Destination guide

See the best of Whistler from your vacation rental

Whether the snow is falling, or the sun is shining, you'll find plenty of fun on tap in the quaint mountain village of Whistler. In the winter, thrill seekers flock to the region for its bustling ski resort, where you can ski, snowboard, snowshoe, toboggan, and ski jump. There's no shortage of fun once the snow melts, either – warm weather brings excellent opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, golfing, and ziplining, as well as thawed lakes for swimming, boating, and fishing. You'll find scores of vacation rentals, lodges, cabins, and resort hotels sprinkled throughout the area, catering to everyone from solo travellers and large groups, to couples and families.

History

Trade in your ski lesson for a history lesson with a visit to the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre, which honours the region's First Nations tribe. Exhibits celebrate tribal ancestors as they showcase traditional clothing, artwork, and tools used by previous generations. Nearby, the Audain Art Museum also explores the past by highlighting works by local artists, including 19th-century paintings, sculptures, and masks. If you're looking for a general overview of the village's history and culture, the Whistler Museum is the place to be. The museum takes visitors through a timeline of Whistler by using historic photos, multimedia presentations, and interactive displays.

Activities

Sightseeing in and around Whistler

Do you want to discover things to do during your stay? Travelers enjoy Whistler for its skiing, biking and snowboarding. Venture out of your vacation home and check out everything that Whistler has to offer. Here are some of the top attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort (0.1 mi / 0.1 km)
  • Whistler Village Gondola (0.1 mi / 0.1 km)
  • Blackcomb Excalibur Gondola (0.1 mi / 0.1 km)
  • Whistler Core Climbing and Fitness Centre (0.1 mi / 0.2 km)
  • Whistler Golf Club (0.2 mi / 0.4 km)
  • Family Adventure Zone (0.3 mi / 0.4 km)
Weather

Seasonal weather averages in Whistler

Whistler is well known for its skiing. If you've planned your trip around snowy activities, consider visiting in February, March, January or April, when snowfall averages 86.03 inches and temperatures average 18°F.

Natural features

Exploring the mountains and other natural features in Whistler

Whether you're looking for exciting outdoor activities or just want to appreciate the scenery, Whistler is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. These are a few of the area's most enchanting natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Rainbow Trail (1.8 mi / 2.9 km)
  • Nita Lake (2.1 mi / 3.3 km)
  • Alpha Lake Park (2.3 mi / 3.8 km)
  • Whistler Mountain (3.8 mi / 6.1 km)
  • Blackcomb Peak (5.2 mi / 8.4 km)
  • Whistler Olympic Park (7.3 mi / 11.7 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around Whistler

If you'd prefer to travel by train, you can make your way to Whistler Station.

How to get around

Getting around Whistler from your vacation rental

When you're in the heart of Whistler, you don't need a car, particularly since the pedestrian-only Village Stroll connects the town's numerous bars, restaurants, and hotels with the resort's ski lifts. If you prefer to travel on 2 wheels, Whistler's Valley Trail provides more than 40 km for cycling, skating, and rollerblading. There's also plenty of public transportation options on hand, including buses that run to neighbouring communities and free shuttles that travel throughout the village. A fleet of taxis also scuttle across town, with many vehicles equipped to carry skis, snowboards, and golf gear.

Food & drink 

It's fresh – winding through Whistler's culinary landscape

Fresh food is the name of the game throughout British Columbia and Whistler is no exception. For instance, the region is ripe with salmon and oysters, and it's not unheard of to dine on seafood just hours after the delicacy is caught. Side dishes often highlight local fare grown throughout the area, such as wild mushrooms, blueberries, asparagus, and peaches. Whistler also gives you the chance to sample more unusual dishes, including elk burgers and bison strip loins. Bannock is a staple in the First Nations' community, as the tasty fry bread can be served as part of a sweet or savoury dish.

Essential info

Essential facts for your Whistler vacation rental stay

Whistler is home to more than 11,800 residents. The official spoken language is English, and the Canadian dollar is the currency. When you're dining out, remember that tips are not typically included in the price, so you should tip anywhere from 15-20% of the total bill, depending on the quality of service. If you're hoping to enjoy an alcoholic beverage in British Columbia, you must be 19 years of age or older. Whistler sees very little crime, but auto and bike thefts are 2 of the highest reported crimes, so make sure you lock your cars and padlock your bicycles. In the event of an emergency, call 911.

Where to stay near Whistler?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 1,877 house rentals near Whistler. From 371 Houses to 877 Condos/Apartments, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Whistler for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Whistler?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Whistler:

  • Upper Village: 1,440 vacation rentals
  • Village North: 1,574 vacation rentals
  • Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort: 1,785 vacation rentals
  • Nordic Estates: 242 vacation rentals
  • Alpine Meadows: 40 vacation rentals

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Whistler?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Whistler. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Whistler Village Gondola: 1,874 home rentals
  • Nita Lake: 1,870 home rentals
  • Creekside Gondola: 1,870 home rentals
  • Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club: 1,875 home rentals
  • Whistler Mountain: 1,866 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Whistler listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Whistler?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 371 Houses in Whistler. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Whistler include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 877 lodging choices
  • Cabins: 7 lodging choices
  • Chalets: 42 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Townhouses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Whistler?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 837 vacation homes with pool available in Whistler.

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