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Whistler[1] is in the province of British Columbia in Canada. Boasting the largest ski area in North America, Whistler is a popular winter snow-skiing and outdoor sports destination near Vancouver. The official name for the municipality is the Resort Municipality of Whistler.


Before the skiers and boarders came, Whistler was a logging town with the name Alta Lake, which was well-known for its snow. After Squaw Valley hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics, a group of Canadian investors hatched a plan to build a ski resort on London Mountain in the Alta Lake area in the hope of attracting the 1968 Winter Olympics. It was soon realized that the name "London" was terribly inappropriate because to most people, the term "London" referenced a major Western European urban metropolis with flat terrain and a severe air pollution problem, which was completely incongruent with the preferred image of a pollution-free skier's paradise. London Mountain was eventually renamed Whistler Mountain after the high-pitched whistling or chirping sound made by the hoary marmots native to the area. The Olympic dream wasn't realized immediately, but the first ski resort at Whistler opened in what is now the Creekside area in January 1966.

In December 1980, Intrawest Corporation opened a second resort nearby on Blackcomb Mountain. Earlier that year, the planned community to the east of Alta Lake now known as Whistler Village finally opened. In March 1997, Intrawest Corporation merged with the Whistler Mountain Ski Corporation, and they merged their respective resorts to form the modern Whistler Blackcomb resort.

Whistler got its Olympic wish fulfilled in 2010, when it hosted sliding events and certain ski events for the 2010 Winter Olympics. During the Great Recession, Intrawest spun off Whistler Blackcomb into a separate public corporation in 2010, then sold the last of its shares in that entity in 2012.


The Coastal Mountains during ski season in Whistler
Whistler has nurtured Olympic hopes since 1960.
Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily highs (°C) 0 3 7 12 16 19 23 24 19 11 3 0
Nightly lows (°C) -6 -4 -2 0 4 7 9 9 5 1 -2 -6
Precipitation (mm) 157 120 96 75 66 58 48 48 64 147 188 162

See the Whistler 7 day forecast at Environment Canada

Not surprisingly for a ski resort, Whistler gets its fair share of snow and cold weather. Typical winter temperatures average about 0°C during the day and -6°C overnight in the Village, but on rare occasions it approaches -40 Below F° /C°. Snow typically on the ground from December into April. Summer days can be quite warm, with temperatures reaching the high 20s C°- 70 F°; but nights tend to be cool. As with the nearby Fraser Valley or Lower Mainland, there is significantly more precipitation from November through April than other times of the year.

Get in[edit]

Blackcomb Whistler
Inukshuk watching over Whistler village.

By car[edit]

Whistler is connected to the rest of British Columbia by the Sea To Sky Highway (Highway 99), a beautiful but somewhat winding road. The section along Howe Sound between Vancouver and Squamish is generally considered to be one of the most scenic routes in the world. Historically, the Sea To Sky Highway also had a reputation for being one of the deadliest scenic highways in the world, but was significantly upgraded and widened prior to the 2010 Winter Olympics, and is far safer today. It is currently a divided four-lane highway from Vancouver to Brunswick Beach, which is about 30 kilometers or 25 minutes north of Vancouver. North of there to Whistler, the highway alternates between two, three, and four lanes, with or without a center divider. There are a few stretches of Highway 99 between Brunswick Beach and Whistler that are still dangerous, with only two lanes, sharp curves, and no divider; this is usually because they pass through rugged terrain that would be cost-prohibitive to bypass altogether. Those stretches are clearly marked as such with prominent advance warning signs. Regardless of the substantial safety improvements, extreme caution is still advised, especially in winter conditions.

Typical driving time from Vancouver is about 2 to 2 1/2 hours without traffic. If a major accident occurs, expect delays of anywhere from one to three hours until the Royal Canadian Mounted Police can clear the accident off the highway; since this is the only direct land route between Whistler and Vancouver, you will have no choice but to wait it out. There are a number of rideshare sites available [2] where you can find people to share the drive or find a ride for anything from $0 to $20.

Under British Columbia law, from October 1 to March 31, winter tires are required on most provincial highways (including Highway 99 north of Squamish), which means either M+S "all-season" tires or snow tires with the alpine or mountain snowflake logo (which indicates they are certified as having even more traction in snow than regular all-season tires). Drivers of vehicles without M+S tires or certified snow tires will be forced to return to Vancouver if caught by the RCMP or other law enforcement agencies. There are several signs along Highway 99 reminding drivers of this requirement, and "chain up" turnouts where police enforce it during snowstorms. Most car rental agencies already rent vehicles with M+S all-season tires; some like Avis or Dollar will specifically rent vehicles equipped with snow tires for an additional $20 or more per day.

By bus[edit]

Buses are a good choice if you are staying in Whistler Village itself. The village is so compact and so carefully designed that a rental car really isn't necessary if you are staying within one mile of Skiers Plaza. Taking the bus means you won't have to deal with the stress of driving the Sea To Sky Highway, parking, refueling, or scraping ice off a windshield.

