If you’re coming to Whistler in the Winter, but don’t particularly fancy skiing, you’ll be blown away by all the activities to do in this lovely mountain town. Whether you want to be active, relax, or just take in the local culture, you’ll fall in love with this winter wonderland.
Just because you aren’t hitting the slopes, doesn’t mean you can’t get outside and enjoy the snowy landscape of Whistler in winter. There’s plenty to do for thrill-seekers and families alike.
Want to get a little exercise? Try out snowshoeing through the quiet and beautiful forests of Whistler. Since snowshoeing is no more complicated than putting one foot in front of the other, it’s an easy way to experience the path less traveled and take in spectacular views. There are plenty of resources online from the Whistler Visitor’s Centre if you’d like to do a self-guided walk, or we’d be happy to set you up on a tour with a local expert.
Get your thrills flying high above a spectacular temperate rainforest covered in snow. Ziptrek is home to the longest zipline in North America, The Sasquatch. This line offers incredible views as you sail through the air for over 2 kilometers. If that sounds like too much thrill for you, you can enjoy the shorter lines, strategically winding through the forests. For families, Ziptrek offers an informative TreeTrek tour, utilizing bridges to connect the tree tops.
For those looking to get the experience of the Whistler winter by way of a motor, we highly recommend Snowmobiling for the adventurous type. Canadian Wilderness Adventures offers everything from family cruises in the Callaghan to advanced rides in the backcountry. You can even enjoy a fondue dinner at the Crystal Hut on Blackcomb Mountain if you want to combine adventure with dining. You can find out more information about their tours here, or contact us for bookings.
While the Whistler winter scene is known as an outdoor mecca, the town has plenty of options to keep you entertained inside, away from the elements.
Forged Axe Throwing
Don your plaid shirts, closed toed shoes, and try out a session of throwing axes at Forged Axe Throwing. Self proclaimed as the most Canadian experience you’ll have in Whistler, we don’t necessarily disagree. While it might sound dangerous, an experienced staff is on hand to help you navigate the art of axe throwing. This is a great way to learn a new skill, and you might just end up having a friendly competition while you do. Grab your friends and book an hour session with Forged here.
This is an opportunity to put your brain to use and work with others to solve a real-life gaming experience. Escape Rooms are a great indoor activity for any age. You’ll be presented with puzzles, riddles, and clues to solve within 45 minutes, allowing you to “Escape” from the themed room. And don’t worry, they’ll still let you out if you can’t work the answers out!
Indoor Rock Climbing
Indoor rock climbing is not only a great way to do something active and be challenged, it’s also a great way to socialize with your friends. Located at The Core Whistler, the indoor climbing gym has a 5500 square foot climbing wall. You can try out bouldering without a rope (shorter climbs), or get on rope and test new heights. There’s everything from kid-friendly routes to advanced cracks and slabs. If you’re new to climbing, you can book an hour guided session to climb under the guidance of a professional.
Rejuvenate and Relax
While there’s plenty of activities to keep you busy, there’s also several to help you relax and rejuvenate on your holiday.
For a blissful, relaxing experience, save an afternoon for the Scandinave Spa. This is a unique hydro-therapy experience, using hot and cold baths to soothe tired muscles and rejuvenate the soul. The baths are set in a peaceful and natural environment, allowing you to truly hit the reset button. In addition to the traditional Scandinavian baths, they also offer a variety of massage treatments for the ultimate experience.
If relaxation by way of movement is your idea of self-care, Whistler is home to several yoga studios. Our personal favourite to share with you is Yogacara Whistler. Nestled in the heart of the Village, Yogacara is known for its experienced instructors, capped class size, and heated floors to keep you toasty while practicing in front of windows overlooking the snow covered Village. They even provide lululemon yoga mats for you to use, so no worries if you left yours at home. With everything from restorative to vinyasa classes, Yogacara Whistler is a supportive yoga community for the novice and seasoned yogis alike.
In Home Massage
We all know the feeling, no one wants to get in their car and drive anywhere after a relaxing massage. It’s the easiest way to ruin the post massage elation. Holiday Whistler can set-up an in home massage for you when you book a rental location through us. These professional and licensed massage therapists will come to your home, set-up their mobile massage table, and bring the experience to you, no driving required. Give our concierge service a call at 1-877-697-7776 to learn more details.
Culture and Arts
Whistler has a diverse and eclectic art scene to check out while you’re visiting. From masterfully curated art exhibits to the inspiring past of Whistler, there’s a little bit for everyone.
Audain Art Museum
If you want to experience art and culture from the BC area, look no further than the Audain Art Museum. This beautiful, contemporary building houses a permanent collection, spanning from the 18th century to present day. The Audain shares 3 special exhibitions per year, showcasing a variety of mediums, artists, themes and time periods.
Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Center
The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Center is dedicated to the history and culture of the First Nations people. With your admission, you can take an hour guided tour through the museum, including a traditional welcome song, 15 minute film, and exhibit tour. You’ll be able to experience the rich history of the First Nations people, and walk away with an understanding and appreciation of their culture and the land they are deeply connected to.
At the Whistler Museum, you can learn about the rich history that has made Whistler what it is today. With several exhibits and collections to experience, you’ll have a better understanding of what mountain life is all about.
Let us help you plan your Whistler winter vacation by booking with us today at www.holidaywhistler.com and take advantage of our concierge services. We can help you secure your perfect vacation rental, as well as set up any activities for your stay. Specific questions or want to book over the phone? Call us at 1-877-697-7776.