A guide to visiting Whistler
A popular weekend destination for Vancouverites, Whistler is known the world over for its abundant powder snow and top-notch ski runs, as well as its rather lively après ski scene. Come outside of the ski season for rock climbing and cross-country mountain bike trails, as well as the stupendous views from Blackcomb Peak on offer from the Peak 2 Peak Gondola.
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Located 75 miles north of Vancouver, Whistler holds the hearts of many more than just its city weekenders. With both Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains serving up world-renowned ski resorts, the area’s adventure tag is emphasised by its downhill and cross-country mountain bike trails, along with rock climbing at the nearby town of Squamish. Cosy fireside pubs and sunny patio bars bring a lively atmosphere to the après ski festivities.
Did you know?
Whistler’s Peak 2 Peak Gondola is suspended at 436m above the ground, and holds the Guinness World Record for the planet’s highest cable car.
Whistler and Blackcomb boast 8,171 acres of skiable piste, covered by 38 lifts, which can carry up to 65,507 skiers per hour.
Whistler, in conjunction with Vancouver, hosted the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. The Athlete’s Village had beds for 2,400 competitors.
Whistler is home to a wide variety of wildlife including cougars, marmots, chipmunks, deer and black bears, which are most often spotted from March to November.
How to get around
Take a walk
Unless you’re on skis, the easiest way to get around Whistler is on foot. There are pathways everywhere, and the village is pretty compact, plus there are a number of short trails around the lower slopes linking the local settlements together with the parks, golf courses and (lakeside) beaches. For longer journeys, a car would be preferable, although there’s a reliable bus service and taxis are in plentiful supply. Alternatively, take your time, hire a bike for the day, and soak up all that wonderful scenery.