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About Whistler Village A Year Round Pleasure Playground

Whistler Village

A people place and a year-round, cosmopolitan resort, Whistler is full of variety, both on and off the slopes. Whether looking for intense or intimate, hard-driving or soul-soothing, an escape or an indulgence, Whistler has it all!

Whistler's Festivals & Events

In the Beginning...

Whistler VillageIn 1962, four Vancouver Businessmen began the development of Whistler Mountain as a potential site for the Winter Olympic Games. Until 1964 there was no road, electricity, water or sewer in or to the Whistler Valley. In 1965 London Mountain's name was changed to "Whistler Mountain" and on February 14, 1966 it officially opened for skiers. At this time the permanent population of the Whistler Valley was approximately 25 people.

In 1975, the rapidly growing community of Alta Lake became the first and only Resort Municipality in Canada. The following year Vancouver/Garibaldi finally, after three previous tries, won the Canadian nomination for the Winter Olympics. However, Montreal, Quebec was awarded the Summer Games and as a result Whistler did not win the winter bid.

A plan for the town site was formed in 1977, and construction began in August 1978, on what had previously been the garbage dump for the area. Blackcomb Mountain was developed at the same time and opened for skiing the winter of 1980/81. In 1985 Blackcomb Mountain expanded it's terrain making it North America's only "Mile High Mountain". Ever increasing popularity of Whistler earned it the naming of North America's Number One Ski Resort by Snow Country Magazine in 1991. Since then, Whistler has won numerous similar honours and continues to be one of the world’s best four-season holiday destinations.

Summer

Summer fun in WhistlerThe fun and activities don't stop when the snow melts! With its crisp mountain air, crystal clear lakes and lush emerald forests, there's something to do here every day whether it's a thrilling adventure or just some quiet time listening to nature and absorbing the magnificent scenery. There are numerous activity providers in the area who specialize in providing the "summer adventure" of a lifetime. Try mountain biking, a heli-fishing tour, atv ride, backcountry hike or sightseeing adventure to get your adrenaline pumping. Here in Whistler and Sea to Sky country you can wake up, ski the glacier and cut some summer turns, then fish for your salmon dinner all in one day.

This award-winning destination is quickly gaining fame as a golf resort, with a superb choice of four championship courses designed by world famous golf course architects such as Palmer, Trent Jones, Jr., Nicklaus and Cupp.

Summer Activities

Winter

Winter fun in WhistlerWith the largest ski area in all of North America, Whistler ski resort can rightly claim itself the number one winter destination on the continent. With an average snow fall of 30+ feet a year, the November to June season is long, and the snow is plentiful.

Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains feature 8,171 acres of terrain and 200 marked trails and 33 lifts. For the serious skier who lives life on the edge, there are amazing alpine bowls, steep powder chutes, mogul fields, and secluded tree skiing. For intermediates and cruising skiers, there are many varied and well groomed runs. Just starting out or never skied before? Whistler Blackcomb has one of the best ski schools in the world. The distribution of runs according to difficulty is: 20% novice, 55% intermediate and 25% expert.

Snow facilities on the mountain include the Winter Ski and Snowboard School with lessons and scheduled camps, snow parks, pipes, special children's park features, as well as a variety of rental locations and on-mountain restaurants.

Winter Activities

Shopping, Dining & Nightlife

The nightlife in Whistler has become almost as famous as the skiing! Most establishments are just minutes from the ski lifts within the pedestrian-only Village. From internationally famous DJ's, to the live music scene or sipping cocktails, Whistler has something to suit everyone’s liking. Boasting over 90 restaurants, Whistler is home to some of the best dining in British Columbia. Visitors will find an array of international cuisine, ranging from pub fare to fine dining.

The Village of Whistler is a shoppers paradise - pedestrian friendly walkways and plazas lead you through shops, boutiques, art galleries and theatres. You'll find everything you need for while you're here and plenty of souvenirs to take home.

Olympic Venue in 2010

Whistler Olympics 2010On July 2nd, 2003 the International Olympic Committee awarded the 2010 Winter Olympic Games to the cities of Vancouver and Whistler, fulfilling a lifelong dream for the community. During the 2010 Winter Games, Whistler played host to alpine skiing events; luge, bobsleigh and skeleton; cross-country and ski jumping events down valley in the Callaghan; as well as the entire events roster of the Paralympic Games.

The world's best athletes were just part of the celebration in 2010, however, as visitors enjoyed the Cultural Olympiad throughout the Games, as well as diverse entertainment featuring the Sea to Sky region's First Nations among others. Every night at the Celebration Site, athletes, Games volunteers and fans saw music's most popular performers, as well as the official medal ceremonies broadcast live to the world.

