The charming Canadian resort town of Whistler, located in British Columbia, is perhaps best known for its phenomenal skiing; however, this popular destination also boasts numerous restaurants, shops, spas, and entertainment opportunities. Don’t fret about what to do first—check out our 7-day itinerary to figure out where to go and what to see to make the most of your Whistler vacation.
You’ve checked into your suite and you’re raring to go, so grab your gear and head to Whistler-Blackcomb. As the largest ski resort in North America and consistently ranked as one of the continent’s best, this resort boasts 37 lifts servicing over 200 runs on two mountains, with a vertical drop of over 5,000 feet. These sister mountains offer something for everyone, with terrain ranging from beginner areas, chutes, trees, and groomed cruising runs to alpine bowls piled with powder after a fresh snowfall. You also won’t want to miss the record-breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola connecting Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains. Choose Raintree’s Whiski Jack at Woodrun Whistler, a ski-in/ski-out situated right on the side of Blackcomb Mountain, for a luxurious and convenient stay.
Shoppers will delight in Whistler Village and nearby areas, home to more than 200 shops. When you stay at Mountainside Lodge, you’ll be merely steps away from the village. Head to the Whistler Village Stroll, a pedestrian-only village surrounded by stunning mountain views. Check out both upscale and casual boutiques, sports equipment and clothing stores, and fine accessories shops. Splurge a little on beautiful giftware and delectable chocolate, or view Aboriginal art in local fine art galleries. Finally, grab a coffee or meal at one of the Village’s excellent restaurants, cafés, and coffee shops. You can also visit nearby Creekside, home to many more boutiques and the popular Rimrock Cafe. This locals’ favorite serves up fine dishes like seared scallops and venison tenderloin in an intimate room with two fireplaces and a large patio, perfect for a romantic dinner.
Learn about Whistler’s rich history at the Whistler Museum, which follows the town’s development from wilderness outpost to Olympic resort. Enjoy quirky exhibits like a stuffed hoary marmot—the animal from which the town got its name— a toilet-seat sailing trophy, and a 2010 Olympic torch you can hold. History buffs should check out the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, which showcases two different First Nations groups and offers tours. Re-live the 2010 Winter Olympics at the Whistler Olympic Park. Experience the thrill of the Olympians at the Whistler Sliding Centre, where you can go on a piloted bobsleigh ride or slide solo in a skeleton. Whistler’s many local attractions will provide a fun-filled day.
Get up close and personal with Whistler’s breathtaking vistas by going cross-country skiing. Lost Lake Park is a popular spot, with 22 km of wooded cross-country ski trails. Both novices and experts will find trails of their comfort levels. About 4 km of the trail is lit for additional nighttime skiing until 10 p.m., and you’ll find a handy “warming hut” offering lessons and equipment rentals. If snowshoeing is more your style, head out on the available 10 km of trails (or rent equipment or guides). Backcountry skiing is also available throughout the valley, specifically off of the tops of Whistler-Blackcomb.
Take a day trip to Vancouver, which was recognized as the top city in Canada in Travel + Leisure magazine’s 2014 World’s Best Awards. Vancouver simultaneously offers unbeatable outdoor adventure and the sophistication of a world-class city. Because of its oceanside location and temperate climate, it is one of the few places in the world where it’s possible to ski in the morning and sail in the afternoon. If you’re not in such an active mood, head to famous Robson Street. This strip is teeming with high fashion, trendy restaurants and bars, and a coffee-shop culture. Robson Street is also known as the Hollywood of the North, so keep your eyes peeled for star sightings! Also be sure to ride to the top of the Vancouver Lookout if you’re visiting on a clear day, where you can take in 360-degree views of the city. Your Lookout admission ticket is valid for the entire day, so you can check it out in the morning and return to watch the sunset before you leave.
You may be a little tired or sore after all that skiing and exploring, so take a day to pamper yourself. Rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul at the Scandinave Spa Whistler. This Nordic-inspired, 20,000-square-foot spa is situated on the edge of Lost Lake, just minutes away from Whistler Village. You and your sweetheart can soak in the soothing Scandinavian baths while enjoying the jaw-dropping mountain views. Get a massage to rub out those aches and pains; there are several massage options, from the extremely relaxing Swedish massage to the unique Thai Yoga massage to the romantic couple massage. Stop by the Scandinave Café when you’re hungry for a selection of healthy and light lunches, snacks, and beverages. At the end of the day, you’ll return to your resort a new you!
What better way to end your Whistler vacation than with a local tradition? Go for a tour with Blackcomb Sleighrides for a memorable last day. You can choose from two different routes along either Blackcomb Mountain or Nicklaus North Golf Course. Whether you’re looking for a simple sleigh ride, a scenic ride with a fondue dinner at one of Whistler’s finest restaurants to follow, or a private romantic ride with an optional fondue dinner, you’ll find it at Blackcomb Sleighrides. Leave the village on a sweet note by stopping by local favorite Purebread before heading out, where you’ll find unique and delicious bakery treats.
Although it’s a small town, you’ll find plenty to do on your Whistler vacation. Enjoy the perfect balance of adventure and relaxation with this travel itinerary on your next trip to Canada. If you’re interested in buying a Whistler timeshare or you are searching for a Whistler timeshare rental, we can help you find the perfect one.