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You will never run out of things to do in Whistler. You can try, but we’re convinced it’s impossible. In fact, the only trouble you should have finding an activity is choosing between all your options.

To guide your fun-having, we’ve compiled the “ultimate guide” of things to do in Whistler this summer, with insider tips throughout.

If an event or activity interests you, just click on the title to view more information.


Table of contents

Whistler Summer Recreation Tourism Whistler / Justa Jeskova
Summer Skiing and Snowboarding

Summer skiing and snowboarding on the Horstman Glacier (Blackcomb Mountain) is open June 8 – July 14, 2019 from 11am – 3pm daily. Passes are sold through Guest Services at Whistler Blackomb (1.800.766.0449). Recommended for intermediate and advanced riders only.


Lace up your hikers and hit the trail. Take a stroll around Lost Lake or make the multi-hour trek to stunning views at Garibaldi Lake. Whistler Hiatus is our favourite resource to browse Whistler’s vast hiking options. Additionally, an impressive alpine trail network can be accessed as part of the PEAK 2 PEAK Sightseeing Experience.


There are a number of scenic campgrounds in and around Whistler. Riverside RV Resort and Campground is an easy-access campground situated alongside the Fitzsimmons Creek, within walking distance of the Village. For the adventurous, some of Whistler’s most scenic and demanding hikes offer hut and platform camping, one example being Wedgemount Lake. Due to high demand, reservations are required year-round for all overnight stays in Garibaldi Provincial Park. Click here to learn more.


Alta Lake, Lost Lake, and other Whistler lakes typically reach comfortable swimming temperatures in late May/June. Glacial lakes such as Green Lake and Garibaldi Lake are frigid and not recommended for swimming, although sweaty hikers can often be seen plunging into the cold waters for refreshment after a strenuous voyage.


There are many ways to float in Whistler, some leisurely, some not-so-leisurely. The infamous “Explorer” inflatable boats can be seen daily on Whistler lakes and the River of Golden Dreams, alongside stand up paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, and other floatation devices. Rentals are available from Backroads Whistler at Lakeside Park (Alta Lake).


Whistler, Squamish and Pemberton are home to world-class golf at courses including Big Sky Golf Club, Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club, Nicklaus North Golf Course, Whistler Golf Club, and more. Nicklaus North boasts “Whistler’s Best Patio” with lake and fairway views at their restaurant, Table Nineteen.

Wiffle Golfing

For a quaint, inexpensive alternative to traditional golf, grab an iron and some practice balls and go for a round at one of Whistler’s hidden wiffle golf courses. These forested miniature golf courses involve hitting practice (or “wiffle”) golf balls from platform to platform, earning points for hitting the “green” or getting a hole-in-one.


Grab a bike from Cycle Whistler at the Summit Lodge hotel and hit the valley trail, an expansive trail network connecting all of Whistler’s neighbourhoods. If you’re an avid mountain biker, you already know that Whistler is home to an epic trail network as well as the world’s best mountain bike park.


Whistler’s lakes and rivers provide great fishing year-round. Fly fishing is the method of choice and the most common species is trout, although steelhead and salmon can be caught at certain locations. We recommend booking a tour with a local guide to guarantee the best results. Our guide of choice is Matt from Whistler Year-Round Fishing.


For a rugged off-road experience, book an ATV tour with Canadian Wilderness Adventures. They also offer off-road buggy and Jeep 4×4 tours. Most tours are suitable for beginners and families.

Bungee Jumping

Take an exhilarating leap from a 50 meter bridge over the Cheakamus river. Check out Whistler Bungee for more information.

Horseback Riding

Gallop through spectacular landscapes on a guided horseback tour. We recommend Copper Cayuse Outfitters.

Rock Climbing

About 45 minutes south of Whistler, Squamish is known as the “Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada” and offers some of the best climbing on earth. Whistler offers great climbing as well, including the Via Ferrata intro to rock climbing tour.


The Whistler Racquet Club provides indoor and outdoor tennis and is open to the public year round. Some village hotels also offer tennis courts.


Ziptrek Ecotours operates an impressive network of ziplines overhanging the Fitzsimmons Valley between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, including the longest zipline in North America. Superfly Ziplines is located about ten minutes north of the Village on Cougar Mountain and offers a novel backcountry experience, as well as side-by-side ziplining.

Leisure Tourism Whistler / Mike Crane
PEAK 2 PEAK Sightseeing

An iconic Whistler attraction, the world-record breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola gives you access to: “Two mountains, 50+ km of hiking trails, vistas that overload the senses, free and custom guided tours in every direction, and an ever changing landscape from early summer snow walls to blooming wildflowers to ancient glaciers.”

