasty?! Photo Credit: Bearfoot Bistro

Whistler has some world-class restaurants that foodies will absolutely love. The Bearfoot Bistro is one of the best restaurants in Whistler. This romantic restaurant doesn’t cut any corners when it comes to food or wine.

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!

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!

For an even better experience, book this fine dining experience that visits the Bearfoot Bistro with a guide to tell you all about the food, help you saber a bottle of champagne, and then enjoy a 3.5-hour dinner experience with a tasting menu.

32. Eat at the $5.95 Restaurant and Pub

Bailey and Daniel at El Furniture Warehouse having beers in Whistler, BC
Enjoying some cheap food and drinks in Whistler at El Furniture Restaurant.
 selection of dishes at El Furniture Warehouse in Whistler
Photo Credit: El Furniture Warehouse

Who says that Whistler is expensive?! Okay, well it might be for a lot of things, but this little gem of a restaurant proves you don’t need to spend a fortune to have a nice sit-down meal in Whistler Village.

El Furniture Warehouse is a restaurant and pub that’s menu is entirely made up of $5.95-$7.95 items! You can get a poutine, chicken strips, nachos, all of your typical pub food, and more for $5.95 each. Want a burger? They have those too for only $7.95.

Also, the food is delicious. I had their grilled cheese sandwich (with brie and cranberries) at least one on three different occasions when I was in Whistler last.

While this may not necessarily be a typical “thing to do in Whistler”, I do think it’s important to mention for those traveling on a budget. You can easily go to El Furniture and spend less than $20 per person on a meal, drink, tax, and tip.

33. Relax at Scandinave Spa

view of the Scandinave Spa, Whistler
Relax in paradise! Photo credit – Scandinave Spa

Sometimes you just need to treat yourself! And this is the perfect place to do it – total luxury, silence, and relaxation.

Scandinave Spa is located just outside of Whistler village and offers a silent retreat with luxurious thermal and cool baths, massages, and areas to lounge and rest. They have a eucalyptus sauna (pure bliss) and a cedar and Finnish sauna. The rest areas have hammocks, lounge chairs, solariums, and even a yoga studio!

To preserve the peace of the area, you cannot use cell phones in the baths and are asked to remain quiet throughout your stay – it’s about real relaxation!

A day at the baths costs $85 CAD, and massages are extra (it may be covered under some health insurance plans).

They also offer couples’ treatments, perfect for anybody visiting Whistler on a honeymoon with their loved one.

The spa is the place to go and relax after enjoying a few of the best outdoor activities in Whistler! You’ll love the peaceful atmosphere and gorgeous surrounding mountain views.

34. Whistler Bungee Jump

Bungee jumping at Whistler Bungee Jump
Do you have what it takes to take a leap of faith!? Photo credit – Whistler Bungee Jump

Ready for an adrenaline rush? This will definitely be one of the most memorable parts of your Whistler trip!  

Whistler Bungee has you jumping 50 meters down over the Cheakamus River. It’s a thrill like nothing else. They have very high safety and quality standards, with expert staff talking you through the entire process.  

You can go by yourself or in tandem with someone else! You’ll get the option to buy a professional picture as a souvenir along with a free t-shirt to remember it by! The cost is $130 CAD/person and it’s located a 30-minute drive away from Whistler.

35. Visit Pemberton and Go Horseback Riding

Daniel and Bailey pose for a photo on horseback while riding in Pemberton, BC
The views were so beautiful and we saw two baby black bears!

The small town of Pemberton is close to Whistler (30km away) and worth a visit in its own right. One of the most popular activities here is to go horseback riding! Pemberton actually has more horses per capita than anywhere else in British Columbia. The area has tons of trails that will take you through forests, meadows, and rivers.  

We recently did this 2-hour horseback riding experience in Pemberton and loved every second of it. Our guide was super knowledgeable and very good with the horses. We each got saddled up on a horse that followed our instructions with ease.

We followed our guide along a trail through forests, across a river, and through meadows. Along the way, we saw breathtaking views of Mount Currie and stopped several times for photo opportunities. Oh, and did I mention that we also saw 3 black bear cubs?!

If two hours sounds like too much time, you can also opt for a shorter 1-hour experience. Tours start from about $100 CAD per person. Honestly, this is a super unique activity and one I would highly recommend to all animal lovers. Be sure to book in advance as they have a limited number of rides available each day.

Hot Tip: After your horseback ride, head down the road to The Beer Farmers for a craft beer with a view. In the summer, they also have a sunflower maze here which is perfect for taking photos!

36. Visit Alexander Falls

Alexander Falls in inter
The waterfall is beautiful in all seasons but I especially love it in winter!

Alexander Falls are the most spectacular waterfalls located in the Callaghan Valley region. The falls themselves plunge 43 meters down and are 12 meters wide – pretty impressive!

