Located 120km north of Vancouver, Whistler is the perfect destination for a weekend getaway or a week of outdoor activities. This sky resort hosted the Olympic Winter Games in 2010. Very popular in winter, the resort is also a summer mountain destination.
We went there in September after two days in Vancouver (check out our article on Vancouver). It is easy to get to Whistler from Vancouver. Just follow the Route 99 along the ocean. This is a very nice senic drive with many places to stop to admire the landscapes. If you do not want to drive, there are many shuttles available from the airport or from downtown Vancouver.
The village of Whistler is charming. Moreover, the accommodations there are very comfortable. It is ideal to spend a moment with friends or family in a beautiful place surrounded by the mountains: the perfect cottage break!
Enjoy nature and outdoor adventures in Whistler during summer
It is hard to keep count of the activities offered in and around Whistler. Everyone will find something to be pleased with. You can easily go hiking or biking. Indeed, it is very easy to rent bikes from the many shops in the village.
For those looking for more extreme activities you can also go glacier hiking, climbing, ziplining, mountain biking or ATV driving. The list of activities is available at: https://www.whistler.com/activities/summer/. There really is something for every taste and budget.
Regarding food, we had a famous canadian poutine with burgers at the Spiltz Grill (the burgers could easily be made lactose-free for Clémentine) and we found some lactose-free/vegan pastries at Purebread.
One of our favorite activity was the Wreck Train Hike. This hike goes along the beautiful Cheakamus River passing by waterfalls, on train tracks and even on a suspension bridge. What is amazing about this hike is to discover old wagons abandoned in the middle of the forest. Those wagons are coming from a train accident in the 50s.
Our travel blog articles on Canada
Feel free to check out our other articles on Canada. You can also read our more personal accounts on Canada from our September and October world tour newsletters.
We had the chance to spend a month in Canada at the beginning of our world tour. It is such a beautiful country for a honeymoon. Our starting point was the city of Vancouver, we arrived there by boat from Alaska. After a few days in the mountains at Whistler, we took a plane to the East side and the cities of Québec and Montréal.
Clémentine’s reading (and movie) list about Canada
- The Lonely Planet guide Best of Canada or Canada travel guide
- A very funny book about Canada, Parking the Moose, One American’s Epic Quest to Uncover His Incredible Canadian Roots by Dave Hill.
- The novel by Joseph Boyden, The Orenda, for a one-way trip to 17th century Canada.
- A movie, to cross Canada from East to West from your couch, we recommend the moving film One Week.