Cloudbraker Skybridge and Raven's Eye Cliff Walk

For thrill seekers, the Cloudbraker Skybridge and Raven’s Eye Cliff Walk were added to the PEAK 2 PEAK 360 Experience in 2018, giving sightseers access to a 130-metre suspension bridge spanning Whistler Bowl, as well as a 360-degree viewing platform from Whistler Peak. Opens July 1, 2019 for the season.

Lounge by the Lake

The quintessential Whistler summer experience, in our opinion. Whistler’s scenic lakeside parks are the perfect way to start, end, or spend the entire day.

Patio Drinks and Dining

Everybody loves a good patio and Whistler has many to choose from. The most well-known patios are those near the Whistler Gondola such as Longhorn Saloon, The GLC, and Dubh Linn Gate, however dozens of patios can be discovered in every corner of the Main and Upper Village, so we recommend exploring until you find one that suits your mood. There are also several great patios outside of the Village, including “Whistler’s Best Patio” at Table Nineteen/Nicklaus North.

Art Galleries

Whistler is home to a number of art galleries including our favourite, the Audain Art Museum, one of Canada’s premiere fine art museums. The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (located in Whistler) showcases the art, history and culture of local First Nations. For more information on Whistler’s art scene, check out Arts Whistler.

Bear Viewing

In Whistler, there’s a good chance you’ll see bears whether you mean to or not. They can often be spotted from the gondola and around the lakes, golf courses and Valley Trail. For an enhanced bear viewing experience, try an organized Bear Viewing Tour.

Plane Sightseeing

Our friends at Sea to Sky Air offer breathtaking sightseeing tours, letting you witness the Coast Mountains from a stunning new perspective. Float plane tours are also offered by Habour Air Seaplanes.

Helicopter Tours

Another way to experience the Coast Mountains from the air, Whistler Helicopter Excursions offer a novel way to navigate the region’s pristine and rugged landscapes, with access to a number of unique experiences including heli-snowmobiling and ice-cave explorations.

North Arm Farm

A picturesque 60-acre organic farm in Pemberton, offering seasonal produce and ready-made meals. Visit the North Arm Farm website to learn what’s in season.

Brewery Tastings

Whistler is home to two breweries, Whistler Brewing Company and Coast Mountain Brewing. Conveniently, they are located around the corner from each other in Function Junction and we recommend checking out both. Other local breweries include The Beer Farmers (our favourite) and Pemberton Brewing Company in Pemberton, as well as Backcountry Brewing and A-FRAME Brewing in Squamish.

Waterfall Tours

Take a self-guided Whistler waterfall tour from Whistler to Squamish, with stops at Alexander Falls, Brandywine Falls, and Shannon Falls. Brandywine and Shannon Falls are well-known tourist spots, while Alexander is a little more private. You could also venture North towards Pemberton for a visit to Nairn Falls, or take a hike to the beautiful Rainbow Falls.

Mountain Top Feast

Work up an appetite exploring alpine trails and satisfy your hunger with a mountaintop feast at Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler Mountain or Rendezvouz Lodge on Blackcomb Mountain. Seatings at 5:30, 6:00, and 6:30PM on select nights only. Sightseeing ticket included with reservation. Click here for more information and to book.


Whistler’s legendary party scene revolves around a number of long-running local establishments and their signature events, including but not limited to music-festival-style DJ day parties at Longhorn Saloon, Irish cheer and live music seven days a week at Duhb Linn Gate, Tuesday night karaoke at The Crystal Lounge, Tuesday night bingo at Tapley’s, and “locals nights” Monday at Maxx Fish, Tuesday at Tommys, Wednesday at Buffalo Bills, and Thursday at Garfinkel’s.


With its gorgeous outdoor network of baths, waterfalls, steam rooms and saunas, in addition to massage and other rejuvenating treatments, the Scandinave Spa is a favourite among visitors and locals alike. For a different experience, try the Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa at the Summit Lodge, North America’s only Authentic Javanese..

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GO Fest, Whistler’s annual celebration of outdoor art and recreation, returns this Victoria Day Long Weekend for four action-packed days of events and activities.

From May 17-20, you can enjoy a plethora of activities and entertainment in the Whistler Village and surrounding wilderness. GO Fest is an excuse to make the most of Whistler’s “Unlimited Season”, when the best of summer and winter collide for a few glorious weeks.

This year’s GO Fest programming includes:


Pickleball, tennis, sailing, cycling, running, canoeing, paddle boarding, skateboarding, yoga and more.


Classic cars, film, photography, farmers market, books and writing, theatre, street entertainment and more.


Free nightly concerts featuring Juno-winning Corb Lund and others.


Workshops to learn about food cultivation, digital photography, axe throwing, sailing, tennis, filmmaking, and even how to DJ.

In addition to the official programming, GO Fest falls on a unique weekend when Whistler is open for both biking and skiing/snowboarding, a multi-sport enthusiast’s dream!

