Located in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia just two hours north of Vancouver, Whistler is Canada's favorite year-round destination.
Whistler has things to do for both skiers and non-skiers – use our guide to winter activities to plan your vacation, whether you want to ski Whistler Blackcomb, try outdoor adventures, discover the delights of Whistler Village or simply relax and enjoy a true winter wonderland.
Whistler's list of summer activities is a mile long. Top it off with an eclectic mix of events, family-friendly atmosphere and a fun and vibrant arts and culture scene for the ultimate summer destination.
Arts and Culture in Whistler
Whistler's vibrant arts and culture scene flourishes year round with workshops, engaging art exhibitions, lively music and dance performances to international film and culinary events. Learn more about Whistler's cultural institutions and offerings including the upcoming Whistler Wine Walk at local galleries.
Audain Art Museum
The Audain Art Museum is Whistler's newest cultural hot spot. Located by the Village, the iconic building houses a permanent collection of artworks from British Columbia as well as rotating exhibitions from leading museums around the world. The permanent collection features an outstanding collection of nineteenth century Northwest Coast masks, one of Canada’s strongest Emily Carr collections, a selection of Vancouver’s celebrated photo-based art plus a gallery devoted to West Coast artist Edward J. Hughes.
Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre
The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (SLCC) is the first centre of its kind in Canada. Two nations came together to celebrate and share their cultures with the world while creating meaningful employment opportunities for members of both the Sk?wxwu?7mesh U?xwumixw (Squamish Nation, Coast Salish) and Li?l?wat7ul (Lil’wat Nation, Interior Salish) Nations. Designed to evoke the form of a Squamish Longhouse and Lil’wat Istken (earthen dwelling), the SLCC embodies the spirit of partnership between two unique Nations who wish to preserve, grow, and share their traditional cultures.
Whistler Lakes, Beaches & Parks
• Spend warm summer days on a beautiful beach by a cool, clear mountain lake
• Bring a picnic or use the onsite BBQs for a memorable meal in the fresh air
• Relax in the sun or rent canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards for water adventures
• Take a day and explore Whistler's lakes and beaches by bike or on foot via the Valley Trail
Whistler has a non-stop lineup of events from covering sports, culinary, film and mountain culture, throughout every season.
Signature Festivals and Events
• January - Whistler Pride and Ski Festival
• April - World Ski & Snowboard Festival
• May - GO Fest-Whistler's Great Outdoor Festival
• June - Tough Mudder Classic & Tough Mudder 5k
• July - Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
• July - Whistler Children's Festival
• July - Subaru IRONMAN Canada & Subaru IRONMAN Canda 70.3
• July-August - Wanderlust Whistler
• August - Crankworx Whitler
• September - RBC GranFondo Whistler
• September - Whistler Village Beer Festival
• October - Whistler Writers' Festival
• October - Whistler 50 Relay & Ultra
• November Cornucopia Whistler
• December - Whistler Film Festival
Talk to your travel advisor to find the events most intriguing to you.
Whistler is a mountain resort, a magical place for a family vacation with things to do for everyone from toddlers to grandparents, and amenities that make traveling with family a breeze. Find out why many of our visitors return year after year and why readers of SKI Magazine ranked Whistler in the top 10 kid-friendly resorts in North America for 2015.