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Whistler is one of the best places in the world for extreme sports. Not only is it a great place to stay for world-class skiing and snowboarding but it also has some of the best ziplining courses in the country. Plus, you can do some of the ziplines here all year round – perfect if you’re visiting Whistler in the winter!
Ziplining is one of the top activities in Whistler because you have so many different tour options depending on the level of adventure you’re looking for. And trust me, there’s some extreme adventure to be had. We’ve ziplined all over the world and the craziest zipline we’ve ever done is the Sasquatch® Zipline here!
On top of that, this is one of my favorite places to zipline as you’re not only submerged in a stunning old-growth forest but also get epic views of rivers, lakes, glaciers, and mountains. What more could you ask for?
To help you choose the best zipline experience for your next trip, I’ve put together this list of all my favorite ziplining tours in Whistler.
Our FAVORITE Ziplining Tour in Whistler
Out of all the ziplining tours available in Whistler, my favorite has to be the Sasquatch tour. Instead of trying multiple smaller ziplines, this tour features one huge zipline that happens to be the longest and fastest in Whistler!
Priced at $147 CAD per person, this 1.5-hour experience has to be one of the most memorable activities I tried while in town, and I’m sure any fellow adventurers at heart will love it too. To get the best dates for you, I’d suggest reserving your spot online in advance here.
What are the ziplining tours in Whistler?
When you’re choosing from all the amazing tours in Whistler, there are five main ones that include ziplines. They go from extreme (ahem the Sasquatch zipline) all the way to shorter ziplines and ones you can do with a friend by your side. While they are all action-packed, here are the ins and outs of each to help you choose!
The Sasquatch® Tour
Remember I said this is the wildest zipline we’ve gone on, well I’m not joking! Unlike other ziplines in the area, the Ziptrek Sasquatch® Tour is not made up of many small ziplines but instead one monster zipline that will take you from mountain to mountain.
It is the longest and fastest zipline in Whistler and in fact the longest zipline in Canada! You’ll descend an awesome 7,000 feet (2,133 meters) down the face of Blackcomb Mountain.
You start with a shuttle bus to Blackcomb Mountain and then soar your way down to Whistler Mountain. This zipline is only open seasonally with closures in the winter months.
My favorite part of this 2 km (1.3 mile) zipline tour is the friendly instructors who really go the extra mile to instill confidence. This is the scariest zipline in the area so having a group of nice guides is important. Even if you’re nervous about heights, the warm and welcoming team is there to make the experience so much better. Trust me, you are going to need a little encouragement to take on this humungous zipline!
If you’re only going to book one zipline in Whistler, I recommend booking this $147 CAD tour before spots fill up!
Ziptrek Bear Tour
The Ziptrek Bear Tour is another Ziptrek-operated zipline tour in Whistler. There are 4 zip lines with 4 treetop bridges which take around 2-2.5 hours on average.
You’ll fly through the air between Blackcomb and Whistler mountains – the two main ranges in the area. Each zipline ranges between 400-1,100 feet (120-335 meters) and along the way, you’ll walk along suspension bridges, trails, and boardwalks while the guides tell you facts about the area and environment.
If you’re looking to book this tour, or get more information, in person you can head to the Ziptrek primary booking office in the Carleton Lodge which is open from 8:30 am to 5 pm every day. This will also be the place to check in for all of their tours. You can expect to pay around $150 CAD for this tour.
Ziptrek Eagle Tour
The Ziptrek Eagle Tour is open year-round and is Whistler’s second-longest zipline. If you are riding in the winter and the Sasquatch® zipline is closed, the Eagle takes its place as the longest zipline.
This zipline tour consists of 5 ziplines of varying lengths that will take you over rivers, through the forests, and back down to Whistler Village. You can even zipline hands-free or upside-down – although I wasn’t brave enough for that!
In the middle of your zipline experience, there’s a great tour through Whistler’s old-growth forest. The guides are amazing at sharing info about the unique ecosystem of the area while helping you navigate across 4 treetop suspension bridges.
This specific tour starts by meeting in Whistler Village at the Carleton Lodge. You will then be transported up the gondola to your zipline starting point. All your equipment and transportation from Whistler are included in the $179 CAD cost.
Winter Apres Tour
The Winter Apres Tour in Whistler includes 4 ziplines along with 4 treetop bridges and takes around 2 hours to complete. This is such a neat tour because you can only do it in the winter month! I think Whistler is extra spectacular in winter.
The Apres Tour runs from November to the end of April and will stay operational in all weather conditions, so pack and plan accordingly. There are heaters on some of the bridges to keep you nice and warm after zipping across the gap.