“GO Fest brings incredible energy to Whistler that has transformed May Long Weekend into a really unique time for adventurers to visit Whistler and for locals to stay home and play,” said Whistler Mayor Jack Crompton. “It truly is a celebration of the junction between winter and summer. I am looking forward to another fun weekend inspired by Whistler’s renowned mountain culture. I hope to see everyone skiing, biking, enjoying activities on the water, running, practicing yoga, dancing at the free concerts and more.”

If you need a place to stay:

Call the award-winning Summit Lodge Whistler at 1(888)-913­-8811 for the guaranteed best rate.

For the complete GO Fest schedule, click here.

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Spring officially arrives March 20th and stays with us until June 21st, during which time Whistler undergoes a spectacular transformation.

Alpine snow lingers under the spring sunshine, providing opportunities for slushy skiing and even some last powder turns. Meanwhile the valley below thaws and comes into bloom, offering a first taste of summer scenery and activities.

It truly is the best of both worlds. If you’re lucky enough to be in Whistler this springtime, here’s some of the fun you might experience.

World Ski and Snowboard Festival (WSSF)

April 10-14

Tourism Whistler | Mike Crane

North America’s largest festival of snow sports, music, arts and mountain culture returns from April 10th-14th, 2019, bringing fan-favourite events such as the WSSF Outdoor Concert Series, 72 Filmmaker Showdown, Boarderstyle World Championships, Saudan Couloir Race Extreme, Ski and Snowboard Big Air, Slush Cup, and many more.

For details and to purchase tickets, visit the WSSF website: www.wssf.com

GO Fest – Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival

May 17-20 2019

Tourism Whistler | Mike Crane

Another mountain sports and culture festival arrives in Whistler just in time for the final days of the ski/snowboard season. Now in its sixth year, GO Fest celebrates the huge selection of recreation, arts and culture Whistler has to offer.

At the time of writing this post, the schedule and concert lineup have not yet been announced. Check out www.greatoutdoorsfest.com for details.

Hit the Slopes Whistler Museum | The Griffith Collection

“Spring skiing” has a different meaning in March (powder) than it does in May (slush), but it’s all awesome. Whistler’s laidback and sometimes rambunctious après culture literally shines in the spring sunshine as the layers come off and the sunscreen comes out.

Seriously, don’t forget sunscreen!

Celebrate Gaper Day(s) Instagram @petr.horis

According to Urban Dictionary, “A gaper is a skier or snowboarder who is completely clueless. Usually distinguished by their bright colored clothes and a gaper gap, the gap between goggles and a helmet/hat.”

Gaper Day is a beloved ski resort tradition in which riders flock to the hill on the final day of the season to party in their best gaper outfits. Because Whistler and Blackcomb have different closing dates, we enjoy two Gaper Days – one in April and another in May.

Lounge by the Lake Instagram @summitlodge

There aren’t many places in the world where you can ski on a mountain and swim in a lake in the same day. Luckily, Whistler isn’t many places.

With warm weather comes the opening of Whistler’s scenic parks and lakes. What better way to spend the afternoon?

Explore the Valley Trail Tourism Whistler | Mike Crane

The Valley Trail is a paved trail network connecting all of Whistler’s neighbourhoods, lakes and parks – ideal for getting from A to B or simply enjoying a leisurely walk or cruise.

Ride the Bike Park Tourism Whistler | Mike Crane

The Whistler Mountain Bike Park is widely considered to be the best on earth and it opens for 2019 on May 17th. Beyond the park, Whistler offers an expansive network of trails in all difficulty levels. Come and get your pedal on!

Go for a Float Tourism Whistler | Mike Crane

The water may still be chilly but that doesn’t matter when you’re floating on the surface. Springtime in Whistler is a great time to bring out your flotation device of choice and go for a leisurely (or not-so-leisurely) float on the river or lake.

Après-Ski Tourism Whistler | Justa Jeskova

Whistler’s après scene is lively even on the coldest days of winter so it’s no surprise that it really comes to life in the mild spring weather. Every day of the week, Whistler’s dozens of patio bars can be found packed to the brim with happy people enjoying beverages to celebrate their day on the hill. Heck, some people skip the hill entirely and go straight to après.

Hike/Snowshoe Summit Lodge Whistler

In the mountains, it’s a safe bet that if you climb high enough, you’ll find snow. In the springtime as the snow line rises, many of Whistler’s popular hikes transform into multi-climate adventures.

Check out this directory of the best Whistler hikes by month, grab some snowshoes (free snowshoe rentals available for guests of the Summit Lodge Whistler), and get out there!

Bear Watching Tourism Whistler | Michael Allen

As the snow melts, Whistler’s bears start coming out of hibernation. Because of this, it’s important to brush up on your bear safety tips before embarking on any outdoor adventures.