  • EpicRides, 604-349-1234, [3]. Direct bus service from Vancouver to Whistler, $35.00 round trip no extra charge for skis, bikes or luggage. multiple departures from Vancouver and Whistler daily, multiple pick up locations around East Vancouver, Kits and downtown Vancouver. The bus ride generally takes about 1.45 hours.
  • Greyhound Canada, 1-800-661-8747, [4] offers coach service from their Vancouver bus depot at Pacific Central station (1150 Station Street, near Main Street-Science World SkyTrain). Greyhound allows bicycles unboxed on this route. They charge $10 for a bicycle. A bus ride generally takes 2-2.5 hours each way. $28 one-way.
  • Pacific Coach Lines, 1-888-403-4727, [5]. Runs direct from airport to Whistler with their YVR-Whistler SkyLynx service. 12 daily departures in winter and 7 other times. $70/$31 one-way (adult/child).
  • Snowbus, 604-331-7850, [6]. Stops in Richmond, Vancouver and Park Royal Mall in West Vancouver. Provides movies as in-bus entertainment. $30.95/$20.00 one-way from Vancouver (adult/student). $56.19/$34.29 Round Trip (Adult/Student).
  • Perimeter Bus, 1-604-717-6600, [7]. Runs direct from YVR airport to Whistler with their YVR-Whistler Express service. 6 daily departures in winter. 5 daily departures at other times. $84 single trip.
  • Party Bus, Squamish BC, [8]. Roomy 14 passenger charter bus, Sightseeing of Squamish & Whistler, YVR airport service, transfers within Squamish.  edit
  • Landsea Tours & Charters (Vancouver Tours), 680 Industrial Ave. Vancouver, BC, V6A 2P3 (Can also book them through many Whistler Hotels), 604-255-7272 (toll free: 1-877-669-2277, ), [9]. Roomy 14 passenger charter bus, Sightseeing of Squamish & Whistler, YVR airport service, transfers within Squamish. >  edit
  • The Huckwagon Adventure Shuttle, [10] is an affordable, flat rate, 24 seat charter bus line run by outdoor enthusiasts that specializes in accommodating gear; bikes, skis, or boards, at no extra charge. The Huckwagon can pick up at Vancouver International Airport (YVR), and is a great option for groups who wish to share the cost of transportation.
  • Whistler Shuttle, 1-866-943-0516, [11]. Runs direct from airport to Whistler with their YVR-Whistler service or from Downtown Vancouver to Whistler with their DV-Whistler service. Flexible daily departures in winter leaving within one hour of collecting your luggage (with flight landing between 6am-8pm and set summer departure times. $69/transfer.

By taxi[edit]

Whistler Resort Cabs, +1 604-938-1515, [12], provides taxi service from Vancouver and Vancouver International Airport to Whistler for $255. operates shuttles between between Vancouver International Airport and Whistler.

By limo[edit]

When travelling with a number of people together (6 to 10 people), it is possible to go to Whistler by limousine for $385-675, depending on the number of people and the chosen vehicle. The benefits of taking a limousine include the convenience of a private chauffeur, comforts of a luxury vehicle and in some cases, may be more affordable than other alternatives, especially with larger groups of people.

In addition to the standard stretch limousines or town cars, vehicles offered by limousine companies may include sedans, SUVs, stretch SUVs, passenger vans, and shuttle buses.

  • KJ Limousine Services, 7871 Westminster Highway, +1 604-377-1618, [13]. Chauffeured limo service to Whistler from anywhere in Greater Vancouver.  edit
  • VanCity Limos, 991 Hornby St #125, +1 778-654-5699, [14]. Chauffeured limo service to Whistler from downtown Vancouver.  edit

By plane or air[edit]

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is the nearest major airport. Because of Vancouver's notorious freeway revolt, the city lacks a direct north-south freeway connector linking YVR to downtown Vancouver. There are also no freeways through downtown Vancouver, meaning that you will have to sit in downtown traffic at some point. You should plan for minimum travel time of 25 minutes just to go from YVR to the Lions Gate Bridge. Allow one to two hours if traveling during rush hour.

At YVR, you can rent a car, take a bus, or book one of the Whistler shuttles. Tickets for Snowbus (Tourism BC Visitor Centre) and Pacific Coach Lines (SkyLynx counter) can be purchased in the arrivals hall.

Visitors arriving from the United States may find flying domestically to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) & Bellingham International Airport (BLI) and taking bus services across the border to be a cheaper option. The bus journey will be upwards of five hours. Quick Shuttle [15] offers bus services. Cheaper flights also fly into Abbotsford International Airport (YXX) near Vancouver[16].

  • Air: Helicopters & Sea Planes (land at both nearby Whistler's Heliport & Whistler Airport). (50.15,-122.96667) edit
  • Whistler Heliport: Helijet, 9960 Heliport Road, Whistler, BC V0N 1B9, (toll free: 1-800-665-4354, ), [17]. $200/person 1 way. (50.100436,-122.540354) edit Scheduled flights to & from downtown Vancouver Harbour Heliport, YVR / Vancouver International Airport, & Victoria Harbour Heliport Helijet.
  • Whistler Heliport: Blackcomb Aviation:, 9990 Heliport Road, Whistler, BC V0N 1B9. Mail:PO 1241, Whistler, BC, Canada V0N 1B, 604-938-1700 (toll free: 1 800-330-4354, ), [18]. Mon-Fri 8am-5pm or by appointment. (50.100436,-122.540354) edit
  • Whistler Airport: YWS (Harbour Air / Whistler Air), 8069 Nicklaus N Blvd, Whistler, BC V0N 1B8 (at Nicklaus North on the South end of Green Lake), 604 932-6615 (toll free: 1 800 665 0212 Canada & US), [19]. (50.15,-122.96667) edit

Direct Flights to Vancouver & Victoria. See Whistler for details about connections Bus/Air via Whistler, Vancouver, or Seattle.

