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Whistler Travel Guide

Whistler Sports & Activities

Adventurers pour into Whistler during every season and from every corner of the world. In winter, you'll meet Australian and New Zealander skiers and guides who follow the snows around the globe; in summer there are sun-baked guides who chase the warm months to lead white-water rafting or mountain-biking excursions. These globe-trotters demonstrate how Whistler's outdoor sports culture now operates on a global, all-season scale.

The staging of sliding (bobsled, luge, skeleton) and alpine and cross-country skiing events in Whistler during the Olympic Games has yielded a host of opportunities for the adventurous, including a world-class cross-country center (and lodge) operated by the Whistler Legacies Society. The sliding center remains as a professional training facility (the ice is rumored to be the fastest on the planet), as well as a public venue for those who've always wanted to experience the 100 km (62 miles) per hour thrill of a sliding sport. The mountains changed little after the games, other than having some commemorative signage to indicate what happened where.

Hikers and anglers, downhill and touring cyclists, free skiers and ice climbers, kayakers and golfers—there really is something for everyone here. Whistler and Blackcomb mountains are the reason why most people are here, but the immediate environs are equally compelling. Garibaldi Provincial Park, adjacent to the Whistler area, is a 78,000-acre park with dense mountainous forests splashed with hospitable lakes and streams for fishing and kayaking. At Alta Lake, you'll see clusters of windsurfers weaving across the surface, dodging canoeists. At nearby Squamish, the Stawamus Chief, the second largest granite monolith in the world behind Gibraltar, attracts serious rock climbers, although there are milder climbs for novices.

Mountain Biking

Ski resorts everywhere have latched onto the popularity of downhill biking. Whistler-Blackcomb were not only among the first to realize the...

Biking and Hiking

The 28-km (45-mile) paved, car-free Valley Trail links the village to lakeside beaches and scenic picnic areas. For more challenging routes...

Zip-lining and Canopy Tours

Wildplay Element Parks. This self-contained adventure center runs skyline zip-trekking tours on a forested mountain, 10 minutes north of Whistler...

Tourism Whistler

Tourism Whistler. Whether online or in person, Tourism Whistler has information on all aspects of the resort. It also runs an online reservation...

Whistler Visitor Information and Activity Center

Whistler Visitor Information and Activity Center. A good first stop for most Whistler outdoor activities, here's where to pick up hiking, biking...

Horseback Riding

The ultimate gentle summer activity, horseback riding in Whistler can take you through alpine meadows, old-growth forests, and along riverside...

Snowmobiling, Snowshoeing, and Sleigh Rides

Blackcomb Snowmobile. You can book guided snowmobile trips through the backcountry, learn to mush a dog sled, or follow a First Nations trapper...

Tubing

Coca-Cola Tube Park. Located on Blackcomb Mountain, this fabulous tube park is all about family fun. Features include 1,000 feet of lanes rated...

Boating

Canoe and kayak rentals are available at Alta Lake at both Lakeside Park and Wayside Park. A perfect place for canoeing is the River of Golden...

Cross-Country Skiing

The meandering trail around the Whistler Golf Course from the village is an ideal beginners' route. The 28 km (17 miles) of track-set trails...

Golf

Few visitors associate Whistler with golf but the four championship courses vie with some of the best in the Pacific Northwest. Golf season...

Heli-skiing and Heli-hiking

The Coast Mountains of western Canada have more glaciers than almost anywhere else on the planet. The range is bordered by the Fraser River...

Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding

Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains. When Whistler and Blackcomb Ski Resorts merged in 1997, they created a snow behemoth not seen in these parts...

Fishing

Tourists first developed this region for the fishing. All five area lakes—Alta, Alpha, Lost, Green, Nita—are stocked with trout. Whistler...

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