Travel Guide of Whistler, British Columbia for: Fairmont Chateau Whistler Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Upper Village, Whistler, British Columbia

Whistler Summary

Pros

  • Quality nightlife -- many bars, pubs, clubs, and cafes in Whistler Village
  • Diverse range of ski options for everyone, from beginners to experts
  • The best of the best when it comes to mountain biking and hiking during the summer months
  • Cozy, mountain-town eateries like Ingrid's Village Café and Brewhouse at Whistler
  • Many summertime activities, like golfing, volleyball, canoeing, and even four-wheeling
  • Offers many health and wellness activities, like lake-side yoga and luxurious spa packages
  • Consistently ranks as the top ski resort in North America
  • Easy to navigate by foot; Whistler Village and the Upper Village are filled with highly accessible walkways
  • Lost Lake Park -- a great summer spot, where water is warmer than other lakes in the valley
  • Cuisine ranges from fast food to high-end restaurants
  • Laid-back and easygoing atmosphere
  • Organic and local produce from one of the popular farmer's markets during the summertime, also a great place to get Canadian wines

Cons

  • Very expensive
  • Ski resorts get crazy busy during winter and spring breaks

What It's Like

Development in the late 1900s built this tiny logging town -- once known as "Alta Lake" -- into a full-scale ski resort area. Whistler hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics, is considered the top skiing desination on the continent.

Warmer temperatures bring their own excitement, like mountain biking at Bike Park, biking or jogging along the scenic 19-mile-long Valley Trail, and taking in the scenery at nearby parks (like Lost Lake Park). The Peak 2 Peak Gondola allows visitors to take in the landscape from breath-taking heights.

Of course, we can't leave out Whistler's rockin' nightlife -- a vital part of the snow sporting culture. After a long day on the slopes, skiers and snowboarders can be found in the many bars, restaurants, cafes, and clubs in the village. The atmosphere is laid-back and easygoing, and most bars close around 1 a.m.

Where To Stay

Many resorts require minimum stays, especially during the winter season. Prices are super expensive during the winter and spring break, but they drop considerably during the summer. If you're looking for the party scene, book a hotel in Whistler Village. This is a loud and exciting area of Whistler, and it isn't recommended if you're seeking some seclusion and peace. If you happen to be looking for a serene getaway, aim for one of the residential neighborhoods just outside of the Village, like Whistler Creek or Village North, where several nice resorts can be found. Nicklaus North, also called Green Lake, attracts many summertime visitors who want to access some of the area's best golf courses.  

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Facts

Languages:

English

Airports:

Vancouver International Airport

Time Zone:

Pacific Time Zone

Peak:

Dec. - Mar.

Off-Peak:

May - Sept.

Visa:

No

Vaccines:

No

Currency:

Canadian Dollar

Electricity:

120 V, 60 Hz

Tipping:

15-20% in restaurants and cabs

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