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What to do in Whistler, Canada? Read this List.

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Squamish may call itself the outdoor recreation capital of Canada, but Whistler truly is the spot for unlimited, all-season fun.

Whether you’re a foodie, an adrenaline junkie, or simply someone looking for a quick getaway, you sure won’t find yourself bored and wondering what to do in Whistler, Canada.

Just in case you do end up wondering “what to do near me”, here are 30 things to do in Whistler:

Dance the Night Away

  • There’s so much nightlife to enjoy in Whistler. Whether you want to join the locals at Tapleys Pub, dance the night away at Garfinkel’s, or would rather dance along to a DJ at Pangea, you’re sure to have a night to remember – or purposely forget.

Go Tubing 

  • In Whistler, you can go tubing one of two ways: visiting the Bubly Tube Park near the Excalibur Gondola or bringing your tube or toboggan and sledding down the man-made piles of snow in the Olympic Village.

Enjoy a Night Walk Whistler night walk image, people highlighted by colourful light in forest

  • Vallea Lumina is one of the most incredible things to do in Whistler. The multimedia wonder walk will bring you on a journey through the forest, guided by lights, enchanting sounds, and brilliant projections.

Zoom Around on a RZR 

  • Put on a helmet, lock in your seatbelt, and whiz away on a RZR tour through the dirt and mud of the West Coast’s most infamous rainforest. RZR tours are perfect for groups of two, three, or four people with valid driver’s licences.

Go Thrift Shopping

  • Whistler has three main spots for thrifting. Vula Vintage is located in the village and has updated basics. The Velvet Underground has curated finds, while the Reuse-It-Center is the Value Village of Whistler – except all money goes back to the community.

Soar Through the Sky on a Zipline

  • Jump solo or strap in with your kids for an action-packed adventure of a lifetime. Superfly Ziplines are for the adrenaline junkies who enjoy getting a great view, as this journey takes you above the treetop canopy at Cougar Mountain and through a network of trails and boardwalks.

Paddle Through Some Wild Rapids

  • Your paddle and great attitude are all you’ll need to go whitewater rafting. Wedge Rafting will take you on rafting adventures, pummelling and pounding you from Class 1 to 4 rapids.

Stay In a Pod Hotel

  • Pod Hotels aren’t just in Japan. The Pangea Pod Hotel is located in the heart of Whistler Village and offers an unbeatable price. Think of it as a fancy hostel.

Catch a Fish

  • Fishing in Whistler? Yep, that’s a thing! Wade along the shoreline or cast from a boat in the backcountry during the summer months. If you’re a true fisherman, fish from a portable ice shelter over the frozen waters during the winter. The best time for Chinook is from June through August. The best time for Sockeye is August through October, and the best time for Coho is from October through November.  

Fly High in a Helicopter  Whistler helicoptor

  • Whether you’d like to go on a heli picnic, heli hike, heli bike, or even go heli golfing, Blackcomb Helicopters can get you there. Enjoy magnificent views of the Coast Mountains, lakes, volcanoes, and more, all without having to expel energy with a hike. If you’re short on time, you can even take a 12-minute introductory trip around Whistler Blackcomb.

Relax and Unwind at the Scandinave Spa

  • You deserve a spa day, and the Scandinave Spa is one of the best there is. Open daily, start your day off with a massage before enjoying the hot tubs, pools, saunas, steam rooms, yoga studio, and resting rooms.  

Expand Your Horizons at a Museum

  • If you’re into art, check out the art of British Columbia at the Audain Art Museum. If you’re more into the culture, the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre is where you need to be.

Venture Around Lost Lake

  • If it’s the summer, take a nice walk around Lost Lake. If it’s winter, strap on your cross country skis and enjoy the groomed path.

Customize a Tasty Burger

  • Splitz Grill is one of the local’s best-kept secrets. Tucked away behind Olympic Village is one of the best burger spots in all of British Columbia. Seriously.

Watch Out For Bears

Two bears, brown and black, on Whistler mountain

You never know whats in store on a Whistler bear tour – but almost always bears!

  • Whistler’s most beautiful wild animal has to be the black bear. If you don’t happen to come by any beautiful bears during your visit, seek them out in the comfort of a luxury Jeep thanks to bear watching tours.

Throw Some Axes

  • Thanks to Forged Axe Throwing, you can feel like a true Canadian lumberjack. Perfect for solo throwers and groups alike; the classic Canadian adventure will make you feel strong, competitive, and happy.

Dine on Sushi and More (While Partying Like a Local)

  • Confused about what dining while partying looks like? Head out to Sushi Village and order a few sake margarita pitchers. Good luck!

Go Stand Up Paddleboarding

  • No matter if you’ve done it a million times or are a complete newbie, the best way to enjoy Whistler’s lakes has to be by stand-up paddleboarding. Don’t worry if you can’t stand; we won’t judge you for kneeling.  

Plummet Over a Freezing River

  • Jump 160 feet over the glacier-fed Cheakamus River. Although it’s not for the faint of heart, we promise that Whistler Bungee is as safe as it is fun. If you’re not too keen on jumping alone, don’t worry, you can tandem jump.  

Go On a Hike

  • Whether you’d like to join a guided hike or go off the beaten path on your own, Whistler has plenty of hikes.

Visit a Happy Hour

  • With so many restaurants in Whistler, your wallet may be feeling a little bit light. Go easy on your spending by visiting one of the hundreds of happy hours around the village.

Spend a Day Mountain Biking

mountain biker in woods

Ready for some serious downhill? Hit Whistler mountain bike park

  • In the summer, Whistler Blackcomb is known for its world-class mountain biking. If you’d rather not shell out money on a lift ticket, go biking around the lost lake trails. Sure, you don’t get to ride a chairlift up, but the climb is half the fun!

Go Snowshoeing

  • Bring along your snowshoes, rent a pair, or go on a guided snowshoe hike. Trust us when we say that snowshoes don’t make you nerdy; it’s struggling to hike in the snow that does.

Sled With Some Whistler Pups

  • Go on an iconic dog sledding ride with some gorgeous dogs. Don’t worry, all the dogs at Blackcomb Dog Sled love giving you a lift as much as you enjoy the ride.

Gulp Down a Pint of Craft Beer 

  • Between Coast Mountain Brewing, Whistler Brewing Company, and High Mountain Brewing Company Brewhouse, you’ll have more than enough pints of craft brews in the city.

Slash Through the Snow on a Snowmobile

Two people on a snow mobile, Canadian Wilderness Adventures

Snow mobiling Whistler’s backcountry is an unexpected way to explore the region

  • First-time riders should embark on a scenic tour of Whistler’s backcountry via snowmobile. Experienced riders can enjoy advanced tours that include hot drinks and snacks, light lunches, and customized courses.

Go Skiing or Boarding on a World-Class Mountain

  • You don’t come to Whistler in the wintertime without going up the mountain. Purchase your ski pass and enjoy a day on both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.

Slurp Down Some Ramen

  • Ramen in Whistler is a thing, and it’s delicious. Ohyama Ramen offers enormous bowls of ramen for $15 to $20 and has both vegan and meat-lover bowls.  

Go Headfirst Down a Bobsleigh Course

  • You don’t have to be an Olympian to try your hand at bobsledding or skeleton. You just have to go to Whistler Sport Legacies. No experience is needed to enjoy ten twists and turns at 125+ km/hr speeds and an acceleration of up to 4 g’s.

What are you waiting for? Now that you know what to do in Whistler, Canada, book your trip and get going! 

Whistler is a hiker’s paradise. Available throughout every season, you can hike trails of varying difficulty while at your own pace.