When winter weather stretches out for nearly half a year, Canadians find ways to embrace their Great White North. Adventure seekers of all kinds come together for Whistler holidays in British Columbia. It's no wonder people flock to this winter wonderland, with its 200 trails and tons of outdoor activities year-round. Strap on your skis and experience North America's largest ski resort.
Get into the sporting spirit by posing for a selfie with the 2010 Winter Olympic Games Rings, then see the sights from pulse-racing heights via the gondola that carries passengers between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. Got a few gnarly tricks to show off? Shred the powder on the Lower Gear Jammer trail. Don't be surprised if your kids take a separate chairlift to escape your newfound snowboard slang.
If you don't know the difference between champagne powder and corduroy out on the slopes, opt for a little lakeside meditation or take a tranquil hike in Callaghan Country. Add some relaxation and rejuvenation to your holiday you’ll find all you “knead” for a well-deserved massage at one of the Upper Village resort spas. You can also take a break from the snow with a mid-week getaway to Vancouver. Wotif has plenty of Whistler car hire options to make the 120-km drive for some big-city action.
The pedestrian-only village at the bottom of the slopes stocks everything you need to tackle the trails in style. For bunny slopes or backcountry trails, you'll find all the appropriate apparel and accessories. While you're indulging in a little retail therapy, pick up a few Canadian treats and sweets from the specialty gift shops. This small village delivers big flavour for appetites and budgets of any size.
You’ll need more than sweets to fuel up for a big day on the hills. Try the traditional breakfast fare in the Village Square or warm up at one of the on-mountain cafes with soup, hot chocolate and sandwiches. At the end of the day, head to Creekside for affordable comfort food for the whole family. For gourmet dining, a tasting tour lets you try regional delicacies like icewine truffles and duck shepherd’s pie from the area's finest eateries—you’ll really fall to pieces over the mountain berry crumble.
If you're thinking Whistler is a sleepy ski resort town, you’re in for a surprise: The apres-ski activities are as popular as the sports around here. Put the kids to bed and have a night on the town to rival any major city. Live it up like the locals on a Whistler club crawl or settle in for a cosy night at pub the Village Square, where you can sip cocktails and trade tales from the trails.
Find your dream Whistler holiday package on Wotif, whether the resort is your primary destination or part of a Vancouver holiday. Mix and match your airfare and hotel to get the best Whistler deals available—then celebrate your savings on the slopes.