Nestled within two gigantic mountains, the village of Whistler is a breathtaking area surrounded by the mountains of Whistler and Blackcomb. These provide the perfect backdrop for an incredibly scenic skiing experience, however there's more to Whistler than skiing and boarding!
1. Extreme Sports
In the summers, mountain biking is more popular than any other activity in Whistler. The Whistler Mountain Bike Park is visited each summer by thousands of extreme sports lovers looking for their next adrenaline rush. I suppose flying down a mountain, hitting monster gaps and flying over natural jumps would do that. In the winter, Bobsleighing is a pretty wicked alternative to skiing. It’s a super fun sport and open for all visitors. Other extreme sports include bungee jumping above the blue toned Cheakamus River as well as rafting in the scintillating waters of Whistlers many rivers. https://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/explore-the-resort/activities-and-events/whistler-mountain-bike-park/whistler-mountain-bike-park.aspx
British Columbia is considered one of the best regions in the world for hiking. Whistler is the perfect spot where hikers can find a range of trail choices to begin with, perfect for beginners to those a bit more hardcore. If you’re a beginner, then we suggest going for the many easy trails, which can be classified as nature walks. On the other hand, if you’re looking for something more advanced than day hikes leading to the Wedgemount Lake and Cheakamus Lake can pose a challenge. Check out this website / app to help you find the perfect hikes https://www.alltrails.com/canada/british-columbia/whistler
3. Animal & Bird Watching
The village of Whistler is a staggering culmination of flora and fauna in its vast enchanting forests. Bird watching, particularly in the summers can be quite amazing as the Lost Lake and Cheakamus Lake have a lot of bird species. The forests themselves are an amazing place to witness some of the species that are prevalent in British Columbia. These include great blue herons, wild horses, caribou, mountain lions and even Grizzlies (maybe keep your distance if you see of those guys). Check out some wildlife discovery tours https://www.whistlerdiscoverytours.com/
4. Whistler Museum
Ok, so maybe museums aren't the most epic thing you can do in Whistler, but this one is worth it. The museum contains plenty of memorabilia from the Olympics that were held in 2010. You can even touch the medals as well as the Olympic torch. The Whistler museum also contains plenty of history and artifacts about the city. These artifacts include some old pictures of Whistler and one can see how it has evolved over time and its earliest settlers. More info http://www.whistlermuseum.org/
5. Ride a Chairlift
Alright, well this is sort of like skiing, except you can ride back down in comfort without scaring yourself half to death (and everyone else around you). A chairlift ride between the two breathtaking mountains is something you can’t miss. The peak 2 peak Gondola provides a stunning view and covers a huge distance of 4.4 kms. The blackcomb and Whistler mountains together with the dense coniferous forests make the experience thrilling, inspiring and absolutely gold for Instagram.
Well, there you have it. 5 things to do in Whistler that aren't skiing. If you're heading up the incredible Sea to Sky Highway (or back down), consider giving our free audio driving tour a listen https://www.tripvia.tours/driving-tour-vancouver-whistler