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Canada’s most famous ski resort, Whistler, sits at the feet of two immense mountains: Whistler and Blackcomb. Together, these impressive peaks form the biggest winter sports area in North America, and the always bustling Whistler Village provides immediate access to some of the best skiing around.
Whistler certainly had international cachet before it co-hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics with Vancouver, an easy 90-minute drive away by car, but the games only amplified the mountain resort’s fame as a recreation hot spot.
Since the world comes to ski and visit, the village has a comfortable variety of tourist accommodations, from condos to luxury hotels, all packed along the ambling Village Stroll, a pedestrian-only path lined with countless fun things to do, from great dining experiences in its many restaurants, to shopping in its boutique stores, art galleries, and gift shops.
Surrounding the village, this rugged region is a mix of untamed rivers, teal-blue lakes, unending forests, and volcanic peaks. Only one main road, Highway 99–also known as the Sea-to-Sky Highway–connects the area’s attractions and communities, a scenic drive that rates as one of Canada’s most spectacular road trips. For more ideas to add to your BC travel itinerary, check out our list of the best attractions and top things to do in Whistler, Canada
Whistler Mountain (2,182 meters) and Blackcomb Mountain (2,284 meters), the two peaks that rise above Whistler Village, boast some of the best skiing in North America. The Whistler Blackcomb resort’s combined skiable terrain tops 3,307 hectares with more than 200 runs accessed by 39 lifts, including a brand new gondola on Blackcomb Mountain.
Indeed, there is too much to cover in one day, which is why many visitors plan to spend a week or so on the slopes. Thanks to summer skiing opportunities on Blackcomb’s Horstman Glacier, the Whistler Blackcomb resort also offers the longest ski season of any resort in Canada.
The Peak 2 Peak Gondola provides an elevated ride between the two mountains. Though the distance covered is a record-breaking 4.4 kilometers, the ride takes only 11 minutes. On a clear day, the view is superb and looks out to snow-capped mountains, alpine lakes, and dense coniferous forests. A glance down to Fitzsimmons Creek is also awe-inspiring – at points the gondola is nearly half a kilometer above the valley floor.
British Columbia is renowned for its many hiking trails, and Whistler is no different. Trails range from easy nature walks around Lost Lake to elevation-intense mountain climbs. A well-traveled network of hikes radiates from the lookouts atop Whistler Mountain. Gondolas take hikers above the tree line, where the trails are especially lovely during alpine wildflower season.
The mountains also adjoin the mostly un-trod terrain of Garibaldi Provincial Park. Five trailhead areas provide access to the provincial park from varied points between Squamish and north of Whistler. Trails include excellent day-hikes to Garibaldi Lake, Cheakamus Lake, and Wedgemount Lake.
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