Whistler is just a hop, skip and jump away from Vancouver and most of us don’t take advantage of its close proximity enough. Now is the time—especially for couples.
This summer—go explore your own backyard by heading to Whistler; even if it’s just for 24-hours. There’s a lot of fun activities for you to enjoy with your significant other. Check out our top things to do in and around the village for a day.
24 Hours in Whistler
EAT + DRINK
Brunch at The Fairmont Chateau Whistler
A classy brunch is the best way to kick off a couple’s getaway. Check out the Wildflower Restaurant at the beautiful Fairmont Chateau in Whistler Village. They offer a breakfast buffet with the works—or dig into entrees of avocado toast, tater tot waffles, and banana pancakes. Its serene garden patio that will take your breath away.
Lunch at Basalt Wine + Salumeria
After an outdoor adventure—grab a seat on the patio at Basalt Wine & Salumeria for a light lunch. It’s right on the strip and gives you the perfect vantage point for people-watching. Take in your surroundings while enjoying a menu filled with wine, beer and lots of shareable dishes, like cheese platters and charcuterie spreads.
Dinner and Dessert at SIDECUT
Have a nice romantic meal for two at Sidecut Steak + Bar. The classic steakhouse offers hearty meals that will re-energize you. Be sure to save room for dessert, though. Right outside the restaurant, and within the Four Seasons outdoor area, roast up some marshmallows for s’mores on the nearby firepit.
If you and your loved one like a little adventure and don’t mind getting a little dirty along the way—fire up the engine of your own RZR. Go for a cruise along the rugged trails around Cougar Mountain and come across the emerald-green glacier-fed lakes.
It’s the best way to soak up the beauty of the lush rainforests and stunning mountain vistas that make up Whistler’s backcountry.
White Water Rafting
Prefer an adventure out on the water? Then white water rafting is right up your alley. There’s nothing quite like riding the waves and crashing up against the rushing rapids for the ultimate adrenaline rush. It’s suitable for all levels as long as you’re not afraid to get wet!
Marvel at Vallea Lumina
Step into a mystical world at this multimedia wonderland. For the second annual year; the night walk is open and dazzling guests at Cougar Mountain.
Created by Montreal-based Moment Factory and brought to Whistler by The Adventure Group—the immersive walk features lights, views, and an emotive soundscape. It’s also set amongst the lush coastal rainforest—adding even more to the hour-long experience.
WHERE TO STAY
You can never go wrong by staying in Whistler Village. While the pricing can occasionally be steeper than other options, the convenience alone is worth it.
If you prefer to be on the outskirts and have a taste for finer things, look no further than the Four Seasons. If you’re looking for a more budget friendly option near the heart of the village, the Pan Pacific Village Centre is a sure bet. The latter is cozy and central. It also offers an array of amenities. Make use of their gym, go for a dip in the outdoor pool, or check out the sauna.
For more fun things to do places to explore, check out our Travel & Outdoors section!
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