For a controlled bear viewing experience, check out Whistler Bear Viewing Tours which run from late spring until the Autumn.

Related: What To Do If You See A Bear In Whistler

Golf (and frisbee golf) Robin O’Neill | Whistler Golf Club

With breathtaking scenery and four championship courses, Whistler is one of Canada’s top golf destinations. Depending on conditions, courses can be expected to open in May. Visit Golf Whistler to learn more.

Visit Golf Whistler to learn more.

Eat for Cheap Sachi Sushi

Every spring, Whistler restaurants announce unique menu options and discounts. “It’s a spring thing” dining specials are the perfect opportunity to treat yourself and try something new.

Fishing Tourism Whistler | Mike Crane

Whistler’s numerous lakes offer excellent fishing for trout, salmon, and many other species. Before you plan any fishing trip, make sure you’re familiar with the provincial fishing regulations. For the best possible experience, we recommend booking a trip with a local guide such as Whistler Year Round Fishing.

Do All the Things Tourism Whistler | Mike Crane

There’s a reason spring is known as “Whistler’s unlimited season”. There’s so much to do! For even more activities not included on this list, visit the Tourism Whistler website.

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Hockey mania arrives in Whistler this weekend, bringing a flurry of hockey-related activities and entertainment for the whole family. The event kicks off Saturday, February 9th at noon and culminates with a live viewing of the Leafs vs Rangers game on Sunday night.

All the festivities are happening in Whistler’s Olympic Plaza. The itinerary (sourced from Tourism Whistler website) for both days is as follows.

Daily, beginning at 12PM on Saturday and 11AM on Sunday:

The Hockey Circus Show
Come see Paz, world-renowned hockey acrobat! Paz juggles everything from pucks to flaming hockey sticks all while standing on top of a net.

Sportsnet Virtual Photo Booth & Interactive Games
Fans have the chance to get close to their favourite players through virtual technology through a virtual photo booth. In addition, hockey players of all ages will be able to show off their hockey skills and see how they match up to the NHL stars!

Scotiabank Community Hockey Rink
A family-friendly outdoor hockey space to engage hockey fans, interact with NHL alum Paul Kariya, celebrate the game and play ball hockey.

Ram Haul of Fame
Features the Ram 1500 in a hockey-themed obstacle course that will test the skills of fans of all ages.

Dr. Oetker Giuseppe Pizzeria
Fans can enjoy a complimentary slice of Giuseppe Pizzeria pizza fresh out of the oven.

Playmobil Kids Zone
Fans have the chance to face off against friends and family with the PLAYMOBIL NHL Arena and its lineup of NHL figures. In the zone, fans will also be able to enter to win a new NHL playset.

Live Local Entertainment
Live music featured throughout the weekend beginning with The Rutherford Creek Trio performing on Saturday followed by The Hairfarmers on Sunday.

NHL Alumni Visits
Autography signing opportunities with NHL alumni Kirk McLean and Paul Kariya.

Sunday, February 10th at 3PM:

The Parade of Champions
Community teams and groups will have the opportunity to march through the festival site in their jerseys, ending at the Outdoor Viewing Party.

Sunday, February 10th at 3:30PM:

LIVE Sportsnet Broadcast
Join Ron MacLean and Tara Slone LIVE on site for the broadcast as they tell the stories that celebrate the hockey history and culture that put Whistler on Canada’s hockey map, and stick around to watch the Toronto Maple Leafs taking on the New York Rangers on the big screen.

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BC Family Day 2019 falls on Monday, February 18th and family-friendly activities around Whistler are being offered at half their normal price to celebrate the holiday.

How about some ice skating followed by a splash in the pool or a soak in the hot tub? The Meadow Park Sports Centre, located a few minutes north of the village, is offering 50% off all drop-ins to their pool, skating rink, and fitness centre.

If you’d rather skate outdoors, head to the Olympic Plaza Skating Rink for 50% off all children’s skate rentals.

Or, for a scenic adventure, head to the Lost Lake Nordic Trails for 50% off all cross country ski and snowshoe day tickets, as well as free hot chocolate at the warming hut.

You can wrap up the afternoon with hot drinks, live music, hula hooping, maple taffy and more at Family Après, from 3-6pm in the Olympic Plaza.

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Canadian Wilderness Adventures are a Whistler-based tour group offering unforgettable outdoor experiences. If you ever find yourself on their Yukon Breakfast tour, your day will look something like this:

7:30AM – Check in at the Canadian Wilderness office beneath the Carlton Lodge. Hop on a shuttle to the Callaghan Valley.

8:15AM – Arrive at the launch point. Get fitted with helmets, boots, and everything else needed to stay safe and dry on the expedition. Meet your guide and learn how to drive a snowmobile.

8:45AM – Fire up the engines and take off. Practice basic skills like weaving back and forth and pumping the breaks.

