People who hike, trek, and love all things outdoors know Whistler offers more than just snow sports. Most people think of it as a “ski town”, and while it retains that chill-vibe all year, each season offers something unique. So, how can you get the ultimate Whistler, BC experience in the off-season?
Well, any great day starts with a hot drink. We don’t need to tell you that. We recommend Purebread. Grab a coffee and a baked good. If you’re looking for something savoury try the Hot Spinach Feta Brioche. If you are craving something sweet try the Nutella Cream Bun.
While the morning is young, we recommend hitting the trails. Buy yourself a hiking Gondola ticket then take the Gondola to The Top of the World! Ok, it’s not literally the top of the world, but that’s what they call it. It’ll feel like it though as you go from the Gondola and then ride the Peak Chairlift to the trailhead. We love gondola trips in the off-season. There is so much nature and wildlife to see.
While the air is still crisp, you’ll disembark your gondola and hit the trails. Our hike form here is the High Note Trail. Being up so high means you can expect unreal views from here. This hike should take you 3-4.5h.
Feeling refreshed after a tour of the mountaintop? Go ahead and grab a slice from Avalanche Pizza Co. They make their dough with organic ingredients, and if you add the fact that you just walked 10km, this is about as guilt-free as pizza can get.
Now you can stroll around Whistler Village. Take a picture at the Olympic Rings. Do some shopping. Hit up Armchair Books and find a good read. Maybe grab a sweet or two (or twenty) at The Great Glass Elevator Candy Shop; their bulk candy wall is pretty sweet (pun very much intended). Plus, there’s enough outdoor-wear, bike, and ski shops to keep someone busy for days. Check out their events calendar because there is almost always something going on.
Do you feel like this has been a lot of walking so far? If you answered yes, then it’s time to treat yourself! Enjoy the luxurious Vida Spa at the Fairmont Hotel. If you answered no, you can walk to Lost Lake and back in 1-2h right from Whistler Village. It’s a pretty popular trail, but it’s a relaxing way to spend the afternoon.
Head to Rimrock Cafe for an earlier dinner. You will receive amazing service and even better food. Try the seafood or the steak – you won’t be disappointed. They are known for their fish and game.
If you still have some energy left there’s one last cool, unique experience worth trying: The Barefoot Bistro Ice Room. This room is the coldest vodka tasting room in the world. It’s kept at -32C at all times. Even people who don’t love Vodka have a great time here. It’s the kind of nightcap that ties a bow on a perfect day, and it’s the kind of perfect day you’ll talk about for years to come.
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