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Guide to Whistler Outdoors

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Over two million people visit Whistler all year round, largely because this incredible resort town has some of the world's most stunning mountains and landscapes that can be enjoyed in the winter and summer. Just a two-hour drive from Vancouver, the two mountains, Whistler and Blackbomb, take up over 8,000 acres, making it the largest skiable area in North America. In addition to winter sports, everyone from toddlers to expert climbers can enjoy hiking, cycling, and many other summer activities. This guide will recommend the must-sees in both seasons during your stay among the majestic mountains where the 2010 Winter Olympic Games were held.

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  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Like a Local

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Whistler Blackcomb

Golf Courses, Mountains, Ski & Snowboard Areas, Cross-country Ski Areas, Hiking Trails

Whistler Blackcomb's Coca-Cola Tube Park

Ski & Snowboard Areas

Blackcomb Snowmobile

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Whistler Mountain Bike Park

Mountains, Biking Trails, Sports Complexes

Superfly Ziplines

Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks, Other Outdoor Activities

Peak 2 Peak Gondola

Lookouts

Whistler Bungee

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams

Boat Tours, Equipment Hire, Kayaking & Canoeing, Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Whistler ATV Day Tours

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club

Golf Courses

Mel C's City Tips

  • If you're not used to driving in the winter, it is better to take a bus on the beautiful "sea to sky highway" from Vancouver to get up to Whistler.
  • Check the road conditions before driving out to the mountains.
  • Check for any upcoming events online before going up, as there are often a variety of performances and activities throughout the year such as the farmer's market.
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    Whistler Blackcomb
    Golf Courses, Mountains, Ski & Snowboard Areas, Cross-country Ski Areas, Hiking Trails
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    Mel C Says:

    Whistler Blackcomb is a fantastic place for locals and travelers to go in the summer and winter. It is the largest ski resort in North America and combined with Whistler Mountain, skiers and snowboarders have over 200 marked runs to choose from. You can even enjoy a meal and a warm drink at the restaurants on some slopes on your way down the mountain. In the summer, visitors can enjoy a variety of activities including hiking, paddling, and cycling.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Use the two t-bars while you're skiing or snowboarding to get to the top of the glacier for an incredible view of the mountain range.
    • The best times to go in the summer are between June and September, and in the winter between December and March, when there is plenty of powder.
    • If you're planning to go to Whistler regularly, you can get a pre-season pass at a lower price compared to buying the pass closer to the winter season. And it's cheaper to buy your own equipment than renting a few times in Whistler.
    • If you are visiting Whistler Blackcomb for a short time, you can check out the different seasonal rates for passes to help plan your budget.
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    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 30 Nature & Parks in Whistler
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing location with stunning views 18/08/2017
    • Our magic christmas trip 17/08/2017
    • Whistler Blackcomb
    Address:
    4545 Blackcomb Way
    Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B4
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-938-7668
    Other:
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    Whistler Blackcomb's Coca-Cola Tube Park
    Ski & Snowboard Areas
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    Mel C Says:

    This tube park has over 1,000 feet of lanes and a conveyor belt so you can maximize your tubing adventure time. While it may seem like an activity only kids would enjoy, it's an exhilarating experience for adults too.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Go early before it gets very busy during the high season. Otherwise you could be waiting in a long line.
    • If you're afraid of speed, there is a slower section of the park.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 99 things to do in Whistler
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very good fun. 09/08/2017
    • So much fun 28/06/2017
    • Whistler Blackcomb's Coca-Cola Tube Park
    Address:
    Village
    Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B4
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 888-403-4727
    Other:
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    Blackcomb Snowmobile
    4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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    Mel C Says:

    Coast through Whistler's backcountry roads on a snowmobile for a two- to four-hour tour. Whether you're a beginner or craving an extreme tour, Blackcomb Snowmobile caters to all levels for an unforgettable experience through the white-covered forest. For those who are less experienced — or if it's your first time — the guides are excellent and will make sure you stay safe, share stories, and are having a good time. Extreme riders can ride to the top of Whistler's only high alpine bowl and some of the world's best terrain.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • One child (5-12 years old) can ride for free for each adult driver on the tour.
    • If you get hungry easily, have a hearty meal before starting the tour as the lunch you get from a three- or four-hour tour is quite basic.
    • Try to book a time when there aren't too many other people outside your group so you can go at your group's pace.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 54 Tours in Whistler
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Kids Could Have A Go On Kids' Snowmobile;highly recommended! 27/06/2017
    • We had so much fun! 19/06/2017
    • Blackcomb Snowmobile
    Address:
    104-4050 Whistler Way
    Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B4
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-932-8484
    Other:
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    Whistler Mountain Bike Park
    Mountains, Biking Trails, Sports Complexes
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    Mel C Says:

    The Whistler Mountain Bike Park is considered the world's number one lift-accessed downhill bike park. The variety of runs can accommodate all riders, from beginners to extreme downhill riders, who can get air on a vertical drop. The park's terrain is larger than any other bike park in North America with 4,900 vertical feet of lift-serviced descending trails and 76km of trails to ride on.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • It's recommended for a beginner to get helpful lessons from a certified instructor about proper stance, body position, and everything you need to enjoy a downhill trail.
    • Downhill riders should do the same trail at least a few times before going on a more difficult run.
    • Expert riders can start from the top of the peaks and sail down steep hills in addition to enhancing their skills in the indoor bike training facility.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 99 things to do in Whistler
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wow! 19/08/2017
    • Really fun! 18/08/2017
    • Whistler Mountain Bike Park
    Address:
    4545 Blackcomb Way
    Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B4
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 866-218-9690
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 20:00
    Other:
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    Superfly Ziplines
    Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks, Other Outdoor Activities
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    Mel C Says:

