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The Best Places to Visit in Whistler (with Big Groups)

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Whistler was made for group travel, whether you’re visiting for a family reunion, school trip, corporate retreat, or conference, there’s plenty of places to visit in Whistler if your crew is large. The key is planning ahead to ensure the availability of all activities, restaurants, and accommodations but there is plenty to do that is still free or requires little planning. Come discover why Whistler is well-loved by groups of all sizes who come back year after year. 

5 Must-See Places in Whistler

  1. Brandywine Falls

Before you reach the town of Whistler, stop in at Brandywine Falls Provincial Park for a quick hike, picnic, and waterfall viewing opportunities. The water seems to appear out of nowhere from the forest as it plunges 230 feet (70 meters) into the river below. The falls are best seen from the viewing platform perched high on the edge of a volcanic escarpment and provide views of Daisy Lake and the surrounding mountains. 

  • Location: 18km south of Whistler
  • Season: Summer & Fall
  • Length of Time: 1-2 hours
  • Price: Free

2. Train Wreck

Whistler Train Wreck

A local secret no-more, the Whistler Train Wreck hike is a perfect day activity

One of Whistler’s most unique attractions, the Train Wreck hike takes you to the edge of the Cheakamus River where train cars have been scattered in the forest from a derailment back in 1956. Since then, artists have decorated the train cars creating an unexpected pop of colour in the forest. A new suspension bridge has been installed over the Cheakamus River make it an easy hike that’s perfect to visit year-round.

  • Location: Cheakamus Crossing
  • Season: Year-Round
  • Length of Time: 1-2 hours
  • Price: Fre

3. Ancient Cedars Trail

Visit some of Whistler’s oldest residents along this newly revitalized trail a few kilometre’s drive from Whistler Village, the Ancient Cedars Trail. Allow about three hours for the five-kilometre round trip journey where you’ll be walking amongst giant trees over nine hundred years old. The road to the trailhead is a bit bumpy, but well marked and mellow once you get there. 

  • Location: 10km north of Whistler
  • Season: Year-Round
  • Length of Time: 1-2 hours
  • Price: Free

4. Whistler’s Lakes

Whistler boasts five beautiful freshwater lakes that are perfect for picnics, swimming and water sports in the summertime, and for strolling in the wintertime. Alpha, Nita, Alta, Green, and Lost Lakes are all a quick walk, bike ride, or drive away from Whistler Village and offer fantastic photo opportunities, top-notch facilities, and fun for your whole group.

  • Location: all throughout Whistler
  • Season: Year-Round
  • Length of Time: from 5 minutes to all-day
  • Price: Free

5. Peak of Whistler

For the best views in Whistler, head to the peak. With your Peak 2 Peak 360 Experience pass (or winter ski lift ticket), jump on the Peak Express Chairlift and be taken to the top of Whistler Mountain for views over the resort, looking out to the infamous Black Tusk and beyond.

In the summer you can also experience the Cloudraker Skybridge before taking the chairlift back to the bottom or opting to hike down. Skiers can choose from many runs coming off the chairlift ranging from blue (intermediate) to black (advanced), or even double-black should you dare.

  • Location: Whistler Mountain
  • Season: Year-Round
  • Length of Time: 
  • Price: with the price of your ski lift ticket or purchase Peak 2 Peak 360 Experience ($70+)

5 Must-See Photo Ops in Whistler

  1. Peak 2 Peak Gondola

The world record-breaking Peak 2 Peak Gondola is the pride of Whistler Blackcomb and a reason to visit for many. Accessible in both the summer and winter, the Peak 2 Peak Gondola is the world’s longest unsupported span for a lift of its kind and the world’s longest continuous lift system. Experience fantastic views of the valley and village, but if you’re afraid of heights – don’t look down!

  • Location: Connecting the Whistler & Blackcomb Mountains
  • Season: Year-Round
  • Length of Time: 2-3 Hours
  • Price: with the price of your ski lift ticket or purchase Peak 2 Peak 360 Experience ($70+)

2. Olympic Rings

Whistler hosted the Winter Olympic Games back in 2010 but its legacy lives on throughout Whistler. Olympic Rings can be found in Whistler Village’s Olympic Plaza for those strolling through the village, or can also be found at the top of the Whistler Village Gondola, on the Dave Murray Downhill run in Creekside, or at the Whistler Olympic Park in Callaghan Valley.

