Whistler is a beautiful mountain-resort town situated north of Vancouver famous for its skiing and snowboarding activities in the winter and hiking and mountain biking in the summers. A couple of hours drive from Vancouver, one can also make some stops during the drive on the Sea to Sky Highway, also known as Highway 99. The drive itself is very scenic, making it one of the best road trips in Canada with the sea on one side and the mountains on the other.
Canada Jetlines operates from Toronto International Airport (YYZ) to Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Vancouver is conveniently located for tourists getting to Whistler.
A short trip from Vancouver, Whistler is accessible by road or air. For tourists who can spend only a day in Whistler, there are day trips to Whistler from Vancouver by seaplane which takes just 35 minutes. Although Whistler attracts winter outdoor enthusiasts, it is also a perfect stop for enjoying summer activities and is a great year-round destination.
As Whistler is accessible on foot or a bike, getting around without a car is easy. From Vancouver to Whistler, there are dedicated shuttle buses, chartered vehicles, floatplanes, and helicopters.
The best times to visit Whistler is between June and August in summers, and December to March in winters.
Skiing and Peak 2 Peak Gondola ride
The Whistler Mountain and the Blackcomb Mountain have many trails for skiing which cannot be all done in a day. For the non-skier, the Peak 2 Peak Gondola ride between the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains offers stunning panoramic views of the mountains. It is one of the most sought-after attractions to experience as it takes only 11 minutes to cover 4.4 kms. In the summers, the Peak 2 Peak Gondola ride takes you to the Cloudraker Skybridge, a breathtaking suspension bridge spanning 130 metres. For the ski enthusiasts, Hortsman Glacier is open for skiing all year-round.
Mountain Bike Park
In summers, the Mountain Bike Park offers different ride levels varying in difficulty to the mountain bikers. The bikers access the trail via Whistler village to access the top of the mountain.
Bungee jumping and zip lining are one of the most popular sports in Whistler. The extreme sport is open all year. It is one of the most scenic jumps and one can leap from 160 feet over the Cheakamus River.
The Whistler village at the base of the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains is lined with eclectic shops, dining, cafes, and bars offering a legendary nightlife. The resort village is pedestrian friendly and offers a vibrant arts and culture scene like the Squamish Lil’wat Culture Centre showcasing the history and culture of First Nations, and the Audain Art Museum housing First Nations art and iconic paintings of Emily Carr.
Hiking trails like the Ski to Ski trail and the Whistler Train Wreck Trail are one of the most popular hiking trails in Whistler. There are many hiking trails catering to different levels of difficulty. The maps can be accessed at the visitor centre. For family fun and hiking in the night, one can experience the Vallea Lumina, a hiking interactive trail through the forest with light displays. For cyclists, the Whistler Valley Trail is open year-round and offers 45 kms of trail through neighborhoods of Whistler.
Sea to Sky Highway Attractions
The drive from Vancouver to Whistler on the Sea to Sky Highway offers a plethora of amazing views and hikes worth exploring. One can stay overnight in Squamish to experience all the sights. The popular spots on this Highway are the Shannon Falls, Brandywine Falls Provincial Park, Garibaldi Provincial Park, Britannia Beach Mine - a tour of the mine with an interactive multimedia display, Sea to Sky Gondola ride, and Sea to Sky Air helicopter ride.
Languages: English and French
Currency: Canadian Dollar
Airport: Vancouver International Airport (YVR)