The $139 CAD tour cost also includes a helmet and head lamps for when it gets dark – yes, you can ride the zipline at night in the dark! Keep in mind that there will be stairs and trails you’ll need to walk so bring some hiking boots or comfortable walking shoes.
This is another zipline tour run by Ziptrek Ecotours. This company has been around for many years and has ziplining and adventure courses located around the world including Canada, the USA, and New Zealand. You’ll be in good hands!
Zipline between Cougar and Rainbow Mountain on this spectacular ziplining tour with Superfly Ziplines. The longest zipline here is over 1 km (0.6 miles) and the speed is incredible. You’ll reach 100 km/hr (60 mph) soaring over the old-growth forests and mountain valleys.
My favorite part about this zipline tour is that all four of the ziplines on the route are dual ziplines. That means you can have a friend alongside you for the ride! Looking over and seeing your loved one smile (or scream .. depending on how scared they are!) really adds to the experience for me.
Superfly Ziplines headquarters are located in downtown Whistler just steps from the Whistler Ski Lift. You’ll meet a short 15-minute drive north of Whistler just off Highway 99 where the course is located. You will start with a quick safety meeting where your fear will be put at ease! This zipline tour comes in at $137 CAD.
The Adventure Group owns and operates many Whistler activities including this zipline and they are known for their community involvement. The Adventure Group is affiliated with non-profit societies and charities including Whistler Blackcomb Foundation, Zero Ceiling, and Playground Builders which all do great things in the Sea-to-Sky corridor where Whistler is located.
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What to expect on these ziplining tours in Whistler
The Sasquatch® Tour
The fast and furious Sasquatch® zipline is the longest zipline in Canada and the USA sitting at over 2 km (1.3 miles) long. The height of the zipline varies and at times reaches over 600 feet (183 meters) above the ground.
Not only is this zipline high and long, but it’s also fast! Reaching speeds over 100km/hr (62mph), it was so exhilarating as I soared over the treetops.
While many other ziplines in the area are open year-round, the Sasquatch® zipline only runs during summer in Whistler. So make sure if you’re planning a summer trip, you plan this epic ride.
The entire experience can be booked here and lasts about an hour and a half. We started at the check-in station in Whistler village at the base of the Excalibur Gondola. Be sure to check in here at least 15 minutes prior to your tour time. Here you’ll get a safety briefing and travel with your group in a provided shuttle to the base of Blackcomb Mountain. You will then be met by the friendly staff who will get you all suited up in your harness and helmet.
Once you get to the Sasquatch® launch area, you will be harnessed in by the professional staff. This is when I felt the excitement really start to build! Once harnessed, it’s time for the thrilling 7,000-foot (2,133-meter) zipline from Blackcomb Mountain over the Fitzsimmons Valley and ending up in the middle of Whistler Mountain.
Soaring from mountain to mountain, I loved the stunning views of rivers, lakes, glaciers, and the forest landscape below. Once you reach the end, you will be met by staff who will unhook you safely and help you proceed back down to the main village to de-harness and get back to the starting point.
There are a few guidelines if you want to book this epic zipline. Riders must be 10+ years of age with kids under 15 requiring a guardian to ride with them and minors under 18 requiring a parental waiver. All riders must be between 75-275 lbs (34-125kg). As you are going to be in the middle of the forest, there are some stairs and short hiking required for this experience so you will want to prepare and wear appropriate shoes.
Ziptrek Bear Tour
The Ziptrek Bear Tour is our pick for first-time zipliners or those nervous about the experience. I love that this tour still has 4 ziplines so you still have a good adventure, but the ziplines are much shorter than others on our list. Varying in distance between 400-1,100 ft (122-335 meters), you will build your confidence as you go through the course.
Overall the experience lasts between 2 and 2.5 hours. In between the zipline adventures, you will have the opportunity for a fun forest adventure as you navigate through 4 treetop suspension bridges, boardwalks, and trails through the stunning old-growth forest.
You will be guided through this experience by the staff who are passionate about the area. We enjoyed the fun facts about the rainforest you are walking through. It’s definitely a great family-friendly activity.
The Bear Tour is open in all weather conditions and welcomes riders 6 and older with a weight between 65-275 lbs (30-125 kg). What’s super cool is that if your younger children don’t meet the minimum weight requirement, they can ride tandem with a guide.
It’s important to note minors under 18 require a guardian’s signature and riders under 15 must be accompanied by a guardian. Be sure to prepare your kids that this activity does have some trail walking and stair climbing.
You can book the Bear Tour here – just select the Bear Tour option!
