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12 Socially Distant Activities in Whistler

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With COVID-19 still tearing through British Columbia, you may be wondering what there is to do in Whistler these days. Lucky for you, so much of Whistler is still open and operating this year.

What’s more? Beyond just masks and vaccine passports, a lot of the activities in Whistler are naturally socially-distanced or operate on a one-on-one basis. 

If you are planning a BC-based vacation this year, put Whistler on your list.

12 Socially Distant Activities in Whistler

  1. Go Tobogganing

    Kids on sleds in winter

    A perfect activity for the kiddos, tubing!

Tobogganing is a great physically distanced activity, as you stick with your group and purposely try to slide away from other tubers. In Whistler, you can go tubing one of two ways: by visiting the Bubly Tube Park near the Excalibur Gondola or bringing your tube or toboggan and sledding down the man-made piles of snow in the Olympic Village.

If you choose to enjoy the Olympic Village snow, it’s glide at your own risk. At the Bubly Tube Park, you’ll have to fill out a waiver, wear a face covering, and stick with your crew.

  • Open at 10 am to 6 pm on weekends and holidays, and 11 am to 6 pm on weekdays
  • Bubly Tube Park pricing starts at $26

2. Enjoy a Night Walk

Vallea Lumina is one of the most incredible things to do in Whistler. The multimedia wonder walk will bring you on a journey through the forest guided by lights, enchanting sounds, and brilliant projections. 

It’s great during COVID-19, as they have limited timed spots for entry and encourage physical distancing as well as mask-wearing.

  • Open daily through April
  • Tickets start at $29.99

3. Face Your Fears by Bungee Jumping

While we’d typically advise against following your friends off bridges, we’re making an exception for Whistler Bungee. Bring along your best adrenaline junkie friends and hop off a bridge 300 feet above Whistler’s gorgeous glacier-fed Cheakamus River. 

If you’re too scared to go alone, don’t worry, you can jump in pairs. It’s a great activity during COVID-19 because you can still get a rush of adrenaline without having to be in closed quarters. You don’t even have to wear a mask. 

  • Open daily, rain or shine 
  • Tickets cost $130 per person

4. Zip Through the Trees with Superfly Ziplines

Superfly zip line tours

Speed demons need only apply to a zip line tour of whistler

Swing through the air with Whistler’s prettiest zipline. Located at the top of Cougar Mountain, Superfly Ziplines allows you and your buddies to explore a vast network of trails and boardwalks as well as several ziplines through the trees. 

The activity is for those aged seven and up. Guests can choose to zipline side by side or alone. Either way, the activity causes you to physically distance. 

  • Open daily at 9 am and 12 pm
  • Tickets start at $124.99 

5. Relax at the Scandinave Spa

The Scandinave Spa is one of the most popular spots in Whistler for an apres-adventure dip. Hot tubs, cold plunges, saunas, steam rooms, and relaxation rooms are thoughtfully spread over multiple levels and surrounded by dense forest and towering mountains. 

In addition, Scandinave is a silent spa, which means you get the chance to truly switch off and enjoy the solitude and serenity of the mountains. Guests will need to present proof of vaccination as well as matching government-issued ID with their photo by order of the Provincial Health Officer.

  • Open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am to 9 pm
  • Bath pricing starts at $90 per day 

6. Enjoy the View at The Spa at Nita Lake Lodge

The Nita Lake Lodge is perched on the shore of Nita Lake, tucked away in a quiet corner of Creekside. Away from the bustle of the village, Nita Lake’s rooftop hot tub offers peace, quiet, and great people-watching. 

You’ll get a fantastic view of Whistler Mountain from one of their two rooftop hot tubs. Guests will need to wear face masks as well as show a valid proof of vaccination. 

  • Open Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 6 pm, and Friday through Sunday from 9 am to 7:30 pm
  • Pricing varies by treatment

7. Taste Premium Vodka at the Ketel One Ice Room

The Ketel One Ice Room is the coldest vodka tasting room in the world. The room is chilled to -32C and offers an opportunity to sample a diverse selection of premium vodkas from around the world. You’ll learn how the grain, distillation, and filtration processes combine to make each product unique. 

Reservations are recommended, as groups have limited capacity due to COVID-19 protocols. 

  • Open daily with reservations available up to three weeks in advance 
  • Costs $52 per person 

8. Challenge Your Friends to Axe Throwing

Two people getting ready to throw axes

Challenge your friends and family to head-to-head competition.

Here at Forged, we know a thing or two about axe throwing. Perfect for a date night, a family, or your household bubble, we’re sure you’ll have a blast tossing axes and feeling like a lumberjack for the day. 

Current COVID-19 protocols require groups to wear masks and be no more than six people per party. 

  • Open daily
  • Pricing starts at $37.99

9. Shop Until You Drop 

Whether you’re looking for the latest from Lululemon or would rather spend your money locally at 3 Singing Birds, Whistler village has it all. The pedestrian-only stroll is outfitted with dozens of stores, most of which are dog-friendly and air-conditioned. 

No matter which store you decide to visit, you’ll have to keep your mask on.

10. Enjoy a Fine Dining Experience at Araxi Restaurant and Oyster Bar

If you’ve watched Hell’s Kitchen, you know how much praise Gordon Ramsay has given Araxi. If you haven’t watched Hell’s Kitchen, take our word for it and treat yourself to a fancy meal at Executive Chef James Walt’s seasonally-focused restaurant. 

The restaurant is currently only seating groups up to six with proof of COVID-19 vaccination and valid photo ID. 

  • Open daily, reservations are recommended
  • Expect fine dining pricing

12. Grab a Pint at Coast Mountain Brewing

There’s no better way to end the day than with a cold pint. Coast Mountain Brewing’s tasting room is open late and features an ever-changing lineup of beers. We suggest grabbing a flight in order to maximise the experience. 

Coast Mountain Brewing is currently only allowing those with proof of vaccination and valid photo ID to sit indoors and on the covered outdoor patio. Masks must be worn while you’re ordering and walking around. 

  • Open daily 
  • Expect typical brewery pricing

So Is it Worth Coming to Whistler During COVID-19? 

100 percent yes.

Sure, COVID-19 has changed some of Whistler’s ways (as in, we aren’t party-central for the time being) but we’ve adapted. Whistler definitely still knows how to have fun. There are plenty of activities to enjoy, in a safe and socially distanced manner —indoors, outdoors, rain or shine.