How to Spend 2 Days in Whistler
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Two days in Whistler, British Columbia’s premier ski resort, is plenty of time to explore the area’s stunning mountain scenery and indulge in more relaxing epicurean pursuits as well. Fly over glaciers, take a backcountry tour, go white-water rafting, hit the slopes, and more. Here are a few ways to maximize 48 hours in and around Whistler.
Day 1: Get to Know Whistler
Morning: See Whistler and its spectacular mountain scenery from above on the Peak 2 Peak Gondola, which spans Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. One of the longest gondola runs in the world, the Peak 2 Peak is ideal for general sightseeing, or for accessing prime skiing, snowshoeing, and hiking terrain.
Afternoon: Whistler is surrounded by the glacier-capped Coast Range. See it all by helicopter, soaring above the mountains. Some tours touch down in the backcoutnry, leading you to untouched wilderness for picnics and hiking. Others simply give you the bird’s-eye view—and what a view it is.
Night: Discover Whistler Village’s diverse dining scene, enjoying inventive cocktails, stellar wines, and a wide range of cuisines, from international flavors to well-executed comfort food. Whether you pick a restaurant squarely on the region’s radar for top-notch dining or go with an underrated gem, there’s something for every diner in Whistler.
Day 2: Explore the Great Outdoors
Morning: If you’re visiting in the colder months, you might opt for a snowmobiling tour of the Whistler backcountry. Guides take even inexperienced snowmobilers on exhilarating trips into the winter wonderland. In warm weather, white-water rafting tours get your adrenaline pumping while allowing access to the area’s endless scenery.
Afternoon: Again, as with most things in Whistler, your activity options depend on the time of year. In summer, don’t miss the Via Ferrata—essentially a high alpine ropes course that traverses the mountains. In winter, you might pick a snowshoeing tour, another way to access remote mountainous terrain with the help of a guide.
Night: The adventures don’t stop at dinnertime—and again, your options are seasonal. Snowmobile up to Crystal Hut, high above Whistler Village, for a fondue dinner under the stars. Or, in warmer weather, drive your ATV to a scenic spot for an evening salmon bake with a view.
3 Tours and Activities | All Whistler Tours
Give your Whistler vacation the golden touch with a 4-hour progressive dinner tour of the area’s most established restaurants. Taste fine local cuisine from award-winnings chefs and visit cavernous wine cellars — where you will learn to saber a champagne bottle! With a savvy guide, you'll sample regional fare from blackened ahi tuna to icewine truffles, a local specialty. Get an interactive culinary education including four delicious courses and lots of fun.
Stomp through the snow, and explore British Columbia’s magnificent mountain terrain on this Whistler snowshoeing adventure with optional Peak 2 Peak ticket. Choose the route to match your fitness level, and follow your guide deep into Whistler’s snowy wilderness. Experience the deafening silence of Canada’s open countryside. Enjoy breathtaking views over the soaring peaks and dense alpine forests, and keep an eye out for sightings of native wildlife. Upgrade your tour to include a Peak 2 Peak gondola ticket.
Witness the awesome beauty of British Columbia by floatplane on a 2-hour flight and lake landing from Whistler. Delight in panoramic aerial views of BC’s vast alpine wilderness as you drift over mountains, jutting glaciers and hidden lakes, then touch down lakeside for some exploring. You’ll have plenty of time to soak up the surroundings and savor an optional lunch (additional expense) before heading back to Whistler.
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