9:00AM – Stop for a break in a section of old-growth forest. Take pictures. Play in the snow.

9:30AM – Practice riding through trees and banked turns in preparation of the most difficult section of the tour. Weave your way up to the hut.

10:00AM – Arrive at the hut and sit down for hot coffee and a skillet style mountain feast including Canadian back bacon, Yukon gold potatoes, scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, sauteed onions, and bell peppers along with pancakes and real maple syrup.

11:00AM – Take photos and fire up the engines for the return trip.

11:30AM – Zig zag around a frozen lake before completing the ehxilerating ride back to the base.

11:45AM – Touch down at the base and board the shuttle back to the Village. Full bellies and happy faces all around!

To learn more about the Yukon Breakfast tour by Canadian Wilderness Adventures, click here.

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One of the world’s largest LGBTQI ski festivals returns to Whistler January 20-27 for a week of snow sports, parties, and cultural events.

The already vibrant Whistler village will be decked out in rainbow flags in honour of the festival, which attracts visitors from all over the globe.

Whistler Pride Festival 2019 - YouTube

The festival features daily guided ski/snowboarding followed by après and a stacked lineup of nightly entertainment.

Here is a summary of the top events to attend at Whistler Pride, sourced from Tourism Whistler:

Annual Pride Ski Parade

Join the annual Pride Ski + March where skiers and riders start on Whistler’s mid-station on the Olympic Run and swoosh down the slopes in a sea of colour. Rainbow flags are carried with pride and skiers and riders dress in colour outfits as they descend down to Whistler Village at Skiers’ Plaza. The giant Pride Flag is transferred from skier to marchers as the crowd continues down the Village Stroll to the Olympic Rings at Whistler Olympic Plaza, paying homage to the start of the very first Pride House at the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. After the parade, join the celebrations at the Whistler Conference Centre for an afternoon après-ski T-dance.

Après Ski Sessions

After a fantastic day on the mountains, at the spa or simply hanging out in the Village, come together to meet and greet other festival participants at après-ski before heading out for the night. View the full schedule for locations and times by day.

Night of Comedy: Flying High with Pam Ann

It’s time to ‘Fly High’ to the stars and beyond with International Celebrity Air Hostess, Pam Ann. Pam Ann is back again with her brand-new snow capped show called Flying High. This entertaining night is not to be missed!

Splash Indoor Pool Party

Let’s get soaking wet! DJ Rafael Calvente turns up the heat at the annual Whistler Pride festival Pool Party. Bring your own towel and swimsuit. Clothes check and lockers available on site.

Sip ‘N Dip – Private Event at Scandinave Spa

Enjoy wine, beer, and music at the Scandinave Spa pavilion and experience the traditional Scandinavian baths in a peaceful and natural environment.

Snowball with DJ Abel

International DJ and Grammy-nominated Producer, DJ Abel headlines Whistler Pride’s main event. The festival pulls out all the stops and transforms the Conference Centre into a mega nightclub you would find at other world renowned locations. Sensational sound and visuals, stunning go-gos all tricked out and wired to impress! This is one club event you must experience!

Ski and Snowboard Guiding

Daily | Whistler or Blackcomb Mountain
New to Whistler or simply looking for ski or snowboard buddies for the week? Meet on the mountains for the Whistler Pride and Ski guided groups and make new friends – all levels welcome. Meeting location changes by day, view the full schedule for more details.

For more information about Whistler Pride including a complete schedule, visit the official festival website whistlerpride.com

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It’s primetime in Whistler. The holidays have swept through and left a massive snowstorm in their wake. At the time of writing, there’s been 540cm of snow so far this season, leaving a base depth of 238cm. 41cm have fallen in the last 12 hours and more is on the forecast.

All that’s to say if you’re visiting Whistler in January, you’re probably here to ski or snowboard. There’s not much in the way of events this January, so we think it’s the perfect month to experience Whistler for what makes it famous – world class skiing and snowboarding and the culture that surrounds them.

A noteworthy event is the Whistler Pride and Ski Festival, January 20-27, 2019. One of North America’s biggest LGBTQI ski festivals returns this January for a week of snow sports, parties, and cultural events. Some highlights include the Annual Pride Ski Parade, the Splash Indoor Pool Party, and Whistler Pride’s main event, Snowball with DJ Abel.

Credit: Tourism Whistler

If photography is your thing, don’t miss the Deep Winter Photo Challenge on January 11th. Invited photographers have 72 hours to capture and edit their best action shots from the mountain into a short slideshow for attendees to enjoy, with a winner being crowned at the end of the night.

