Last August myself and my husband visited Whistler, British Columbia prior to an Alaskan Cruise. Whistler is one of the most gorgeous places we have been to. We were there for two nights and we hope one day to return to ski the mountain. The weather was perfect while we was there and we felt like we had the perfect mix of relaxation and adventure!
We stayed at the Whistler Creekside Village, myself and my husband shared a room with our friends who were travelling with us. The room had a shared common space, kitchen and balcony and each bedroom had its own washroom. The hotel was nestled right next to the mountains, ski lifts and it had a lovely pool and hot tub area. There are tons of amenities around including a Starbucks, restaurants and a grocery store. I highly recommend it!
View from our balcony
We visited Whistler Olympic Village while there. The Olympics took place in Vancouver in 2010 and many of the events were in Whistler. I would recommend taking a couple hours and spending some time strolling through the Village. There are lots of shops, restaurants, bars and a giant park there.
Peak to Peak
The other major thing we did in Whistler was the Peak to Peak experience. It was one of our top travel experiences for sure. There are lots of ways to do peak to peak but the route we took was to start at the gondola on the bottom of Whistler which was enclosed and then took the next gondola to the summit of Whistler which was open air.
I should mention that the second gondola to the summit is not for the faint of heart. It is REALLY high and there is just a bar across your lap. I am not afraid of heights but even I was a little terrified. I wouldn’t take out my phone or camera at this point and just held on to the bar for dear life. haha But the view at the top was totally worth it, I’ve never seen anything like it in my life.
Once we had spent some time at the summit we opted to walk down to the entrance of the Peak to Peak gondola. I would recommend walking as you get to experience the gorgeous views and landscapes on the way down. It is about a 45 minute walk all downhill. It’s not a super strenuous walk but it is all downhill so you should have good sneakers or hiking boots on. The other option would be to take the gondola down.
The peak to peak gondola is the longest unsupported gondola in the world at 3.024 kilometres or 1.88 miles, that is a long way with no support! You can take a regular car or glass bottomed but the wait is significantly longer for the glass bottom so we opted for a regular car and it was fine. The views are amazing!
Peak to Peak takes you over to Blackcomb mountain. We had lunch at the top of Blackcomb and then took the Gondola back down. Both mountains can be a little cool on top (they still have snow on them even in August!) so be sure to bring a light sweater. You could spend the entire day here hiking if you wanted. If I were to go back I would definitely bring my hiking boots and check out some of the trails. We really enjoyed our time on both mountains, the views are just incredible.
Myself and the hubby on Peak to Peak
Whistler is an amazing little town. We were there for two nights so we squeezed in what we could, however, there are tons of things to do and see there so I’d love to head back and experience more of it.
Have you visited Whistler, what was your favourite thing to do? Post in the comments!