Located at the heart of all things Whistler, this beautiful village is nestled at the base of two mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. The picture-perfect walkways and cobblestone streets have a European vibe to it. Globally people flock into the village to enjoy the best of summer and winter activities like skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, hiking, paddle boarding, and kayaking. As one of North America’s largest ski resort towns, this charming village has everything for a perfect vacation. From little bridges to beautifully done landscapes, there’s a certain serenity to the locale. If you are planning to travel to Whistler soon, don’t forget to add this Whistler village travel guide to your bookmark.
History of the village
In the 1960s, when Whistler lost its bid to be the host of the Winter Olympics, they still decided to go ahead and invest in developing the Whistler Mountain. Alta Lake was amongst the first location to see significant development that started attracting travelers. In 1974, the Government of British Colombia saw the potential in the destination and started investing substantially. This led to the formation of the first resort municipality in Canada.
More than a ski destination
Whether you are a history lover or a cultural vulture, this picturesque destination has something for every traveler. Whistler is more than just a ski destination. Some of the must-visit places in Whistler include Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, Fathom Stone Art Gallery, Audain Art Museum, Whistler Brew House and Scandinave Spa. Apart from skiing and snowboarding, they have specially curated activities like winter ziplining, peak 2 peak gondola, snowmobiling, and dog sledding, to name a few. In Whistler, there is never going to be a dull moment.
Eat like a local
If you are traveling for the love of food, Whistler has over 100 restaurants to satisfy your cravings. From fine dining to the farm to table options, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Some of the must-try restaurants in Whistler village includes Araxi Restaurant + Oyster Bar, Caramba! Restaurante and Basalt Wine + Salumeria. Whistler is a complete foodie extravaganza. For those who enjoy craft beer and wine, there are custom tasting tours and beer festivals that you could add to your list of things to do.
Shop till you drop
If you love to shop, Whistler village is the place to be. From top brands to boutique stores, there are plenty of options when it comes to retail therapy. Take an evening stroll through the streets of the Whistler Village and enjoy shopping for souvenirs and high-quality outdoor fashion. Find everything you love and explore over 200+ shops located in the pedestrian-only village.
You can reach Whistler’s mountain paradise in less than two hours from Vancouver through Highway 99. This scenic route is also known as Sea to Sky Highway. There are shuttle bus options from downtown Vancouver or Vancouver International Airport too. When you get to Whistler village, everything is at a walkable distance. The nearest international airport to Whistler village is located in Vancouver and is about 135kms South.