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Top 10 Things to do in Whistler

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  • Seared fish salad with wine

    Taste the Town

    Whistler Tasting Tours lets you sample the best of this culinary hot spot in a small-group setting. To discover the tastes of Whistler, take the Hidden Gems tour through four restaurants, starting at the BrewHouse for craft ales and finishing at Caramba with a seasonal dessert paired with a glass of B.C. ice wine. Or seek out the epicurean tastes on the Finer Things tour. Chefs serve up such signature dishes as Cajun-crusted blackened ahi tuna paired with regionally sourced wines.

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  • Whistler Town Plaza

    Visit the Village

    From the colourful glow of Christmas lights heralding last-minute holiday shoppers to the inviting sunlit café patios of summertime, Whistler Village is the social hub of the town. Here, you can shop, dine and relax year round. Sip an organic coffee from Gone Village Eatery while browsing the Mountie souvenirs at The Trading Post. Be sure to stop by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory's first Canadian store to sample their assortment of handmade truffles, barks and clusters.

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  • Pow Wow Drum

    Experience First Nations Culture

    At the hands-on Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, you can explore the art, history, music and traditions of the area’s original inhabitants. From ornate woodcarvings to ritual demonstrations, the centre tells the story of modern and ancient First Nations culture and lifestyle. Attend drumming ceremonies, explore dugout canoes and appreciate the artisanship of ceremonial blankets and artefacts. Wander the outdoor Squamish Stroll for an interactive look at the Coast Mountains through the perspective of the First Nations.

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  • Red Gondola

    Go Peak to Peak

    A jaw-dropping 400 metres above the valley floor and a little more than three kilometers in length, the Peak 2 Peak 360 Experience transports you between Whistler and Blackcomb summits in a fully enclosed gondola with unobstructed 360-degree views. Peering out during the 11-minute ride, you'll see vistas of Whistler Village, coastal rain forests, Fitzsimmons Creek, pristine lakes, jagged volcanic rock formations and the snow-capped Coast Mountains. Be on the lookout for black bears and elk on the mountains!

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  • Spa

    Rejuvenate Scandinavian Style

    The 25,000-square-foot outdoor spa setting of Scandinave offers invigorating hot baths and waterfalls overlooking Lost Lake. The full hydrotherapy treatment requires a few hours and is said to stimulate circulation, decrease inflammation and awaken the senses. Follow your soak with an hour-long massage and a soothing sauna session. After your treatments, sip locally crafted Namasthe teas and enjoy a light lunch while basking by the sunny window and enjoying the mountain scenery.

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  • Owl sculpture

    Masterworks of Art

    Tucked into a spruce grove at the edge of Whistler Village, Audain Art Museum has approximately 200 works by B.C. artists dating from the 18th century to the 21st century. The museum boasts one of the world's top collections of First Nations masks. Browse the indigenous-inspired paintings of Emily Carr and modernist sculptures of Gordon Smith. Be sure to see "The Dance Screen," a giant, intricately carved red cedar panel by renowned artist James Hart. A special wing of the museum, with a soaring ceiling, is the site for temporary exhibits of work by international artists.

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  • Zip-line gear

    Zip Through the Mountains

    Ziptrek Ecotours offers several options for ziplining in Whistler. The Eagle Tour launches from Olympic Station on Whistler Mountain and spans roughly 732 meters, giving you a bird's-eye view as you skim treetops 1,000 meters above Fitzsimmons Valley to Blackcomb Mountain. The Tree Trek Tour lets you walk among the treetops and across suspension bridges. Try the Twilight Tour for a nighttime canopy and zipline tour with nothing but a headlamp and a guide.

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  • Rock statute overlooking mountains

    Take a Hike

    During the warmer months, Whistler offers a number of hikes, from short and easygoing to steep and challenging. For a gentle hike, the Cheakamus River has ample trails winding through cedar and spruce forests along the river’s rushing waters. For more rugged terrain, catch the Whistler Gondola and explore the scenic trails on the summit of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. Snap a selfie with the towering inukshuk, a stone monument on Whistler summit modelled after statues created by First Nations peoples.

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  • Heliskiing in The Monashees British Columbia

    Hit the Slopes

    Whistler Blackcomb, with more than 8,000 acres, is paradise for skiers and snowboarders alike. Both mountains offer ample trails to accommodate all skill levels. Thrill-seekers can try heli-skiing (or snowboarding) and access pristine mountaintop powders away from the popular trails. Total beginner? No problem. There are world-class ski and snowboard instructors available to help you get your snow legs, or you can hit the downhill slopes at the tubing park, where no special skill is required.

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  • Craft beer

    Celebrate the Day

    Après is an evening ritual around Whistler, when everyone comes off the slopes and gathers at different spots around town for fabulous food, drinks and entertainment. Whether you prefer the family-friendly vibe and beers at Black's Pub & Restaurant, the sophisticated atmosphere with masterfully mixed cocktails at the Mallard Lounge or the gourmet tapas and slope views at the Garibaldi Lift Co, Après is best shared with others. This is the time of day to unwind, relax and celebrate life.

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