‘Winter Wonderland’ is an apt description for Whistler Blackcomb, the undisputed destination for winter sports fans.
Snow thickly blankets the glorious Whistler and Blackcomb mountains for wild ski adventures, while elegant hotels are stationed at the base as the perfect headquarters.
But have you thought about its summer allure?
Expect boundless hiking and trails, zipline courses, golfing, and scenic everything.
In this insider’s guide to Whistler, you’ll see why it’s such a welcome getaway.
– Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain in Summer
– Whistler Mountain Chair Lift
Although Whistler’s remote location means airport transfers are inevitable, international travelers have a few airports to land in.
The closest major airport is Vancouver International (YVR) with a 2-hour drive; Bellingham International Airport (BLI) and Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) are 3 hours and 5 hours’ drive away respectively.
The latter two are in the US so factor in the extra border-crossing time. For convenience, you should fly straight into Canada.
Embark on an epic road trip down Highway 99 – the stunning Sea to Sky Highway – which is the sole road to paradise.
Free and paid parking is available in the village, although you don’t need a car to navigate within Whistler Village.
Built for visitors, getting around Whistler is a piece of cake.
Choose your accommodation wisely to stay within reach of major spots in the Village; the wider region is connected via the Valley Trail and motor options.
Here are the best ways to get around Whistler:
– Snow-covered mountain peaks in Whistler
It’s no brainer that Whistler’s top thing to do is skiing or snowboarding, but that isn’t all the region has to offer.
To hype you up for Whistler’s full potential, this guide to Whistler maps out the best nature excursions, destinations for pampering, and unique cultural treats.
Select an accommodation that fits your needs, whether it is somewhere intimate for couples or generous enough for group stays.
Addicted to the snow? Book your nights where the slopes are right by the door.
Here’s a few of our picks for the top hotels in Whistler:
You’re probably hungry after a long day out in the mountains. Here’s a ready-made list for your eating pleasure:
Peaked Pies – born out of an Aussie-Canadian love story is one of the best pie stores in the hemisphere; buttery crust, homey filling, made with love.
Sidecut – open veranda seating, large fireplaces and spectacular views of the mountains make Sidecut an excellent grill and bar. Don’t forget the juicy regional meats and fresh salmon.
Araxi Restaurant & Oyster Bar – all about the farm-to-table experience with fresh oysters, seafood and accompanying wine list.
Grill & Vine – serving you American classics, bistro-style.
Crepe Montagne – wooing customers with savory and sweet crepes since 1997.
Rimrock Café – combining cozy lodge vibes and fine dining, Rimrock Café experiments with seafood and meat to offer delicious dishes.
Il Caminetto – comfort food galore, serving risotto, meatballs and classic pastas.
La Cantina – for those who like industrial décor and even more adventurous menus. Must try: the tacos with pork belly in Surprise Sauce.
Sachi Sushi – if you miss the sea while near the sky, Sachi Sushi is a refreshing and authentic treat.
Bar Oso – for those who love tapas and wine.
Pasta Lupino – super affordable and generous with their fresh Italian pasta, it’s a favorite among young travelers.
Purebread – for all your bakery needs.
Many words were used in this Whistler travel guide, but to see is to believe!
Pencil in enough time to explore its various attractions – don’t just stick to the slopes.
Better yet, drop by in the shoulder seasons to experience this nature-wrapped destination at your pace.
What activities are you most excited to do in Whistler? Let us know in the comments below!