  • Location: Olympic Plaza, Whistler Village
  • Season: Year-Round
  • Length of Time: 15 minutes
  • Price: Free

3. Inukshuks

An inukshuk, a man made stone landmark built by the Inuit people, marks the entrance to Whistler Village showcasing Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains behind it. This is one of many Inukshuks in Whistler, as you can also find one at the peak of Whistler, along Harmony Ridge on Whistler Mountain, and behind the Roundhouse. 

  • Location: entrance to Whistler on Village Gate Boulevard
  • Season: Year-Round
  • Length of Time: 15 minutes
  • Price: Free

4. Cloudraker Suspension Bridge

At the peak of Whistler, guests can feel the adrenaline by walking across the Cloudraker Skybridge – a suspension bridge dangling high above the resort below. It is only open during the summer and is accessible via the Whistler Village Gondola then up the Peak Express Chair. 

Witness amazing views of the resort and town below on one of the highest elevation suspension bridges in the world (7,200 feet above sea level). This is one of the most sought after places to visit in Whistler.

  • Location: top of Whistler Peak
  • Season: Summer (July – September)
  • Length of Time: 2 Hours
  • Price: Peak 2 Peak 360 Ticket (from $70)

5. From the Skies!

Arguably the best views of Whistler come from above – in a floatplane or a helicopter. In the summer, Whistler Air offers floatplane tours that fly you over Whistler Village, WhistlerBlackcomb Resort, into Garibaldi Provincial Park, and back to Green Lake. 

Blackcomb Helicopters offers sightseeing tours year-round along a similar route but with the helicopter, they’re able to get closer to features and even land on glaciers. It’s a great way to get an overview of Whistler and it’s surrounding areas and you’ll get incredible photos to boot!

  • Location: high in the sky
  • Season: Summer (floatplane), Year-Round (Helicopter)
  • Length of Time: less than one hour
  • Price: from $125

5 Must-Do Adventures in Whistler

  1. Axe Throwing

    A group of people posing for a picture during the axe throwing league

    Big groups always welcomed !

Taking your group axe throwing is a great way to loosen up and enjoy some friendly competition with coworkers. Enthusiastic axe throwing hosts will teach your crew how to properly handle and throw the axes before settling into fun challenges and games. 

Forged Axe Throwing has ten lanes and the space is perfect no matter the weather – you’re protected from the elements indoors but on sunny days, they can roll up the garage door. From small groups to venue buyouts for up to one hundred and ten players, axe throwing is definitely one of the best Whistler team building activities. 

  • Location: Function Junction
  • Season: Year-Round
  • Length of Time: 1 Hour
  • Price: from $37.99

2. Ziplining

Soar through the air on four side-by-side ziplines located in the stunning mountain wilderness of Cougar Mountain. It’s always fun to encourage members of the group to take the plunge and take off into the abyss. Boardwalks and platforms make up the space between the ziplines where guides educate guests about the environment around them and camaraderie ensues in anticipation of the next line. 

Tours run every thirty minutes and are limited to sixteen people per tour, and larger groups can go one after another. They run in the summer and in the winter and run rain, snow, or shine. Smiles, high fives, and team building are guaranteed!

  • Location: 10km north of Whistler
  • Season: Year-Round
  • Length of Time: 3 Hours
  • Price: from $129

3. Snowmobiling (winter) & RZR (summer)

Take to the backcountry trails of Cougar Mountain on powerful Polaris RZR offroad buggies in the summer and fall, and on snowmobiles once the snow falls in winter. Skilled guides will lead the tour throughout their vast tenue which includes old-growth forests, lakes, and epic viewpoints. 

RZR tours have two-seater and four-seater options, with the option to swap out drivers once while on tour. Snowmobile tours have the option to drive solo or to have a driver and passenger on board. Tours run rain, snow, or shine and transportation is provided from Whistler Village and back again. 

  • Location: 10km north of Whistler
  • Season: Snowmobiling (Dec-April) RZR (April-November)
  • Length of Time: 2-3 Hours
  • Price: from $189

4. Bungee Jumping

Thrill-seekers will love jumping 160ft (50 meters) over the glacial-fed Cheakamus River with Whistler Bungee. Surrounded by old-growth forest and basalt column cliffs you’ll see why Whistler Bungee is one of the most scenic bungee locations in the world.

