Audain Art Museum#10 in Best Things To Do in Whistler
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 also occasionally offered.
According to previous travelers, the Audain Art Museum is an "interesting" and "fabulous" museum. Many were especially impressed with the property's First Nations and Carr collections. The building's small size makes it easy to peruse the museum's exhibits, but for additional insight about the displayed items, several visitors recommend downloading the free Audain Art Museum smartphone app (available in the iTunes App Store) or joining one of the complimentary, hour-long guided tours offered during museum hours.
The easiest way to get to the museum is to walk from Whistler Village, but the Nos. 3 and 4 buses also stop outside the property, and free parking is available nearby. Tickets cost 18 Canadian dollars (less than $14.50) per person; children 16 and younger get in for free. The museum is open Wednesday through Monday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., with extended hours offered on Thursdays and Fridays (starting Nov. 16). Food and drinks are not sold on-site, but locally made pottery, jewelry and more can be purchased at the museum's gift shop. To learn more about the Audain Art Museum, visit the property's website.
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#1 Whistler Blackcomb
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 feet. Stunt-lovers can practice tricks on the ramps and half pipes in any of the five terrain parks, while less-experienced skiers can glide down one of the 7-mile-long trails that wind across the mountains, which are not as steep as the mountains' more challenging runs.
But this resort isn't only for skiers and boarders. Other wintertime activities visitors can check out include snowshoeing, tubing, snowmobiling, dog sledding and zip lining. Meanwhile, summer visitors can go biking and hiking or try whitewater rafting or canoeing on the surrounding rapids, lakes and rivers. And be sure to wind down and relax after a day full of activity with an après-ski drink. You'll find plenty of drink and food specials at the bars and restaurants around town.
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