Unless you’re from another planet, then you probably know that Whistler, BC, is one of the best ski destinations in North America. It’s not just the powdery white slopes that make Whistler a wonderful place to visit, though. Spend some time here and you’ll discover Whistler is full of many non-ski related ways to have a great time. To help you plan your next visit to this alpine paradise, we’ve put together a list of four of the many great things to do in Whistler when you need a break from the slopes.
- Take in the Scenery
Snow-capped mountain peaks, verdant pine forests, and immaculate rivers and lakes comprise Whistler’s picturesque landscapes. Even the drive up from Vancouver, on Highway 99, was named by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the best coastal drives in America. If you want to make a day trip of it, there are numerous places to sight see on the way to Whistler, including the town of Squamish, the Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada. From your accommodations in Whistler, you’ll be near some other can’t-miss places, such as the stunning Alexander Falls, the many hiking trails of the gorgeous Garibaldi Park, and much more.
- Peak 2 Peak Gondola
There’s no better way to take in all the sights than on Whistler’s own Peak 2 Peak alpine gondola, the longest and highest ski lift in the world. Not only does the gondola allow you to visit both Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains in one day, but the ride between the two destinations is spectacular. Each gondola offers a 360 view of Whistler’s breathtaking landscape, including both mountains and the evergreen forest below. In addition to the great views, the Peak 2 Peak gondola is also the best way to access the best hiking and mountain biking trails in the area, which are open in the summer and the early fall.
The Peak 2 Peak gondola is a great way to experience Whistler any time of the year, but there are times when it is not in operation. For more information on the gondola’s schedule, click here.
A bountiful year-round supply of prize fish make the lakes near Whistler ideal for casual and expert anglers alike. Alta Lake, Green Lake, Cheakamus Lake, and Callaghan Lake are among the most popular and easiest to reach fishing holes near town. A variety of trouts, including rainbow, are plentiful year round. Fall is considered the peak time for salmon, while winter is the season for steelhead trout.
You’ll need to purchase a fishing license online or at a local shop before you hit the lakes. Click here for more information.
- Whistler Tasting Tour
There are so many fantastic restaurants in Whistler that the initial dining experience can be a bit overwhelming for newcomers. No matter what you’re in the mood for, you’ll probably find it somewhere in town. One of the best ways get a taste of Whistler is by going on a tasting tour, which takes you to some of the best restaurants in town all in one afternoon or evening. Depending on the tour you choose, you’ll enjoy a multi-course meal at several of Whistler’s fine-dining restaurants or some decadent desserts at some of the best sweet spots in town.