Labour Day Weekend in Whistler 2024
After a summer packed with biking, hiking, lake days, and every other outdoor activity in Whistler, the Labour Day long weekend is the perfect last hoorah for summer.
The atmosphere and outdoor activities are favourites amongst families—conditions are perfect in the Whistler Bike Park, and the free buses make it easy for everyone to get around.
So what else makes the Labour Day long weekend different from any other weekend in Whistler?
What To Expect in Whistler on Labour Day Weekend?
Whistler attracts people from all over the globe year-round. However, the Labour Day Weekend attracts more Canadians than usual.
This is because it’s a Canadian national holiday. Still, it’s also because the activities are perfect for families visiting Whistler from Vancouver, looking for their last getaway before winter sets in.
Crowds over this weekend are not as bad as you might experience during other weekends of the summer in Whistler. International travellers are not as expected during this time of year, making it perfect for locals and domestic travellers.
That said, you will still need to plan for your dining in advance. Restaurants are packed over the long weekend, so be prepared. Reserve your table as soon as possible.
The weather can be hit and miss during this time of year. Sometimes you will be graced by the last of the summer’s sunshine and need to slap on some sunscreen.
September can also mean the weather is cooling down, and rain can fall for the weekend. Luckily, though, we never let the weather rain on our parade in BC, and we still celebrate.
What To Do In Whistler for Labour Day Weekend 2024:
Over the weekend, there are plenty of events and activities that will keep you busy. Your only limit is how much time you have in a day.
On Friday night Alta Bistro and the Audain Art Museum are showcasing the excellence of British Columbia through food and art.
Enjoy a fantastic personal art tour paired with a four-course, outdoor dining experience centred around seasonal, local ingredients themed to the best tastes of BC.
Tickets are $99 per person, and there’s an option to add a wine pairing for an additional $49 per person. Beer and cocktails can be prepaid or take advantage of the on-site bar.
Hosted by the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (SLCC), the carving of the Community Reconciliation Canoe is a unique cultural experience.
Watch as Master Carver, Chief Ray Natraoro of the Squamish Nation and his team carve the Community Reconciliation Canoe in front of you.
Guests will be welcomed by a drum song, hear stories of historic canoes from the past, and have the opportunity to help carve the canoe.
The tour runs at 11 am and 3 pm each day of the weekend and is included in regular admission, which costs $20 for adults, $7 for children between 6 and 18 years old, and those under five are free.
The Mountain Top Summer Feast is more than just eating food 1,800 metres (6,000 feet) above sea level. It is an experience that contains live music, mouthwatering meals, and incredible views.
Located in the Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler Mountain, the feast offers hearty mains such as barbecue chicken, slow-cooked beef, and fresh salmon, as well as fresh salads and delicious desserts.
There’s also a children’s section and plenty of sides that cater to non-meat eaters.
Tickets include admission to the feast and a Peak 2 Peak Alpine Experience pass. They cost $125 for adults and $110 for 65+ and those between 13 and 18. Children between 7 and 12 are $60, while ages six and under are free.
A favourite weekend event for locals and visitors alike, the Whistler Farmers Market showcases impressive products from the Sea to Sky Region.
Free to roam through and located on the Upper Village Stroll, market stalls include food, art, clothing, fresh agriculture, and many cute nick-nacks.
The markets usually only run on Sundays every week; however, to celebrate the Labour Day long weekend, they will run on Saturday and Sunday.
Stalls will be open between 11 am and 4 pm. However, we recommend getting there as soon as possible if you want to taste some delicious treats, as they sell out quickly.
No matter if it is rain, hail, or shine, you’ll find Whistler locals and visitors from around the world on the back porch at The Point Artist-Run Centre for live music.
Enjoy the show and stay for a drink at the bar while enjoying the best views of the lakeside scenery.
The show runs from 3 – 6 pm, and tickets are $15 per person and must be purchased in advance. If you want to enjoy a drink, bring cash as it is a cash bar.
How To Escape the Crowds: Outdoor Adventures
If you want to avoid crowds over the long weekend, here are a few activities to help you enjoy some quiet time.
If you want to escape the Whistler crowds and get some locally grown veg you need to check out North Arm Farm.
The 60-acre, family-owned working farm in Pemberton has a large selection of strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries available for you to pick.
You can also look at all the farm animals, enjoy the farm’s on-site cafe, and get one of the most outstanding photos of Mount Currie.
The hikes in Whistler are a fantastic way to get out and escape the crowds while still enjoying an iconic local activity.
Hikes such as the Cheakamus Suspension Bridge, Trainwreck ,or Rainbow Loop are short but rewarding and suitable for families.
There are more strenuous and challenging hikes available at this time, too. Ensure you keep your eye on the weather as it can be very wet.
As it is a long weekend, the Whistler Bike Park will be very busy. But that’s okay because some of the best mountain biking in Whistler is outside the park.
Reward yourself with an epic down trail when you make an effort to pedal your way to the top of it. Whistler has over 300 trails on offer, and they are all world-class.
If you want to escape even further out, Pemberton is known for its steep and fast bike trails. In the summer, they are incredibly dusty and dry, which means that in the wetter months, they’re perfect.
Make the Labour Day Long Weekend in Whistler Unforgettable
There are so many choices for what you can do in Whistler during the Labour Day weekend. The only limit is how much time you can spend in Whistler.
The weather can play a big part in what you choose to do over the long weekend. Luckily, there are so many options that you will have a fantastic Whistler experience even if it’s raining.