The 2010 Winter Olympic Games showed the world how beautiful Whistler is in winter. While it does indeed offer fantastic skiing amenities, there is still plenty to do outside of the winter sports season. It is no coincidence that Whistler has been dubbed the mountain city of North America.
Whistler is located roughly two hours’ drive to the north of Vancouver and is easily accessible by road. A train journey from Vancouver to Whistler is also an enjoyable way to travel. The Rocky Mountaineer train 1 follows the Sea to Sky Climb route past the stunning Howe Sound and through the rugged Cheakamus Canyon. The journey to Whistler station takes around three and a half hours.
The city offers a wide assortment of shops and restaurants, which provide a welcome break from all the activities to enjoy in the surrounding mountain range. And there are certainly plenty to choose from.
Skiers and snowboarders adore Whistler Blackcomb, Canada’s largest ski resort. Since 2008 the peaks of Blackcomb and Whistler Mountain have been connected by the Peak to Peak cable car, which almost doubled the size of the ski resort in a single stroke. The resort is known for the quality of its snow. Powder snow is what everyone looks for and there is no shortage of this precious commodity here, unlike many other ski resorts.
The resort offers a wide variety of pistes: From steep descents to sheltered forest trails. Whistler is therefore an ideal destination for skiers and snowboarders of any level. Alongside the many pistes, six Wonder Routes have also been mapped. These routes take in some of the most beautiful and often least well-known of the resort’s sights. The Top of the World route takes winter sports enthusiasts to the four highest points of the Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, which offer fantastic panoramas.
If you’re looking for that real Olympic athlete feeling try Whistler Mountain’s Gold Medal Route. This leads skiers along the pistes used for the men’s and women’s downhill races during the Games themselves. As a bonus, the route offers the possibility to pause for a photo opportunity next to the Olympic Rings just above Creekside.
When the snow melts on Blackcomb and Whistler Mountain, and the skis are again packed away, it’s time for a whole new range of activities in this mountain region. Mountain bikers can choose from an almost unlimited number of trails, while the proliferation of ski lifts makes it possible to reach places high in the mountains and ensures the most amazing descents. Kayaking on the River of Golden Dreams (yes, that is actually its real name) is a good way to spot wildlife, such as beavers and bears, and hikers can enjoy tens of kilometres of hiking paths throughout the mountain range.
Whistler is also a paradise for golfers. It offers no less than five 18-hole courses, which are among the very best in Canada.