A four-season playground that takes over a village
- Winter Wonderland: The Whistler Village seems even more cozy in the cold
- Ziplining through the snowy canopy
- Year-round Enjoyment: Fairmount Château Whistler at dusk
- Relax at Scandinave Spa Whistler
- Fine dining on the patio in the heart of Whistler Village at Araxi
Having enjoyed the attention of the world as a host of the alpine and Nordic events during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Whistler now boasts even more attractions and amenities for visitors looking to escape. The mountainous playground has cemented its reputation for skiing and snowboarding to such a degree that some ski bums might be surprised its original claim to fame was as a summer destination. Trout fishing lured the first visitors to Rainbow Lodge on the shores of Alta Lake, site of present-day Whistler. Skiing came on stream in 1966. Skiers and snowboarders now enjoy more than 3,300 hectares of skiable terrain spread across two mountains, three glaciers and 200 marked trails. Today, an extensive mountain bike park, championship golf and a boundless array of other outdoor pursuits complement winter sports and dogsledding. After enjoying the adrenaline rush of the high altitude action, a host of hotels and dining options await, nestled in a quaint village that is teeming all year round with charm, curiosity and character, which are working at the peak of their potential thanks to their pre-Olympic facelift.
Where to Stay:
The beauty of Whistler’s year-round appeal means that you can find whatever style of accommodation you wish: from boutique hotel with all of the amenities to self-contained rentals where you can fend for yourself. You can also choose to be in the thick of the action of the lower village at a hotspot like the Sundial Boutique Hotel or immerse yourself in the classic luxury of the venerable Fairmont Château Whistler in the upper village. The stylish Nita Lake Lodge offers an oasis of calm away from the teeming village life, while still giving you easy access to the slopes and attractions.
What to See:
The majestic setting of Whistler puts the “great” in the great outdoors. Pick your vantage point for enjoying the breathtaking scenery whether it is ziplining through the trees with Wildplay Element Parks, floating over the stunning vista on the Peak 2 Peak Gondola or whisked along on the back of a dogsled. Those seeking a more mellow way to commune with nature should book a visit to Scandinave Spa Whistler, which offers relaxing and rejuvenating hydrotherapy packages. Not to be overlooked, the annual celebration of good tastes, Cornucopia: Whistler’s Celebration of Wine and Food, turns the village into a destination for fun-loving oenophiles.
Where to Eat:
Like any tourist hotspot, chain restaurants abound in Whistler. But food and wine lovers won’t want to miss regional hotspots Araxi and Bearfoot Bistro, which both focus on fine dining and polished service with a quintessential Whistler free-spirited charm. More casual yet equally enjoyable options exist at the Italian-inspired Quattro at Whistler where family-style appetizers and entrées add to cozy atmosphere and the intimate and still largely undiscovered Alta Bistro, which presents classic bistro staples with a welcome, unpretentious air. Another relative newcomer, Sidecut, located in the Four Seasons Resort Whistler, brings a contemporary twist to the classic steakhouse. You won’t leave hungry.