    Get away from the rest of crowd in the village and experience the wilderness by soaring through the trees on two of Canada's longest ziplines. One of the lines is a kilometer long and it is Whistler's only backcountry zipline. Over the course of three hours, the friendly and helpful guides will show you how to stay safe while you sail at high speeds over Whistler's incredible landscape.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can go on the zipline in the winter as well.
    • If you go in the summer months, book for later in the afternoon so it's not too hot.
    • This activity is suitable for families as long as the kids are at least seven years old and weigh at least 27kg.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 69 Outdoor Activities in Whistler
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A must do activity when in Whistler! 18/08/2017
    • Fantastic time! Thanks, Ollie & James T 15/08/2017
    • Superfly Ziplines
    Address:
    211-4293 Mountain Sq
    Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B4
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 855-824-9955
    Other:
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    Peak 2 Peak Gondola
    Lookouts
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    Mel C Says:

    If you don't snowboard or ski, you can still see the incredible landscape by going on the Peak 2 Peak Gondola that connects the top of the Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. Unlike gliding down the mountain on a board or skis, you'll be able to see a stunning 360 view of mountain peaks, lakes, glaciers, forests, and Whistler village. While you're on the top, you can enjoy several dining options while marveling at the incredible view of nature. The Peak 2 Peak Gondola holds two world records for having the longest free span between ropeway towers and the highest point above ground.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • In the summer, you can add the Mountain Top BBQ buffet dinner to your Peak 2 Peak ticket on Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays only.
    • Check online to see the latest hours of operation as they change between seasons.
    • You can ride the special gondola with a glass bottom to get a better view of the forests.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 99 things to do in Whistler
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Do not miss 19/08/2017
    • Always fun to ride 19/08/2017
    • Peak 2 Peak Gondola
    Address:
    4545 Blackcomb Way
    Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B4
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 800-766-7449
    Other:
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    Whistler Bungee
    Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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    Mel C Says:

    Get an adrenaline fix with Whistler Bungee and experience the exhilarating feeling of free-falling 160ft over the glacial-fed Cheakamus River. Before your jump, you'll take what may feel like a long walk on the bridge where you can see the river flowing through the forests beneath you. It may be a quick experience, but it will certainly be an unforgettable one.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can choose to jump on your own or go tandem with a buddy so you can enjoy the free-fall drop together.
    • The professional pictures are a bit pricey but they are a fantastic souvenir and have clear shots throughout your whole jump.
    • Don't eat too much before the jump!
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 54 Tours in Whistler
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Highly recommended 13/08/2017
    • AMAZING! 10/08/2017
    • Whistler Bungee
    Address:
    19-4314 Main St
    Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B4
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-938-9333
    Other:
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    Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams
    Boat Tours, Equipment Hire, Kayaking & Canoeing, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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    Mel C Says:

    Enjoy the peaceful sounds of the wind and river during a guided or unguided kayak or canoe tour on Whistler's famous River of Golden Dreams. Nature lovers can choose to go in the day or night: The "Wildlife at Twilight" tour is highly recommended as nature's creatures are actually more likely to be active early evening. Visitors have spotted bears on a regular basis along with eagles, raccoons, beavers, and many other animals.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Pack enough water to last your trip as it can get very hot, especially mid-day.
    • Having a guide can enhance your experience by teaching you more about the area and the wildlife, or if you're a beginner paddler.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 9 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Whistler
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great kayak trip on the river 18/08/2017
    • Great service and gear 03/08/2017
    • Backroads Whistler - River of Golden Dreams
    Address:
    3375 Lakeside Rd
    Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B3
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-932-3111
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Whistler ATV Day Tours
    4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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    Mel C Says:

    Any adventurer will love exploring Whistler's backcountry roads on an ATV and going to places that aren't accessible by snowboards or skis in the winter season. There are a variety of trails to suit all levels: From taking leisurely scenic forest trails to climbing 5000ft high and looking back on Whistler, Blackcomb, Black Tusk, and beyond. Like many of the other activities around Whistler, you'll have incredible guides who are extremely attentive, helpful, and want to ensure you have the best experience possible.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Keep your eyes out on the wilderness when you can during the ride, you may spot a bear!
    • Be sure to pack enough water to have during your ride otherwise you could be very thirsty by the end.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 54 Tours in Whistler
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great afternoon 19/08/2017
    • Good value fun 16/08/2017
    • Whistler ATV Day Tours
    Address:
    102-4050 Whistler Way
    Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B4
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-932-6681
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 06:00
    Other:
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    Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club
    Golf Courses
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    Mel C Says:

    This course is a must-do for any golf lover of all levels. The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club was created from the slopes of the West Coast mountains and integrated among the stunning forest, creeks, Douglas Fir trees, and wildlife. The course has won several awards and when you experience it, you'll see why.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you have kids that are 16 years old and under, they can play for free for each paying adult.
    • Bring some extra balls because you may lose a ball or two if it falls down a ravine on the course.
    • This course is suitable for all levels, but players must wear proper golf attire at all times while they're on the course, including collared shirts and tailored pants.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 69 Outdoor Activities in Whistler
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great course, great service 15/08/2017
    • A must if you can afford it. 06/08/2017
    • Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club
    Address:
    4612 Blackcomb Way
    Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B4
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-938-2092
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