Ziptrek Eagle Tour
The Ziptrek Eagle Tour offers the longest zipline during the winter months, so expect those epic snowy views Whistler is famous for! There are a total of 5 ziplines along the way. Plus there are 4 treetop suspension bridges to cross which give a unique aerial view of the forest you’re in.
The first zipline flies you 2,400 feet (731 meters) through the air with an insane 30-story descent across the valley. You can ride this line side-by-side with another person making this a great option for those traveling with friends.
The next 2 ziplines will have you touring through a thick forest with stunning views of the trees around you. You will cross a few suspension bridges as you navigate through the forest for a slower view of the stunning area around you.
Your guides will use the time crossing these bridges and standing on the viewing platforms to discuss the ecological area around you. I loved this part as I got some great information about the area, the animals that call it home, and different sustainability projects in the area.
The 4th zipline is 2,000 feet (609 meters) in length and soars you over the winding Fitzsimmons Creek. The 5th and final zipline takes you back down to Whistler village where you will finish your experience.
You can expect this zipline experience to take 2.5-3 hours from start to finish. You’ll meet in Whistler Village at the Carleton Lodge across from Whistler Gondola. That’s where you sign waiver forms and get your gear. You’ll then take the Olympic Station Gondola ride to the first, and longest, zipline of the 5-line series.
It is important to be physically fit and wear good shoes before taking on this zipline adventure as there is some walking and stairs along the way. This zipline is suitable for riders 6 years of age and older who weigh between 75-275 lbs (34-125kg). Riders under 18 will need a guardian’s signature and kids under 15 will require a guardian to accompany them.
You can guarantee your spot on the Eagle Tour here – just select the Eagle Tour option when booking!
Winter Apres Tour
The Winter Apres Tour is one of my favorite tours in the area for one reason – the stunning sunset views. The tour guides like to time the tours around sunset so that you will be riding during golden hour giving stunning views while it’s still light out and getting to experience the sunset from the treetops.
This is a photographer’s dream as you will see the beautiful golden glow of the forest around you. The overall time for this tour is around 2 hours – plenty of time to enjoy these incredible views.
This tour includes 4 ziplines and a walk through 4 beautiful treetop suspension bridges lined with twinkle lights. The ziplines themself cross the valley over a river and between the two mountains.
While you may be nervous about navigating through the forest in the dark, the paths are lit up by some beautiful lights and the provided headlamp provides better visibility. The knowledgeable guides stick with you and make the experience safe and enjoyable.
You will start the experience by meeting in Whistler Village where you’ll be set up and orientated with the gear and safety practices. There is a 10-minute van shuttle to get to the zipline area where you can take in some sights of Whistler and the surrounding area. This whole experience is incredibly romantic (a great add-on if you’re honeymooning in Whistler!) and the perfect end to a day skiing on the mountain.
Anyone over the age of 6 and between 65-275 lbs (30-125 kg) can ride these zip lines. Children under 15 need a guardian to oversee them with all minors (under 19 years old) needing a waiver filled out with their guardian’s signature allowing them to ride.
The Superfly Ziplines tour is 2.5 hours of exhilaration. You’ll be in a valley between Rainbow and Cougar Mountain on custom-built zip lines.
What makes this stand out is to get to the start of the course you’ll take a 10-minute 4×4 trip. I found that it really set the tone for the adventure! The ziplines are all built quite close to one another and the longest travel is 3 minutes in length.
There are 4 ziplines included in this tour. I love that they’re all dual lines which means you can ride (or race for us competitive types!) alongside your friends.
In between the ziplines, you will navigate through a network of trails through the stunning old-growth forest. The ziplines vary in length with some over 1 km (0.6 miles) long and you go FAST hitting speeds of 100 km/hr (62mph).
Book your spot here to soar above the trees and reach heights of up to 656 feet (200 meters) above the forest floor.
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What does it cost to go ziplining in Whistler?
Overall the ziplining tours in Whistler are reasonably priced for the experience you get. You can expect to pay an average of $150 CAD – but I’ll break down all the specific costs.
The Sasquatch® Tour – Riding the massive Sasquatch® zipline costs $147 CAD and includes the helmet, harness, and access to the Blackcomb gondola required for the tour. It also includes a 4×4 shuttle driver who will take you to and from the meeting point in Whistler Village. Kids aged 10-12 looking to take this tour cost $126 CAD.
Ziptrek Bear Tour – The Ziptrek Bear Tour is $147 CAD for adults and $126 CAD for kids. This price includes an expert in the area who will guide your tour through the 4 ziplines and 4 suspension bridges as well as act as a nature guide explaining the local ecosystem in the area.
