Located north of Vancouver in British Columbia, Whistler is a Canadian resort town that is especially popular for skiing, snowboarding, and other fun activities in both the summer and the winter. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing weekend or a fun, activity-filled vacation, there are plenty of festivals, events, and other points of interest that will make your visit to Whistler memorable.
With over 8,100 acres of slopes, three glaciers, and 16 alpine bowls, Whistler Mountain and the adjacent Blackcomb Mountain are popular destinations for snowboarding, skiing and other outdoor activities. Even if you’re not the skiing or snowboarding type, you can enjoy the mountain views from the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, a glass-bottom ski-lift gondola that offers stunning 360-degree views of Whistler Village and the surrounding area. To relax after a long day on the slopes, indulge in Whistler’s unique Scandinave Spa, which offers the Finnish tradition of soaking in outdoor baths, massages, heated solariums and a café. In the summer, visitors enjoy outdoor activities like zip-lining, golf, biking and horseback riding, and visitors are also drawn to Whistler for its high-profile events like Whistler’s great outdoor festival GO Fest, the Tough Mudder Whistler obstacle course that takes place in June at Whistler Olympic Park, and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in July, which is held in the beautiful outdoor Olympic Plaza venue.
There are several fun and interesting towns near Whistler that you can visit if you’re in the mood to venture outside of the ski resort scene. Vancouver, a seaport located on the west coast of British Columbia, is the most populated city in British Columbia and offers thriving art and music scenes. Points of interest include seeing the extensive floral varieties at VanDusen Botanical Garden, shopping at the Granville Island peninsula located across False Creek from Downtown, and exploring the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, which is the first Chinese garden built outside of China and located in Vancouver’s Chinatown. The town of Squamish is located just 36 miles north of Whistler and an hour north of Vancouver, and is home to the Squamish River, a popular local pub called the Bailout Bitter that serves a variety of brews, and fun activities like rock climbing on Stawamus Chief, a 2,303-foot mountain. Also not far from Whistler is Surrey, which is Canada’s 12th largest city that is home to the Peace Arch – a monument near the western Canada-United States Border, and Surrey Museum, a family-friendly museum located in the heart of Cloverdale that tells the story of Surrey’s rich history.
In the cozy resort town of Whistler, there are a variety of accommodations that you can book through Tripping, from condos and cabins to luxury homes and chalets. If you’re looking for lakefront living, rent a home in Alta Vista, which is located halfway between Whistler Village and Whistler Creek with proximity to Alta Lake. Bayshores is a quiet community that is one-minute south of Whistler Creek, features spacious homes, is close to several lakes, and offers residents access to ski lifts via the Creekside Gondola. You can also find a really nice home in Blueberry Hill, which is one of the most prestigious addresses in Whistler located above the Whistler Golf Course, offering great views of both mountains. Spring Creek is especially popular with families due to its proximity to the playing field and playground, and is one of Whistler’s newest neighborhoods, offering a variety of high-end townhomes and new chalets.
Getting around Whistler is easy and convenient, with plenty of paved paths for cycling and hiking. The seasonal shuttles that connect ski lifts and parks are free, and there are also 24-hour taxi services. Transit BC buses are a low-cost way of traveling to Whistler’s neighborhoods, and walking is especially common in the pedestrian-only Village stroll around the resort, which offers waling access between shops, ski lifts, restaurants and accommodation.
Find the best Whistler vacation rentals on Tripping.com. With over 2561 home rentals, take your pick from a wide variety of choices including studio apartments, luxury condos, and cozy cabin rentals. Prices in Whistler range from $25 a night. Many rentals can also be booked directly online.Vacation home rentals found on Tripping.com offer more amenities than the average hotel room along with many of the comforts of home. Going on a business trip or need to stay connected? 2142 homes in Whistler offer high-speed WiFi Internet so you won’t miss a beat. Travelling with kids? Let them splash around in any of the 1028 rentals with pool or jacuzzi, or relax with the family in one of the 2059 homes with cable TV.For all those pet owners with dogs or cats, Whistler offers 103 pet-friendly vacation rentals for your extended family. Find the perfect vacation rental that matches your budget and style on Tripping.com.Search properties from 9 vacation rental sites in Whistler where the top providers in that area are HomeAway, TripAdvisor, and CanadaStays. There are 1200 HomeAway rentals, 463 TripAdvisor short term rentals and 402 CanadaStays vacation rentals.