Photo by past winner Zoya Lynch

For an excellent start to your day on the hill, check out Fresh Tracks Mountaintop Breakfast. With the purchase of a Fresh Tracks ticket (about $20) you can board the Whistler Village gondola early and enjoy an epic mountaintop breakfast before getting the first turns of the day. Local tip: bring ziplock bags for “pocket bacon” to enjoy later :p

Tourism Whistler/Justa Jeskova

For heavy snowfall days, get to the gondola early and expect to see some BIG lineups after the first couple runs. Once the mountain starts getting tracked out, the trees are a good spot to look for hidden powder stashes, but it’s strongly advised to keep a close group in case anybody gets stuck. Lift openings are uncertain on powder days but if you’re lucky enough to get to an alpine lift just as it opens, you’re likely in for one of the best experiences of your life.

Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane

If conditions are sunny and clear – what we fondly refer to as “bluebird” days – you can go in search of surreal photo opportunities. The Symphony/Flute area on Whistler and the 7th Heaven area on Blackcomb are especially picturesque. If you’re feeling brave, bluebird days are a great opportunity to check out Blackcomb’s world famous terrain park (intermediate and advanced riders only). For a more all-mountain freestyle experience, venture far skiers right off 7th Heaven to the area known as “Booterville” but expect to do some hiking.

7th Heaven. Photo by Justa Jeskova

After a long day on the hill, you might want to enjoy Whistler’s famous après scene. Almost every bar and restaurant in the village offers some sort of happy hour during the late afternoon or early evening. Prices, atmosphere, and food and drink offerings vary greatly from place to place. Here are some of our recommendations, in no particular order:

  • Big, loud, and impossible to miss, Longhorn Saloon is worth experiencing but you’ll need to go early to secure a seat and the food and drinks are pricey.
  • Tucked around the corner, beside the Excalibur Gondola, is Dubh Linn Gate, a locals’ favourite offering live music, craft beers, and a boisterous atmosphere. Cheap pints 5-7pm.
  • Close to Skiers Plaza on the Village Stroll, a locals’ favourite is Crystal Lounge, a laidback venue offering nightly entertainment and a 12-3pm happy hour with cheap drinks and 35 cent chicken wings.
  • Just around the corner from the Village Square is another local’s favourite with a relaxed atmosphere. Tapley’s Pub has daily specials and generous food portions, as well as multiple dart boards for visitors to enjoy.
  • Located in the Village Common, Earls 3-5pm happy hour is popular because of its unique food and drink offerings at various discounted price points. The lounge area makes for an extra comfortable après.
  • In Town Plaza, El Furniture Warehouse is a popular spot due to its hip atmosphere and $5.95 price for all food items. Their drinks are great but with the food, you typically get what you pay for so keep the expectations low and expect to order two items.
  • Brewhouse in Olympic Plaza is pricey but often worth it. Home-brewed and local craft beers accompany delicious food items in a casual upscale environment.
  • In the North Village, Pizzeria Antico (a few steps away from the Summit Lodge Whistler) is a hidden gem with $4 BC craft beer and $8 margherita pizza from 3-5pm.
  • In Creekside, we recommend Dusty’s (iconic spot beside the gondola), Roland’s (relaxed pub that locals love), and Creekbread (organic wood fired pizza – very popular spot).
  • Finally, in the Upper Village, stop by Merlin’s for a lively après or HandleBar for an après-focused menu of craft beer and savoury snacks.
Kareoke Tuesdays at the Crystal Lounge

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Our complete roundup of Whistler New Year’s Eve dining and restaurant events, free and family friendly events, and nightclub parties.

