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4 Seasons Of Adventure In Whistler, Canada

There’s plenty to do in this scenic mountain town, on and off the slopes

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Two hikers stand at the rocky bank of a river near Whistler, Canada

While Whistler, Canada, is known for its slopes, this charming mountain town offers four full seasons of outdoor adventures — beyond après ski. Explore the unique ways to enjoy each season and take in scenic Whistler year-round. 

A group snowmobiles in Whistler, Canada 


Winter in Whistler is best known for powdery snow and spectacular views from Blackcomb Mountain. Bundle up and try winter activities like skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, ice fishing, ice skating and dog sledding.

Follow in the tracks of legends at Whistler Olympic Park — established for the 2010 Winter Olympics — and access numerous cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails.

Once the sun sets, the fun doesn’t end. Enjoy an après-ski beverage and Whistler’s Fire & Ice Show, where performers ski through flaming rings before a stunning fireworks display.

A black bear sitting up in a field of wildflowers in Whistler, Canada, in the spring 


If you choose to visit Whistler between March and May, you’re in luck. Springtime in Whistler offers the best of winter and summer, which means longer, sunnier days and tons of fresh powder. Plus, spring is Whistler’s off-season, so enjoy fewer crowds and more deals. Check out more tips to enjoy Whistler's slopes on a budget.

Another advantage to spring is the return of Whistler’s wildlife, including black bears. Whistler Photo Safaris offers guided tours of local bears, often passing pristine views. Or enjoy the fresh spring air on one of Whistler’s hiking trails, many of which are clear of snow. (Be sure to leave the bear watching to the experts.)

Pick up a racket and play tennis or pickleball at a public park, or visit Whistler Racket Club to learn how to play. If Whistler’s weather forecast predicts spring showers, take a break indoors at one of the area’s museums, such as the Whistler Museum, Audain Art Museum and Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre. Pick up a Whistler Culture Pass to save on admission.

A trail and bridge by Green Lake in Whistler, Canada 


Enjoy some heart-pumping adventures during Whistler’s warm season. Learn how to bobsled at the Whistler Sliding Center, no experience required. Or ride a zipline down the mountain for high speeds and unparalleled views. 

Try lake hopping and visit five lakes in one day – Alpha Lake, Nita Lake, Alta Lake, Green Lake and Lost Lake. The Valley Trail connects several of these valley lakes, making it a perfect hike for lake views. Or choose to take it slow and spread out the lakes throughout your vacation — fishing, paddling, swimming and picnicking at your leisure.

For a walk that’s literally cool, take the gondola up Blackcomb Mountain to see the snow walls that survive the summer sunshine. If you’re still full of energy, dance the night away at Buffalo Bill’s and Garfinkel’s. Check out more summer activities to add to your Whistler bucket list.

Fall foliage in Whistler Village in British Columbia, Canada 


Relax and unwind with Whistler’s gorgeous fall foliage as your backdrop. Wander along Whistler’s Village Stroll, the heart of the ski town’s culture and culinary scene. Sip on a fall-flavored beverage and admire the colorful deciduous trees. Or choose a self-guided tour, ranging from art walks, nature walks and culinary tours.

For more of a hike, consider the Ancient Cedars Trail, where you can see almost 1,000-year-old trees, mushrooms and a hidden waterfall.

If fungi catch your eye, visit Whistler in October for the Fungus Among Us Mushroom Festival and learn from foraging experts how to identity and cook safely and sustainably. Then, finish up your day at Whistler Day Spa and savor your choice of rejuvenating massages, facials and hot tub soaks. Book online to snag deals on select services.

Where To Stay

Make yourself at home at Hilton Grand Vacations Club Whistler for striking views of Blackcomb Mountain, no matter the season. Enjoy spacious accommodations where you can relax or prepare for your next outdoor excursion. Or enjoy the resort’s many amenities, such as the outdoor heated swimming pools, hot tubs, waterslide and barbecues, perfect for an evening in Whistler.

Read “Why Members Love Whistler, Canada, Plus What To Do” and see why two Members love visiting Whistler with Hilton Grand Vacations.

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