Whistler nestles within two enormous mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb. Surrounding the village is a rugged area that boasts of teal-blue lakes, volcanic peaks and unending forests. Highway 99 connects to the attractions and communities of Whistler. The peaks of Whistler and Blackcomb make for the most significant winter sports area in Canada. The whole world comes to ski in Whistler. There are lots to do and see here.
Accommodations are never a problem as there are plenty of luxury hotels, condos and Whistler vacation homes. The pedestrian-only paths in the village are lined with restaurants, shops and galleries. There is a mile-long list of fun-filled activities to explore in Whistler, Canada. Enjoy an eclectic mix of events in a family-friendly atmosphere, and only here at Whistler.
Read on to learn about the major attractions in Whistler.
1. Whistler Village
Start your trip with an exploration of the Whistler Village that is placed right at the foot of Whistler Blackcomb Mountain. Visitors and locals can be seen sauntering along the Village Stroll. There are loads of ski and snowboard shops and boutiques and plenty of restaurants and bars in the area. Whistler Village calendar is full of activities, no matter what the season.
2. Alexander Falls
Nothing could be better than enjoying a picnic at Alexander Falls that is about 140-foot tall. It is a natural landmark northwest of Whistler, which is truly impressive. Enjoy the majestic sight and admire mother nature in all her glory. The truly impressive waterfall charges down at high speed and down a massive drop. Hikers can explore the lush forest and massive rock formations around. However, keep your eyes peeled for wild life, black bears and grizzly bears.
3. Whistler Blackcomb Mountain
You will always find hordes of skiers and snowboarders on the Whistler Blackcomb Mountain, and for good reasons. The slopes of the mountain offer more than 8000 acres of more than 200 trails that cater to all skill levels. One can hone their skiing skills or go down one of the long trails with many challenging turns. Enjoy pristine conditions and excellent views as you explore other activities such as snowmobiling, dog sledding, snowshoeing, tubing and more.
4. Whistler golf courses
Whistler boasts of four championship golf courses that have been designed by some of the world’s top golfers. Namely, Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club, Big Sky Golf & Country Club, the Nicklaus North Golf Course and the Whistler Golf Club, these courses are equipped with driving ranges, pro shops, putting greens, learning centers, and restaurants. The opening hours and fee vary by the course.
5. Whistler mountain hikes
Whistler village and the surrounding area is renowned for its hiking trails. Those trains can range from relaxed nature walks to intense mountain climbs. There is a well-traveled network of hikes, and the gondolas take the hikes to new heights and new trails. The hiking experience gets lovelier during the alpine wildflower season.
6. Whistler’s Olympic Park
Whistler’s Olympic Park was built for the 2010 Winter Games. It was at this venue where more than a third of all the Olympic medals were handed Ove for an event such as biathlon, ski jumping, cross-country skiing and Nordic. Take a tour the Olympic Nordic competition area and explore the wilderness on snowshoe. You can watch top-class athletes as they train or try your hand at experiencing biathlon.
7. Whistler Museum
Whistler Museum takes you on a journey of the area’s past and the origins of Whistler. The exhibits allow you to go through the beginnings to the present of Whistler Blackcomb Mountains. Take advantage of the visual and audio pieces display and learn about the evolving mountainous terrain, typical clothing of eras ago or the wildlife of the land. The museum is still expanding and growing and is located in downtown Whistler.
8. Peak 2 Peak Gondola
Enjoy this enchanting and elevated ride between the two mountains that take you across 4.4 kilometers. The ride takes only about 11 minutes, and one enjoys superb views on a clear day. There are snow-capped mountains, and dense coniferous forests and alpine lakes all around you. There are many photo opportunities, and one can take guided alpine walks. Loop-hiking trails at the peak introduce the alpine terrain.
9. Lost Lake
Lost Lake is just the perfect spot for those looking for skiing in the winter, beaches in summer or hiking trails. Lost Lake Park covers about 525-acre and once can admire the Whistler Blackcomb Mountain in the distance from here. Canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards can be hired from nearby Lakeside Park. There are plenty of opportunities for fun near the sandy beach and gorgeous lake. You can simply roam around and soak up the charming scenery or stop to take shots of the picturesque scenery.
10. Mountain biking
One of the most popular summer sport in Whistler Village is mountain biking. Visitors from all across the world come here to enjoy the extreme sport. It is common to see armor-clad bikers heading for the chairlift to Whistler Mountain Bike Park. There are other adrenaline-fueled activities too such as zip-lining across forested valleys or Whistler Sliding Centre bobsleigh and skeleton track.
11. Whistler Sliding Center
Whistler Sliding center was home to the 2010 Winter Olympics’ bobsleigh, luge and skeleton tracks. You can try bobsleigh or skeleton ride or fly down the Olympic track on a skeleton. Get ready for one of the most memorable experiences ever that is sure to get your blood pumping. The Whistler Sliding Centre remains open daily.
Note: Featured image is by Mogodore – Wikimedia.
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