10 adventurous things to do in Whistler, BC
Whistler is a mountain town in BC that was designed to attract visitors and host the Olympic Games. It is packed with shops, restaurants, and countless companies offering a range of adventure activities. Here are some of the things you can do in Whistler.
Spa at altitude
There is a spa offering Scandinavian baths and massages. It is called Scandinave and beautifully located. Mountain views from the pool and all. There are several other physiotherapists and massage places in town offering massages as well.
Bear viewing tours
I have seen many bears just on the side of the road. But in case you don’t want to drive yourself, you can book tours to go see them. Black bears are common in BC. Especially in the spring your chances are good to see one. This is when they come down to the valleys for food after hibernation.
There are several ziplines around Whistler. You can chose from different combinations of lines for a 2 to 4.5h experience. Or you can just walk along the tree top bridges (the more affordable option).
When the ski season is over, each year they rebuild the ski hill into a mountain bike park. In the fall they reverse the efforts. Mountain biking is HUGE is Whistler in the summer. You can rent all the gear you need, the park is in the village center, close to everything.
These mountain rivers are full of rapids. If you’re not afraid of ice cold glacier water, you can go rafting. It’s exciting and surprisingly suitable for any age group. Again, you will get all the gear you need. These people are pros, they have their spiel down and make you feel safe in any water.
Naturally, in a place so packed with adventure seekers you can bungee jump. Don’t think I need to explain. Rope, bridge, jump, scream.
A little harder to explain. This is a dusk walk of 1.5 km, with a multimedia show. As in, you walk along a trail of lights and twinkles seeking enchantment and a hidden valley. Mysterious, yet wonderful. Shuttles from village center every day at nightfall. Reservations required.
4 times a day you can the chance to go on a 2h ATV tour. All Terrain Vehicle that is, for all you non-Canadians. So you’d ride through the dirt and enjoy the views. Suitable for beginners and families.
So, I know nothing about golf of what makes one course better than another. Just saying, if you like golf, you can play here. If you don’t, you can take lessons. Views from the golf course alone are worth it.
There are several ski lifts and a gondola from the village center. They go up Blackcomb and Whistler mountain. And there is a gondola connecting the two, called the peak-to-peak. It is included in your ticket. So you can stay up there all day and enjoy the views.
Sqamish-Lil’wat Cultural Center
I want to squeeze this one in, so you don’t think Whistler is just about adrenalin. You can learn about indigenous culture too! Even participate in a tea ceremony. The center is an effort to preserve First Nation culture and make it more accessible.
And then there is art and food and shooting and helicopter rides and all kinds of other stuff you can do. You’ll just have to see for yourself!