Summer Activities A Year Round Pleasure Playground

Whilst snowy winter scenes grace most Whistler postcards, the summer months reveal the most spectacular mountain scenery and endless outdoor activities, attractions and festivities - hiking, mountain biking, 4x4 adventures, bear tours, golfing, artisan markets, and cinema under the stars...

Adventure Zone

The Adventure Zone is a favourite place in Whistler for kids and families and the young at heart. Located in the Upper Village at the foot of Blackcomb Mountain, you can horseback ride, play mini-golf, ride a luge or bounce on a trampoline. Great for kids of all ages! Open daily from mid June to early September.

ATV Tours

The best way to get up close and personal with spectacular scenery, let experienced guides take you on an enjoyable backcountry tour. Acres of trails access terrain as diverse as the famous Ancient Cedars, the Soo Valley, to the very peak of Whistler Mountain.

Bungee Jumping

Bungee jumping is not for the extreme daredevil anymore. Lots of people have done it – moms, dads, kids, and even grandparents. It’s one of the most popular and talked-about Whistler activities year round. This is one of the only two bungee jump zones in British Columbia. Whistler Bungee gives thrill seekers an unforgettable experience by jumping 160ft (50 meters) over the glacial fed Cheakamus River.

Canoeing/Kayaking/Stand Up Paddleboard

A relaxing way to enjoy the lush scenery of Whistler is to dip your paddle into the serenity of countless rivers and lakes and drift away. Most of Whistler’s lakeside parks provide canoe, kayak and paddle board rentals for all day or just an hour. Otherwise, plenty of guided tours from adventure companies are readily available to bring you to secluded areas no one knows about – except Mother Nature.

Fishing

Whether it is fly or spin casting, guides provide expert knowledge in the art of fishing. Choose from river fly fishing, remote alpine lakes, or just toss a line at nearby Green Lake. Did you know that you can catch rainbow trout, Dolly Varden char, cutthroat trout, steelhead, and five species of salmon all in the Whistler area?

Glacier Tours

Take a walk on the glacier snow and ice. Outfitted with boots, crampons, and an ice axe you will learn how to walk using glacier equipment and take a tour around Whistler Glacier. Learn about the formation of glaciers and crevasses and have a chance to play on the ice and snow.

Golfing

There are four championship, award winning, designer golf courses located in the Whistler area:

  • Chateau Whistler Golf Course

    Your mountain golf experience. Carved from the slopes of the coastal mountains, with an elevation gain of 400 feet, designer Robert Trent Jones Jr., created Chateau Whistler Golf Club. This 18 hole par 72 course traverses rushing mountain streams and features spectacular views. http://www.golfwhistler.com/courses/chateau.asp

  • Nicklaus North Golf Course

    A Jack Nicklaus “Signature Design” located in the resort village of Whistler. With a yardage of 6,925 from the championship Nicklaus tees, the par 71 course will present a most daunting challenge for even the most experienced plays. For those who simply enjoy golf as a peaceful retreat from daily pressures, the red tees will offer a less arduous and more enjoyable experience. Overall, Nicklaus North was designed to maximize the essence of its setting while testing the instincts and skill of all golfers. http://www.golfbc.com/courses/nicklaus_north

  • Whistler Golf Club

    Stand on the first tee of the Whistler Golf Club and instantly you’ll understand why Arnold Palmer chose it as the location for his first Canadian design. Snow-capped peaks, ancient cedars, winding streams, and white sand bunkers punctuate perfectly manicured greens. An occasional black bear sauntering across a fairway is not an uncommon site. The Whistler Golf Club is a par 72, 18 hole golf course that easily exceeds the expectations of the most discriminating golfer. http://www.whistlergolf.com/

  • Big Sky Golf & Country Club

    Pemberton, B.C. (30 minutes North of Whistler)
    Designer: Robert Cupp
    http://www.bigskygolf.com

Hiking/Climbing

The Whistler area is bursting with trails, hikes, climbs, and secret pathways that can take you into a nature's wonderland. Trot past babbling brooks, over a suspension bridge, and through a field of magical wildflowers. Some routes are minutes from the Whistler Village, while others take you up to the peaks of snow-capped mountains. And those stunning views!

Via Ferrata

Experience this unique and exhilarating climbing excursion to the summit of Whistler Peak! ‘Via Ferrata’ is Italian for ‘Iron Way’ and is an engineered vertical pathway with permanently fixed cables for protection and metal ladder rungs to ease your movement over the rock. The first and only Via Ferrata in Canada provides stunning views and a vertical perspective you may not have thought possible. Your guide will give you detailed instructions on use of the equipment and technique for climbing. Climbing a via ferrata does not require any special skills or prior experience.

