It’s no coincidence that Whistler is renowned across the world for its stunning scenery and bustling atmosphere. Consistently voted the best ski resort in North America, more and more people are visiting this alpine haven, and choosing to call it home. Whether you’re a mountain biker, keen skier, or simply an outdoor enthusiast, it’s impossible to get bored exploring all that Whistler has to offer. Here are our top reasons why we love living here, and why you should visit.
Whistler spoils us all year round. With crowds flocking to the snowy mountaintops in the winter, and the serene lakes in the summer, we truly get the best of both worlds. In winter Whistler boasts over 8,000 acres of ski terrain including gentle slopes and tree skiing for skiers of all abilities, and huge terrain parks for the daredevils among us.
When the snow begins to melt, the list of activities only increases. From the valley floor you can bike, hike, or gently meander through the dramatic settings of Whistler backcountry. Lost Lake transforms into a sublime hangout spot for locals and tourists alike, and the rivers and lakes become playgrounds for all sorts of water sports.
It would be pretty impossible to ignore the jagged peaks and snow-capped glaciers that dominate the rugged landscape around us. While the pristine scenery makes for some great Instagram photos, the mountains can only truly be appreciated in person.
Whistler is situated in the middle of the Coast Mountains, and we are lucky to have direct access to the equally famous Whistler Mountain (2.181m) and Blackcomb Mountain (2.436m). Both offer fantastic ski terrain and acres of wildlife to explore. If you can’t decide which one to visit, the world record-breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola links the two mountains and provides the ultimate sightseeing experience, 436 meters above the ground.
Whistler has an endless amount of activities on offer: Hit the slopes in the winter, before swapping your skis for wheels as you join downhill enthusiasts of all levels in the Whistler Bike Park. If you fancy a quieter day, the alpine is a hiking mecca, and you can plan your own route through stunning wilderness and wildlife. The lakes are perfect for a number of water sports, such as paddle boarding and canoeing, or you can kayak down the aptly named River of Golden Dreams.
If that’s not enough, throughout the year Whistler’s event calendar is jam-packed full of exciting events and competitions, like the World Ski and Snowboard Festival in May, and mountain biking festival Crankworx in August.
Whistler offers a wild nightlife, a growing list of outstanding festivals, and an endless list of delicious restaurants. Its vibrant atmosphere draws in travellers and workers from all over the world, including Italians, Australians, and Japanese.
Yet despite having a global feel and multinational populace, Whistler remains deeply connected to its heritage and culture. The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre located in the village celebrates the joint history of the Squamish and Lil’wat First Nations, and showcases their histories, creative works and cultures. Its interactive exhibits educate people from all over the world about Whistler’s rich past and present.
Here at Whiski Jack we are proud to call Whistler home. We love to share everything this beautiful place has to offer with people from around the world, and have a variety of unique Condominium and Townhome options if you need somewhere to stay. Contact us today!