Whistler Public Library#11 in Best Things To Do in Whistler
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 in Whistler Village and the town's popular pedestrian walkway, the Village Stroll. The library houses more than 49,000 items, ranging from classic fiction and nonfiction works and best-selling books to audiobooks and movies. The venue welcomes more than 250,000 visitors a year thanks to its location and availability to tourists and permanent and seasonal residents. Its Reading Room floods with sunlight and offers ample space to cozy up with a good book. The Whistler library also plays host to a slew of events, such as film screenings, toddler story time, guest lectures and writing workshops.
Recent visitors raved about the varied materials and amenities available here, as well as the property's helpful staff. Families were especially impressed with the library's free kids activities and recommend visiting on a rainy day or when you're wanting a break from the area's ski slopes.
The Whistler Public Library is situated in downtown Whistler within walking distance of the Audain Art Museum, the Valley Trail and Whistler Blackcomb's Blackcomb Excalibur Gondola. Street parking and an underground parking garage are available on or near the property, but the easiest way to reach the library is on foot. The building – which is free to visit – is open Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on events, programs and works available, visit the Whistler Public Library 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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