Whistler in the autumn is a special kind of place. It’s when the mountain air has a crispy bite to it and the mountains are topped with a fiery hue. Visitors and locals begin to retreat to the award-winning restaurants and cultural meeting points with a warm cup of coffee. Any time you visit Whistler, it will be a unique experience. Here are some of our favourite things to do between September and November.
What better way to admire the autumnal hues of Whistler than by soaring through the trees on a zipline? Zipline tours are also accompanied by a guided tour where you’ll learn about Whistler’s ecology and wildlife.
Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains are home to up to 60 black bears and cubs and the high seasons for black bear viewing are April/May and September/October! Tours take place in a 4×4 vehicle and race around the backcountry of Whistler. You can choose between an ecology tour and a photo safari!
Explore Whistler’s cultural side
Whistler’s creative community thrives in the cooler months when people seek the warmth of the town’s museums and theatres. Autumn also boasts events, workshops and music festivals starting with Fall for Arts. Check out the other big festivals like Cornucopia, the Whistler Writers Festival and the Whistler Film Festival for more inspiration.
Mountain biking in autumn is known for tacky conditions, less dust, comfortable temperatures, and less people on the trails. You’ll also get more hero dirt – which only proves how much fun you’ve had!
Halloween is a big deal in Canada, and Whistler is not an exception. Some of the local museums and theatres put on spooky shows. And this year, from October 25 to 27, 2019, kids can pick up a free tote from the Whistler Visitor Centre and visit participating retail merchants along the Village Stroll, from Skier’s Plaza to the Marketplace, for ghoulish goodies and spooky sweets.
Relax in the Scandinave Spa
After all that adventure, you’ll need to relax. And there’s no better way to relax than in the rustic Scandinave Spa set on the secluded outskirts of Whistler. Here you can experience the age-old Finnish-tradition of soaking in soothing outdoor baths before drying off by an outdoor fireplace.
What’s your favourite thing to do in Whistler in the fall?