Explore Whistler | Learn to Shoot
When most people think about a shooting range, they may think of a range in the Nevada desert or shooting a paper target at an indoor gun range. Believe it or not, there’s a shooting range near Whistler surrounded by lush forest and towering mountains to give you a unique gun range experience!
Located twenty minutes north of Whistler Village, the Whistler gun range offers shooting adventures in a fun and safe outdoor environment. There’s a reason why past guests rave about their experience with Whistler Shooting Adventures – come and try it for yourself!
Top 5 Reasons to Head to the Shooting Range
Visiting the Whistler gun range requires no permits or licenses, and is a unique adventure for all ages and skill levels. Most visitors spend an hour or two at the range first learning the fundamentals and safety of handling a weapon before firing several types of guns from handguns to powerful rifles and beyond.
Here are the top 5 reasons to head to the shooting range in Whistler and knock the experience off your bucket list.
- Crush Misconceptions
There are misconceptions that gun owners don’t care about safety and that they only own guns to cause harm. At Whistler Shooting Adventures, staff provide detailed instruction and safety supervision by qualified instructors to keep you having fun while staying safe. They teach guests proper gun handling etiquette and are there to support and supervise all guests during their visit.
- A Bachelor (or Bachelorette) Party to Remember
Gather your girlfriends or get the guys together for a stag ‘do to remember! Dress in a ridiculous outfit with the squad and let go of that wedding stress to try your hand at a new skill. From pink handguns to exploding targets, your group will stay entertained and safe (and take some epic photos and videos!).
- Variety of Packages to Choose From
Whistler Shooting Adventures offers eight different packages to choose from, with the option to add on extra shots, exploding targets, or to try the powerful .50 Browning Machine Gun. The Small Shooter package ($80) is a great option for kids looking to try shooting, and the Bullets & Buckshot package ($95) offers a little bit of everything perfect for first-timers. Looking to crank it up a notch? The Big Boomer package ($180) isn’t for the faint of heart – expect big powerful guns with kickback.
- Unique Experience
Unlike other shooting range experiences, this Whistler gun range is surrounded by forests and mountains and is open year-round. It’s an adventure you wouldn’t expect to find in Whistler and many countries don’t offer anything like it, so it’s definitely worth making a reservation and shooting in a beautiful outdoor location.
- Highly Rated and Recommended
Don’t just take it from us – past guests also rave about Whistler Shooting Adventures, giving the experience five stars on TripAdvisor. Many expressed that even though it was their first time holding a gun that the staff made them feel comfortable and confident. Many past guests stated that they can’t wait to visit again during their next trip to Whistler.
What to Expect on a Shooting Adventure
Advanced bookings are required for Whistler Shooting Adventures to ensure there are enough staff and space for your group, but once reserved guests receive a confirmation and gate code that takes them to the range. Once at the range, waivers are filled out (those over 18 must bring along government issued ID) and safety protocols are taught before firing away.
There are pit toilets at the range but though food and drink are not available. Guests are encouraged to bring their own if they wish. Here are some other things to expect during your visit to this shooting range near Whistler.
- Focus on Safety
Safety is number one at Whistler Shooting Adventures, and staff will not tolerate anyone who does not abide by the rules or is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Staff will educate and inform guests of proper gun handling techniques and will be supervising guests at all times during their visit. All guests are provided with safety glasses and ear protection as well.
- First Timers Welcome
Never held a gun before? No problem! At Whistler Shooting Adventures, no experience is required and guests do not need any permits or licenses to shoot here. Intimidation will turn into confidence and motivation as patient staff will have you firing like a pro in no time. They will even allow kids to try shooting so long as they’re age ten and older and can physically hold a gun safely.
- Beautiful Views
Surrounded by trees and mountains, the range at Whistler Shooting Adventures is unlike any range you’ve seen before. Their amazing set up is remote and beautiful and when you have a break between rounds, you’ll be soaking up the incredible scenery. Feel a million miles away when only being twenty minutes from the hustle and bustle of Whistler Village.
- Informative and Educational
The staff at the Whistler gun range are super friendly, extremely knowledgeable, and will answer any questions you may have during your visit. Their main focus is to teach you how to safely handle a gun and to retain this information during your visit and beyond. They are also experts on the guns themselves and are happy to go over the technical specifications as well.
- Professional Staff
The highly qualified professional staff at Whistler Shooting Adventures have years of experience shooting, teaching, and providing guests with a fun and unique experience. They keep a watchful eye on guests and provide motivation and feedback without being condescending and will leave you feeling confident and inspired.
Other Outdoor Adventures You Might Enjoy
Perhaps you want to visit the Whistler gun range twice in one visit but if you’re looking for other activities to try in Whistler, here are some options that will keep the excitement high and fine-tune your aim.
- Axe Throwing
Feeling confident in your target shooting skills? Head over to Forged Axe Throwing for an hour-long axe throwing experience. Enthusiastic guides will teach you the numerous ways to throw an axe before you and your friends go head to head in fun competitions and games that will get you in vacation mode. An hour will fly by and your face will be sore from smiling, and you’ll gain a new party trick to share (along with an amazing photo of your axe-wielding skills!).
- RZR Tour
Keep the excitement high and blood pumping on a RZR Tour with The Adventure Group. From the office in the village, they will take you via bus to their base at Cougar Mountain where they’ll gear you up with helmets, goggles, and if necessary gloves and wet weather clothes. Now the fun begins – a guide will tour you around backcountry trails as you zoom past old growth trees, splash through puddles, and climb steep hills. You’ll be amazed at what these powerful machines can do!
Hit the river with a local fishing guide and explore secret spots while admiring the remote natural beauty of Whistler and its surroundings. Chinook, Sockeye and Coho are local to the area among other fish species, and there’s potential for other wildlife sightings. Best of all you’ll have the opportunity to learn from an experienced fishing guide and return home with a new skill, or at least a lot of great memories!
Tee off on Whistler’s three world-class Golf Courses and be amazed by the quality of the greens and magnificent beauty that surrounds the courses. These championship courses developed by three of the top designers will appeal to recreational players and professionals looking for a scenic and unique Golf Get-a-way.
While it does seem like an activity that doesn’t quite fit the ‘Whistler’ mould, you’ll be surprised by how much fun you’ll have at the Whistler gun range. It’s amazing in itself that there’s a shooting range near Whistler – only a twenty-minute drive away. Surprise yourself and your friends by learning a new skill and leaving with memories that will last a lifetime.