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 (bobsleigh, 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 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-per-hour (62-mile) 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 reasons 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.

Whether online or in person, Tourism Whistler has information on all aspects of the resort. It also runs an online reservation center for accommodations, guides, and virtually anything else you might need.

Biking and Hiking

The 40-km (25-mile) paved, car-free Valley Trail links the village to lakeside beaches and scenic picnic areas. For more challenging routes...


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

Twenty-five kilometers (16 miles) of track-set trails known as the Lost Lake Trails wind around scenic Lost Lake, Chateau Whistler Golf Course...

Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding

When Whistler and Blackcomb Ski Resorts merged in 1997, they created a snow behemoth not seen in these parts since the last sighting of a Sasquatch...


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


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...

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 dogsled, go cat skiing, or follow a First...

Sports Complex

Meadow Park Sports Centre. About 4 km (2.5 miles) north of Whistler Village, this center has a six-lane indoor pool, children's wading pool...


Coca-Cola Tube Park. Located on Blackcomb Mountain, this fabulous tube park is all about family fun. The park has 7,000 feet of lanes rated...

Zip-lining and Canopy Tours

Ziptrek Ecotours. In a rain forest between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, Ziptrek offers tours ranging from Tree Trek walks along suspension...


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