Whistler, Canada…not just a winter destination!


Whistler Olympic Plaza

Home of the 2010 Winter Olympics, Whistler, Canada, has gotten a huge name as an amazing winter resort destination; however, it is also a great place to visit in many other seasons.  We love spending time in Whistler in the winter, skiing on the mountains but also enjoy vacationing there in the Spring, Summer and Fall.

As an outdoor enthusiasts’ mecca, there are numerous sports other than skiing and snowboarding that can be done in Whistler.  During the summer months, the base of Whistler Mountain is transformed into a downhill mountain biker’s dream.  Riders can purchase a pass, ride the chairlift up the mountain and then ride down one of many thrilling dirt tracks, over jumps and across ladders as they descend into the heart of Whistler Village.

Mountain Biking in Whistler

Those wanting an adrenaline rush, can sign up for a Ziptrek ecotours that takes you up into the Whistler area forest for a swing in the trees.  We love ziplining and have ziplined in Whistler and done several ziplining courses around the world.   There is nothing quite like the rush of flying through the air at surprisingly high speeds!

Ziplining in Whistler

For a more laid back experience in Whistler, there is also the pedestrian only village to check out.  We love strolling around the village, checking out the shops, and indulging in the occasional ice cream (perhaps more than occasional for Tracy).  Although, not snow-lined during Spring, Summer, or Fall, the village still has a vibrant vibe as several festivals fill the air and tourists fill the patios.

Patio time in Whistler

Speaking of patios, the restaurant patios in the village are a MUST during a visit to Whistler.  There are some excellent restaurants in Whistler, which we have highlighted in our Whistler Dining Series Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 that all provide atmospheric patios once the sun starts shining.  We love spending time on one of these patios, sipping a cold drink, eating some amazing food, and people watching.

Patios in Whistler

If you would like to check out more of the Whistler area, there are many hiking trails throughout the valley, all with different difficulty levels.  Probably the most popular, is the paved Valley Trail that snakes by some of Whistler golf courses, the River of Golden Dreams, and a few of the lakes.  You can choose to rent or bring a bike or walk these beautiful trails.  We also like walking up to Lost Lake from the village, which is about a 20 minute walk along a gravel path that is a cross-country trail in the winter.  This is an easy trail with a slight incline but totally do-able for even the less active.  Plus, once you reach your destination, you can have a picnic at Lost Lake Park or hop into the lake to cool down!

Lost lake in Whistler

If you enjoy spending a day on the links, Whistler is home to 3 spectacular golf courses.  These include the Whistler Golf Club, Nicklaus North Golf Course, and the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club.  Be sure to book your tee time ahead of time as these are popular courses and can be busy during their peak season.

Although Whistler is a fantastic winter destination, as you can see it is a year-round resort with a ton of fun activities to keep you entertained during your visit.  It is our favourite, weekend getaway from our hometown of Vancouver!

Which activity interests you in Whistler the most?  Are there any that we missed?


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4 Responses to Whistler, Canada…not just a winter destination!

  1. I can’t wait to explore Whistler in March. Even though it is not a summer trip, I am super excited to see the beautiful area! I think Whistler is overlooked as a summer destination. Thanks for sharing!!!
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    Angela October 9, 2013 at 3:28 pm Reply
    • Thanks so much for your comment, Angela! We hope you have a great time in Whistler in March. That is one of our favourite times to visit as you get the best of both worlds…still great skiing on the mountains and warmer weather in the village for some great patio time. 🙂

      evan&tracy October 24, 2013 at 3:43 pm Reply
  2. Great post! We personally prefer Whistler too in the spring, summer and fall – hiking, biking the Valley Trail, soaking up the sun by some of its idyllic mountain lakes. We’ve written a whole travel app on Whistler, covering its year-round activities. You might be interested to check it out: “Whistler Travel Guide” http://www.sandinmysuitcase.com/travel-apps/whistler-travel-guide/
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    Sand In My Suitcase October 12, 2013 at 4:43 pm Reply
    • Thanks, guys! We will definitely be checking out your travel app. We are so lucky to live so close to such a world class year-round resort destination. Happy Travels!!!

      evan&tracy October 24, 2013 at 3:44 pm Reply

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