  • Pemberton Aerodrome, Pemberton Airport: CYPS: Heli-Skiing, Charter Prop & Jet Planes & Helicopters. (Web Cam), (45 min North), [20].  edit
  • Pemberton Aerodrome, Pemberton Airport: CYPS (local airport, regional airport), (45 min North), 604 894-6135, [21]. Mon-Fri 8am-5pm or by appointment. (50.3025,-122.7378) edit

Tie-down Accommodation Fees: Aircraft Weight < 2,000 kg 2,000 to 5,000 kg Day $7 $10 Month $60 $70 Year $260 $320

Landing Fees - For Commercial Uses Only: Landings Per Months Fees 1 to 10 $25 11 to 30 $22 30+ $20 Annual Rates for aircraft < 2,000 $600"

  • Coast Range Heliskiing Ltd, Head Offices, PO 16, 1641 Airport Road, Pemberton BC, V0N 2L0, Booking Office [[Whistler]], 218-4293 Mountain Square (Booking Office [[Whistler]]by Gondola), 604.894.1144 (toll free: 800.701.8744 Canada & US, ), [22].  edit
  • Blackcomb Aviation: (Prop, Jet & helicopters), 1850 Airport Road, Pemberton, BC, Canada. Mail:PO 1241, Whistler, BC, Canada V0N 1B, 604-894-5153 (toll free: 1 800-330-4354, ), [23]. Mon-Fri 8am-5pm or by appointment.  edit

By train[edit]

  • Whistler Mountaineer, 1-888-687-7245 (), [24]. Once daily train service between North Vancouver and Whistler between May and October. This is not the fastest or the cheapest option, as the train travels slowly so passengers can take in the view, but possibly the most relaxing and scenic. One-way tickets cost $120 for economy and $200 for the Glacier Dome car.  edit

Get around[edit]

Driving into Whistler during a snowstorm.

The town of Whistler sprawls out around the valley, but the heart of the Whistler experience focuses on the European-style villages built as planned communities around the base of the gondolas. Most of the accommodation, restaurants, bars, shops and the Blackcomb and Whistler gondolas are in Whistler Creekside (Old Alpha Lake), Whistler Village and the Upper Village, at the foot of Whistler and Blackcomb. Village North (Blackcomb Village), built around the old base of Blackcomb, is smaller but still has a number of restaurants and hotels. Whistler Creekside is built around the original gondola on the south side of Whistler Mountain. There is a new southern town site at the former Olympic Village Site called Cheackamus; the location of the Whistler hostel, 20 min from Whistler Village. The small town of Pemberton is only 20 minutes to the north of the Whistler town limits and is a quiet bedroom community for a large number of Whistler workers (who have been priced out of Whistler by wealthy vacation home owners).

The easiest way to get around most of Whistler is on foot. Whistler Village and the Upper Village feature mostly pedestrian walkways and are small enough that one can walk almost anywhere. A short trail (5-10 minutes) links them with Village North and there is also an extensive system of trails that links Whistler Village with many of the parks, golf courses and beaches in other parts of the valley. Whistler transit or cars are best used to reach outlying areas. The main road through town is Highway 99.

By bus[edit]

Operated by BC Transit, the WAVE, (604) 932-4020, [25] is Whistler's public transit system and is considered very good for a city of its size. It runs regularly from 5:30AM to 3AM all year. Commuter services are also offered to Pemberton. Flat fares are $2.50 for adults and $1.50 for seniors over 65 and students up to grade 12, free from Whistler Village to Upper Village and Village North. A book of ten adult tickets can be purchased for $20, or a day pass for $7, from the visitor centre and other authorized outlets like 7-11 . A transfer is available on request from the driver for connecting buses, only good for 1 way trip. Being that Pemberton is a bedroom community of Whistler it is tied into the Whistler transit system too; fares $4.50. Greyhound Commuter to Pemberton $8- $13 on weekends & Holidays.

By bike[edit]

In the summer months there are many bike rental outfits. A valley trail connects 99% of all areas within and around Whistler. This is a paved 2 way - 1 lane trail system that is very pleasant and fast to get around on, yield to Pedestrians & wildlife including bears. More advanced trails head north to Pemberton and south to Squamish,for those who may be more adventurous and experienced. End of Summer Grand Fondo: 7000 plus riders, runs from Vancouver to Whistler. Transit will carry the 1st 2 bikes on the front bumper - Whistler Transit bus drivers have refused to allow boarding with even a very small child's bike or scooter (even when folded. On Greyhound bikes can be taken for an additional fee. Even though it is a commuter service, from Vancouver they usually demand the bike be boxed.