If you want to you can ask for a GoPro camera to record your time and have the option to buy a memory card with the footage. Make sure you tell them you want this before because you’ll have to pre-buy the card for $40 CAD. Ziptrek will donate 10% of this sale to a charity of your choice.
Ziptrek Eagle Tour – The Eagle Tour costs $178 CAD for adults and $147 CAD for kids 6-12 years old. This price includes access to all 5 ziplines and 4 suspension bridges in the series. Your helmet and harness and transportation to and from the village are also included in this price.
Winter Apres Tour – You can book the Winter Apres zipline tour for $139.99 CAD for adults 13+ and $119.99 for children under the age of 13. This sunset zipline tour runs from November to the end of April and includes headlamps. If you book 72 hours or more in advance or book more than one activity you’ll be able to take advantage of Ziptrek’s 15% off offer. Also take note that if you’ll be in Whistler for Christmas, this tour goes up in price (about $20 CAD) for the peak season of December 23 to January 8.
Superfly Ziplines – If you book through this tour link, you can get the tour for slightly cheaper than the company website at $137 CAD but it requires a minimum of 2 people per booking. Also, note that the price does go up in the peak summer season. The tour price includes all 4 of the ziplines and a guide who will take you through the course. All safety equipment is provided and there are water stations throughout the course for hot days.
Which ziplining tour is best for families?
If you’re traveling here as a family, ziplining is such a fun add-on to your Whistler itinerary!
Of all the tours, my top recommendation for families is the Ziptrek Bear zipline tour. It consists of 4 ziplines and 4 treetop suspension bridges and is ideal for first-time riders and families with kids.
The guides really go the extra mile to ensure everyone is having a good time and feels safe and secure. While you will still get the thrill of flying through the sky, the course has shorter ziplines that travel slower than others on our list making it a great option for kids or adults who’ve never ziplined before.
In between the ziplines, there are 4 suspension bridges to cross breaking up the experience and making it more of an adventure!
This ziplining experience is great for little adventurers aged 6 and up. What we also love is that if you have a younger child that doesn’t meet the minimum weight requirement (65 lbs/30 kg), they can ride tandem with a guide and not miss out on the fun.
Which Whistler ziplining tour is best in winter?
If you happen to be visiting Whistler in the winter (December in Whistler is my fav time to visit!), ziplining is a great add-on to your trip. It’s a fun break from skiing and snowboarding and the views of the snow-covered mountains can’t be beat!
The Superfly Zipline is one of the best winter ziplining tours in Whistler. Their 4×4 vehicles are built for snow meaning this tour can take place no matter the conditions.
The ziplines are made for speed and distance and will have you screaming through the air as you zip down the 1.3 km (0.8 miles) at speeds of 100 km/hr (62 mph). You’ll also get to see some new mountains as this tour doesn’t just take place on Whistler Mountain but instead nearby Cougar and Rainbow Mountain.
Winter Apres Tour
The Winter Apres Tour is a great option for thrill seekers looking to go zip-lining in the winter months. Open from November to the end of April, this winter zipline tour starts in the evening so you get the stunning golden hour views.
This is perfect for skiers and snowboarders looking to do something exciting after a day on the ski hill. The tour is offered to riders 6+ who are ready to fly through the beautiful old-growth forests in the area.
Which ziplining tour in Whistler is best for thrill-seekers?
If you’re staying in Whistler and looking for the most exciting tour, the Sasquatch® Tour was by far the most epic zipline! Not only do you go faster than all the other ziplines in the area, but it’s also the longest zipline and guaranteed to provide a thrill – or if you’re like me a loud shriek!
You descend an intense 7,000-foot (2,133-meter) line – that’s more than 2 km (1.3 miles) in length. Plus you’re doing it all at speeds exceeding 100km/hr (62mph). Instead of being a multi-line course like all the other adventures on our list, you will be soaring down one intense zipline.
Luckily, the views are absolutely breathtaking of the forests, lakes, glaciers, and rivers. They almost provide a distraction for your nerves as you start the descent!
Which zipline in Whistler is best for couples?
The Sasquatch® Tour
If you’re wanting to take to the ziplines with a partner, you’ll want one where you can go side by side. The Whistler Sasquatch® Tour is perfect as it’s a one-zipline course that you can travel the whole distance beside your partner.
You will want to make sure you’re both ready for an extreme adrenaline rush with this one as it’s not for the faint of heart – trust me!
Superfly Ziplines is one of the best Whistler ziplines for couples. All 4 of the zip lines offered on this tour are dual zip lines meaning you can race your partner soaring through the forest at the same time.
This tour is great as it is a longer experience where you can race down multiple ziplines and see some incredible views of the area.
