A Romantic Whistler Honeymoon | Plan a Perfect Getaway
Whistler is increasingly a world-renowned location for a destination weddings, but it’s also a destination for couples planning their great romantic post-wedding escape. While many conventional couples still plan for a beach-bound honeymoon, you might want to consider other luxury destinations – like Whistler – for your big indulgence. A Whistler honeymoon is like no other experience, with a little something for everyone.
Nestled in between the majestic coastal mountains of British Columbia, Whistler has a lot to offer newlyweds. From romantic five-star meals to scenic landscapes suitable for any adventure, and of course, a host of activities to keep you both entertained. And yes, Whistler is an incredible year-round destination, even if you don’t ski or snowboard. There are plenty of activities, rain, snow, and sun, for the skier and the non-skier alike.
We’ve gleaned some insights from the many newlyweds who have walked through our doors, and we also know a thing or two about this hometown of ours. The snowy peaks, the valley trails, and everything in between. Here’s why a Whistler honeymoon is one for the books.
What Makes Whistler the Perfect Honeymoon Destination
Seriously. The deep dark ancient forests. The crystal clear summer lake days. The snow-capped mountains. You could have a worse backdrop for your honeymoon pics. We doubt you’ll need it, but we’ve got a few suggestions on where to catch a memorable photo on your Whistler honeymoon. But the landscape also makes us the place to be for outdoor adventures. Romantic snowshoe adventures, glorious hikes to the summit, monstrous waterfalls to visit, and apparently the best skiing in the world. Our great Canadian landscape makes Whistler an awe-inspiring place for a romantic getaway.
In a perfect world, you and your partner would love the same sports, with the same intensity, and have the same skill level. In the real world, this isn’t always the case. Maybe you love to ski, and they like to hike. Or your skill set just doesn’t compare to their stamina on the slopes. Whistler, unlike many other mountain towns, caters to both worlds. It has a town filled with non-skiing activities from the extreme (ziplining) to the mellow (spas). Summer and winter, there are more activities for you both to explore than you’ll have time to squeeze in.
Make Whistler your dream honeymoon destination, and plan to sit in the lap of luxury. From the Bearfoot Bistro’s one-of-a-kind Champagne Sabering experience to a couples massage day at the Scandinave Spa to a fully catered heli-ski trip, Whistler knows a thing or two about luxury vacations. Check with your hotel to explore their Whistler honeymoon packages, and see what lavish adventures are in store for you.
Getting to Whistler
There are two recommendations on how to get Whistler, depending on where you are arriving from, the road conditions, and your budget.
Most newlyweds travel to Whistler via the Vancouver International Airport (YVR). It’s only a two-hour trip, and one of the most spectacular scenic drives in the world. Why not rent a car for your adventure, and stop at many of the memorable attractions along the Sea to Sky Highway. Waterfalls, cliff top gondolas, and breweries await you.
From the airport, head north on highway 99. Make sure in the winter months your rental car company knows you are headed to Whistler, as snow tires are legally required.
Maybe you are nervous driving in snow or don’t want to take on any of the stress of highway driving during your honeymoon. There are many, many, options available to get you straight from the airport and deposit you safe and sound in Whistler. Check out Pacific Coach or Epic Rides for a budget-friendly option, or invest in a private shuttle with Benz Whistler or legacy limousine. Depending on service, they can accommodate large luggage (mountain bikes, snow gear) and offer meet and greet service at the airport.
Whistler Hotel Honeymoon Packages
The best news about Whistler accommodations is the sheer variety. If you’ve got an old ski-resort image in your mind, with musty furniture and dark carpets – think again. From the Fairmont to the top-notch Airbnb’s, the competition in this town is fierce, which means the service is out of this world.
Fairmont Gold Package
Price: $349 CAD per room (double occupancy), plus daily resort fee of $15 per room.
If you want to make this honeymoon one for the history books, there is no other accommodation to match the excellence of the Fairmont. All rooms in the Gold Package come with a fireplace, and an opulent jetted tub. Guests get access to premium services through the Gold Lounge including a deluxe continental breakfast, canapes and honour bar, not to mention private check-in and out. Plus, you’ve got an entire team working to make your trip perfect, they’ll arrange all reservations and activities from the moment you step into their hotel.
Nita Lake Rejuvenation Package Plus Breakfast
Price: Starting at $419 CAD, plus $30 for two-breakfasts per night
Nita Lake is the resort you’ve been looking for. Technically, if you never wanted to set foot offsite, you could spend a week relaxing on the lake shore. It has multiple restaurants on site, as well as a full-service spa. In their Rejuvenation Package, they offer accommodation plus two Swedish massages all rolled into one price. Combine with their Bed and Breakfast offer, for two, and you’ll get a gourmet a-la-carte breakfast served as well. Speaking from experience, we absolutely love the staff, service, and experience Nita has to offer.