Horseback Riding

Witness breathtaking views of the Coastal Mountains or Pemberton valley and surrounding natural environment only moments from Whistler Village and Pemberton. Experience single-track horse trails that are second to none. A true wilderness setting only minutes away from the Village.

Hummer and JeepTours

The HUMMER is the roughest, toughest backcountry vehicle ever built! With the ability to carry twice its’ own weight, and crawl at slow speeds up the steepest hills, the HUMMER can do more than any other vehicle in the backcountry. GO VERTICAL!

Jet Boating

Whistler introduces adrenaline junkies to one of the favourite adventure tours in BC - Jet Boating. During periods of snow melt, high water levels on the Green and Lillooet Rivers allow the jet boats to challenge rapids through sheer granite canyons, embarking on wild downstream runs past ancient coastal forests. More placid sunset dinner cruises and rafting trips are also available, taking in views of glaciated mountain peaks, pictographs and an abundance of wildlife.

Mountain Biking

Whether you are careening down the Whistler Mountain Bike Park at high-octane speeds or just leisurely peddling over the Valley Trail there is plenty of mountain biking for everyone. Whistler is a Mountain Bike Mecca, offering the mountain biking enthusiast hundreds of trails to explore, including some of the best trails in North America. Local operators can drive you to the top so you can enjoy breathtaking mountain views before commencing the exhilarating descent on rolling trails along glacier-fed lakes. Push the envelope further by flying in by floatplane to Callaghan Lake for a 16-km descent on rolling single and double track to the spectacular Brandywine Falls.

Looking for a challenge but don’t want to go in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park? The best thing to do is pick up a map from any bike shop in the village, find a trail, and ride it! Names like Logger’s Lake, Big Kahuna and White Knuckles are just a few of the hundreds of mountain biking trails that range from the moderate to the extreme on the difficulty level. Some have a technical edge to them requiring strength, skill, and a lot of courage, but the views and scenery are beyond compare.

Nature Tours

Whistler's history, geography, flora, and wildlife are all outside your door. Go on a bear viewing tour and learn about Whistler's precious nature balance. Participate on a casual walk, bike, canoe, or kayak with a local guide and understand Whistler and the precious eco-system we are actively preserving.

Bear Viewing

Accompany black bear researcher Michael Allen as he guides you through some of the most pristine black bear habitat in North America. Ride in a comfortable 4x4 as we navigate the mountain access roads and rolling green ski trails.

Sightseeing

No visit to Whistler is complete without a trip to the top of the mountain. The Whistler Village Gondola is a destination in itself, and will get you to the top in just 20 minutes. Stepping off the gondola, you’ll find the Roundhouse Lodge restaurant and more than 48km of hiking trails. Be on the lookout for wildlife grazing on the ski runs. The Peak to Peak is the latest addition to the vast mountain lift system and offers unique views all while connecting the peaks of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. A definite must for first time visitors.

Whitewater Rafting

River Rafting in this region offers stunning views of glaciers, waterfalls, forests, mountain peaks and canyons, where majestic peaks and rugged coastal valleys provide the perfect natural landscape for great river exploring. Between Vancouver and Whistler, the Green, Elaho-Squamish and Cheakamus Rivers offer exciting river rafting as they wind southwards into Howe Sound.

Ziptrek/TreeTrek

First you’ll be outfitted with a harness and helmet. Second, you’ll practice at the mini zip line just in front of the Whistler Gondola in the Village. Third, friendly Ziptrek escorts will shuttle you to the spectacular ancient rainforests between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. And finally, you’ll click in and zip over five incredible zip line rides that gain progressively in height and length. The longest spanning over 1100 ft!

For those looking for a more relaxing way to learn about Whistler’s ecology, journey on a spectacular network of suspension bridges, boardwalks and trails that take you from the forest floor to the upper reaches of the forest canopy - some of the rarest rainforest on earth.

Book & Customize Your Itinerary

Equipment Rental

Equipment Rental Summit Ski, Bike & Board, located in the Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa can take care of all of your equipment rental needs. Conveniently located 20 feet from the Whistler Gondola. Standard and high performance equipment for adults and children. To book in advance please visit their website. Phone: 604-932-6225 For more information or to book any of these activities, please contact our hotel concierge. Our knowledgeable concierge team can customize your itinerary before your arrive, ensuring you make the most of your time here in Whistler.

Call 604-966-5047 or email concierge@hiltonwhistler.com

Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

Created by the Squamish and Lil'wat people, the dramatic complex offers visitors the opportunity to learn about Canada's Aboriginal culture through art, music, dance, traditional foods and regalia. http://www.slcc.ca/

Winter Activities Frolic in Winter’s Wonderland

From mid-November until the end of June, two of Whistler's most famous, lift-accessed mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, offer the largest riding area on the continent with over 8,000 acres of rideable terrain, 200 marked trails, and 12 massive bowls. With its crisp alpine air and breathtaking vistas, Whistler Blackcomb is truly a magical mountain escape!

Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains

Skiing or snowboarding on Whistler Blackcomb is an experience like no other! There are hundreds - if not thousands - of trails that beckon adventurous riders. With over 8000 acres of terrain and one of the best terrain gardens in North America, you simply can't go wrong.

Skiing / Snowboarding

Whistler offers two amazing mountains with over 200 ski runs. Add that to a sophisticated alpine Village at the foot of the ski slopes, a huge variety of activities, spas, and accommodations from luxury to budget and you got yourself a ski vacation to look forward to! Lift tickets are valid for both Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Before you visit Whistler, be sure to check out http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com for up-to-date information on lift ticket prices and hours of operation.

“Fresh Tracks” program enables guests to upload early on the Whistler gondola and have a buffet breakfast at the Roundhouse Lodge. When ski patrol determines that it is safe to open selected runs, participants of this program are able to enjoy “Fresh Tracks” prior to regular ticket holders up loading. To participate you need to purchase a “Fresh Tracks” ticket in addition to your regular lift ticket. (Not available for the entire ski season, dates vary depending on snow conditions.)

Ski/Snowboard School

Whistler Blackcomb Ski School has ski and snowboard lessons available for adults and children of all abilities, available in either group or private lesson format. Whistler Kids is the name of the ski school for children and there is a Whistler Kids office located in the Whistler Village gondola station, less than a 2-minute walk from the hotel. Whistler Blackcomb’s website is a good source of information for these specialized programs. http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com

Equipment Rental

Summit Ski & Snowboard, located in the Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa can take care of all of your equipment rental needs. Conveniently located 20 feet from the Whistler Gondola, they also offer a complimentary ski & board valet service for our guests’ convenience. Standard and high performance ski and snowboard equipment for adults and children is available along with clothing, backcountry and telemark equipment. To book in advance please visit their website. www.summitsport.com/hilton Phone: 604-932-6225

Cross Country Skiing

Cross Country (or Nordic) skiing is one of Whistler's best kept - and most affordable - secrets! No chairlift line ups here; just pure physical and mental fulfillment through the majestic winter wonderland. The Lost Lake trails provide nearby options for any level of skier. Want to ski on the cross-country trails the 2010 Olympians competed on? Just south of Whistler, the Callaghan Valley trails offer a must for true enthusiasts.

Dog Sledding

The backcountry experience of a lifetime! Let the Musher and his team of Alaskan Huskies take you on a winter journey through the spectacular Soo Valley Wildlife Reserve. Stop along the trail for a traditional snack and weather permitting, you can even be the Musher and drive the sled. Guests embarking on a dog sledding tour are treated to amazing scenery, cookies and hot chocolate. If you love the outdoors and some dog companionship, then this adventure is for you.

Ice Climbing

Ever dreamed of climbing up a frozen waterfall? Definitely an extreme challenge. Professional guides and safety equipment make it all possible.

Ice Skating

Meadow Park Sports Centre has an indoor skating rink open to all ages. Skate rentals are available and they also have drop in hockey times. Whistler also has outdoor skating on Green Lake when the weather and conditions permit. Glide romantically with the one you love.

Sleigh Rides

Can there be anything more romantic than a sleigh ride through Whistler’s magical winter wonderland? Gentle, yet giant, Percheron horses lead the way and comfortable sleighs with padded seats and cozy blankets keep you warm. Make your sleigh ride even more memorable with a stop by a roaring fire for hot chocolate and perhaps a singing cowboy show. Dinner sleigh rides offer a beautiful ride through wooded trails beside Green Lake or Nicklaus North Golf Course followed by a gourmet fondue dinner…all in style.

Snowcat Tours

Snowcat tours guaranteed a good time! One of the most popular activities in Whistler, take an evening snowcat ride up to a cozy and secluded cabin on the mountain for a freshly made fondue dinner.

Snowshoeing

Join an excursion through Whistler's winter wonderland on an exciting snowshoe hike - a great way for all ages and fitness levels to explore the scenic backcountry trails in Whistler. Your guide will lead you on a journey into the heart of the winter, as you follow animal tracks in the snow, examine different aspects of winter ecology and enjoy outstanding beauty of winter in the Whistler region.

Heliskiing & Cat Skiing

Want to take your experience to the next level? With exclusive rights to 432,000 acres of big mountain terrain that includes 173 glaciers and 475 runs, Whistler Heli-Skiing has what it takes to go the extra distance. A variety of packages are available for everyone from strong intermediates to seasoned experts. Make this the year! http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com

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