High in the rugged heartlands of British Columbia, you’ll find Canada’s ultimate winter wonderland – Whistler.
Famous the world over for its dramatic landscapes and enticing slopes, Whistler attracts thousands of skiers and snowboarders from across the globe each year.
There’s no denying Whistler’s impressive snowsport credentials, but there’s also so much more to this mountain village than just skiing. Here, we take a look at some of the winterlicious activities you can enjoy after a day on the slopes.
Axe Throwing at Forged
The distinctly Canadian pastime of axe throwing has never been more popular. As Whistler’s only indoor axe throwing venue, Forged Axe Throwing is ideal for days when the weather takes a turn or for an early evening session after all that skiing. You and your friends will hurl axes down an alley in an attempt to hit an utterly satisfying bullseye, competing in your very own championship watched over by the eagle-eyed (and always fair) Forged team.
Whether you’ve picked up an axe before, or are yet to become an axe throwing addict, Forged has everything you need to get started and will provide training and tips along the way. Got an occasion to celebrate? Axe throwing is the ultimate group party idea.
Dog Sledding at Canadian Wilderness
Whether you’re travelling as a group or enjoying a romantic break with your significant other, dog sledding is an extremely fun thing to do whilst in Whistler. Choose to sit back and relax or take the reins yourself and learn how to guide an enthusiastic team of Arctic snow dogs. Based in the Callaghan Valley, the Canadian Wilderness tour guides will take you through snow frosted forests and even provide you with a stopover at an abandoned trapper’s camp on Totem Lake, where you’ll learn more about the history of Canadian fur trappers.
Walk The Cloudraker Skybridge
A visit to this breathtaking suspension bridge is a must-add to any itinerary. Spanning 130m from Whistler Peak to the West Ridge, the bridge crosses high above Whistler Bowl offering breathtaking views over the winter landscape. The Raven’s Eye Cliff Walk here also includes a viewing platform with 360° views from Whistler’s Peak. After a day on the slopes, walk the bridge and take plenty of incredible selfies!
For an affordable yet incredibly enjoyable idea, head to the Whistler Blackcomb Coca-Cola Tube Park to slide down the 1000 feet tube. Once at the bottom, simply take a special conveyor lift to return to the top where you can slide again and again. Peak season at the tube park is usually around December 23rd – January 7th, and the park can get pretty busy during the festive season. We promise it’s worth it though!
For those seeking thrills away from the slopes, look no further than the two fantastic companies offering great value ziplining experiences in Whistler. Ziptrek Ecotours boasts the longest zipline in North America at over two km long, and their Twilight Tour is particularly popular with those skiing by day and looking for something fun to do during the early evening. Superfly Ziplines is also open year round, providing yet more ziplining opportunities to see Whistler from a totally different perspective.
Take your winter adventure to the next level with a guided snowmobile tour through the dramatic landscape in and around Whistler. Blackcomb Snowmobile offers a number of tours including the scenic tour, family tour and wilderness tour, all generally taking 2-3 hours. The extreme tour always proves particularly popular with experienced riders, offering high alpine bowls and a true taste of backcountry riding. Learn how to side-hill like a pro and cut through the deep stuff with experienced, senior guides.
Shop Artisan Goods
Hosted by The Westin Resort & Spa, the Whistler Winter Artisan Market runs throughout the winter months and is a great way to pass an afternoon. Local artisans proudly display and sell their handmade wares, and it’s a great place to pick up a Christmas gift or souvenir for your loved ones. Expect everything from fine art to pottery, and artisan foods to jewellery!
Visit the Museums
The Audain Art Museum is Whistler’s newest cultural hot spot. Located by the village, this iconic building houses a permanent collection of artworks from British Columbia. A visit to the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre also comes highly recommended, celebrating the history and culture of local First Nations. Finally, the Whistler Museum has a remarkable variety of exhibits, telling engaging stories, sharing historical photographs and even showcasing an original gondola cabin!
Enjoy the Beer
What better way to round off a day on the slopes, than to enjoy the best craft beer British Columbia has to offer. Head to The Whistler Brewing Company and Coast Mountain Brewing to sample the very latest beers, relax with friends, and mingle with like minded travellers and locals.
Soothe those aching muscles at the Scandinave Spa, choosing from one of the many massages and treatments on offer. Hop into hot tubs, cold plunge pools, and saunas, and hit the slopes refreshed and ready to go the very next day. The Vida Spa at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler is also a highly rated spa experience.
While we’ve picked out a number of incredible activities to enjoy away from the slopes, there really is so much more to Whistler. To learn more about the other activities on offer, click here.