  • Location: 20km south of Whistler
  • Season: Year-Round
  • Length of Time: 1 Hour
  • Price: $14

5. Whistler Sliding Centre

In the winter or the summer, be an Olympian for the day and give bobsledding at the Whistler Sliding Centre a try! Hop into a four-person bobsled steered by a trained pilot and take an adrenaline-fuelled ride down the world’s fastest track.

If ten twists and turns at 125 kilometres an hour don’t get your heart racing, the acceleration of up to four G forces surely will! The experience of travelling along the same tracks that Olympic athletes competed on nine years ago make the Sliding Centre one of the top places to visit in Whistler.

  • Location: 4910 Glacier Lane (between Whistler & Blackcomb Mountains)
  • Season: Year-Round (on ice in winter, on wheels in summer)
  • Length of Time: 1-2 hours
  • Price: from $189

5 Must-Do Attractions in Whistler

  1. Whistler Tasting Tours

Looking to try all the best restaurants in Whistler, but don’t want to call and make reservations? Whistler Tasting Tours is the perfect option for groups wanting a fun and interactive tour that takes them to multiple restaurants in one night where they will sample one course at each. 

Choose from a dessert tour, lunch tour, Hidden Gems tour, and Finer Things Dinner tour. You can also purchase wine pairings and they are more than happy to work with groups of all sizes to come up with custom tours. 

  • Location: restaurants throughout Whistler Village
  • Season: Year-Round
  • Length of Time: 3-4 hours
  • Price: from $85

2. Scandinave Spa

A group enjoying sunshine outside scandinave Whistler

Winter or Summer, enjoy the outdoor experience at the best spa in Whistler

Relax and recover after a weekend of fun in Whistler at the adult’s only Scandinave Spa. Spend a few hours at the spa to enjoy massages and/or baths access in total silence at one of the most beautiful outdoor spas in the world. Saunas, steam rooms, hot pools, cold plunges, hammocks, and relaxation rooms will have you feeling blissed out and revitalized for more adventures.

  • Location: 3km north of Whistler Village
  • Season: Year-Round
  • Length of Time: 2-3 Hours
  • Price: from $85

3. Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre in Whistler is a beautiful space that contains cultural exhibits that share the history of the Squamish and Lil’wat First Nations people. Guided or self-guided tours that share their culture and traditions with visitors through song, weaving, woodwork, and story. Definitely put this on your list of places to visit in Whistler during your group trip.

  • Location: Blackcomb Way in the Upper Village
  • Season: Year-Round
  • Length of Time: 1-2 Hours
  • Price: from $18

4. Audain Art Museum

Since it’s opening in 2016, the Audain Art Museum is a hub for creative works, stunning exhibitions, and community events. Housed within a work of art itself – with huge glass windows, unique angles, and wooden features – visitors can enjoy viewing the last exhibition, their permanent collection which includes the largest collection of First Nations marks, participating in an art or yoga class, or browse the gift shop. 

  • Location: between Lot 3 & 4 in Whistler Village
  • Season: Year-Round
  • Length of Time: 1-2 Hours
  • Price: from $18

5. Vallea Lumina

Discover one of Whistler’s newest attractions – Vallea Lumina, a multimedia night walk in search of hidden wonders. Beginning in Whistler Village, a bus picks you up and takes you to the mystical world where you spend about an hour walking through the forest amongst lights, interactive displays, and song. You’ll feel like you’ve landed on another planet – it’s a truly magical experience for adults and kids alike and runs for most of the year (with a brief hiatus to change from summer to winter and vice versa). 

  • Location: 10km north of Whistler
  • Season: November – April (winter), May – October (summer)
  • Length of Time: 1-2 hours
  • Price: from $29.99

More Places to Visit in Whistler Than You Can Count

There’s something for everyone and every price range in Whistler. With so many free places to visit in Whistler, paired with tours that offer excellent value and close proximity to Vancouver, it’s a no-brainer to bring your group here. Everyone will be stoked at the abundance of things to do, sights to see, and restaurants to choose from making it a winning choice for travel with big groups.