Whistler is known as a prime skiing destination and as part of North America’s largest winter sports area in the Rocky Mountains, it boasts cutting-edge facilities. The apr├Ęs-ski scene is also second to none and in summer, visitors can enjoy hiking, fishing and the spectacle of Canada’s National BBQ Championships.

Whistler/Blackcomb offer 213 ski slopes of varying lengths, and the wide variety of terrain is suitable for all skill levels. Nearly 30 miles of skiing trails cater to cross-country fans, while X-sport aficionados can make use of the excellent snowboard terrain park at Blackcomb. Hiking is popular in both summer and winter, with a huge network of trails.

Those who do not want to join in the legendary nightlife after a long day on the slopes can max out their credit cards in the many shops or introduce a cultural component to their stay with a visit to one of the many art galleries. There is even a museum tracing the history of the Whistler and Pemberton valleys and the settlement of early British pioneers.

Highlights

Whistler Gondola: will take you to nearly 6,000 feet above sea level in 20 fabulous minutes, with impressive views of snow-capped mountains along the way.

Meadow Park Sports Centre: is Whistler’s full-service community recreation center, with a gym, swimming pool and ice rink.

Parkhurst: is the area’s former logging community, now a ghost town where you can see the remnants of houses and skeletons of machinery.

Garibaldi Provincial Park: is a popular destination for outdoor fans, with a selection of hiking options ideal for wildlife viewing among blooming alpine meadows and flowers.

Whistler Farmers’ Market: next to the Chateau Whistler Hotel is open on Sundays from June until October and offers wonderful fresh food and local produce.