Whistler is an hour and a half north of Vancouver, surrounded by towering mountain peaks, crystal clear lakes, and lush coniferous mixed forests. Although it has been a popular tourism destination it is largely associated with the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, where it hosted eight different events. There is no bad time to visit Whistler; rain, snow, cloud, or sun there’s always somewhere to go and something to do in this beautiful town.
There are several hostels in Whistler that are perfect for getting out an embracing one of the most accessible and breath-taking landscapes in the world. Each hostel is near gorgeous walking trails, roaring creeks, and tranquil mountain lakes. You’ll also find that Whistler hostels are thoughtfully decorated while maintaining their authentic, mountain vibe.
Staying close to Whistler Village will ensure you’re right in the action, with access to more restaurants, shops, and events than you’ll know what to do with. If you want a bit more space, staying Creekside is another great option. It has all the amenities you need and is a little bit off the beaten track, yet still has lift access to Whistler Mountain and is just a short drive down the road to Whistler Village.
There is a lot to do in Whistler, no matter what the season. Exploring Whistler Village is a must, the promenade through the many shops and restaurants is always bursting with life. There are also lovely walking trails along Fitzsimmons Creek, which rests in between Whistler and Blackcomb. In the winter, Whistler is home to world famous skiing; and in the summer, it has equally as famous mountain biking and hiking. Lost Lake is a favourite spot among locals to go for a swim on a hot summer day (follow the path around the East side of the lake to sit on the dock). Another popular summer activity is playing through the Whistler Frisbee golf course; you can buy Frisbee in Whistler Village, but be warned, you’ll probably spend some time struggling through the woods to find your disc! For some sightseeing, explore the numerous hiking trails on the ski hill; or take the Peak 2 Peak Gondola (only if you aren’t afraid of heights!). Whatever you’re into, Whistler has got you covered.
The best way to get around Whistler in the summer is by bike or on foot because you get to enjoy Whistler’s amazing pathway network while also avoiding having to find parking. Alternatively, Whistler has a bus network that can get you anywhere you want to go during both summer and winter. If you have a car, you’ll find that parking can be difficult to find during peak tourism season, but it will also give you the flexibility to venture off into the less travelled parts of Whistler.