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Don’t Visit Whistler Without Trying These 10 Things

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Looking for something exciting to do on your trip to Whistler? There are many more adventurous things to do in Whistler beyond the bike park in summer and the ski slopes in winter. 

Whether you enjoy learning about local culture or would rather spend your days zipping through trees and raising your adrenaline, there’s something for everyone.

10 Things You Need to Try Before You Leave Whistler

1. Ziplining Through the Treetops

Soar through the air with Whistler’s most popular zip lining experience. Through this journey, you will be able to walk several picturesque trails and boardwalks before catching gorgeous views atop Cougar Mountain. Then, of course, you’ll zipline down the mountain for a fun and exhilarating ride. Don’t forget to bring along your camera to capture the beautiful moments and the gorgeous scenery.

  • Season: Year-round
  • Starting price: $124.99
  • Age limit: Available for those aged seven and up
  • Best for: Those seeking a family-friendly adventure that combines thrill with scenery

2. Racing Through the Rainforest on an RZR 

RZRs are the cooler cousin to the ATV. Strap on a helmet and buckle in for a wild ride through the trees, dirt, and mud. You’ll be able to zoom by some breathtaking views of glacier-fed lakes as well as enjoy the cover of the cool rainforest. Whistler’s RZR tours all come with an on-site photographer to capture your driving, as well as the option to ride in a two or four-person RZR. Goggles and full-face helmets are provided for your protection.  

  • Season: Summer and fall
  • Starting price: $269.99 for a two-person RZR
  • Age limit: Available to those 16 years of age or older who possess a valid driver’s licence.
  • Best for: Those hoping to explore the wilder side of Whistler

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    Nothing says “team building” like throwing axes together

3. Throw Axes Like a True Canadian

Channel your inner lumberjack with axe throwing at Forged Axe Throwing. You don’t need a flannel or bushy beard to excel at axe throwing, although it certainly doesn’t hurt. Bring along your friends and family to challenge each other to a tough yet satisfying game. Where else are you going to be able to throw sharp objects without serious consequence?

  • Season: Year-round
  • Starting price: $39.99
  • Age limit: Available to those 10 years of age and up
  • Best for: Big groups and those wanting to fling sharp objects

4. Enjoy an Enchanting Night Walk 

Retrace the footsteps of two bold travellers through an enchanted forest walk known as Vallea Lumina. You’ll uncover the secrets of the woods through an immersive light and sound experience. Trust us when we say that this is one of the best things to do in Whistler at night. 

  • Season: Year-round
  • Starting price: $24.99
  • Age limit: All ages
  • Best for: Couples and those wanting to experience an otherworldly show

5. Finding Bears in Their Natural Habitat

In addition to skiing and mountain biking, Whistler is known for its bears. So whether you’ve never seen a bear in real life or want to snap some award-worthy photos of the creatures, Whistler’s bear watching tour will ensure that you catch a glimpse of these magnificent animals like never before. Each tour will take place in the comfort and safety of a luxury Jeep.

  • Season: Summer
  • Starting price: $129
  • Age limit: All ages
  • Best for: Families with younger children and animal lovers who want to go off the beaten path

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    One of the best things to do in Whistler during high water season!

6. Whitewater Rafting Through Incredible Rapids

Enjoy being pummelled and pounded by rapids as you race through the wild waters of Whistler. Led by a professional, choose between Class 1 to Class 4 rapids — they’re all sure to have your heart racing and clothing drenched. Each rafting adventure includes wetsuits and life jackets.

  • Season: Summer
  • Starting price: $129.99 per person
  • Age limit: Available for those aged seven and up
  • Best for: Those with teenagers who want to get in some serious Whistler adventuring 

7. Fish For Salmon 

Did you know that Whistler is a great place to catch fish? Whether you’re a seasoned pro looking for a new spot or an eager parent hoping to get their kids their first catch, you’re sure to come home with fishing stories, smiles, and of course, caught fish. The best times to catch Chinook are June through August, Sockeye in August through October and Coho from October through November.

  • Season: Winter
  • Starting price: $169 per person
  • Age limit: Available for those aged 10 and up
  • Best for: Fish-loving folks who want to learn a new skill.

8. Take Flight Over Whistler From a Helicopter

Aside from a spectacular aerial view of the Coast Mountains, those on a Whistler Helicopter Tour will also get to see unparalleled views of the gorgeous mountains, lakes, and volcanoes of the Sea to Sky. If you really want to maximize your experience, try a guided heli hike, heli picnic, heli golf, or even plan a proposal at the top of one of Whistler’s best mountains.

  • Season: All seasons
  • Starting price: $1,450 for up to 5 passengers
  • Age limit: All ages
  • Best for: VIP vacationers, seeking memories to last a lifetime.

9. Bungee Jump Over a Glacier River

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Bungee Jumping in Whistler is a big moment!

Face your fears by leaping off of a 160-foot bridge, 300 feet above Whistler’s glacier-fed Cheakamus River. No matter the weather, you’re sure to feel exhilarated after soaring through the air. If you want to go with a buddy, try tandem bungee jumping.

  • Season: All seasons
  • Starting price: $130
  • Age limit: All ages
  • Best for: Serious adrenaline seekers

10. Sightsee Like a Local 

Learn the secrets about Whistler and all that there is to do with a sightseeing tour. If you have a specific interest, let your guides know so that they can prepare a special tour just for you and your group.

  • Season: All seasons
  • Starting price: $49.99
  • Age limit: All ages
  • Best for: Groups of friends who are hoping to get a local view of Whistler.

When’s the Best Time to Visit Whistler?

With a never ending list of things to do in Whistler, you may be wondering when is the best time to book your Whistler holiday? Short answer: there is no best time!

You’ll notice, even from our reel of highlights listed above, that most activities are open all year round. Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter you can axe throw, zipline, bungee jump, sightsee and more. Just dress accordingly for the mountain conditions.

That being said, if you’re more into snow and skiing, then Winter is your best bet. However, if mountain biking and hiking are calling your name, then visit in the summer. 

A Neverending Line Up of Whistler Activities

Head over to Whistler Adventures to book your next day out. You’ll be able to find endless options for those families of all ages, groups of friends, or even parties.