20 Photos to Convince You to Visit Whistler
Chances are you’ve already done a little bit of research into visiting Whistler. Maybe you’ve heard that it’s a world-class ski resort, the home of downhill mountain biking, and one of the most popular destinations in Canada. And you might already be working on a Whistler bucket list. But have you seen it for yourself?
It’s hard to describe how special Whistler is with words alone. So instead, we’ve chosen 20 pictures of Whistler that capture its natural beauty, adventurous spirit, and true magic. If you aren’t already convinced to visit Whistler, well, you’re about to be.
Pow Days Are Our Happy Place
For those who like it steep and deep, this is probably the only picture of Whistler you need to see before you book your flight. With an average of 11.6m of snow every winter, there’s no shortage of powder days in Whistler. So wax your board, warm up your legs and set your alarm for a 5am wake-up call. Trust us, it will all be worth it when you hit the fresh stuff.
Spring + Skiing = Good Times
Blessed with one of the longest ski seasons in North America, Whistler Blackcomb does skiing for every season. If you’re up for trying some new tricks (and getting few new bruises), the terrain parks in Whistler are next to none. Of course, it’s mandatory to ride in plaid shirt and sunnies once spring arrives, so pack your bags accordingly.
A Record-Breaking Ride
The Peak 2 Peak Gondola broke plenty of records when it opened in 2008. It’s the highest gondola in the world, with the longest unsupported span (a whopping 3km). And it continues to enchant visitors from all over the world, whether you’re skiing, hiking, or sightseeing. The views from 400m above the valley floor are spectacular – if you dare look down!
Black Tusk – Whistler’s Best Looking Mountain
It’s the most instantly recognizable Whistler landmark, and boy, isn’t she beautiful. You’ll spy the unmistakable Black Tusk from the Sea to Sky highway long before you reach Whistler. But the best view has to be from the top of the Peak chairlift on Whistler mountain, where this snap was taken. Take a ride and see for yourself.
Get Off the Beaten Track
Good friends, great snow, and these bad boys always make for an unforgettable day out. Whether you’re a seasoned snowmobile pro or a total beginner, exploring the Whistler backcountry by sled is a must-do experience in Whistler. The pictures don’t quite do justice to the sheer scale of the untouched wilderness out here. You’ll have to discover it for yourself.
Fresh Turns for Days
Okay, we’ll stop showing off about how great winter is here soon. But seriously, just look at it! Whistler Blackcomb is the biggest ski resort in North America, and it shows. With over 8,000 acres of skiable terrain, it’s impossible to get bored here, even years after you arrive. And we never get bored of taking photos like these either. Really, how could you?
The View from the Sky
You can snap envy-inducing pictures of Whistler from countless spots. But nothing matches up to the birds-eye view you get to enjoy on a helicopter tour. You really can get up close and personal with an ancient glacier, before swooping over frozen lakes, pristine snowfields and over the top of the Peak 2 Peak gondola. Are we bragging yet?!
Meet the Neighbours
Oh hey there, little guy! There’s tons of fascinating wildlife in Whistler, but let’s be honest, nothing beats seeing a bear in real life. In spring and fall, you can spy these cute creatures all through the village and on the mountains. But remember, if you are lucky enough to see a bear, keep your distance and give them plenty of space.
Whistler Bike Park – Photos or it Didn’t Happen
Whistler isn’t just for winter. When the snow melts, a curious species come out of hibernation: the mountain bikers. They like to fly high, fast, and loose and can be found charging through the trails of the Whistler Bike Park from May onwards. Come and give Whistler’s second favourite sport a go – it’s almost as fun as skiing and a serious adrenaline rush.
We Can’t Resist…One More Whistler Bike Park Photo
We couldn’t resist, this one is so cool! Check out that view of Alta Lake from the Bike Park. There are big features like this a-plenty in Whistler. But there’s also cruisy beginner trails, flowing singletrack, and technical rock faces to explore on two wheels. Just remember to take a second to look around and enjoy the view.
Trail Days Make Us Smile
Biking in Whistler isn’t just about the downhill. Plenty of people choose to earn their turns on the enormous network of singletrack biking trails surrounding Whistler. Cruising through old growth forest like this, or working up a sweat climbing Rainbow Mountain, you’ll immerse yourself in the unique Whistler landscape – and you may well never want to leave.
Docks and Dogs – A Winning Team
We didn’t just want to include a cute dog. Okay, maybe we did a little bit. But take a second to appreciate the beautiful view behind the very good boy in this photo. Whistler is full of serene spots like this where you can sit back and savour the scenery. Bring a good book and while away an afternoon on the docks. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Up in the Alpine
There’s that beautiful Black Tusk again – and it’s just as iconic in summer. Whistler has world-class hiking trails that are ready for you to explore. From wildflower meadows to hidden alpine lakes, there’s something incredible around every corner. Bring your best friend, a picnic, and your camera, and remember to take time to savour these views.
The True Local Culture
Long, long before it was a ski town, Whistler was home to the Indigenous people of this land: the Squamish and Lil’wat nations. And their culture and history are celebrated at the iconic Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, one of the most beautiful buildings in Whistler. Stop by to learn more about these fascinating cultures, and even enjoy a traditional feast.
The Ultimate Multi-Sport Day
The multi-sport day is a quintessential Whistler experience. For a few short weeks, you can ski, bike, hike, swim, golf, paddleboard, and do any other sport you can think of, all on the same day. This guy seems to be taking it to the extreme – and we can’t deny we’re pretty impressed!
Make Like a Lumberjack
Friendly faces – check. Plaid shirts – check. An adorable doggo – check. It can only be your average afternoon at Forged Axe Throwing. It’s a crime to visit Whistler without stopping by to learn the most Canadian sport you can – axe throwing. You’ll have heaps of fun, throw heaps of axes, and come away feeling 100% more Canadian. You can thank us later.
Sleep Under the Stars
Have you ever woken up in a better spot than this? We’re not sure we have. Luckily there’s plenty of incredible campsites to choose from in Whistler, including remarkable backcountry spots like this one. There’s nothing like slowing down, keeping it simple, and spending some time in nature to revive your soul.
Do Go Chasing Waterfalls
We can never get enough of the waterfalls around Whistler. Pictures don’t really do them justice. In real life, they’re bigger, wilder, and more impressive than you can imagine. And there’s plenty to go around. This picture is from Nairn Falls near Pemberton, but there are beautiful waterfalls dotted throughout the Whistler valley – so go and find them for yourself!
If you like to live life in the fast lane, there’s nothing like taking one of these awesome machines for a spin in the backcountry. With an experienced local guide and the whole valley to explore, you’re in for a great day. The formula is simple: drive fast, get dirty, repeat until you’re grinning from ear to ear.
We’re good at adventure in Whistler. But we’re also great at relaxing. The number of spas in Whistler should be a clue. Who could resist a leisurely dip in this gorgeous hot tub after a long day on the slopes? And the best thing is, you’ll really feel like you’ve earned it after all that exhausting adventure.
Whistler in 20 Pictures: Convinced Yet?!
Wow – that was a whistlestop tour of just some of the reasons you should come and visit us in Whistler. There’s plenty more where that came from. This place is an endless source of awe-inspiring vistas and envy-inducing photos. We’re sorry if you end up spending your rainy-day fund on a flight to Whistler today. But believe us, it’s going to be worth it!