Related19 Reasons to Visit Whistler in 2019

Whistler New Year’s Eve Dining and Restaurant Events

  • “Ring in 2019 from the mountain and celebrate in style. Pair a sumptuous farm-to-table menu with a cellar of wines to indulge and enjoy. $109 per person, plus tax/gratuity (early seating) and $199 per person, plus tax/gratuity (late seating). Reservations are highly recommended for this special evening of food and wine.”604.932.4540 | $$$
  • “Welcome 2019 in style with an 11-course tasting Menu at Nita Lake Lodge. $299 per person. Book early to avoid disappointment! To make a reservation you can contact simon@nitalakelodge.com”604.966.5700 | $$$
  • “On December 31st, join Chef Jorge Munoz Santos and his team to welcome in the New Year! Reservations are not being taken on this day as it is on a first-come, first-serve basis from 11:30 am until late.”604.962.4540 | $$$
  • “Ring in the New Year with the four-course Chef’s Celebratory menu. $120 per person early and late seating’s available. To make a reservation you can contact kreddaway@basaltwhistler.com”604.962.9333 | $$
  • “Celebrate New Years Eve at the top on Blackcomb Mountain. Tour includes transportation by Snowmobile or Snowcat. Dinner includes traditional cheese fondue, fondue chinoise, fresh baked desserts and live entertainment.First seating: 4pm by Snowmobile $229 per person sharing and $369 for a single rider. 4:30pm by Snowcat $209 per person.Second seating: 8:30pm by snowmobile and 9pm Snowcat $329 per person. Includes a New Year’s Eve countdown and fireworks display.”604.938.1616
  • “Pre Fixe Menu (meat or plant based) – $65 per person, children under 12 $30. 5:30pm and 8:30pm reservations available.”604.935.3263 | $$
  • “New Year’s Eve four-course dinner, 5-10pm. Ring in the New Year in style with a four course menu featuring a sumptuous variety of fresh seafood and meats, elegantly prepared for the best start to 2019. $139 (Three-Course Kid’s Menu also available, $45) To make a reservation you can contact wrs.restaurant@westinwhistler.com”604.935.4338
  • “Feast on modern Italian-inspired specialties as Executive Chef James Walt and his brigade cook a memorable New Year’s Eve dinner. For a night to remember! Early seating (5:00 pm – 8:30 pm) Threecourse prix fixe menu $109 per person, plus tax/gratuity. Late seating (8:30 pm – onwards) Four-course prix fixe menu $199 per person, plus tax/gratuity. Four-course Gala prix fixe menu $249 per person, plus tax/gratuity.”604.932.4442 | $$$
  • Enjoy a holiday fiesta with a four-course menu featuring New Year’s Eve party favours. The first seating starts at 6pm and finishes at 8:45pm. The seating is $69 per person not including taxes or gratuity. There will also be substitutions for kids who prefer milder flavours.The second seating starts at 9:15pm – 9:30pm, with a five-course dinner, New Year’s Eve party favours, live entertainment, bubbles to toast and Mexican hot chocolate to enjoy on the patio while watching the fireworks. This seating is $125 per person before taxes and gratuity, substitutions are available for children.To make a reservation you can contact sarah@infinityenterprises.ca
  • Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a three-course signature fondue $48.To make a reservation you can contact jlow@golfbc.com 604.938.9898 | $$
New Year’s Eve in Whistler Village

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If you’re looking for bright lights and excitement to ring in the new year, you can have it all without spending a dime.

Celebrations in the Whistler Village begin at noon with a special Family Après in Olympic Plaza and indoor activities and entertainment at the Conference Centre. Later, catch a high-flying snow show at 7:30pm in skiers plaza followed by fireworks at 8:00pm. There will be a special fire and ice show in skiers plaza at 11:30pm followed by the official new year’s fireworks at midnight.

Whistler New Year’s Eve Parties

GLC New Year’s Eve 2019 Presented By CÎROC Vodka

Location: Garibaldi Lift Company (GLC) | Time: 10 PM

“Come celebrate the New Year in style at one of Whistler’s best New Year’s Eve parties! The evening features a welcome drink, bubby toast at midnight and front row seats to the midnight fireworks. Tickets to this event are $75 per person with group rates of $65 per person available for groups of 8 or more.”

Bar Hop Whistler – NYE Edition

Location: Longhorn Saloon & Grill | Time: 8 PM

“Experience Whistler’s biggest and best value party this New Year’s Eve. Hop on it now for a night to remember at four of the most iconic venues guided by Whistler locals and start your 2019 off with a BANG! Bar Hop NYE tickets provide the best value in town with 5 drinks, pizza, express entry, snowmobile tours, merchandise giveaways, and professional party hosts.”

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Uncorked 2019

Location: Maxx Fish | Time: 9 PM

“Want to remember your New Year’s Eve celebration as being the best ever? Then head to Maxx Fish for UNCORKED! This amazing event will feature an array of fun and talent to push your party into overdrive. Pricing starts at $35.”

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NYE Winter Wonderland in the Mountains

Location: Longhorn Saloon & Grill | Time: 8 PM – 2 AM

“Come join in a New Year’s Eve extravaganza. This year, the Longhorn rings in the New Year in style with their Winter Wonderland-themed party. Guests are encouraged to embrace the theme and dress in white. Tickets are $100 per person and include a complimentary glass of bubbles upon entry, finger food, complimentary coat check, party favours and exclusive access to The Longhorn patio for the midnight fireworks show.”

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Hollywood Nights – NYE 2019

Location: Garfinkel’s Night Club | Time: 8 PM – 2 AM

“DJ Chainwax and guests will whisk up the tunes to fill Whistler’s biggest and best dance floor with all the Top 40 favourites, remixes, club hits and requests. Tickets include entrance to the biggest and most elegant NYE in Whistler, complimentary coat check, party favours and champagne toast.”

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NYE Masquerade Ball

Location: Buffalo Bills Bar & Grill | Time: 8 PM – 2 AM

“Allow yourself to get lost in a winter wonderland at Buffalo Bills. Don your masks and embrace the beauty and elegance of the mountains – dress to impress. When the clock chimes midnight, unveil your masks and party with a champagne toast, and who knows, there might even be a miraculous snowfall. Tickets include entrance to the biggest and most elegant NYE in Whistler, complimentary coat check, party favours, champagne toast and of course, a mask.”