By taxi[edit]

  • Whistler Taxi 604-932-3333
  • Whistler Resort Cabs 604-938-1515
  • Pemberton Taxi 604-894-1111 Has a mini bus that can seat 12 +.

All the taxi services have small Vans that can seat up to 6. So a big trip to or from the outlying area can be split 6 ways if you request a van.


  • Take in the view from the top of the mountain. The Whistler and Blackcomb Gondolas run daily almost year-round (they are closed for maintenance during October-early November). The views from the top are quite spectacular. Sightseeing tickets cost $40.
  • Brandywine Falls Provincial Park, Hwy 99 (11 km (7 miles) south of Whistler), [26]. A 70 m waterfall and subsequent canyon along Brandywine Creek. From the parking lot, it is a 10-15 minute walk along a good trail to the viewing platform. (50.03563,-123.11862) edit


The primary activity in Whistler, of course, is snow sports. Unlike Lake Tahoe or Mont Tremblant, there aren't any casinos in or near Whistler Village. This means that in winter, family members who cannot ski or snowboard will get bored once they finish exploring the village.

Whistler Blackcomb[edit]

Excellent skiing
View from the Roundhouse Lodge terminal for the Whistler Mountain Gondola

If skiing or boarding is your thing, it's hard to be disappointed with Whistler Blackcomb, 1-800-766-0449 (toll-free) or +1 604-904-8134, [27]. With 37 lifts servicing over 200 runs on two mountains and a vertical drop of over 1,500 meters (5,000 feet), Whistler Blackcomb is the largest ski resort in North America and consistently ranks as one of the top three ski destinations in North America. The variety of terrain is huge: it ranges from beginner areas, chutes, trees, and groomed cruising runs to alpine bowls heaped with powder after a fresh snow fall. There is something at Whistler to suit everyone. On the freestyle side, it has four terrain parks, a snow crosstrack and a superpipe.

From Whistler Village, the closest access point for both mountains is the two gondolas that originate at Skiers Plaza in Whistler Village. The ride up takes 20-25 minutes and the lines can be very long during the morning. Whistler Creekside has a gondola that accesses the southwest side of Whistler Mountain. Village North has a couple of lifts that access Blackcomb Mountain and a beginner area. The gondolas start operation at 8:30 AM and stop between 3 PM and 4 PM, depending on the time of the year. Snow conditions are available via phone at 1-800-766-0449.

If you are not staying in Whistler Village or within walking distance and must drive in, there are eight parking lots. Lots 1, 2, and 3 are the closest to Skiers Plaza and are pay lots where you input your license plate into a vending machine and then pay with cash or credit card for a particular amount of time (either a number of hours or an entire day).

Both mountains open the fourth weekend of November and the main season runs until late April. Conditions permitting, the resort will keep one of the mountains open until early June for spring skiing. An adult lift ticket costs $89 at peak times of the year (typically over Christmas and during March), with slightly cheaper rates at other times. Spring skiing tickets are cheaper at $47. You can also purchase lift tickets at the 7-11 convenience store in Squamish (on the drive up from Vancouver), where they are sold at a small discount.

The Blackcomb glacier opens for a few hours a day from mid-June to early August, but the number of runs are limited as most of it is used by summer ski and snowboard camps.

As of September 2014, Whistler Blackcomb now uses a RFID access control system. All lift ticket buyers or passholders are issued a individual plastic card with an embedded RFID chip. The user's name is printed on the card at the time of purchase. The user is instructed to wear the card in the upper left pocket of a ski jacket, and then walk or ski up to the RFID readers installed at gondola and lift entrances, which detect the RFID chip and allow the user to proceed accordingly.

Other activities[edit]

