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The ten best things to do in Whistler, all year round

You’ve no doubt heard or Whistler’s epic snowfall and opportunities to shred the gnarliest powder around. However, there’s so much more to Whistler that goes beyond the ski season…

Winter is for fresh powder and cosy bars…

1. Carve up the slopes

Well, we thought we’d get it over with. Yes, this place is a snow-lovers playground and it deserves the adoration. From the rookie skier to the pro, there’s a slope for you. A little more experienced? Choose one of the safe off-piste routes and explore the back country.


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2. Snowmobile street cred

It’s hard to feel even an inch more swag than when you’re bombing around on a snowmobile. So ditch the skis and experience the mountains in style.


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3. Snowshoe ready

With all that snow comes a pretty chilly climate, so do as the Whistler folk do: layer up and embrace it. Whack on your snowshoes and head out on a winter hike a la Elsa but with ten more layers over sparkling lakes and waterfalls.


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4. Get down with the locals

Head to local favourite, Beacon, and warm up after a ski sesh with bevvies and free pool. Or, if you’re feeling like a big night on the town try Brandy’s at the Keg sports bar. It doesn’t have a 5* TripAdvisor rating for nothing…


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5. Cosy up

Gone Eatery is the perfect spot to snuggle up on a comfy sofa and tuck into some well-deserved post-ski food. Located inside the local bookshop, dig into a mountain of fresh, healthy food that won’t break the bank. For something lighter check out the made-to-order sandwich selection on offer at the Portobello Deli at Fairmont Chateau.


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Summer is for wildflower peaks and turquoise lakes…

6. Alpine hikes

Whistler offers an array of awesome hiking opportunities. Hike to high note at the top of Whistler, Garibaldi Lakes or if you’re keen, embark on a three-day excursion to Panorama Ridge and The Black Tusk. Or if you’re lazy but still want the views, take the new chairlift up to Creekside for epic panoramic views that’ll make your jaw drop. Literally.


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7. Blow-ups and sunny days

Grab an inflatable (flamingo, avocado, emoji poo, whatever) and float on down the River of Golden Dreams – yep that it’s real name and it lives up to the hype, trust us – in the warm summer sun. It doesn’t get much dreamier than that!


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8. Let’s bungy!

Fear not adrenaline junkies, spend a summer’s day throwing yourself into the forest landscape with Whistler’s bungy jump. Man is that view beaut (if your eyes aren’t squeezed shut that is). If you want heights but your feet firmly on the ground, check out the new suspension bridge from Whistler Peak to West Ridge with 360 views over Whistler Bowl.


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9. Get in line

Zip lining is an all year-round activity, but unless you want to feel like you’ve had ice botox, we recommend giving this a go in the warmer months. Whistler has the longest zipline in North America, the aptly named Sasquatch, spanning from Blackcomb mountain to Whistler.


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10. We’re going on a bear hunt*

*Not at all advisable but Whistler is surrounded by natural landscape, so keep those eyes peeled for its inhabitants and cuddly critters. Black bears, marmots and sometimes even coyotes have all been spotted! (Make sure you’re spotting from inside or far away; those coyotes and black bears are feisty).


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So pack your thermals AND your sunscreen and start planning that trip to Whistler! Get inspired and find out more info on tours and accommodation over on our Whistler Travel Guide, or search and book the cheapest return flights there with Air Canada.