Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall, Whistler will definitely keep you entertained. What started out as a little ski town back in the late 60’s, has turned into a year-round entertainment hub with activities suited to meet everyone’s needs. Even during the off-season, there are a steady stream of visitors making their way along the Sea to Sky Highway to enjoy Whistler.
I recently headed to Whistler for a long-overdue girl’s trip and it did not disappoint. Our only issue was that we didn’t want to leave. Whistler is the perfect weekend getaway offering a mix of relaxation, adventure, and good eats. Tailor your trip to meet your needs, but I suggest you add these must-do Whistler activities to your list this fall!
Must-Do Whistler Activities: Fall Edition
Even if shooting vodka isn’t your normal activity of choice, the Ketel One Vodka Ice Room is a fun experience. There are over 30 types of vodka to choose from and your tour includes 4 pours (or you can opt for 2 pours) of your choice. Although they say the -25 degree temperature helps to remove the finger-nail polish taste of vodka, it still burns a bit if you’re not used to it. Word of advice, shoot it, don’t sip! They also have flavored vodka, including pineapple, peach, and raspberry, which was pretty good. They provide you with Goose down jackets and an entertaining bartender, your provide the funny vodka-tasting faces. It’s located in the Barefoot Bistro and takes about 15-20 minutes, depending on how long you can stand the cold!
Go on a Hike
Whistler is beautiful in the fall! The colorful leaves, occasional snow flurries, and ample trails make hiking a top choice to do in the fall. There are several hiking trails you can access within a short walk from the Village. There are also a lot of great options just a short drive away in the nearby villages and towns. You can spend an entire day dedicated to hiking or just an hour or two. A great option for an easy hike is the Lost Lake Loop. It’s about a 15 minute walk from the Village and has beautiful views of the lake and fall foliage. You can stay on the main trail, which is wide and pretty flat, take the Nature Trails that get you closer to the lake, or take some of the side trails that add elevation and lead you away from the lake. Whichever trial you choose, the crisp, fall air and colorful foliage are sure to please.
If you’re looking for a unique spa experience, the Scandinave Spa is the place to check out. It’s similar to many bath houses in Europe and offers the hot/cold therapy baths. You can choose from many massage and body treatments or simply go to enjoy the baths. Be sure to make a reservation several weeks in advance if you would like to book a service. The baths have an entry fee, but don’t require a reservation. Plan to spend at least 1-2 hours relaxing and enjoying the serenity and beautiful outdoor setting.
Take a Village Stroll
Whether you’re on the hunt for a coffee and pastry, clothes, souvenirs, or just window shopping, there’s plenty of options along the Village Stroll. Pop in to Roots for some Canadian apparel or try COWS for some over the top ice cream.
For an adrenaline punch, spend the afternoon zip lining through the trees! The views are breathtaking and the ride is amazing! There are many different tour options and even those who may be slightly afraid of heights can find an option to suit them. For the adrenaline seekers, try the Ziptrek Ecotours Sasquatch tour.
Take a ride on the longest and highest gondola lift in the world! This gondola experience takes you from Whistler Mountain to Blackcomb Mountain across a free span between ropeway towers of 1.88 miles and at is highest point above ground measures up at 1,430 feet. While completely safe, the views may take your breath away! Unfortunately, fall is the offseason in Whistler and the Gondola is closed mid-October to Mid-November so you may have to save this one for another visit.
If you’ve never done an Escape Room event, get on it! I’d heard they were fun, but it really goes beyond that. It’s exciting and interesting to have to work with your friends to figure out the clues before your time runs out! We came close to solving it, but alas, ran out of time! Better luck to you! We all agreed this was a great activity and would definitely do it again!
There are plenty of options for nighttime entertainment in Whistler including live bands. Check the local newspaper for current offerings and performances. Most weekend nights Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub, Black’s Pub, and Tapley’s Neighbourhood Pub have live music.
Even if it’s too late in the year for mountain biking and too early for skiing, enjoying a drink on the patio around a firepit is still a must. The Longhorn Saloon offers plenty of seating options and a good view of the rarely quiet mountain.
Enjoy all the Good Food
At the end of our 3 day trip, everyone in our group agreed that the food in Whistler was amazing! So good, in fact, that you should make reservations if you want a table! From brunch size breakfast portions to 3-course dinner specials, you will not have to go hungry in this town. And we were pleasantly surprised at the many restaurants offering gluten-free options!
With so much to do, I know you’ll be wishing you had more time to spend in Whistler! We certainly did! Whether you’re headed to Whistler for a couples getaway, girls’ weekend, or family trip, hopefully these must-do Whistler activities will be on your list! Happy adventuring!
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