Renowned as both a winter and summer sports destination, Whistler charms visitors throughout the year. Discover a unique alpine location, spectacular natural scenery and a lively social scene centred around the village restaurants, hotels, shops and bars. A luxury holiday in Whistler delivers the ultimate feel-good break whether it's sport, adventure or relaxation that's high on the agenda.
Nestled between the giant Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, this picturesque alpine village overlooks a magnificent, unspoiled landscape. Located just a two-hour drive along the scenic Highway 99 from the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver, this getaway has become the go-to for the glitterati of the west coast. Whistler's reputation as one of the world's great ski resorts was reinforced in 2010 when the town hosted the Winter Olympics. Skiers, snowboarders and winter sport enthusiasts of all levels are drawn by the exhilarating environment, excellent powder, five-star facilities and convivial aprés-ski scene.
Interestingly, Whistler attracts more visitors during the summer months when the alpine landscape, free from its snow, takes on a different persona and becomes a playground for those looking to explore the great outdoors on foot. August is particularly popular, as that's when the region's wildflowers bloom and the landscape is a riot of colour. Frequently described as an alpine paradise, Whistler is a luxury destination in every sense.
Visitors can choose from five-star resorts and chic boutique hotels, or get that bit closer to nature in an exclusive mountainside condo. Away from the ski slopes and mountain trails, Whistler boasts a lively social scene which revolves around its pedestrianised village. At night in the bars and restaurants kick into gear, and deliver memorable aprés-ski experiences to round-off the day.
Whistler is Canada's favourite year-round destination. If winter sports are your thing, then November-April is the best time of year to go. Temperatures are chilly, but rarely dip below -10°C in the valley (although it does get colder on the mountains).
The climate in spring and summer is perfect for outdoor activities such as mountain-biking and hiking. In July and August, temperatures in the village peak at around 27°C, which again, can be cooler on the peaks.
Whilst food & drink are an essential part of the aprés-ski experience, Whistler takes this to a higher level with fine dining options available in its many restaurants, resorts and hotels. Diners can enjoy award-winning cuisine from around the world.
This includes beloved French dishes with a contemporary twist, exciting fusion cooking, and dining in traditional grillrooms serving succulent, prime Canadian AAA beef - all accompanied by fine wines and delicious cocktails created by expert mixologists.
In addition to a valid passport, if you travel to Canada by air you will need an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA). Some exemptions apply, so it's worth checking before your flight. Visas are not required for short holiday travel. Visit GOV.UK for more information on eTA and other travel requirements.