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Do you need to book a ziplining tour in Whistler in advance?
You definitely want to make sure you book your zipline tour ahead of time. Zipline tours are incredibly fun and one of the most popular activities in Whistler.
We recommend booking your ziplining tour in Whistler in advance, no matter what time of year you go, to secure your spot. Some companies also offer discounts if you pre-book so you may be able to save some money too.
What should you wear ziplining in Whistler?
The summer months in Whistler are ideal for ziplining as you will not have to wear heavy clothing. The most important thing to wear in the summer is comfortable, and secure, shoes. As you will be doing some forest trekking for these tours, I highly recommend wearing hiking shoes. You will want to dress for the weather, which in Whistler could very well mean a rain jacket.
Keep in mind that you will be in the shade of the forest and expect varying mountainous conditions, meaning layers will be your friend. There aren’t a lot of areas to leave bags on these tours so I recommend coming with as little on you as possible.
It is helpful if you wear clothes with a zippered pocket to secure your items such as keys, money, etc. As you will be traveling at such top speeds, having loose items in unsecured pockets will more than likely lead to these items flying out mid-ride.
If you are braving the ziplines during winter in Whistler, you will want to make sure you dress appropriately. Winter ziplining attire should resemble what you would wear skiing or snowboarding.
Layering is key here, keep in mind that when you are skiing you are working your muscles which provides some warmth that you will not get from sitting on a zipline. Some of the zipline platforms will have heaters on them to provide some additional warmth.
Goggles, thick wool socks, gloves, and layered clothing are important. Your top layer should have some windproofing as you will be traveling at top speeds. You are going to be in the middle of a rainforest so no matter what time of year you come I highly recommend making sure your top layer is waterproof. Hiking shoes or snow boots with a good grip are also recommended.
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Is ziplining in Whistler worth it?
Whistler is one of the most beautiful places to visit in BC. The quaint village and stunning landscapes make you feel like you’re in another world. One of my favorite parts of the ziplining tours in the area is you can choose how you ride with the opportunity to flip upside down or fly backward for your ride if you’re really feeling adventurous.
Taking a ziplining tour through the area is not only guaranteed to give you some heart-pumping adventure but also deliver some of the best sights you can imagine. Soaring over rivers and through some of BC’s most beautiful old-growth forests is one of the most amazing things to do in the area – trust me!
Other Things to do While You’re in Whistler
While you’re in Whistler, be sure not to miss out on some of the best activities in the area! Below, I have just listed a glimpse of my favorite things to do in Whistler to add to your Whistler itinerary!
- Brandywine Falls – The nature all around Whistler is stunning and the 70 meters (230 feet) Brandywine Falls surrounded by rough cliffs is not one to miss! This is a really short hike – only about 15 minutes one-way starting from the parking lot. It’s accessible from April to October and you’ll cross a wooden footbridge, some train tracks and head through the forest until you make it to the first viewing platform.
- Ride an ATV/buggy – One of our very favorite tours in Whistler was a buggy tour! In our small 4-wheel utility vehicle, we zoomed the mountain tops and admired all of the panoramic views (when we weren’t splashing in the puddles, that is!) If you prefer to ride an ATV, that is possible too with the same company. The buggy tour is $325 CAD whereas the ATV tour costs $169 CAD.
- Scenic flight – Although fun, scenic flights around Whistler are not cheap but are 100% bucket worthy! There are a few different options here but the most unique options are the scenic helicopter flight with a mountain landing and a seaplane flight that departs and lands from the water! The helicopter tour includes a 20-minute flight and a 15-minute glacier landing on Rainbow Mountain for the cost of $325 CAD. On the seaplane flight, you’ll be in the sky for 30 minutes and it costs $199 CAD. Whichever you choose both options have mindblowing views of mountains, glaciers, and lakes!
Where to Stay in Whistler
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 on a Fall evening. The loft rooms are our favorites 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. It’s also easy to book on either Booking.com or Hostelworld.com.
For luxury travelers, I obviously love the Fairmont Chateau 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!
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 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 isn’t relatively cheap, but it’s not that expensive either, especially if you get a budget car. The cheapest car with a pick-up and drop-off in different locations is around $100 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!
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Ziplining in Whistler is one of those unforgettable activities that you shouldn’t miss out on! I hope this breakdown of the best ziplining tours in Whistler has been helpful. You really can’t go wrong with any of these tours, but there are definitely some that are better suited to families or thrill-seekers.
With all the amazing things to do in Whistler, you’ll have an amazing visit – no matter what time of year you come. If you found this blog helpful then be sure to check out all our Canada blogs here or these related articles below!