One of my favorite places in Canada is Whistler. I go there every single year with my friends at least once, if not more. Located an hour and a half north of Vancouver, British Columbia, it’s an easy drive from Seattle. Here are my favorite things to do in Whistler when I’m there.
The Ketel One Ice Room located in the Bearfoot Bistro restaurant in Whistler Village and is a really fun experience. You get a parka to wear, as it’s the world’s coldest vodka tasting room at -32 degrees F. Even if you don’t like vodka, there will be plenty of people on hand willing to take your samples.
Duhb Linn Gate
Irish bars are one of my favorite places to spend an evening, but it’s hard to find an “authentic” Irish bar if you’re not in Ireland. This pub does a good job of making you forget you’re in Canada with the lively atmosphere and live music almost every night. The menu has plenty of traditional Irish fare, and they have Guinness and other Irish beer on tap.
While this is one of the most popular activities to do when you’re in Whistler, I recommend spending a few days on the mountain. They have two mountains to choose from, Whistler and Blackcomb. You can ski one during the morning and head over to the other in the afternoon to see if the conditions are better. There are over 200 runs, so there’s plenty of different ways to go down the mountain.
Whistler Brewing Company
You’ll have to drive about 10 minutes south of Whistler Village to get here, but it’s worth it. The Whistler Brewing Company has a variety of different beers, so I recommend getting a sampler to try a bunch of them. My favorite is the Bear Paw Honey Lager. You can also get appetizers and a meal here if you’re hungry.
Peak 2 Peak
If you don’t ski but still want the experience of being on the mountain, the Peak 2 Peak 360 Experience is the perfect activity to do. You can buy your ticket at the bottom of Whistler, take the gondola up halfway to the top, and then walk across the snow to get on the gondola going to Blackcomb. The first time you take the gondola across the valley is a little frightening, but you’ll soon realize how strong the cables are.
While you’re on the Peak 2 Peak, make sure to stop at Christine’s on Blackcomb. This fine-dining restaurant has beautiful views of the mountains while you eat. It’s also a great place to go for just drinks, especially Bloody Marys!
There are so many shops in Whistler that you could easily spend a few days going to all of them. They have Lululemon, The Gap, Eddie Bauer, Columbia, and more as far as clothing goes. I always stop at Lush, Roger’s Chocolate, and David’s Tea to stock up each time I’m there.
To soothe your sore muscles after a day on the mountain, head to the Scandinave Spa. They have traditional Scandinavian baths to soak in, which feels amazing, especially in the winter. You can add on other services as well, like getting a massage.
Hike the Trails
If there isn’t snow on the ground, there are plenty of trails to hike around Whistler. Some you can just walk on straight from the village, while others you might want to drive to. People tend to be pretty active in this area, so you’ll constantly see people running around the village.
Visit a Museum
The Audian Art Museum is a new addition to the town and is definitely worth spending an afternoon there. It’s full of artwork from the local First Peoples, as well as some contemporary artwork. The building it’s housed in is a beautiful wooden structure with floor to ceiling glass windows.
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