Thanks to a couple of spectacular mountains called Whistler and Blackcomb, the Whistler resort is the largest and most famous alpine ski destination in North America. Located in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, Whistler is a two-hour trip from Vancouver along Canada’s most scenic drive, the Sea-to-Sky Highway. Prized for its exceptional beauty and premier winter sports, Whistler also offers year-round activities and charming villages brimming in tourist attractions.
More than two million people visit Whistler every year, primarily for alpine skiing. A variety of terrain, a vertical drop of 5,000 feet, 37 ski lifts and 200 runs make this resort popular. Whistler Mountain ski season lasts from the end of November to April while Blackcomb Mountain often stays open until June. In addition to skiing, other winter activities are available such as snowmobiling, snowboarding and dog sledding.
At the base of the two mountains are three quaint villages, Whistler Village, Creekside and Upper Village, which offer outstanding restaurants, bars, shops, hotels and stunning villas. The Peak 2 Peak gondola transports visitors from the villages to the mountains.
Whistler is not just about skiing. Other attractions include championship golf courses, a children’s play zone, a mountain bike park, brewery, luxurious spa, museum and cultural center. Nearby lakes and gorgeous landscapes provide summer activities like camping, swimming, canoeing, fly-fishing, whitewater rafting, hiking, mountain climbing and wildlife viewing.