When to Plan Your Honeymoon in Whistler
Like we said in the beginning, Whistler is a year-round destination. But depending on what you love to do, and how you envision your romantic getaway, you may want to schedule accordingly.
The best time to hit the mountain for skiing and snowboarding in Winter is December, January February. Keep in mind this is always when resort prices are highest, so plan for the shoulder season (early December, end of March, and April) if you want to save some money.
If you plan on hiking, you’ll want to schedule your honeymoon in August and September, when much of the mountain snow has had a chance to melt off.
Are you both mountain bike fanatics? Plan to get here for mid-June to mid-September to take advantage of the long summer days. Bonus points if you schedule your trip to cross paths with the internationally renowned Crankworx festival.
Speaking of festivals, Whistler has a unique global festival just about every single month from January to December. If you both love to tuck into a gourmet meal, check out Cornucopia held every year in November. You might also appreciate fine dining for less during the shoulder season when all the big local restaurants offer three to five-course meals for a fraction of the cost of the high season.
For any LGBTQ couples planning to visit Whistler for their honeymoon, why not attend during the Whistler Pride and Ski Festival held every year in January? Whistler is not only a safe destination for LGBTQ travellers; many hotels and activities specifically cater to the demographic. We welcome one and all!
If you want to get the most of your money, plan to visit Whistler in the shoulder seasons. October to early December in the Fall, and end of March to early June in the summer. Because the mountain activities are in transition during these months – hotels, restaurants, and activities are all offering wicked deals. Eat at the best restaurants, enjoy discounts on spa treatments, and don’t forget about the many Whistler hotel packages. As an example, the price at the Fairmont fluctuates by at least $200 a night between the high and low season.
Top Activities To Hit on Your Whistler Honeymoon
In no particular order, here are some suggestions about what we’d do if we were headed here on our honeymoon. We’ve included a little something for everyone.
- Forged Axe Throwing: Maybe you’ve got a few pent-up emotions left over from your very stressful big day. Maybe you just want to see who will actually be in charge in the relationship from here on out – you know, to help set a precedent for the future. Grab your red plaid shirt, head down to visit us at Forged Axe Throwing, and show your partner what you’ve got by hitting the bullseye in a friendly newlywed competition.
- Day Trip to Pemberton: We’ve written about it extensively here, but a trip to Pemberton is a perfect activity for the adventurous foodies out there. Pemberton is proud of their local produce, and their restaurants show it. Plus, you can hike Joffre lakes and hit up numerous waterfalls throughout the same day.
- Hit the Summit: Even if you don’t love snow sports, it’s worth hitting the summit of Whistler and Blackcomb. Not only can you experience the Peak 2 Peak Gondola, but you can also enjoy fine dining, and explore the trails. In the summer, check out one of the highest suspension bridges in the world, and grab a few photos in front of that epic backdrop. Make a day out of the top mountain!
Top Romantic Ideas for a Whistler Honeymoon
Axe throwing not romantic enough for you? Don’t worry, just because we are usually dressed like lumberjacks doesn’t mean we don’t know how to get fancy. Check out these suggestions for newlywed couples looking to get romantic.
- A Day at the Spa: We’ve said it before, but we’ll say it again – Scandinave Spa is our absolute favourite spa in all of Whistler. Whether you just soak in the quiet and romantic outdoor tubs all day with the one you love or schedule a couples massage, you cannot go wrong with any package they offer.
- Dinner for Two: Even if you are on a budget for your Whistler honeymoon, doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy one special night out. Gourmet restaurants in Whistler are plentiful, but a few big names come to mind which specifically cater to romance. We highly recommend the Rimrock Cafe (Creekside), the Bearfoot Bistro (the Village), and Alta Bistro (Upper Village). All have a uniquely West Coast flare, and world-renowned chefs at the helm.
- Take Flight: Nothing tops off a Whistler honeymoon quite like a tour of the mountains – from a plane. For less than you’d imagine, you can get a 20 to 60-minute flight around the glaciers, crags, and peaks of our local neighbourhood. Harbour Air can even drop you off back in the Harbour of Vancouver if you want!
Whistler is increasingly breaking free of its skier-only, wintertime stereotype. A Whistler honeymoon, any time of year, is one to remember for the rest of your lives. From the top of the mountain to the many excellent dining experiences, and of course, that time you beat your partner at axe throwing – its a honeymoon like no other.