Alpine hiking delights
Lost Lake
  • Backcountry skiing and cross country skiing are popular in Whistler as well. There is cross country skiing around Lost Lake, including night skiing if the conditions are right, and Backcountry Skiing throughout the valley, particularly off of the tops of Whistler and Blackcomb. The Callaghan Valley is just south of Whistler (turn left before Function Junction) and will host the Nordic Skiing events for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Callaghan Country hosts guided ski touring, snow shoeing, and cross country skiing tours in this region. Heliskiing is an expensive but worthwhile endeavor if you crave making tracks where few others do. Several operators make Whistler's miles of backcountry terrain available to visitors. Warning: You should not be in the backcountry or out of bounds without Avalanche Safety & First Aid Courses. You must also have proper equipment such as shovels & transponders. Talk to locals - find out about local conditions & always check and follow the avalanche reports:
  • Whistler Mountain Bike Park, access from Skiers Plaza, 1-866-218.9690 (toll-free) or +1 604-904-8134. 10AM - 5PM daily mid-May to mid-Oct. Open until 8PM during summer. During summer, the skiing paradise turns into a biker's paradise with a handful of lifts carrying bikers and bikes up the mountain. There are over 50 runs and 4,900 feet of vertical catering to all skill levels. Tracks include single trails and fast race tracks with spectacular jumps and some Northshore elements have been built. Bikes can be rented at the base of the Whistler gondola. Lift tickets regularly $51, $44 early season.  edit
  • Lost Lake Park, turn-off near the end of Blackcomb Way. Lost Lake is a great place to relax in the summer and is a popular spot with the locals. There's a beach, the water is warmer than the other lakes in the valley and there are miles of trails for walking or cycling. It's also a popular spot for cross-country skiing in the winter. (50.12669,-122.93553) edit
  • Golf is a popular activity in Whistler and it has a driving Range and three championship caliber courses, and two more courses to the north in Pemberton.
    • Nicklaus North, 8080 Nicklaus North Blvd, 1-800-938-9898 (), [28].  edit
    • Chateau Whistler, 4612 Blackcomb Way, +1 877 938-2092 (, fax: +1 604 938-0368).  edit
    • Whistler Golf Club, 4001 Whistler Way, 1-800-376-1777 (toll-free), [29].  edit
    • Pemberton Meadows: par 72 course with full service club house,Golf Shop,and Black Squirrel Restaurant., 1730 Airport Rd (38 min.s North just before Pemberton Airport.), tel. 1.800.390.4653 (toll-free) (), [30]. $$.  edit Map:[31]
    • Big Sky Golf and Country Club with Fescues Restaurant., 1690 Airport Road (38 min.s North just before Pemberton Airport.), tel. 604-894-6106) (, fax: 604-894-5545), [32]. $$.  edit
  • There are a number of hiking trails in and around Whistler. For the casual walker looking for a pleasant walk through an ancient grove of cedar trees, Cougar Mountain provides an easy hour loop. More aggressive day hikers might head to Brandywine Meadows, a six hour trip up much steeper terrain. And multi-day backpackers also have a variety of options including the Helm Creek trail to Garibaldi Lake and the Black Tusk. Of course, the ski lifts and gondolas of Whistler Blackcomb operate in the summer to offer hikers a relaxing short cut into back country. Remember your in the mountains and conditions change rapidly. Dress in layers. Take the legs that zip on to those summer shorts and a water proof windbreaker.
  • Whistler also offers some excellent sport and trad/gear rock climbing. Within the city limits there are several small, single pitch crags collectively known as Nordic Rock. The area offers 23 vertical routes, most of them sport, up to 20m long ranging in difficulty from 5.8 - 5.13a (French: 5 - 7c+). For more information on the routes in Whistler and area, check out any of the quality guide books describing the climbing in the Sea to Sky corridor.
  • There are a number of companies that specialize in outdoor adventure travel such as whitewater rafting, fly fishing, ATV (all terrain vehicle) tours, snowmobiling, dog sledding and many other types of activities. Depending on your particular tastes, some or all of these can be extremely entertaining and are generally professionally run. Tour operators include:
    • Valley Fishing Guides Ltd., 1-877-858-7688, [33]
    • Canadian Outback, 1-800-565-8735, [34]
    • Whistler Backcountry Adventure, 1-888-297-2222, [35]
    • Activity Bookers [36]
  • Whistler Tennis Club, [37]. Rates start at $32/hour for indoor courts to $16/hour for outdoor courts.


  • Tamwood International College, 301 - 4204 Village Square, 604-938-9843, [38]. Tamwood International operates a number of carefully designed and managed English Language schools, Camp programs and Work Experience programs across Canada.  edit


As is common to tourist-centric villages and towns, Whistler Village has a number of shops awaiting you. In general, the prices and variety are better in Vancouver, so if you're on a budget, your money is likely to go farther in Vancouver. On the other hand, the stores in Whistler Village are a pleasure to visit, since Whistler Village was deliberately designed as a planned community to ensure that its pedestrian walkways would provide optimal views of the surrounding mountain terrain. Thus, Whistler Village's beautiful setting makes browsing or shopping more enjoyable as a sensory experience than if one were to visit the large indoor malls found in Vancouver which feel just like malls everywhere else.

For basic supplies, there is a grocery store (The Whistler Grocery Store) as well as two drug stores (Rexall and Shoppers Drug Mart) in Whistler Village itself. If you don't mind the walk, there is a large supermarket, Marketplace IGA, in the Whistler Marketplace shopping center to the north. There are also many ski and snowboard supply shops which carry every kind of gear and apparel for snowsports.

  • Whistler Ski Butlers Rental Delivery, Learn to ski or snowboard or re-visit the slopes of Whistler Blackcomb mountains again in style with this equipment rental service company. , [39]


Whistler Village has a variety of restaurants ranging from very cheap fast food to expensive, and covering a number of styles. Regardless of what type of food you're looking for, the best way to find good food in Whistler is to take a walk around the village.

Whistler's on-slope food is surprisingly good and varied. Though you'll pay a small premium for the high altitude service, your udon bowl ($10) or salmon steak ($12) is similarly priced to the village below and though the seating arrangements may be less comfortable than what you'll find in the village, the dining views can't be beat. One special on-hill treat are the enormous waffles topped with berries, cream, and chocolate at the Crystal Hut on Blackcomb Mountain.


