Whistler

Set in the breathtaking Coast Mountains, Whistler is a year-round destination for all the family. It's just a two-hour drive north of Vancouver and is home to Whistler Blackcomb — one of the largest ski resorts in North America. Whistler Village is the hub of the resort and was built around a car-free walkway with everything from ski lifts and hotels to shops and restaurants all within easy walking distance. Make the most of the varied winter sports available at the Olympic Park — a venue for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics — or head out onto the slopes for exciting adventures.

With an eclectic mix of family-friendly events, welcoming atmosphere and a lively arts and culture scene, there's much more to Whistler than just its well-known winter activities.


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Whistler facts at a glance
Flight time:
7 hours
Time difference:
-5 hours
Currency:
Canadian dollar
Flying from
Birmingham, Gatwick, Glasgow, Heathrow, Manchester, Newcastle

Best time to go

Temperatures are moderate throughout the winter due to Whistler's close proximity to the coast. The peak ski season takes place between December and February which sees the most snowfall and the coolest climate. Temperatures in March start to rise with the ideal temperatures arriving in April and May, creating the perfect conditions for outdoor activities such as hiking and cycling. Soak up the sunshine in summer with highs of around 18°C.

Things to do

Make the most of Whistler's excellent winter sport facilities and enjoy skiing, snowboarding, zip-lining, dog sledding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice skating, and ice fishing. Visit the Olympic Park to try bobsleighing, skeleton, ski jumping, and luge. The summer brings different outdoor opportunities including cycling, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, horse riding, bungee jumping, and golf. No visit to Whistler would be complete without a ride on the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola. This record-breaking cable car joins the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains and offers 360-degree views of the surrounding mountain peaks, lakes, glaciers, and forests.

Food and drink

Whistler's award-winning restaurants offer breakfast, lunch and dinner to suit every taste and budget. The world-renowned Garibaldi Lift Co. Bar & Grill is the perfect place to unwind after a busy day out on the slopes. Here, you can relax on the terrace and take in the mountain views, sip ice-cold beers and watch the live entertainment. Book a half-day fine dining tour and enjoy quality wine on a tasting session alongside the best west-coast cuisine Whistler has to offer.

In the evening

Choose a quiet evening in a cosy Whistler Village pub, sip cocktails in a mountain-side lodge or visit famous nightclubs to see international DJs. Head to Merlin's Bar and Grill, one of Whistler's most-famous party venues, for spectacular views of Blackcomb mountain and live DJs. Enjoy lively rock nights at Dusty's Bar & BBQ then dance late into the night at Tommy Africa's. Themed club nights include house, reggae, dance, 80s, and soul.

Health and entry requirements

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.

Please check that you have the correct travel and medical insurance before you visit Canada. You should also consult your GP six to eight weeks before you travel for advice on possible vaccinations and medication.

You must ensure that you have the correct visa for your destination and visitors travelling to Canada must have an electronic travel authorisation (eTA). Browse the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website (https://www.fco.gov.uk) for up-to-date information about entry requirements.

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