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Welcome to Whistler

With soaring peaks, icy plains, dense forests, and British Columbia's finest ski slopes, Whistler is an outdoor adventurer's haven. Those with a head for heights can ride the Sea to Sky or Peak 2 Peak gondolas, take to the treetops on a canopy walk or zipline, climb "Via Ferrata," or even fly across the Salish Sea to Victoria. Back on terra firma, winding trails beneath ancient pines offer altogether more serene ways of enjoying the terrain—there's also snowmobile safaris, mountain bike tracks, and ATV experiences for those looking to keep up the pace.

Top 10 attractions in Whistler


Whistler-Blackcomb Mountains

North America’s major ski resort focuses on Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, attracting up to two million winter and summertime visitors a year. Linked by the groundbreaking Peak 2 Peak Gondola, the two mountains peer over the pretty alpine town of Whistler Village. The official skiing venue for the 2010 Olympic winter games, the Whistler and Blackcomb resorts merged in 1997 and together have a total of 38 ski lifts and more than 200 ski runs. In summer the ski runs transform into mountain-bike trails for nail-biting thrills, and the alpine meadows are crossed by hikers and nature lovers.More

Britannia Mine Museum

From 1900 to 1974, the Britannia Mine was a major copper source on the eastern shore of Howe Sound, and until the railway and highway were constructed in 1965, Britannia was an isolated community. Today, the site's museum, housed in the original mine buildings, is both a National Historic Site of Canada and a Canadian Tourism Commission Signature Experience. Whether chugging into an early haulage tunnel aboard a mine train or panning for gold (keep what you find!), you'll discover the mine's rich history. It's Mill 3 that leaves most visitors speechless; the massive cathedral-like interior was once considered the heartbeat of the community because it’s where ore was produced before being shipped off to nearby ports. The mine closed in 1974, and by 1978, it was sold to a real estate company that realized its potential as a tourism attraction along the rapidly developing corridor now known as the Sea-to-Sky Highway.More

Shannon Falls


Brandywine Falls

Brandywine Falls is a spectacular 216-foot waterfall located just a short hop off the Sea-to-Sky Highway between Squamish and Whistler. The falls are also surrounded by Brandywine Falls Provincial Park, which has tripled in size in the past decade. Measuring 216 feet, the waterfall is nearly 30 percent taller than Niagara Falls, albeit with a fraction of the water volume. A half-mile (1-km) walking trail leads from the parking lot to a viewpoint, and it’s worth venturing a few minutes further down the trail, too, as a second viewpoint offers panoramic views across Daisy Lake. Both the Lava Lake and Sea-to-Sky trails offer short hiking and mountain biking opportunities within the park. The steeper Swim Lake Trail, which starts just before the railway crossing, doesn’t actually lead to a good swimming hole, as Swim Lake doesn't have a dock or  beach. However, the trail is worth exploring because it provides the best opportunity to spot the rare and endangered red-legged frog.More

Cheakamus River

The Cheakamus River flows roughly parallel to the Sea-to-Sky Highway between Whistler and Vancouver, but its path is far different than the paved four-lane highway. Much of the river flows through Cheakamus Canyon, where plenty of exciting whitewater rapids and one sizeable waterfall make the river a popular rafting and kayaking route. None of the rapids are too challenging, so the trip is considered suitable for kids and parents alike. The river is also a favorite spot for local fisherman. Coho and Chum salmon swim upriver between September and December; Bull, Rainbow and Cutthroat trout fishing is strong from late autumn until early spring; and Steelhead season typically lasts from March until May.More

Whistler Village


Sea to Sky Highway


Green Lake

Just north of Whistler Village, Green Lake—named for its vibrant emerald hue—is a popular recreation area for activities such as canoeing, kayaking, and paddleboarding. The glacier-fed lake, surrounded by mountains, makes for a great picnic spot too. It’s also a landing zone for seaplanes, which connect Whistler to Vancouver and Victoria.More

Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Center (SLCC)

Learn about the culture and heritage of the Squamish Nation and the Lil’wat Nation at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Center (SLCC). Located in Whistler Village, this award-winning, immersive center showcases the art, history, and culture of both nations through exhibits, stories, arts, crafts, performances, films, and interactive activities.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Whistler

The History and the stories of the characters and families who started Whistler.
Wendy_B, Oct 2020
Private Whistler Sightseeing Tour: Discover all of Whistler in Comfort!
We not only learned about the history of Whistler, but we got to see the entire area including Green Lake, Alta Lake, Nita Lake, Function Junction, Creekside, the Sliding Center and the Village, Ryan is a wonderful storyteller and he paints a picture
Worth it
JenZin27, Mar 2020
Whistler Sightseeing Tour: Discover all of Whistler Year-Round!
They also gave some good recommendations of places to eat outside the village as well and carried discount vouchers to some of the other attractions.
Great trip!
SparkyCuda, Sep 2019
Whistler Sightseeing Tour from Vancouver: See Horseshoe Bay and Shannon Falls
Was a nice trip from the cruise ship to the mountain top, with the stops to visit the falls and along the Sea to Sky highway.
Very nice trip
mitamaj, Aug 2019
Whistler Sightseeing Tour from Vancouver: See Horseshoe Bay and Shannon Falls
We stopped at Horseshoe Bay, Shanon Falls and then to Whistler.
My son and I took a day off of...
Robert S, Jan 2016
Private Whistler Helicopter Tour
My son and I took a day off of skiing to see Whistler from the sky.
Great outdoor activity while in Whistler!
atunru, Sep 2019
Fishing Adventure in Whistler
It was a great day trip, and I would love to return for ice fishing in the winter!
Our three hour snowmobile tour was...
skyward28, Dec 2016
2 Hour Wilderness Adventure Snowmobile Tour
We rode through winding tracks in a winter wonderland.
Highly recommend this trip which we...
Pam S, Jul 2015
Whistler Flightseeing Tour with Alpine Lake Landing and Optional Lunch
Amazing to see the glaciers before we flew back over the mountains back to Green Lake.
Whistler and snow
loves2laugh29, Oct 2019
Whistler Sightseeing Tour from Vancouver: See Horseshoe Bay and Shannon Falls
Whistler was definitely worth it, but even with over 3 hours it wasn't enough time to see everything.
Theresa R, Oct 2019
Whistler Sightseeing Tour from Vancouver: See Horseshoe Bay and Shannon Falls
Shannon Falls was beautiful!
Whistler was breathtaking!
NicoleMatters, Jun 2019
Whistler Sightseeing Tour from Vancouver: See Horseshoe Bay and Shannon Falls
In saying that, the tour was great and Shannon Falls and Whistler were breathtaking.

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