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Nestled in the Coast Mountains, Whistler BC (British Columbia) is Canada’s favourite year-round destination. Consistently ranked as the number one mountain resort in North America, Whistler resorts offer an escape into nature and a unique, relaxed mountain lifestyle. Be warned; once you arrive, it is going to be very hard to leave.

The dramatic landscapes of Whistler’s surroundings are famous across the world; two side by side mountains providing access to stunning alpine terrain. A vibrant base village leads to kilometres of hiking and biking trails, meadows full of brightly coloured wildflowers and lush forestry. Welcome to paradise – soar to the skies onboard the world-famous gondola to really appreciate the stunning scenery you have found yourself in.

If you are looking for a destination that offers adventures to challenge and move you, look no further than Whistler BC. Home to the best skiing in Western Canada, it is natural that thousands of people visit every year in search of the promised powdered slopes. The village is home to countless sports that will allow you to make the most of the colder weather, from ice-climbing to winter zip-lining, dog sledding to snowboarding. Keep your eyes peeled for the forest dwelling black bears as you explore the terrain.

If you visit outside of ski season, Whistler will still be waiting to welcome you with open arms. The quaint pedestrian village is anything but quiet. With four award-winning golf courses, world-class shopping, lively bars and an ever-growing number of original events and festivals, you will never be short of something to do.

As well as adventure, Whistler provides rest and relaxation to those with a deep appreciation for the finer things in life. Stay in the most deluxe 5-star hotels - such as the Fairmont Chateau Whistler or the Four Seasons Resort Hotel - and make use of the luxurious services on offer. Après-ski is a way of life here, so enjoy decadent fine-dining with mountain vistas and the finest champagne after a long day on the slopes. Whether you want to get up close to the landscape or you simply want to relax and soak up the scenery, Whistler can provide everything you’re looking for and more.

Is it time for you to dive in and discover Whistler for yourself? Plan your trip with Canada Travel Specialists and enjoy your own personal advisor, plus our low deposits and flexible holiday payment plans. We will be delighted to tailor-make an itinerary that suits your exact requirements.

Get in touch today – your holiday to Whistler can be just around the corner.

Whistler is located in the Coast Mountain Range
The nearest international airport is in Vancouver
Whistler is approximately a 2.5 hour drive from Vancouver
The mountains receive an average annual snowfall of 11.9 metres
August is the warmest month
The ski season is typically between November and April
Black bears are a common sight in the summer
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Things to do in Whistler

1. Ride Peak 2 Peak Gondola

A record-breaking lift that takes you between Whistler and the striking Blackcomb mountains, the Peak 2 Peak Gondola provides breath-taking 360-degree views of snow-capped peaks, lakes, glaciers and forest. We suggest you enjoy a meal in one of the five restaurants at the top – you will never have experienced ‘dinner with a view’ quite like this before.

2. Indulge in a Whistler Tasting Tour

Having just joined the illustrious Canadian Signature Experience list, a Whistler Tasting Tour provides you with a once in a lifetime opportunity to eat and drink your way around Whistler. From budget eats to fine dining, these extensive tours have something to appeal to all tastes

3. Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

If you want to learn the fascinating history of the First Nation peoples that call this region home, this modern museum is your perfect stop. With exhibits showcasing indigenous art and culture, plus a café where you can sample First Nation’s cuisine, you can easily spend a few hours here. Make sure you check out the fantastic gift shop!

4. Olympic Park

As the location of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, Olympic Park is one of Whistler’s most popular tourist attractions. Explore the park in show shoes or skies or keep the kids entertained on the toboggan hill. Maybe you will be participating in the games next!

5. Alexander Falls

If you are looking for a peaceful place to enjoy nature’s splendour, visit Alexander Falls. This 141-foot tumbling waterfall can be observed from a viewing platform, or as you eat lunch at the picnic tables. Keep your eyes peeled - you may see a bear meandering around the premises!

Places to eat in Whistler

1. Araxi Restaurant and Oyster Bar

Billed as Whistler’s best restaurant for over 10 years, Araxi is the perfect spot for farm to table dining in a decadent setting. The menu changes seasonally and uses only the best local ingredients. We suggest you go between 3 and 5 and enjoy some incredible fresh oysters.

2. Bearfoot Bistro

Another high-end option, Bearfoot Bistro is one of Whistler’s most unique dining establishments. Enjoy a luxurious three-course meal before sampling some vodka in the Ketel One Ice Room - Canada’s only permanent sub-zero vodka tasting room. This is an experience you will never forget.

3. Mexican Corner

A more low-key eatery, the award-winning Mexican Corner is a local favourite. Indulge in authentic Mexican cuisine from their extensive menu – lunch, après ski and dinner options are available. Make sure you try the nachos – don’t forget the guacamole!

4. Alta Bistro

This chic bistro has a changing seasonal menu with a focus on authentic French cookery – options will include elk and bison. The presentation is always flawless and the service welcoming – this is a great option for a romantic evening with that special someone.

5. The Southside Diner

An institution in Whistler for over 30 years, the Southside Diner serves old-fashioned diner cuisine and offers a great opportunity to mingle with the friendly locals. The sumptuous portions of comfort food will appeal to any taste, providing plenty of veggie options and prices that won’t break the bank.

Top tips for visiting Whistler

1. Alternative Winter Sports

Skiing not really your thing? Whistler offers countless other winter sports, from snow shoeing and outdoor skating in Whistler Village to bobsledding or night tubing at the Olympic Park.

2. Après-ski

Après-ski isn’t just relaxing after a tiring day on the slopes – in Whistler, it is a whole way of life. Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine in a hot tub or dine in one of the resort’s many award-winning restaurants; wherever you go, the atmosphere will be casual and relaxed.

3. Pedestrians Only

Whistler’s main village is actually a pedestrian only zone, so no cars are allowed on the charming streets. This makes Whistler the ideal location to explore on foot – who knows what secret treasures you will find?

4. Pack Layers

Temperatures in Whistler can change quite rapidly. Make sure you are prepared for the varying weather by bringing layers with you.

5. Visit Lost Lake park

One of Whistler’s hidden gems, visit Lost Lake Park if you would like to go off the beaten track and relax in tranquil surroundings. The park offers a sandy beach, almost 100km of hiking, do nothing swimming and cycling. We suggest you bring some beers and burgers and use one of the BBQs on site for a picnic with a difference.

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