The mountain resort of Whistler in the Cascade Mountain region of British Columbia is mostly synonymous with skiing and winter resorts. Internationally renowned and voted North America’s #1 ski resort year after year, it truly is world-class. However, there is so much more to Whistler, all year round and now attracts as many visitors in the summer months as in the busy winter season.
Whistler is less than two hours drive from Vancouver and the journey on the scenic Sea to Sky Highway is just the start. Once the snow starts to clear in late April or early May – even though you can still enjoy glacier skiing into early summer – there are a myriad of things to enjoy in the village and on the mountains. The Guinness World Record-breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola operates from late May and the 2.7mile, 11-minute journey provides incomparable views of towering volcanic peaks, coastal rainforests, and ancient glaciers. It connects the two mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb, and takes you to alpine hiking and biking trails, as well as the entire 360 experience.
Seeing bears in the their natural habitat is one of the most popular summer activities in British Columbia and Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains are home to up to 60 black bears and cubs that have adapted to feeding, mating, and hibernating within ski area habitats. This is the only population of black bears in B.C. that has been studied for over two decades and bear tours in Whistler are a great way to see these beautiful animals.
Wining and dining is a huge part of any resort experience and Whistler has restaurants and bars in abundance. Top of the pile – and Whistler mountain – is the Roundhouse Lodge and its summer barbecue feast. As well as on-mountain dining, there are so many choices for food and drink in the village from barista coffee and pizza slices to farm to table dining and fine dining in top hotels and restaurants.
Add to this world-class mountain biking, superb shopping, 5-star hotels and championship golf and you truly have a resort that not only offers something for everyone but is perfect year-round; truly a resort for all seasons.