What was once a small logging town has become one of North America’s most popular ski resorts, thanks to the 2010 Winter Olympics. Though best known as a winter getaway, Whistler is a worthwhile trip from Vancouver year-round. Here’s how to visit.
Guided Day Trips
Make the most of your time with a guided day tour, as you see the main sights between Vancouver and return to the city in time for dinner. Whether you traverse it by train, bus, or seaplane, the stretch of Sea-to-Sky Highway that runs between Vancouver and Whistler has some of the most beautiful scenery in North America. Aside from the scenic drive, your tour guide may lead you through Whistler Village and allow free time for exploring Whistler’s top sights such as Lost Lake and the Peak 2 Peak Gondola.
Guided Multi-Day Tours
To really savor the experience, spend a couple of days exploring Whistler and the coastal mountains between the resort town and Vancouver. Over the course of two or more days, you can take your time at the mountain vistas, refreshing lakes, and natural waterfalls that mark the journey. Once you’ve arrived in Whistler, spend a day (or more) taking part in activities such as hiking, swimming, and biking in summer, or skiing and snowboarding in winter.
Things to Know
- Whistler is set about 80 miles (127 kilometers) north of Vancouver.
- Whistler is an outdoor adventurer’s paradise, with a number of adventure activities within walking distance of the town’s central village.
- Although Whistler is best known as a ski resort, it’s a beautiful place to visit all year round—with hiking and biking among the summer activities.
- Be sure to dress properly for the weather and wear comfortable, sturdy shoes.
- Whether it’s a seaplane tour with a private guide or a coach trip with overnight accommodations, there’s a tour offering for every budget and type of travel group.