Host to ski events during the 2010 Olympics and famous for its mountains, Whistler-Blackcomb, the resort town of Whistler, is a year-round destination.
The Resort Town of Whistler
Host to the alpine ski events during the 2010 Olympic Games, the village is attractively laid out with alpine-themed buildings, picturesque shopping streets, cafes and restaurants.
There is lots to see and do in Whistler Village, plenty of wonderful places to eat and drink, and a large selection of great hotels and places to stay.
What to do in Whistler
There are many excellent ski equipment and outdoor fashion shops scattered around the core of the village. Of special interest to young families is the Great Glass Elevator Candy Shop at 4350 Lorimer Street in the main square. The candy there isn’t cheap, but the experience for young children is worth the premium.
If you are looking for culture and an educational experience, check out the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre located at 4584 Blackcomb Way in the Upper Village. The centre has a First Nations Longhouse, theatre, museum and art gallery.
Whistler Special Events
Numerous special events take place at Whistler throughout the year including the following:
- Whistler Farmers Market – the Whistler Farmers Market takes place in the Upper Village on Sundays from late May until early October, plus Wednesdays in July and August. It’s a great market and well worth checking out.
- Whistler World Ski & Snowboard Festival – an event with snow sports on the mountain and live music and festivities in the village in April.
- Whistler Go Fest – a “Great Outdoor Festival” featuring live music, sports and arts activities during the Victoria Day Long Weekend in May.
- Whistler Presents Concert Series – FREE outdoor concerts at the Whistler Olympic Plaza on different days between July and mid-September.
- Canada Day – Whistler hosts a parade, outdoor symphony concerts and fireworks at the beginning of July.
- RBC GranFondo Whistler Bike Race – a major bike race in mid-September.
- Tough Mudder Whistler – a military-style-obstacle-course-type race, usually around the third week in June.
- Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in Whistler – a series of outdoor concerts during the week of Canada Day.
- Whistler Children’s Festival – a festival focused on kids up at the ski resort town in mid-July.
- Whistler Village Beer Festival – a weekend event attended by as many as 60 breweries and over 3000 people in mid-September.
Where to Stay in Whistler
There is a wide range of hotel accommodations in the village and surrounding area, and prices can become fairly reasonable in the slower seasons.
Luxury hotels include the almost castle-like Fairmont Chateau Whistler, the Westin Whistler Resort & Spa, the Four Seasons Resort Whistler and other equally posh resorts. In Whistler there is everything from luxury suites for the rich and famous (of which Whistler attracts many) to popular budget accommodations like the HI-Whistler Youth Hostel. There is also no shortage of great restaurants throughout the village.
Where to Eat and Drink in Whistler
Whistler has a wide selection of great bars and restaurants, including the following:
- Alta Bistro at 4319 Main Street offers good French and Canadian cuisine in the $25 to $40 entree price range.
- Araxi Restaurant and Bar is centrally located at 4222 Village Square and is highly rated in all kinds of reviews. Entrees range from about $30 to $70.
- Aura in the Nita Lake Lodge at 2131 Lake Placid Road is a fairly good European-style restaurant.
- The Mexican Corner at 4340 Sundial Crescent is a great place for Margaritas and Mexican food.
- Rimrock Cafe at 2117 Whistler Road is arguably the best seafood restaurant in Whistler, but it is expensive. Highly rated, and serves good game too, including duck and venison.
- Sidecut at 4591 Blackcomb Way in the Four Seasons Resort Whistler is a popular steakhouse, which automatically makes it more on the expensive than cheap side. If you like steak, then this is a good place to go. Entrees are in the $30 to $70 range.