  • Ciao-Thyme Cafe. 8AM-5PM. Serves breakfast and lunch with a bit more flair than the usual bacon, eggs and toast. The Bob breakfast sandwiches are recommended. $5-15.  edit
  • Lift Coffee Company, (next to Whistler Village Gondola). Coffee shop with a good selection of fresh salads, soups and sandwiches, also offers Whistler Brewing Company beers. The patio is great on a sunny day. approx $12.  edit
  • Mogul's Coffee. Tasty paninis and sandwiches like Chicken Cranberry, as well as small items like samosas and baked goods. $3-9.  edit
  • The Old Spaghetti Factory, Whistler Village, close to Lulu Lemon. An old fashioned Italian restaurant, serves meals with a free loaf of bread per table, and tasty big dishes ranging from $12 to $20. The food is delightful, not to be missed. Serves lunch and dinner.  edit


  • The Brewhouse, 4355 Blackcomb Way (near the Fire Hall), 604-905-2739, [40]. 11:30AM - midnight Su-Th, 11:30AM - 1AM F-Sa.  edit
  • Caramba!, 12-4314 Main St, 604-938-1879, [41]. Medditerrean inspired dishes with local flavour. The pizzas are recommended. (50.11717,-122.95494) edit
  • Citta, 7-4154 Village Green, 604-932-4177, [42]. Popular spot to hang out with its patio on Village Square with decent pub fare.  edit
  • earls, 200-4295 Blackcomb Way, 604-935-3222. One of a large chain of restaurants. Serves a lot of good appetizers and decent cocktails, in an average price range.  edit
  • Kypriaki Norte, 4122 Village Green, 604-932-0600, [43]. Medditerrean and seafood. $20-$30.  edit
  • Mongolie Grill, 201-4295 Blackcomb Way, 604-938-9416, [44]. A unique and delicious stir fry restaurant. Pick from a wide variety of ingredients, customize your sauce, and watch them stir fry it up in front of you. Although it depends largely on how much you pick out, prices are usually in the mid-range. Beware of your eyes being bigger than your stomach though, as it adds up quickly!  edit


  • Araxi, 4222 Village Square, 604-932-4540, [45]. Italian and seafood. Reviewers found the food was good, although expensive, and recommended the wine list. Mains $25-40. (50.11483,-122.95596) edit
  • Monk's Grill, 4555 Blackcomb Way, 604-932-9677, [46]. Upscale restaurant with steaks and seafood.  edit
  • Teppan Village, 301-4293 Mountain Square, 604-932-2223, [47]. 5:30PM - 10PM daily. Japanese teppanyaki.  edit
  • Whistler Tasting Tours (Whistler Restaurant Tours), 4111 Golfers Approach Suite #201, 604-902-8687, [48]. 9AM-7PM Daily. Walk-about dining tours, guiding groups to several gourmet Whistler restaurants for a delicious multi-course dinner paired with fine BC wines.  edit
  • The FireRock Lounge, 4090 Whistler Way (Located on the Westin Shops level), +1 604-935-4345, [49]. 11am-1am, daily. This quintessential mountain lounge is your cozy and intimate getaway. Located inside the Westin Resort & Spa, the low leather couches, stone fireplace, dim lighting, eclectic music, great ambiance and service will keep you relaxed all day & night. $6 - $40.  edit


One of the true joys of Whistler is to go to one of the many bars after a long day of skiing or outdoor activities. The bars are where many of the visitors gather and the atmosphere is laid back and easygoing. However, you will be ticketed if you drink in the walkways and streets. Drinking and driving is taken extremely seriously here, so don't do it. Same goes for consumption of any drugs in public places. You will be arrested even for weed.

You'll find almost any type of drink at the many bars, restaurants, cafes and clubs in Whistler. If you like beer, try a local "micro-brewery" beer at one of the pubs in the village.

  • Buffalo Bills, 4122 Village Green (across from the Telus Conference Center), 604-932-6613, [50]. 3PM-2AM M-Sa, 3PM-12AM Su. Restaurant and nightclub with pool tables, big screen TVs and a large dance floor. (50.11447,-122.95695) edit
  • Dubh Linn Gate Pub, 170-4320 Sundial Cres, 1-800-387-3311, [51]. 7AM - 1AM daily. Irish-style pub with good food and live music nightly after 8PM.  edit
  • Dusty's Bar and BBQ, 2040 London Lane (near the bottom of the Creekside Gondola), +1 604-905-2146. Bar and restaurant with the feel of a big cabin, features great barbeque and rock music. Popular for après. Meal $15-$30.  edit
  • Garfinkel's, 4308 Main Street (Whistler Village), +1 604 932-2323. Nightclub located in the village  edit
  • Garibaldi Lift Co., 4165 Springs Ln (above the bottom of the Whistler gondola), +1 604-905-2220. Open daily until 1AM. Popular spot for apres ski with its patio looking out at the base of the mountain and Skiers Plaza.  edit
  • Merlins, 4545 Blackcomb Way (Upper Village near the bottom of Wizard chair), +1 604-938-7700. Your run-of-the-mill pub, with darts and table hockey.  edit


Whistler has a full range of accommodations ranging from budget to luxury. Many of them are concentrated in or near Whistler Village. If you are staying in the village, you don't need a rental car, and can save a huge amount of money and hassle by taking the bus instead. Unfortunately, the hoteliers in the village all know that and they price their rooms accordingly.

