Whistler is known as one of the premier ski resorts in North America, with vast terrain and incredible scenery. My first trip there was to go snowboarding, and it’s a trip I’ve repeated on numerous occasions over the years. I’ve also visited in summer and explored nearby areas including Squamish to go hiking and rock climbing.
On my many trips to Whistler, I’ve explored a bevy of its highlights, from the incredible alpine terrain of mountains and lakes to the fantastic dining and nightlife scene. There’s a lot to see and do. Here’s my recommendation for how to see the best of Whistler in three days.
Bring extra layers. It can get cold in the mountains, even in summer.
If you only have time for one thing, make it the Peak 2 Peak Gondola—wait for a glass-bottomed cabin for the best views.
Spend your first day experiencing Whistler's mountain highlights. In the winter, ski or ride the slopes of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. Prebook your rentals to save time. Non-skiers can take the gondolas for sightseeing—the Peak 2 Peak Gondola connecting Whistler and Blackcomb mountains is a must. In summer, enjoy lift-assisted mountain biking, hiking, and sightseeing.
Enjoy the après scene with a drink or two in Whistler Village or the Upper Village. For dinner, there are more than 150 restaurants from which to choose. A progressive dining tour is an easy way to sample dishes at different restaurants.
There’s plenty to see and do in Whistler off the mountain. You can walk around Whistler Village and Upper Village to visit highlights including Whistler Olympic Plaza, Audain Art Museum, Whistler Museum, and the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, where you can learn about the Indigenous culture of the area.
To explore further, take the Whistler Valley Trail, which leads to several scenic lakes and lookouts, including Lost Lake, Nita Lake, and Green Lake. Alternatively, explore the area on a brewery or distillery tour, or soak in the outdoor hot tubs and get a massage at the Scandinave Spa.
Spend your final day enjoying the outdoors and get your adrenaline pumping. In winter, try snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice fishing, or head into the backcountry with a guide. In summer, go whitewater rafting, off-roading in an all-terrain vehicle, rock climbing in Squamish, horseback riding in Pemberton, or try the via ferrata. Tours are available for a hassle-free experience.
Alternatively, take to the skies for extra thrills. Go on a ziplining adventure through the wilderness, or enjoy ultimate views in a helicopter or floatplane scenic flight.