Whistler Village in the Plaza

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.

 


WHISTLER’S RESPONSE TO COVID-19

Due to concerns about the novel coronavirus and its impact on the resort, its employees, guests and general situation, Whistler-Blackcomb suspended operations in March. However, as of late July, 2020, it is now open. Parks, playgrounds, gathering areas and sports courts have all reopened.

Although open, the province has been encouraging people to avoid non-essential travel. Now, more than ever, if you aren’t feeling well, stay home! And if you aren’t from the Whistler region, consider visiting in the future when the pandemic is more under control.

For more information about what’s happening in Whistler see the Municipality of Whistler Statement.

To see what else has been affected by the coronavirus in the Metro Vancouver area click Impact of COVID-19 on Vancouver.


 

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.

Whistler is on the traditional unceded territories of the Squamish and Lil’wat First Nations.

 

Whistler Village

 

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.

The Whistler Museum is an affordable place to learn about the history of the area. It’s located in the heart of the village at 4333 Main Street. Admission is by donation (with $5 being the hoped for amount).

Another popular attraction in Whistler is the Scandinave Spa. It’s a salubrious Nordic-style spa facility at 8010 Mons Road, so not in Whistler Village itself, but close by. In addition to massage treatments, the place has hot pools, cold pools, a sauna, steam room, solariums and various other stations for relaxing and rejuvenating. If you want to pamper yourself, it’s highly recommended.

About a 10-minute drive north of Whistler Village is the starting point for Superfly Ziplines. The place features a series of four tracks which take about three hours to do. The longest is about 1.3 km long and the fastest reaches speeds of 100 km an hour!

 

Scandinave Spa Whistler
Scandinave Spa

 

Whistler Special Events

Numerous special events take place at Whistler throughout normal years, including the following:

 

Market Day at Whistler
Whistler Farmers Market

 

Family Day in Whistler

Family Day is a statutory holiday that takes place across British Columbia on the third Monday in February. On that date Whistler offers a number of family-friendly activities at discounted rates. Deals in 2020 included the following:

  • Free snowboard or ski equipment rentals for a child per every paying adult equipment rental at Coastal Culture.
  • Half price x-country skiing and snowshoeing tickets at Whistler Olympic Park.
  • Kids under 13 years of age could ride free with their parents on ski-doo tours with The Adventure Group.
  • Free skating at the rink at the Whistler Olympic Plaza.
  • Free family-friendly entertainment in the Whistler Olympic Plaza.

 

Whistler at Ski and Snowboard Festival
Whistler Village in April

 

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.

 

Where to Eat and Drink in Whistler

There is also no shortage of great restaurants throughout the village. Some examples of Whistler’s wide selection of great bars and restaurants include 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.

 

Whistler Village Pathways
A Pedestrian Street in Whistler Village

 

Other Information

To find out what’s outside Whistler itself, but in the surrounding area, click Whistler Area. For information on the skiing and mountain’s summertime activities, click Whistler-Blackcomb.

To learn more about the region see the website WhatToDoInWhistler.ca.

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