Thanksgiving in Whistler: Deals, Meals, and More in November
thNovember, also known as shoulder season or the ‘dead season’ by locals, Thanksgiving is honestly one of the best times to visit Whistler.
Sure, the bike park has closed, but is Whistler open? If y0u time your adventure right (hint-hint, the last weekend in November), you’ll get the first dash of snow plus all the shoulder season deals.
To inspire your next visit to Whistler for Thanksgiving (the American one that is), here are a few meals, deals, and accommodation specials you’ll want to check out.
Is Whistler Open in November?
The common assumption is there isn’t much to do in Whistler during a typical November. But, we beg to differ. First, you’ll start with eating, drinking, and enjoying the relatively empty city. You’ll avoid the summer and spring break crowds, and might even catch the first day of Whistler Blackcomb opening.
We will note, with the reopening of tourism (thanks COVID-19!), shoulder season in 2021 is way less dead than usual. In record numbers, our American guests are heading north of the border to celebrate Thanksgiving. Whistler businesses don’t disappoint, and continue to offer excellent shoulder season discounts for locals and visitors alike.
What is There to Do in Whistler in November?
For an evening to remember, check out the Vallea Lumina light walk. The multimedia experience is one of a kind, taking you on a rare journey through a long-lost trail filled with music, light installations, and of course, a story of two travellers that’ll keep you engaged the entire time. The family-friendly event runs year-round and is great for those of all ages.
Those looking to relax and unwind need to visit the Scandinave Spa. Open Wednesday to Sunday to those aged 19 and up, the spa features eucalyptus steam baths, a wood-burning sauna, a Finnish sauna, hot baths, Nordic waterfalls, Nordic showers, cold plunge baths, and several relaxation areas. If you really want to get the most out of your spa time, book a massage — you won’t regret it.
Don your red flannels and closed-toed shoes and transform into the ultimate Canadian figure: the lumberjack. At Forged Axe Throwing, anyone aged ten and up can try their hand at throwing blades. Yes, it really is tougher than it looks.
Cornucopia is Whistler’s annual fall food and drink festival. Taking place between November 4 to 28, enjoy food and drink tastings, culinary demonstrations, drink seminars, winemaker dinners and more.
There are so many beautiful hikes to enjoy around the city. Enjoy the changing leaves along the trail to Lost Lake or rent a bike to ride down the Valley Trail. So whether you’re on a budget or want to ball out on outdoor gear, there’s an unlimited amount of outdoor fun this November in Whistler.
Are There Any Food Deals?
Alta Bistro, Whistler’s best French and Canadian fusion restaurant, is currently holding a fall three-course special for $49, including seafood, game meats, and vegetables. This menu is perfect for adventurous eaters as well as those who enjoy the finer eats. Tip: add on a dessert. They’re divine.
One of our favourite places to get pizza has to be Pizzeria Antico. For a short while this summer, the spot had taken away their happy hour deals. Lucky for you, the daily deals are back this shoulder season, and between 3 to 5 pm, you can enjoy $4 pints and $8 margherita pizzas. Yes, their one pizza is big enough for two pizza-loving people. Tip: you should ask for their chilli oil. It truly elevates the experience.
Don’t just take our word for it; even Chef Gordon Ramsay knows just how good Araxi is. Enjoy fine dining at a great rate this fall with Araxi’s 40th-anniversary deal, in which they’re offering a five-course prix fixe menu for only $40. Enjoy everything from fresh oysters to chickpea fritters, duck breast, Yukon arctic char, and house-made petit fours. Tip: splurge an extra $8 and get the foie gras parfait.
All Seasons Grill
Bring the family in for some approachable fare at All Seasons Grill if fine dining isn’t your thing. Sure, the place doesn’t look like much from the outside, but inside, All Seasons Grill delivers with all-you-can-eat ribs for $25 on Thursday and Friday, as well as daily drink specials. Tip: get their craft beer tester along with your meal. It’s three beers for $9.
Blackcomb Private Chefs
You made it all the way to Whistler. Why not hire a private chef to top off your Thanksgiving? With Blackcomb Private Chefs, you can hire a personal chef to come to your home and prepare the perfect dinner. The chefs work with local farms and suppliers to ensure that you can enjoy a local experience from the comfort of your own (rented) kitchen.
Where Should I Stay This November in Whistler?
Sip, Savour and Stay Packages
Tourism Whistler offers several Sip, Savour, and Stay packages between November 4 through 28 during the Cornucopia Festival. Stay three nights and get event tickets starting at just $71 per person per night. If you book three or more nights, you can enter the promo code FALL100 to receive a free $100 dining voucher.
Nita Lake Lodge
Located in Whistler Creekside, Nita Lake Lodge is one of the most luxurious places to stay in Whistler. Enjoy lake, mountain, and valley views, along with a complimentary shuttle to Whistler Village. If you book by November 15, you can save up to 30%.
Blackcomb Springs Suites
Somewhere between a hotel and vacation rental is Blackcomb Spring Suites. Each suite is nestled slope side on Blackcomb Mountain with a full kitchen, living room, and fireplace. There are also onsite heated swimming pools and hot tubs. If you book by November 15, you can save up to 35%.
Pangea Pod Hotel
If unique is the experience you’re going for, Pangea Pod Hotel is the spot for you. Much like a private hostel, you’ll be able to enjoy designer pod accommodation that’s affordable, social, and in the heart of the village. We love their bar and lounge area – it’s filled with board games, smiling staff, and locals.
Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Consistently rated as one of the best hotels in the city, Fairmont Chateau Whistler is one of the top spots to stay. Book before January 5 to save up to 20% with their Take Your Time package.
Whistler Vacation Rentals
Rather than booking into a hotel, live the authentic Whistler experience with a vacation rental. Tourism Whistler has a great list of available chalets, condos, lodges, and townhomes that are perfect for both short or long-term stays.
So, is Thanksgiving The Best Time to Visit Whistler?
Now that you know that Whistler is open during November, we hope that you’re more convinced that it’s a great time to visit.
If you’re looking for mountain activities, then, of course, stick to the peak seasons of summer or winter. If you’re not looking to mountain bike or ski, Whistler in November or anytime in the fall is definitely optimal.