Like other major ski areas, Whistler's peak time is the winter holiday period starting several days before Christmas (December 25) to New Year's Day (January 1). Accommodations in Whistler for that time period fill up very early and should be booked as early as July of the year before. If you wait until August or September to book your hotel, you may find yourself either paying over one thousand American dollars per night for your room, or having to stay in Squamish or Pemberton at more reasonable rates and then commuting daily into Whistler for the skiing.


  • Art's Hostel, 2113 Nordic Drive, +1 604-932-4660 (), [52]. In "Nordic Estates", about 4km from Whistler Village. Walking distance to a bus stop which goes to Whistler Village. Sanitary, but minimally maintained in proportion to the rock-bottom price. $15-25 for a dorm room.  edit
  • AMS voted to Close: AMS UBC Lodge, Nordic Drive, 604-932-6604, [53]. This hostel is about another 200m up the hill from Art's Hostel and has a hot tub, plus a large lounge area with a cozy, rustic feel. Priority and better rates are given to UBC students so be sure to call for availability - & to verify its open!!!- before just showing up. $30/$40 (summer/winter) for a dorm room.  edit
  • Hostelling International Whistler, 1035 Legacy Way (In Whistler's former Athlete's Village or Olympic Village,now officially renamed, Cheakamus Crossing . Across from Function Junction), +1 604-962-0025 (), [54]. checkin: 4PM-10PM; checkout: 11AM. Great, clean, modern facility opened July 1st, 2010. Staff are super friendly and there are daily activities organized by the hostel. Regular and frequent bus service from 5am to 3am. Taxi fare from the village is around $20. Dorms start at $30, Private Rooms start at $85.  edit
  • Pemberton (Pemby), Highway 99 (Quiet Whistler Bedroom community 20 minutes North of Whistler Village on Hwy99), +1 604-894-6175(Summer) (, fax: 604 894-5571), [55]. Pemberton has 1 Old Hotel & 2 small modern Hotels & many B&Bs - much more Quiet than Whistler proper. Travel time from Pemberton to Whistler Village is about the same as from Whistler's Athlete's Village / Olympic Village / Cheakamus Crossing Neighbourhood. Regular bus service (see "Bus" above)> $$: Moderate.Rooms start at $99 +tax.  edit
  • Southside Lodge, Highway 99, +1 604-932-3644, [56]. Well situated about 300m from the Creekside gondola station (Whistler Mountain) and commercial area. While Creekside is a small Village with its own a Grocier, shops and restaurants and ski lifts within walking distance, the main larger village area is a 40 minute walk, however the area is served by buses which come every 15 minutes (high season), or 30 minutes (low season). If staying at this hostel be sure to eat at the Southside diner, which occupies the ground floor and is one of the very few remaining establishments from the pre-Intrawest pre-Whistler Alpha Lake Era. $30-$40 for a dorm room, more during ski season.  edit


  • Adara Hotel, 4122 Village Green, 1.866.502.3272, [57]. checkin: 4PM; checkout: 11AM. Affordable comfort and luxury in the heart of Whistler Village, walking distance to everything, pet friendly, hot tub and pool. $89 and up depending on season.  edit
  • Delta Whistler Village Suites, 4308 Main St, 1-888-299-3987 (toll-free) or +1 604-905-3987, [58]. checkin: 4PM; checkout: 11AM. The Delta offers 1 and 2 bedroom suites with full kitchen and laundry facilities as standard. $229 and up in peak season.  edit
  • Whistler Vacation Rentals by Owner, 4819 Glacier Lane, 1-888-205-0649 (toll-free), [59]. Assortment of vacation rentals by owner including studio condos, right up to full chalets. $109 and up in peak season.  edit
  • Mountainside Lodge, 4417 Sundial Place, 1-877-607-3337 (toll-free) or +1 604-932-4511, [60]. checkin: 4PM; checkout: 11AM. A lodge with studios, lofts, and one-bedroom suites. Heated pool and tub. Onsite Italian restaurant Trattoria di Umberto. $139 and up during peak season. Parking is $16/night extra.  edit
  • Summit Lodge and Spa, 4359 Main St, 1-888-913-8811 (toll-free), [61]. Boutique hotel with on-site spa. Has Deluxe and Executive studios and one bedroom suites. $200 and up in peak season.  edit
  • Whistler Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort, 4295 Blackcomb Way, 1-800-229-3188 (toll-free) or +1 604-938-0878, [62]. Hotel is in the heart of Whistler Village. Studios and suites with kitchenettes. $200 and up in peak season.  edit


