Whistler is known for being a world-class skiing destination, with over two million slope-seekers visiting every year for the adventure of a lifetime.
However, winter isn’t the only time in which Whistler comes into its own. Known as ‘Shoulder Season’, autumn in Whistler is the perfect time to visit as life has slowed down and many of the tourists have dispersed.
Sound like the perfect getaway for you? Here’s our pick of the top activities to check out while visiting this part of the stunning Sea to Sky Corridor.
Explore the Forests
Autumn is the perfect time to venture into the incredible coastal rainforests of Whistler. The season provides the perfect hiking weather, as it is neither too warm or too cold. Additionally, despite a light dusting of snow, the majority of hikes are accessible. Take your camera to snap panoramic shots of the fall foliage, now a stunning red and orange.
For Experienced Hikers: Try out the Skywalk Trail. This valley-to-alpine hike is 21km long and has an elevation of over 1000m. Give yourself a full day to really enjoy the views that accompany it, including snow-capped mountains and the stunning Iceberg Lake.
Indulge in World-Class Cuisine
Whistler is only ninety minutes from the foodie hub of Vancouver, but there is no need to venture out of town to experience world-class cuisine. Take advantage of the off-season and indulge in daily specials from incredible chefs for less.
Treat Yourself: For a culinary experience to remember, the Michelin-starred Araxi Restaurant and Oyster Bar is a perfect choice. Alternatively, dine in the incredible Alta Bistro for phenomenal French-inspired cuisine – without breaking the bank.
Paddle in Crystal-Clear Waters
While it may be a little too cold for swimming, autumn is the ideal time to enjoy water sports in Whistler. Kayaking, canoeing and paddle-boarding are some of the most popular ways to discover the dozens of lakes and rivers surrounding Whistler.
Ultimate Experience: The River of Golden Dreams is one of Whistler’s most iconic experiences, and is suitable for all ages. Paddle along this 5km waterway for some of the best views of the Canadian landscape.
Seek that Adrenaline Rush
Winter in Whistler is world-famous for skiing. But did you know that Autumn is the ultimate season for mountain biking? Rent your bike from Whistler Mountain Bike Park and enjoy exploring over 80km of trails. The park has six different zones, all for different levels of experience – so it’s no wonder it is considered one of the best downhill bike parks in the world.
Other Activities: If mountain-biking hasn’t satisfied the thrill-seeker within you, Whistler offers dozens of other adventurous activities. Horse-riding, all-weather vehicle tours and zip lining all await visitors in the Fall. Take advantage of the smaller crowds of the season and try them all.
Whistler is a cultural and artistic hub all-year round, but these activities really take their stride in the autumn with the Fall for Arts events. With a Beer Festival. Writer’s Festival, Film Festival and holiday markets amongst many other creative events, there really is something for everyone.
For Budding Photographers: The year-round Photo Walk Tour from Coast Mountain Photography is perfect for anyone seeking to sharpen up their photography skills. Bring your camera and enjoy a walk through Whistler Village – all while gaining invaluable tips from the experts.
Would you like to try out these activities for yourself?