The best time to visit is in May or June, when all the snow from nearby mountains has melted and is feeding into the falls. This is when you see them at their largest and most spectacular. With that said, in the winter the falls freeze which is also pretty neat to see.

The falls are visible from a platform viewpoint and is accessible to everyone. There aren’t many hiking options immediately in the area, but the drive is very scenic and you’ll enjoy getting lost out in the forest! It’s the perfect spot to pack a picnic lunch and enjoy some time out in nature.  

37. Visit the Whistler Sliding Centre

Sledding in Canada
Sledding is so much fun and I can tell you that from experience! Photo credit – Depositphotos Imagecom

To get into the spirit of the 2010 Winter Olympics, go check out the Whistler Sliding Centre and see some of the most interesting sports around – bobsled, skeleton, and luge. These sliding sports are exciting and speedy, definitely for those looking for an adrenaline rush!  

You can visit the center for free year-round and go on a self-guided tour to learn more about the history of the sport. If you visit during the winter months (October-March), you can actually observe athletes sliding on the track! Or if you dare, you can ride on the bobsled with a professional pilot on this bobsled experience. It is the only public bobsled of its kind in Canada, and you’ll reach speeds of us to 125 km/hr!

In the summer, you have the option to purchase a sliding experience on a bobsleigh with wheels, driven by a professional pilot. The cost is $99 CAD for those looking for an adrenaline rush!

The center is located just outside Whistler Village.  

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Where to Stay in Whistler, BC

Our room at Adara Hotel in Whistler, BC
Our room at Adara Hotel had a suite below it and a bedroom upstairs!
Bailey on our balcony with a view at the Adara, Whistler
The view and pool were our favorite!

As you can imagine, Whistler is a mountain town filled with great hotels.

Our go-to hotel in Whistler is the Adara Hotel. For us, it is the perfect mix of luxury and affordability with everything you need for a comfortable stay. They offer underground parking and are only a one-minute walk from the Whistler Stroll, so you can park your car and leave it while you explore Whistler Village. They also have a beautiful outdoor pool and hot tub offering mountain views – perfect for relaxing in the evening. The loft rooms are our favorite, and most also offer mountain views from the upstairs patio.

For budget travelers, Pangea Pod Hotel is a great option. It’s a basic hotel with pod-style rooms with clean, well-looked-after facilities. The location is also really good right in the heart of Whistler Village. One thing to note is this is not your typical hotel and it does lack privacy due to the style of rooms. However, for location and price, it’s the best low-cost option.

If you can spend a little more (my typical category) then you can certainly get privacy in a good location. The Pinnacle Hotel Whistler is located in the heart of Whistler Upper Village, features a fitness center, hot tub, pool, and restaurant. On top of that, it’s only 500 meters from the chairlifts.

For luxury travelers, I obviously love the Four Seasons Resort Whistler, but another option slightly cheaper is the Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre. Its location is perfect for luxury travelers because it’s only 250 meters from the closest gondola/chairlift. On top of that, it has all the luxury facilities you’d expect such as a heated, outdoor pool and 2 hot tubs with mountain views, a fitness center, a spa and wellness center, as well as an included breakfast. Oh, and all suites have a full kitchen!

Those are just a few of the many amazing places to stay in Whistler – read our blog for more info!

Travel Insurance is more important than ever right now!

If you’re traveling during these uncertain times, be sure that you have travel insurance!

SafetyWing is our go-to insurance when we are going on longer trips. They offer travel medical insurance that’s super affordable (only $42 USD per 4 weeks!) and even have coverage in case you get that dreaded c-word. The only thing to note is that the insurance must be purchased once you’ve left your home country – we typically buy it as soon as we land at the airport.  

We’ve personally used SafetyWing for many different trips, and we’ve been reimbursed for countless expenses when we’ve fallen ill. SafetyWing even covered our flights back to Canada in full when the pandemic first happened (when last-minute flights before the borders closed were super expensive!)

It’s safe to say that travel insurance has saved us thousands over the years!

Renting a Car in British Columbia

Winter road in British Columbia, Canada
Get out and explore in a rental car. The views from the road are just as amazing as the destination!

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 the best places to visit in BC 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 Discover Cars. It’s a search engine with lots of deals with good customer service. In fact, I’ve used Discover Cars 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!

Before you go…

Daniel and Bailey take a selfie on the Skybridge in Whistler, BC
Thanks for reading!

Whistler isn’t just a place to visit in winter. As you can see, summer is just as amazing (and as busy) and made our visit one to remember. With all of these amazing things to do in Whistler, you’re sure to have a great time too!

Thanks so much for taking the time to read our guide to the best things to do in Whistler. If you found this blog helpful then be sure to check out all our Canada blogs here or check out these related articles below!

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