3 ways to spend a day in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

red cable car in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada (©Yin Yin Low)

red cable car in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada (©Yin Yin Low)

The ski resort city in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada has been making a name for itself in recent years.  Whistler, located on the illustrious Sea to Sky Highway, is more than icy slopes and adrenaline junkies.

There are seemingly endless ways year-round to spend your time there if you want to get to know the city and the incredible people who live in it. Here are the top three ways to spend a day in Whistler without missing out:

A winter day

Of course, winter has to include skiing but that is not all Whistler has to offer. A quick breakfast at Ingrid’s Cafe will fill you with the energy you need to hit the morning slopes still fresh from a night’s snow.

Heat yourself from the inside out at Oyama Ramen, where the noodles will give you that push you need to get through the rest of the day. In the afternoon, boost your adrenaline back up with winter ziplining so you can glide and fly above the beautiful winter views without having to put in the work.

If you catch a moment of free time, you can also go dog sledding and get in touch with what this gorgeous city used to be. Araxi Restaurant and Oyster Bar will be there for you at the end of the day.  Order some fantastic wine, and enjoy a meal that will make you immediately start researching Whistler real estate.

A summer day

Mild summers are part of what makes Whistler such a magical piece of BC.  This cooler air makes it easier for people to enjoy outdoor activities like hiking and going on biking tours.

A perfect summer day in Whistler would start at the Southside Diner.  It is the kind of rusty spoon local place that will give you a feeling for who the city’s people are.

From there, spend the early morning on a biking tour of Whistler Mountain Bike Park.  The crisp early morning air and beautiful scenery will take your breath away.

After working up an appetite, stop in and carbo-load at Pasta Lupino for the best Italian food in the city.  Their tiramisu is famous for its incredible sweetness, and you’ll want seconds of it.

After filling yourself up, take a leisurely afternoon and enjoy the peak to peak gondola ride.  It is far cheaper than the popular helicopter tours, and lets you see every inch of the beautiful mountains.

For dinner, you can enjoy a mountain top summer feast with wine and the best food in the city.  The Roundhouse Lodge on Whittier Mountain will make you feel like royalty as you eat and enjoy impossibly gorgeous views.

An indoors day

If it is bucketing rain or you want to enjoy a day indoors, there is something for you as well!  Multiple art museums offer tours through the creative history of Whistler.

You could fill a day with The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre and still have time for a little indoors axe-throwing to finish off the day.  What you do depends on what you want to get out of your trip.

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