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New Years Eve 2019 – All that Glitters and Gold

Location: Firerock Lounge | Time: 9 PM – 2 AM

“Firerock Lounge celebrates 2019 with plenty of Veuve Champagne, delicious Cocktails, DJ Salad Cats and All That Glitters and Gold. Tickets starting at $40.”

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Midnight Magic NYE Party

Location: Stonesedge Whistler | Time: 10 PM – 2 AM

“Celebrate New Year’s Eve in style at Stonesedge, featuring DJ Stache from 10 PM until late. Tickets are $30 and include bubbles on arrival, midnight toast and appetizers.”

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NYE at Cure Lounge

Location: Cure Lounge | Time: 9 PM

“Celebrate New Year’s Eve with an evening of craft cocktails and live music by Monty’s Little Biggs Band from 9 PM until late in Cure Lounge – no cover charge and no reservations required. Free Village shuttle to and from Nita Lake Lodge.”

New Year’s Eve Gala

Location: Fairmount Chateau Whistler | Time: 8:30 PM

“Join us for a gala affair of pure indulgence when Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s grand Macdonald ballroom transforms into a sparkling winter wonderland for an unforgettable Black and Gold themed New Year’s Eve Dinner & Dance. $199 per adult.”

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New Year’s Eve at Brickworks Public House

Location: Brickworks Public House | Time: 8:30 PM

“Ring in the new year at the Brickworks Public House! Dance the night away to live music featuring JennaMae and the Groove Section and sip on a complimentary glass of bubbly at midnight.

No cover charge which must make it the most affordable New Years Eve celebration in Whistler.”

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Whistler really comes alive in December. Between the first ski and snowboard days of the season and everybody’s favourite holiday, it’s a magical time for all.

If you’re in Whistler this December, here are some activities and events that are guaranteed to be a good time.

Viessmann Luge World Cup

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Watch over 100 of the world’s top luge athletes reach speeds of up to 130 kilometres per hour at the Whistler Sliding Centre. Beer garden, food trucks, DJ, photobooth, and fireworks included.


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Endless opportunities to pick up something special for friends, family, and (of course) yourself. In addition to all of the shops you’re used to seeing, be sure to check out the Made in Whistler Winter Artisan Market on December 15, 22, 23, 29 and 30 at the Westin.

Hitting the Slopes

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Whistler and Blackcomb are open for business and more snow is rolling in every day… what are you waiting for!?

Strolling the Village

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Thanks to some extremely elaborate tree decorating, Whistler in December might be the most magical, romantic place on earth.

Festival of Trees

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All month long, the Four Seasons lobby transforms into a sparkling Canadian pine forest to raise funds for the BC Children’s hospital.

Whistler Gingerbread House


A winter fantasy land in the heart of Creekside Village. Gift wrapping, tonnes of treats, a giant Christmas train and dazzling decorations. Word on the street is Santa himself might even make an appearance.

Whistler Craft Crawl

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A social beer tasting experience exploring Whistler’s bar and beer scene. Sample some of BC’s finest craft beers. Food included.

Aprés All Over the Village

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Ski season is aprés season. Have a leisurely afternoon with a few drinks in a cheerful, social atmosphere.

Learn to Bobsleigh

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December 10 – 14 at the Whistler Sliding Club, youth and adults (16+) can learn how to pilot a bobsleigh with hands-on teaching.

Christmas Feasts

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Many Whistler restaurants are offering a special holiday menu. Learn more about Christmas dinner in Whistler here.

Dress Like Santa (and ski for free)

Tourism Whistler / Mike Crane

On December 16th, 2018, show your holiday spirit by hitting the slopes dressed as Santa. Traditionally, the first 100 people to arrive at the Whistler Village Gondola dressed as Santa will receive a free lift ticket for the day.

Whistler Holiday Experience

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From December 22nd until January 6th, the Whistler Conference Centre transforms into a family fun zone with mini putt, table games, bouncy castles, crafts, and video games. Parents can enjoy coffee and hot cocoa in the lounge area while the kids play.

Fire and Ice Show

Tourism Whistler / Mike Crane

One of Whistler’s iconic winter attractions, the Fire and Ice show returns to Skiers Plaza December 23rd and runs every Sunday at 7pm until March 25, 2019.

Ring in the New Year

Tourism Whistler / Mike Crane

New Years in Whistler is spectacular! Choose from a wide selection of special dinners, parties, and free entertainment including a special edition Fire and Ice show at 11:30pm, ice skating at Olympic Plaza until 11pm, and fireworks at 8pm and midnight. For the full list of events, click here.

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