Whistler, British Columbia
Campgrounds and RV parks are available near to Whistler but not in the town.
This world class ski resort town used to be home to the nomadic Coast Salish First Nations of thousands of years ago. And only 25 years ago, it was known as Alta Lake, a small wilderness community. Now it has not only the pure air and surrounding splendour of the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, it also has over 200 ski runs, along with 33 lifts, shopping and après-ski entertainments, gorgeous chalets and a total of 15,200 places to rest your head, within 500 m of the ski hills.
Beginning in June, there are festivals in the delightful venue of the village with its cobblestone streets. Keep in mind that Whistler has excellent sun exposure. Spring Dine and Unwind heralds the off-season rates which can still be combined with skiing as long as there is snow. Other festivals include ArtWalk, the Whistler Children's Art Festival, Crankworx (for mountain bikers), the Canadian BBQ Championships, the Cheakamus Challenge Mountain Bike Festival in September, Cornucopia for food and wine enthusiasts, and the film festival in early December.
Art classes are offered throughout the summer and the subject is the surrounding scenery. There is also a Winter Arts Festival with indoor and outdoor displays and activities, including snow sculpture, musicians, storytelling, films, dance, and regional art. There is always a lot to do. In 2010, Whistler hosted the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.
- hosted 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games
- world class ski resort
- cross-country ski trails throughout wilderness areas
- village atmosphere and architecture
- Whistler Museum and Archives
- all season activities: mountain biking, hiking, river sports, fishing, wildlife viewing, alpine sightseeing (glaciers included), and horseback riding
- varied festivals throughout the year
- art classes in summer