For a beautiful hour and a half beyond Vancouver, a windy highway leads you along the ocean and mountains to a magical place. It’s a land where young people go to postpone growing up, and where grown-ups go to grow old. This magical place hosts thousands of international visitors each year, and locals that boast of it’s greatness. Whether you prefer a quiet mountain relaxation or you’re an adrenaline junky looking get some speed down the hill, you will find yourself wandering around Whistler feeling as though you’ve seen this place only in your dreams.
From mountain riding on bike or boards to hikes through the wilderness, the people and atmosphere in Whistler will keep you hanging on and coming back for more. If you’re planning your next Canadian escape and haven’t journeyed down the winding highway that leads to youthful bliss, let’s outline some of the epic things it has to offer.
This is quite possibly the number one reason why people venture into the mountains. Hosting the 2010 Olympics, Whistler Blackcomb is the largest ski resort in North America and boasts some of the greatest runs in the world. In the summer it hosts the famous Crankworx Mountain Bike celebration that gathers crowds of people to the small town for a weeklong festivity. It packs out hotels and nightlife, and bikers from around the world come to compete in a variety of events. In the surrounding area you can find trails that wander off into the mountains for all levels. From a beginner hiker to an extreme wilderness explorer, there’s a trail for everyone to enjoy. In the nearby lakes and rivers you can find yourself stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, river rafting or bungee jumping. If you love the feeling of adrenaline rushing through your veins, the mountains of Whistler will manifest your downhill daydreams.
From après at Garibaldi Lift Company, Merlin’s live music at the bottom of Blackcomb, or a night out at Garfinkel’s, the village offers nightlife in a variety of epic form. After you’ve completed your activities for the day, you want to kick back and relax with some music and a beverage, which is totally understandable. The restaurant and nightlife industry in Whistler is booming, and you can find many international locals (ahem Australians) serving you throughout the town’s incredible hot spots. Have a listen to live music at Tapley’s for a low-key night, or hit up some of Whistler’s underground bars and bust out those dance moves. (We know you have them.) Whatever your scene may be, choose from a multitude of spots to spend your evenings in Whistler, and just about every night you’ll find people strolling through the village into the wee hours.
Whether you prefer an under-the-stars stay via tent at Lake Garibaldi, or a full five star experience at the Pan Pacific, your preferences are covered in this town. Hike up to your favorite mountain top and pitch a tent, or make a reservation in one of the outstanding hotels in the village, both will do. For the ultra adventurist, cabins are accessible by hike or snowshoe around the Whistler Area. One of the greatest things should you choose a village hotel, is the ability to park your car and let the village stroll guide the way. As you make your way around the village on the carless footpaths, you find yourself stopping at boutique stores and restaurants, appreciating little things that you wouldn’t necessarily catch by car. To top off a trip of hiking and adrenaline, or maybe while your significant other hits the hill, be sure to stop by the Scandinave Spa for a rejuvenating experience. A perfect addition to your trip, the solace and relaxation of it’s facilities will leave you feeling completely renewed and ready for another eventful evening in Whistler.
Maybe you’re thinking of spending a season. Maybe you’re looking to make it your home, or perhaps planning your next adventurous escape. Whatever the case may be; this is a spot that you cannot spend your lifetime without experiencing. The air is a little bit clearer, and the sunset skyline behind the snow capped peaks will take your breath away. If you’re a mountain loving adventure enthusiast, this is a spot that you may just want to wander off to and stay a while.
That’s why you choose Whistler.