Must-do activities for an unforgettable spring trip in Whistler
The BC mountain town of Whistler has long been known as one of the best skiing and snowboarding destinations in Canada.
But winter sports aren’t the be-all and end-all of this destination. With scenic wonders, endless outdoor activities, a bustling arts and culture scene, and opportunities for deep relaxation, there’s a lot more to Whistler than one might think.
Spring in Whistler is a special time of year when visitors can enjoy everything the region has to offer while enjoying the beautiful stretch in the daylight hours. You’ll also get to enjoy lower accommodation costs, great culinary deals, and all-around good value, with three-night stays starting from just $135 per night. Sounds pretty ideal, right?
The easiest way to get to Whistler from Toronto is with a direct flight to Vancouver International Airport, where you’ll find a shuttle bus service that will take you the rest of the way.
With a trip to this west-coast paradise on our minds, we decided to put together a list of some under-the-radar things to do and see in Whistler this spring.
From hiking and biking to water activities and catching the last of the ski season, sports lovers will be spoiled for choice during a spring trip to Whistler. And, thanks to the longer days at this time of year, you can pack multiple activities into one day.
Why not start your day bright and early at one of Whistler's world-class golf courses? Challenge yourself while you bask in the stunning mountain setting and prepare for an action-packed day ahead.
If golf isn't your thing, spend your morning on one of the many majestic lakes and rivers surrounding Whistler. These tranquil waters are just waiting to be explored, and you can do so by embarking on a canoe, kayak, paddleboard, or boat tour.
Whistler is also home to an extensive network of cross-country trails and various terrain, making it one of the best places in the world to mountain bike. Whether you’re an expert rider or a beginner, there’s something for you. Renting the perfect bike for your needs is easy; all you have to do is choose a trail and get exploring.
Or, if exploring the backcountry sounds exciting, rent an ATV and embark on an exhilarating all-terrain tour. You'll have the chance to ride up the Whistler or Blackcomb Mountains or down old logging roads. This activity makes for a thrilling adventure as a group or on your own.
To wind down, take a sunset stroll down The Valley Trail — a car-free, paved trail and boardwalk network that connects Whistler’s neighbourhoods, lakes, beaches, viewpoints, and picnic spots.
Any trip to Whistler will undoubtedly be packed with adventure, but sometimes it’s nice to take a breather.
The region has a wide variety of spas and wellness centres where you can treat yourself to a well-deserved massage, or enjoy a range of body works and treatments.
One of Whistler’s most famous destination spas is the Scandinave Spa, which features open-air baths that are available year-round as well as heated solariums for pure relaxation. Soak in a soothing eucalyptus steam bath, bake in the sauna, or dive into a cool Nordic waterfall – whatever you choose, relaxation is guaranteed.
The spa itself is surrounded by rugged mountain views and forests, allowing you to embrace the peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of the modern world.
Whistler is a foodie's paradise. Whether you want a gourmet meal, authentic pub grub, or quick and delicious street food, there’s something to suit all taste buds.
Spring is a great time to sample new, fresh tastes and many restaurants have incredible spring dining deals. These deals typically run from April 18 to May 31 and often include three- or four-course specials, giving you the chance to try the whole spring-inspired menu while saving money.
If you're a craft beer lover, there are several local breweries in Whistler Village that will not disappoint. And after dark, you can explore stellar entertainment at nightclubs, bars, pubs and lounges, all within walking distance of each other.
Whistler is home to a flourishing arts scene and unique culture, and there are so many ways for visitors to explore the area.
Learn all about the area’s history at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, which is located on the shared, traditional territories of the Squamish Nation and Lil’wat Nation. You’ll find fascinating exhibitions that showcase different aspects of both Nation’s cultural history, traditions, and practices.
Meanwhile, the Audain Art Museum, Whistler's newest cultural hot spot, features a permanent collection of artworks from British Columbia and exhibitions from all over the world.
With such prime opportunities for beauty, rest, and relaxation, along with the chance of finding adventure and excitement around every corner, we'd say a Whistler spring trip should be on everyone's bucket list.
To start planning your visit today, or to find more things to do in the area, click here.
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