Whistler is a year-round destination with a full calendar of events and activities to excite and entertain. From its magnificent alpine playground, to its fine dining, cultural events, nightlife and spas, there really is something for everyone, at any time.
Winter in Whistler is, obviously, all about the alpine activities – world class skiing and snowboarding, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, dog sledding… But, if you can tear yourself away from the mountains long enough, there is the new Audain Art Museum to explore, First Nations culture to discover at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, and, in December, the Whistler Film Festival hits the screens.
With the emergence of spring brings the opportunity for valley hikes and biking along the many trails. In April the World Ski & Snowboard Festival arrives for ten days of winter sports competitions, free outdoor concerts, fashion shows and world-renowned DJ sets. In May, the Victoria Day weekend is celebrated with Go Fest, with four days of activities that bridge the winter and summer alpine seasons.
Whistler is an amazing summer destination, offering serious fun and adventures for all ages. From mountain biking and hiking, to horseback riding, bear viewing, canoeing and white water rafting, you will never be short of options. Need a break: treat yourself to a spa, or a spot of people-watching from one of the village restaurant patios.
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September brings wonderful live music in the Outdoor Concert Series, the celebrated Vancouver to Whistler bike race, the Gran Fondo, and the Bearfoot Bistro’s annual World Oyster Invitational and Bloody Caesar Battle. Culture lovers will want to check out October’s Readers and Writers Festival, while November is marked by Cornucopia, Whistler’s annual festival of food and wine.
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Whistler tips from our Staff
Louise Higgins · Front office manager
English-born Louise came to Whistler four years ago for the amazing winters and to indulge her passion for skiing. She loves the vast range of terrain within Whistler Blackcomb as well as the easy access to backcountry skiing. “Blackcomb is by far my favourite mountain,” she says. “Taking the steep but short hike into the glacier or Spanky’s Ladder is worth it for quieter runs and steep terrain.”
Daina Henry · Front desk supervisor
Originally from Ontario, Daina loves getting outside to explore all the natural beauty Whistler has to offer. “There is so much more to Whistler than the village stroll,” she says. She recommends a hike to Parkhurst Ghost Town on Green Lake, or the Train Wreck trail out in Function Junction.
Terri Quilton · Front desk supervisor
Terri has lived here for eight years. She suggests biking or hiking the Cheakamus trails, through the interpretive forest that leads up to the suspension bridge. She also recommends visiting Logger’s Lake, which sits in the crater of an extinct volcano. After all that exertion you will have earned a visit to one of her favourites, The Whistler Brewing Company or The Wildwood Cafe.
Jon Bowler · Maintenance manager
Canada featured early in the dreams of Welsh-born Jon, fostered by a film that featured the landscape and wildlife shown to his class in a tiny mining village. He knew he would visit one day, but that turned into a more permanent reality after he married a Canadian; after 9 years living in the Sea-to-Sky corridor, Jon has settled in Squamish. A keen angler, Jon loves Alpha Lake for fly fishing, he trout fishes at Green Lake and, for seclusion, he heads to Loggers Lake, reached by a 20-minute hike. He also suggests a hike or snowshoe into Parkhurst Ghost Town on the far side of Green Lake.
Ravi Lasher · Reservations manager
Indian-born Ravi has called Whistler home for 25 years. Her perfect summer day would be heading up the PEAK2PEAK to enjoy all the wild flowers growing on Blackcomb Mountain’s 7th Heaven run.
Kartika Karjana · Sales & Marketing manager
Kartika hails from Sydney, Australia, and was tempted to Whistler nine years ago by the promise of enjoying spectacular snowboarding. She recommends the pizza at Creekbread, the healthy lunch options at The Green Moustache, and the always fun après at Garibaldi Lift Co. (GLC). One of her favourite weekends in the village is the August B.C. Day holiday, where Michael Franti has played a free concert for the past few years.
Alena Kovac · Sales coordinator
Alena loves Whistler, from the glaciers sparkling overhead, to the hanging baskets that make everywhere beautiful come summer. Her top picks include visiting Lost Lake Park, Purebread Bakery for coffee and treats, the burgers as Splitz Grill, and chilling out on the Bearfoot Bistro’s patio. From the Czech Republic, Alena ejoys the arts, and recommends the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s annual Whistler concerts. She is also thrilled about the opening of the Audain Art Museum.
Melissa Finnegan – Front desk agent
Melissa was drawn to Whistler from Ireland so she could experience living in a town with four distant seasons. Originally most excited for winter she is also now very impressed with our summer. A novice snowboarder but keen to get up the mountain and give it a go and for any other first timers out there for skiing or snowboarding she recommends to “Just get up the mountain and try not to let your fears get in the way.
Her tips for our guests are to make sure you ask us a bunch of questions during your stay because our front desk team is very knowledgeable on Whistler. We are happy to do what we can to ensure you get the most out of your trip. Also for check out the Whistlerbites website, it lists all the restaurant dining specials available in town.
Jamie Portch – Front desk agent
Originally from England Jamie has now established himself in Whistler for 5 years and is the proud founder of a company called Wolf Whistles which focuses on providing high quality whistles, a skiing or snowboarding safety essential. He is an avid snowboarder with some teaching experience so if you need any tips he is the guy to ask. Jamie’s favourite stores in Whistler include the Circle, a locally owned snowboard store and Pure Bread for their amazing brownies.
Jock Murray – Front desk agent
When it comes to biking Jock has over 20 years of experience, it’s his true passion and so if you need any advice about the bike park or local bike trails he is the one to ask! Jock who is originally from the town of Lismore (just west of the Byron Bay, Australia) was always eager to visit B.C for its abundance of biking terrain and is now happy to call Whistler home. When Jock isn’t biking he likes to fuel up at the Alpine Café for its great food and local vibe.