A Perfect Day in Whistler

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Highlights for an all-season playground, Whistler

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Plan a Whistler perfect day, from outdoor activities to city sights. Internationally famous for two ski mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb, Whistler Resort is a veritable cornucopia of outdoor adventure.  Whatever the season its the activities that make people flock here.

In winter most people come for its world-class snowboarding, skiing and host of other winter activities from snowmobiling to snowshoeing. Since hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics, the Whistler Sliding Center even offers bobsleigh and skeleton programs!

In summer activities abound for all ages: horseback riding, alpine hiking, lake canoeing, white-water rafting, and paragliding to name a few. Mountain biking is big business. Golf too.

But if a single activity doesn’t grab you, or you’d rather just explore the resort town for the day, try this Perfect Day in Whistler itinerary.

Morning in Whistler

The Peak to Peak Gondola is a must-do.  If the engineering feat doesn’t leave you awestruck, then the drop-dead gorgeous views will.  Some gondola cabins have glass floors!

Grab a bite to eat near to heaven, atop either mountain: The Roundhouse on Whistler or Christine’s (finer fare) at the top of the Solar Coaster Express in the Rendezvous Restaurant.

Continue your day with a zipline through the forests and over Fitzwilliam Creek. It’s a great (and easy) adventure for all ages and abilities. It’s especially neat when the trees are snow-laden.

Pick between the elegant Audain Art Museum or visiting the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, an unstuffy museum, gallery and story-telling centre that shares the region’s aboriginal history.


The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre‘s Thunderbird Café features traditional fare such as Bannock and Squamish salmon chowder.


Stroll through Whistler Village. In winter, the covered walkways let you meander from gallery to shop without slipping and sliding alongside skiers and snowshoers.  In summer, the cobblestone streets are lined with bountiful floral baskets and filled with busker entertainment.

Complete your day with a pampering spa treatment. Spas at the Fairmont ChateauWhistler, Four Seasons, and the Westin Whistler Resort are top draws. Some prefer the Nordic experience of the Scandinave Spa, a short cab ride from the village though the ‘silent at all times’ rule isn’t for everyone.


For dinner, you can’t get much better than Araxi Restaurant & Oyster Bar. It’s arguably Whistler’s best eatery, boasting not only award-winning cuisine but also a wine selection of more than
300 labels.

If you’ve the energy, Whistler’s nightlife is legendary. Organized Club Crawls and Bar Hops will introduce you to some of the resort’s iconic venues. Chances are, though, that you’ll stumble onto somewhere like the very Irish Dubh Linn Gate, catch the après ski vibe (which actually happens year round) and stay until the early hours.  Only to wish you had extended your stay so you can ‘do Whistler’ all over again.

Stay in Whistler

Whistler has the full range of accommodation options including big brand names, Chateau Fairmont, Four Seasons, Westin. Personal favorites are the boutique rustic Summit Lodge (with one-of-kind spa) and B&B Durlacher Hoff.

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