What is the best way to see Whistler in one day?

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Hayley Bosch

Depending on what time of year you visit Whistler, your one-day, jam-packed itinerary will differ. Being the largest mountain resort in North America, much of the activities throughout the year are nature-oriented.
 
During a winter visit, start off your day with a stop at the charming Crepe Montagne in Whistler Village. You’ll find options like the “Slalom”, which includes one egg, ham or Canadian bacon, three cheeses, fresh tomato and green onions.
 
Fortified for the day, plan to hit the slopes next. You can go back and forth via catwalks or traverses between Whistler and Blackcomb, but you’ll likely stay on one mountain for the day. Skiing and snowboarding can get exhausting, which is why you’ll want to take a midday break for lunch on the mountain. There are several restaurants scattered throughout both Whistler and Blackcomb, so there are plenty to choose from.
 
After wearing yourself out on the mountain, make your way down to the base to take in the après-ski scene. Locals and visitors alike gather at the restaurants and pubs to chow down on some snacks and throwback a few beers (try one by local microbrewery Whistler Brewing Company).
 
Your summer itinerary will be similar, minus the snow sports. Begin by hiking up the mountain for lunch and snap some great pictures from the top. If you’d rather bike, Whistler has some fantastic mountain biking — one of our favorite routes is the trail to Rainbow Lake, which is a lighter version of mountain biking. If you make it to the lake, you can take a dip to cool off.
 
At the end of the day, all year long, you’ll want to head to dinner at Araxi. It’s one of the best restaurants in Whistler — the West Coast-cuisine is fresh and local.

Stéphane Mouttet
  • Stéphane Mouttet

  • Chef Concierge, Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver

  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Pacific Coachline provides a scheduled bus service which departs from many of the local hotels downtown.  The closest departure point for our hotel is within a 5 minute walk from us. The cost for a one way transfer is $35.00 plus tax per adult. This coachline will drop you at many of the main hotels and condos in Whistler Village if requested at the time booking. Go to www.pacificcoach.com for more information and departure times. 

Landsea Tours www.vancouvertours.com. This a scheduled bus tour which departs daily for a full-day excursion to Whistler. It will stop along the sea-to-sky highway to explore many of the gorgeous sights along the highway and then leave you at your leisure in Whistler Village for approximately 3 hours before the return departure.

In the summer months,  I would recommend Whistler Air www.whistlerair.ca which is a scheduled seaplane service departing twice per day from downtown Vancouver.  The cost is $169.00 plus tax per person.

My number one recommendation on getting to Whistler is taking a journey on the Whistler/Rocky Mountaineer! Enjoy breathtaking scenery on this 3-hour train trip between Vancouver and Whistler — through Howe Sound and Cheakamus Canyon, across a trestle bridge, past snow-capped peaks and an extinct volcano. www.rockymountaineer.com

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