Whistler Travel Guide

Canada  #2 in Best Ski Destinations

Best Things To Do in Whistler

Whistler was made for powder hounds and outdoor enthusiasts. Skiers and snowboarders can carve Whistler Blackcomb, while adrenaline junkies get their heart rates up at the Whistler Sliding Centre. Meanwhile, history buffs and bookworms can enlighten themselves at the Whistler Public Library or the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre. Whistler is also a popular summertime spot, with plenty of water sports activities at Lost Lake Park and hiking opportunities at locales like Whistler Train Wreck and Brandywine Falls Provincial Park. Plus, Whistler was the home for many events in the 2010 Winter Olympics, and travelers can tour the Olympic Park and Whistler Olympic Plaza in Whistler Village.

How we rank Things to Do

Updated December 20, 2017

  • #1
    Whistler Blackcomb
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    #1 in Whistler
    Hiking, Recreation, Skiing
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    More than Full Day
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    Hiking, Recreation, Skiing
    TYPE
    More than Full Day
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    In Whistler, this is the main event. Hordes of skiers and snowboarders flock to Whistler Blackcomb every year and for good reason – its slopes stretch across more than 8,100 acres of 200-plus trails, offer terrain to accommodate all skill levels and see an annual average snowfall of around 40

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  • #2
    Whistler Village
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    #2 in Whistler
    Cafes, Shopping, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Cafes, Shopping, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Part of what makes Whistler such a popular place to visit is the sense of community – and Whistler Village is where it all comes together. Located at the foot ofWhistler Blackcomb and home to dozens of lodging choices, the village is a place where visitors and locals alike come to

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  • #3
    Valley Trail
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    #3 in Whistler
    Hiking, Recreation, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Hiking, Recreation, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
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    If you're interested in exploring your surroundings but don't want to trek toBrandywine Falls Provincial Park, consider visiting the Valley Trail. This paved, pedestrian-only pathway stretches more than 25 miles. Its convenient location by the Sea-to-Sky Highway makes it easy to reach fromWhistler Village, but its lake views and easy-to-traverse

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  • #4
    Whistler Sliding Centre
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    #4 in Whistler
    Sightseeing, Sports, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Sightseeing, Sports, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    Situated on Whistler Blackcomb nearWhistler Village, the Whistler Sliding Centre is home to the 2010 Winter Olympics' bobsled, luge and skeleton tracks. Entry to this Olympic venue is free, but if you've got some extra cash and you're an adrenaline junkie, you should try a bobsled or skeleton ride. A ride on the

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  • #5
    Lost Lake Park
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    #5 in Whistler
    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    Just northeast ofWhistler Village, Lost Lake Park is an ideal spot for those looking for nearby cross-country skiing in the winter or hiking trails and a beach in the summer. The 525-acre park features 15 miles of trails for Nordic skiers and snowshoers to explore while admiringWhistler Blackcombin the distance.

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  • #6
    Brandywine Falls Provincial Park
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    #6 in Whistler
    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Although Whistler is best known for its ski slopes, once the weather warms up, this winter sports haven offers multiple opportunities to get outdoors and explore nature. And one of the area's best places to hike is Brandywine Falls Provincial Park, which sits roughly 10 miles southwest of central Whistler.

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  • #7
    Whistler Train Wreck
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    #7 in Whistler
    Hiking, Recreation, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    Hiking, Recreation, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    One of Whistler's most unique hiking areas is Whistler Train Wreck. As its name implies, this nearly 3-mile-long trail is best known for its train cars, which were moved to the site in 1956 after falling off a nearby track. Local artists have since decorated the cars with colorful graffiti.

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  • #8
    Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre
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    #8 in Whistler
    Museums
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Museums
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    1 to 2 hours
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    This cultural center pays tribute to the region's two First Nations native tribes, the Squamish and Lil'wat nations. Through artwork and interactive exhibits, the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre is meant to represent the melting pot of the two tribal cultures. Upon entering, visitors are greeted with a song, escorted around

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  • #9
    Alexander Falls
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    #9 in Whistler
    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Pack a picnic and head to Alexander Falls if you want to admire Mother Nature in all her glory. This 141-foot-tall natural landmark northwest of Whistler (about a 15-mile drive fromWhistler Village) is a majestic sight. Those looking to relax and drink in the environment can take a seat on

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  • #10
    Audain Art Museum
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    #10 in Whistler
    Museums
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    Museums
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    For a dose of culture, consider checking out the Audain Art Museum. This art museum, which opened in 2016, features nearly 200 works of British Columbian art, including First Nations masks and pieces by artists like Emily Carr and E.J. Hughes.Temporary exhibits about everything from Mexican modernists to geishas are

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  • #11
    Whistler Public Library
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    #11 in Whistler
    Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    Fashioned like a wilderness mountain lodge, the Whistler Public Library building fits in perfectly in this ski town. The 12,000-square-foot facility sits between the largest park inWhistler Villageand the town's popular pedestrian walkway, the Village Stroll. The library houses more than 49,000 items, ranging from classic fiction and nonfiction works

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