Gear-up for a weekend on the slopes and visit the largest ski area in North America. Whistler came to fame during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and is extremely popular. Even if you are not into skiing, you can find something to do year-round in this Western Canadian resort area.
Whistler is in British Columbia and Coast Salish First Nations people have gathered here for thousands of years. First known as Alta Lake, early 20th-century loggers started to name their lake-side settlement after the shrill call of the hoary marmot, a chubby alpine mammal.
Whistler Village was developed for the 1968 Winter Olympics, but missed out on hosting those. Later on, the resorts on the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains combined their facilities. For the 2010 Winter Olympics, the Whistler Olympic Park and Whistler Sliding Centre were added. You can still go there today, or visit the Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort, for a range of tours, hikes and fun sports.
Whistler is just north of Vancouver. Take the scenic Sea to Sky Highway by bus, car or airport shuttle, or the Sea to Sky Climb, a train journey. Whistler Village provides easy access for pedestrians to all facilities, including lifts to the slopes. Rent a car to venture further out, or catch a WAVE bus.
Snow-based activities take place from November to April while summer is the time for fishing, horse riding, fishing and mountain biking. Join a bear tour, ride the scenic gondola or fly over the river with the ZipTrek.
To unwind, browse the quaint shops in town or enjoy the views from the restaurant near the peak. Yearly events include the Whistler Cup for juveniles ski racers in spring and the Canadian National BBQ Championships in summer.
Come to Whistler for unlimited outdoor fun on the slopes. Whether you prefer the mountains in summer or in winter, a vacation here is a typical Canadian getaway that will make you feel refreshed.