  • Four Seasons Resort Whistler, 4591 Blackcomb Way, 1 888-935-2460 (toll-free) or +1 604-935-3400, [63]. Located in the Upper Village, walking distance to Blackcomb Wizard lift and to main village. $395 and up in high season.  edit
  • Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa, 4050 Whistler Way, +1 604-932-1982, [64]. checkin: 4:00 pm; checkout: 11:00 am. Located in Whistler Village, the Hilton is one long block from the Whistler gondola. $279 and up in high season.  edit
  • The Idylwood Inn, 8725 Idylwood Place, [65]. checkin: 4PM; checkout: 11AM. The Idylwood Inn is a large chalet split up into two and three bedroom units. $225-$250 for 2bdrm and $475-$545 for 3bdrm in peak season.  edit
  • Pan Pacific Whistler Hotel Mountainside, 4320 Sundial Cres, 1-888-905-9995 (toll-free) or +1 604-905-2999, [66]. The Pan Pacific is located at the base of Whistler, a few steps from the Blackcomb gondola and right in the middle of the apres ski action. $300 and up in peak season.  edit
  • Coast Blackcomb Suites at Whistler (the former Residence Inn by Marriott - Whistler), 4899 Painted Cliff Rd, 1-888-905-3400 (toll-free) or +1 604-905-3400, [67]. Luxury all-suite lodging, slopeside on Blackcomb Mountain. Ski-in ski-out access. Has a large hot tub. $460 and up during peak season (Feb/Mar).  edit
  • Whistler Vacation Rentals by Owner (Whistler Vacation Rentals by Owner), 100 to choose from, 1-888-205-0649 (toll-free, [68]. From budget to luxury, ski-in ski-out, golf course, Upper Village to Creekside. Many rentals with hot tubs. $99 and up, depending on season and length of stay.  edit
  • The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler (The Westin Whistler), 4090 Whistler Way, 1-604-905-5000, [69]. checkin: 4:00 pm; checkout: 11:00 am. Centrally located in Whistler Village, The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler is an award-winning resort that offers all-suite accommodations just steps away from both Whistler and Blackcomb mountain gondolas. From $170 CAD.  edit


  • Whistler Home Holidays, 3114 Tyrol Cres, 1-888-644-7444 (toll-free N. America), 800 967 997 (toll-free HK), 0800 917 0478 (toll-free UK) or +1 604-938-9256, [70]. Provider of 2 to 5 bedroom luxury Whistler home rentals. Can also book ski and golf packages. Prices start at $795 to $1,195.00/night for 4-5 BR condo..  edit
  • Whiski Jack Whistler Accommodation, 4319 Main St. Whistler BC, 1-888-944-7545 ext. 1 (toll-free N. America)604-932-6500, [71]. The best prices on the best quality properties. Studios to multi-bedroom units. Units in 17 of Whistler’s best buildings. Self-contained, fully-equipped units.  edit
  • Whistler Superior Properties, 4355 Northlands Blvd., 1-877-535-8282 (toll-free) or +1 604-932-3510 (fax: +1 604-932-3517), [72]. A good range of vacation rentals to suit the needs of all kinds of travellers. Prices vary based on date, from $99/night (Studio - shoulder season) to $1,500/night (3 - 4 bedroom luxury chalets - holiday winter season)..  edit
  • Lodging Ovations, 2036 London Lane, 1-800-320-0896 (toll-free N. America) or +1 604-990-6610 (International and Local) (fax: +1 604-938-9699), [73]. A collection of luxury ski-in, ski-out properties at the base of the Whistler Creekside Gondola. Prices vary based on date and type, from $129 (one bedroom, shoulder season) to $1,500 (four bedroom luxury condo, holiday winter season).  edit
  • Acer Vacation Rentals, 4905 Spearhead Place, 1-877-489-7669 (toll-free N. America)or +1 604-905-7788, [74]. Provides one, two, and 3 bedroom ski-in ski-out accommodation in Whistler for families. Prices start at $150 to $1,057.00/night for 1-3 BR condo..  edit


Whistler only has a few places to camp. Most of those that exist are outside of town:

  • Cal-Chek Forest Service Campground, 604 902-0510. Cool cable suspension bridge across the Cheakamus River.
  • Nairn Falls Provincial Campground, 20 miles (30km) north of Whistler and 2 miles (3 km) south of Pemberton off Highway 99, [75].
  • Riverside Resort [76] is located only 1.5 kilometers from Whistler Village and offers tent camping, RV sites, rustic yurts & cozy log cabins. 604-905-5533 Open year round!


  • Cyber Web Internet Cafe, #6, 4340 Sundial Crescent, +1-604-905-1280, [77]. Open every day, summer 09:00-22:30h, winter 08:00-22:00h. Internet access at terminals and wireless. Plus related services like CD burning, photocopying, and fax service. Free local calls on courtesy phone. Also various espresso and cold drinks, and snacks. Look for 10% discount cards on the reception table. Located right on skier's plaza at the foot of both gondolas, next to Black's Pub, tucked into the Sundial Hotel. Internet $10/hr.  edit
  • Whistler Public Library, 4329 Main Street, +1-604-932-5564 (, fax: +1-604-932-0664), [78]. Monday through Saturday 11AM - 7PM, Sunday 11AM - 4PM, closed holidays. Offers free internet access, in addition to the usual library services. Located on the opposite side of Village Gate Blvd from the plaza at the base of Whistler mountain.  edit

Get out[edit]

Heading North on Highway 99 will take you past:

Heading South on Highway 99 will take you past:

  • Squamish, the self-styled Adventure Capital of Canada, is 45 minutes from both Vancouver & Whistler on Highway 99.
  • Garibaldi Provincial Park, which has many hiking and backcountry camping opportunities, has access points north and south of town off Highway 99.

Routes through Whistler
Cache CreekPemberton (British Columbia)  N noframe S  SquamishVancouver

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