Introduction to Whistler
Fresh from hosting the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, Whistler in Canada's British Columbia province is a world-class, state-of-the-art resort town ideal for an action-packed sporting holiday. The town of Whistler has 10,000 residents and is located in a valley within the Coastal Mountains around 115 kilometres north of Vancouver. The town is home to 2 mountains: Whistler and Blackcomb, and is regarded as one of the best skiing, snowboarding, hiking and biking destinations in North America and the world.
During the winter season, thrill seekers eagerly descend on the mountains to test out the range of slopes catering for beginners to pro level with over 3,000 hectares of skiable terrain. It's also the only North American resort where you can ski and ride on a glacier with awesome parks and pipes for boarders too. The long ski season lasts well into July, and Whistler is also known for its après-ski scene and vibrant village nightlife, not to mention shopping and eating options.
When the snow retreats, the fun doesn't stop. Hikers and bikers can explore Whistler and Blackcomb mountains in the summer months too. There's the 250-kilometre Whistler Mountain Bike Park, or you can zip-trek over a river, trek the alpine trails or go on a bear tour to spot some native wildlife.
For all its adrenalin-pumping activities, Whistler has a more peaceful side as well. Its soaring views are best enjoyed from a hot tub at one of the mountain's numerous spas, or over a cold beer at a warm cosy pub. Whether your idea of fun is rock climbing or golf, Whistler has something for you. The hardest part is choosing what to do first. For more must-dos in Whistler, check out our things to do page and start planning your Whistler holiday.