As of March 20th, Springtime is officially upon us. During this time of year, the city of Whistler goes through a spectacular transformation.
The white mountain snow lingers under the warm spring sunshine providing last minute mountain seekers a slush-filled playground and if they’re lucky, maybe a final sprinkle of fresh powder. In the valley below, signs of new life begin to take bloom giving Whistler visitors and locals a little taste of an adventure filled Summer ahead.
Whether you’re in Whistler for an action-packed weekend or a relaxing leisure getaway, this world-renowned northern gem has the best of both worlds.
Have the classic Whistler Village experience
The mountain village with a vibe. Within moments of arriving in Whistler Village you are immediately immersed in the West Coast mountain culture. Nestled at the base of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains it’s obvious that this resort village is unlike anything you have ever experienced. Divided into three large quadrants – Village Centre, Village North, and the Upper Village, it’s easy to spend an entire day exploring and becoming familiar with the unique surroundings. If you’re staying at the Fairmont Chateau be sure to take advantage of their fully functioning deluxe spa (Vida Spa) or swing by the Westin for a quick workout and steam at their fitness studio.
If you find yourself at the top of Whistler enjoy a classic fine dining experience at Christine’s on Blackcomb. Panoramic views of the surrounding glacier mountains and a uniquely diverse wine list will make wanting to leave a bit of a challenge. After descending through the clouds and bringing yourself back to sea-level there are countless sun-kissed patios throughout the village ideal for happy hour and people watching. The local watering hole Longhorn Saloon provides a classic Whistler Après Ski experience. Located just steps away from Whistler Mountain it’s an easy transition from bikes or boards to beer. No matter what season, this place is perfect for any reason to celebrate. In need of a caffeine boost for the busy morning of exploring or recovering from the night before? Swing by Mount Currie Coffee Shop for a handcrafted latte and breakfast sandwich or stop by Pure Bread for a sweet treat (the table-top display of decadence is worth a visit alone!).
Explore the great outdoors!
Not only is Whistler known for it’s world-renowned ski slopes but during the warmer months it’s a playground for two-wheeled fanatics. Looking for a speedy adventure? Bike Rentals are available from our Harbour Air terminal! Go straight from floats to wheels and ride the endless leisure bike paths around the Whistler Village area.
Nature walks are key to a quintessential West Coast experience. Escape the buzzing Whistler Village and enjoy the tranquil scenery of the Lost Lake Nature Trails. Take a journey and walk around water’s edge that contain multiple viewpoints; perfect for photographs or breathing in the fresh mountain air. Spending the entire day outdoors? Pack water and a lunch! Take advantage of the scenic lake lookouts or make your way to the beach and enjoy dockside hangouts with your hiking partners. Only a 5km round trip and 50 metre elevation this West Coast gem is deemed easy. Plan to carve out at least one and a half hours of your day to enjoy the nature of Whistler.
Take a swing at golf! Nestled at the base of the breathtaking Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, and along the shoreline of the fresh glacial-fed Green Lake, lies the world-renowned Nicklaus North Golf Course. With well manicured greens and environmentally conscious fairways this course is worth waiting all winter for. Catch your mid-morning round with daily flights seven days per week– a smooth transition from take-off to tee-time. Post-game eats can be enjoyed at Table Nineteen Restaurant where you can catch views of Green Lake and watch our Harbour Air seaplanes takeoff. For cooler evenings, snuggle up fireside and take in the beautiful views of Nicklaus North.
If nature exploration isn’t your scene and you find yourself outside of the busy Whistler village, treat yourself with a West Coast resort experience at Nita Lake Lodge & Resort. Tucked on the shores of a glacier fed lake enjoy poolside mountain views and organic spa treatments; perfect for you and your besties. Looking for a more worldly spa experience? Discover the beauty of
Spa Scandinave. A combination of West Coast rustic installations of hot and cold outdoor baths, saunas and solariums offering a traditional Scandinavian Spa experience. Silence is essential, so ditch the cell phones and laptops to enjoy complete tranquility; let the natural sounds of the surrounding nature and cedar forests relax and invigorate you.
How to get to this magnificent destination? You can take the winding roads (with sweeping views) of the Sea to Sky Highway… or you can take the real “Sea-to-Sky” way, with Harbour Air of course! One of our most spectacular scenic flights, we offer flights seven days per week between Victoria, Richmond YVR South, and our Downtown Vancouver Terminal. With convenient daily flights there’s no reason to skip out on a weekend away. Go green and cancel that car rental, we offer complimentary shuttle service straight from the dock to Whistler Village or Rent a bike and get to know the paved cycling paths. From fine dining to hiking and spa days, Whistler offers you a unique experience of springtime magic that cannot be curated anywhere else. Get to know the city of Whistler this season!
Harbour Air Seaplanes – Whistler
8069 Nicklaus North Blvd, Whistler BC | 1.604.932.6615 | Social: @harbourair
4010 Whistler Way | 1.604.932.3928 | Social: @gowhistler
Fairmont Chateau Whistler
4599 Chateau Boulevard, Whistler BC | 1.800.606.8244 | www.fairmont.com/whistler | Social: @fairmontwhistlr
The Westin Whistler
4090 Whistler Way, Whistler BC | 1.604.905.5000 | www.westin.ca | Social: @westin_whistler
4280 Mountain Square, Whistler BC | 1.604.932.5999 | Social: @longhornsaloon
Mount Currie Coffee Shop
103.4369 Main St, Whistler BC | 1.604.962.2288 | Social: @mountcurriecoffee
Pure Bread Whistler
4174 Village Stroll, Whistler BC | 1.604.962.1182 | Social: @purebread_canada
Nicklaus North Gold Course
8080 Nicklaus North Blvd. | 1.800.386.9898 | www.nicklausnorth.com | Social: @nicklaus_north
Nita Lake Lodge & Resort
2131 Lake Placid Road, Whistler BC | 1.604.996.5700 | Social: @nitalakelodge
Scandinave Spa Whistler
8010 Mons Road, Whistler BC | 1.888.935.2423 |www.scandinave.com | Social: @scandinavewhis
By: Alannah Kennedy