Bringing the Love to Whistler Blackcomb | Planning the Ultimate Romantic Getaway
There are too many fun date ideas in Whistler to count. A short trip in the mountains may be just the tonic to stoke the romance in your relationship. At any time of year, Whistler makes the ideal destination for couples.
Whether you’re an adventurous couple in search of alpine thrills, or hoping for something more mellow and an opportunity to relax. Here’s our top tips on making your Whistler getaway special.
Getting To Whistler
Our recommendation for traveling to Whistler is to drive. The Sea-to-Sky is an incredible route and there are lots of opportunities to stop and explore along the way. Our top 5 Sea-to-Sky stops would be:
- Sea-To-Sky Gondola
Our first stop on Route 99 has to be the Sea-To-Sky Gondola. Transporting visitors 885m above Howe Sound, the Gondola offers incredible views. It also provides access to a number of great hiking trails. From the parking lot you gain access to Shannon Falls, the Sea-To-Summit trail, and the legendary Chief.
- Brohm Lake
Brohm Lake is a great opportunity to get out of the car and stretch your legs. 10 minutes north of Squamish, the area has a number of trails and a beautiful lake – perfect for a quick dip. The Brohm Lake Loop is the more popular trail here. We’d recommend allowing between 1 and 2 hours to complete the 3.5km
- Tantalus Lookout
A perfect photo opportunity, the Tantalus Lookout is a roadside view point, which offers expansive views of the Tantalus Mountain Range. This impressive vista features some of the Corridor’s most dramatic peaks, which hold there snow well into summer. Even if you only allow 15 minutes, this is a must-do on your Sea-to-Sky trip.
- Brandywine Falls
You’ll find Brandywine Falls 11km south of Whistler. It’s well signposted and has plenty of free car parking. The trail to the falls is very brief and features very little (if any) elevation gain. The view from the viewing platform is spectacular. We love it because it’s so accessible. Maximum reward for very minimal effort!
- Whistler Train Wreck
The Train Wreck trail is accessed from the crossroads at Function Junction, turning right at the first traffic lights heading north. The site is made up of a number of abandoned boxcars, strewn about the forest as the result of a derailment. They feature creative murals, which we always find interesting to explore. Another bonus is the suspension bridge, which crosses the vivid turquoise waters of the Cheakamus River.
Once you get here – Check out our post on finding Free Parking In Whistler – A Local’s Guide.
Not Driving? No Problem!
If you’re not able to drive, other transportation options exist. If you have the budget, you may consider arriving in style by float plane.
Float plane departures may be booked from both Vancouver and Vancouver Island. Passengers follow the Sea-to-Sky Corridor north taking in spectacular views of Howe Sound and the Coast Mountains. Arriving into Whistler, you’ll land on Green Lake. From here, it’s fairly easy to arrange a connection with your hotel.
For the more economic traveler, there are a couple of bus options linking Vancouver with Whistler. Whistler Connection is a good choice. They’re able to offer a door-to-door service in most instances, particularly from YVR.
5 Fun Date Ideas In Whistler
Now that you’ve arrived in Whistler (and begun to take in the natural beauty), you’ll be keen to explore! We’ve thought about where we would go on a date and put together our top 5 fun date ideas in Whistler
- Vallea Lumina
Launched in 2018, this incredible night walk is easily one of our fave date ideas in Whistler. It’s an experience like no other. Follow the story of 2 hikers missing in the forest as you witness the forest come alive with lights, lasers, sounds and holograms. For maximum impact, we recommend booking a time slot that’s guaranteed to be dark. We find that anything after 10:00 pm is great because there’s fewer people, too, allowing you to be more immersed in the experience.
- Paddle Boarding
An afternoon on the lake is always a pretty fun time. Spend quality time with your beau and take to the water for paddle boarding. There are a couple of renting options in Whistler and you’ll love being on the water. If you’d prefer to kayak or canoe, they’re great options too. The River of Golden Dreams may be worthwhile adding to your itinerary. You can join a tour and take in the scenery on a self-guided paddle.
- Coca Cola Tube Park
In winter months, we love spending an afternoon at the Coca Cola Tube Park on Whistler Mountain. It’s a unique way to experience the mountain and spend time playing in the snow. We’d recommend arranging this midweek, if possible, to avoid queuing in the cold. Afterwards, head for the Garibaldi Lift Co. in Skier’s Plaza for hot chocolate (with or without Baileys) and people-watching from the firepits.
- Alpine Riding
New on the scene in Whistler Bike Park is Alpine Riding. Known as A-frames, these scooter-like bikes are a novel way to experience Whistler Blackcomb in summer and suitable for most ages and abilities.
Public rides start from CAD$99 and take riders from peak to creek. Your guide will offer full instruction on the use of the A-frame and introduce you to some of the Bike Park’s popular trails too.
- Scandinave Spa
Another fun date idea in Whistler has to be Scandinave Spa. Unwind and recharge as you follow the traditional hot-cold-relax cycle. Expect hot tubs, traditional cedar saunas and eucalyptus steam rooms. If you want to add to the experience, there are options to add a massage too. Scandinave Spa is the perfect place to revel in some serious downtime with your love.
5 Romantic Dinner and Drink Suggestions
Exploring Whistler can be hungry work. Luckily there are a wide variety of cuisines to choose from in Whistler and even more watering holes to enjoy a beverage or two. If we were looking for a romantic dining experience, here’s where we would visit:
- Red Door Bistro
Consistently recognised as one of Whistler’s best restaurants, Red Door Bistro is located in the quieter Creekside neighbourhood. It’s a smaller venue and more intimate – perfect for date night. The food is divine and the service very attentive without being intrusive. We’d recommend booking your table in advance as Red Door Bistro can fill up quickly.
- The Chalet
In winter months, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Course clubhouse transforms into The Chalet – A Bavarian-inspired eatery. It’s made our top 5 thanks to it’s incredible fondue, which is a great dish to share with your beau. If cheese isn’t your thing, there are other great dishes on the menu including schnitzel and bratwurst. Maybe the chocolate fondue for dessert would be more your jam?
- Ohyama Ramen
Arguably the Sea-to-Sky’s best ramen, Ohyama is one of our favourite restaurants and a fun date idea in Whistler. They offer booth seating, which is great for romance, and are a nice, informal dining option. In winter we’re all about their ramen but in summer their sushi is a top priority of ours.
- Bar Oso
A great option for cocktails and tapas, Bar Oso is one of Whistler’s premier watering holes. It’s a nice excuse to dress up a little bit and get some nice conversation going. Located right on the Village Stroll, it’s a great spot to people-watch too. We’d recommend trying the Oso Sour – it features bacon-infused bourbon!
Specialising in wine, cheese and charcuterie, Basalt was made for date night. We’d recommend getting close to the action by opting to sit at the bar. In warmer months, they have a great patio right on the stroll, too.
If you’re looking for something to eat earlier in the day, check out our post on The Best Places To Grab Breakfast in Whistler.
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