Spring is an egg-cellent time to visit Whistler. With spring temps in the valley and wonderful wintery weather at higher elevations, this dual-sport season is loaded with fun for everyone. So in the spirit of Easter we have collected some of our favourite off the beaten path experiences for you to discover on your next visit to town – happy hunting!
Surrounded by jawdroppingly beautiful panoramic views, it’s easy to overlook the little treasures hidden in plain sight on the slopes of Whistler and Blackcomb. Pack your camera and strap on your gear – how many can you find in a day?
Situated at one of the best lookouts in town, the Raven at the top of Symphony Chair is always worth a visit. Looking out over Cheakamus Lake, the Raven’s views constantly shift as the clouds dance by.
Matthews Traverse Bench
With the breathtaking views on Matthews Traverse, it makes sense that there is an alpine bench to stop and catch your breath. In the deepest depths of winter, you may only be able to see the tippy tops of the posts, while in the summer, they soar overhead.
Less scenic than the bench on Matthews Traverse, but somehow much more satisfying to find. This little rest stop can be found on the left side of Expressway halfway between Big Red Express and Mid-Village Gondola.
The Inukshuk at the top of Peak Chair is a photo favourite, but did you know that there is another stone sentinel near the top of Harmony Chair, right near the corner to Pika’s Traverse? If you’re feeling really ambitious there are even more to discover in front of the Roundhouse and at 7th Heaven.
If you know where to look on Whistler you can find a treehouse hidden in the forest. This magical spot is a favourite with little rippers, complete with slides and drawbridges. Its location is marked on the trail map, with the easiest route via Pony Trail.
Not to be outdone by the Treehouse on Whistler, Blackcomb has its own kid-friendly gem – The Magic Castle. Located directly below Catskinner Chair, your littles will love exploring the turrets, slides and winding ski trails through the forest.
Peak Sign Post
While standing on top of the world on Whistler Peak be sure to look for the signpost, it points out some local peaks and landmarks.
GMC Race Centre
Do you think you’re the fastest in your group? Well, there is a way to know for sure on Blackcomb. The GMC Race Centre has a course set up that is free for public use. You can find it below Jersey Cream Chair.
No matter how many times you’ve been to Fairmont Chateau Whistler there is always something new to discover. Whether it’s a pop-up restaurant or an undiscovered hotel feature every visit offers the opportunity for new experiences.
Tucked away at the edge of the Fairmont Whistler Golf Course you can find the Chalet, a cozy winter popup restaurant specializing in fondue. There is a complimentary shuttle from the hotel to The Chalet, or you can enjoy the scenic 10-minute walk over – after that much cheese and chocolate, you may enjoy a stroll!
LOCAL TIPThe Chalet and its $49 Fondue Special are available until April 17, 2022. Don’t delay and book your reservations today!
Wildflower Easter Buffet Brunch
Join us for an egg-stravagant buffet brunch including an omlette station, seafood and carving station, and a decadent dessert display. Learn more and reserve your table here.
Eucalyptus Steam Room
We’re well known for our slope-side pools, but many guests don’t know that we have a number of other incredible experiences in our Health Club. Tucked in each change room, you can find a eucalyptus steam room. Grab a seat and enjoy the restorative effects before heading back to the pools.
LOCAL TIPOur dry sauna is another wonderful element to use to embrace wellness during your next visit to the Health Club.
Our hotel comes alive with Easter festivities. You can learn more about everything hoppening at the hotel for Easter here.
DISCOVER ART THROUGH EGG-CERCISE
It could be because of our fresh mountain air, or inspiring surroundings, but there is something about Whistler that make you want to get moving. Hop on your bike, or slip on your running shoes to explore these hidden art gems while working up a sweat.
This hidden-in-pain-sight beauty blends into her surroundings so well many locals don’t even know that she’s there. Located beside the creek between Creekside base and Nita Lake, this wooden sculpture can be tricky to spot, but worth the effort.
Jeri by James Stewart
Just past the covered bridge, as you walk from Fairmont Chateau Whistler to the Village you can find the statue of Jeri looking up at the mountains. Take a moment and enjoy the view with this piece of fantastic Whistler outdoor art.
Creekside Underpass Mural
You may have driven over the bridge in Creekside many times, but did you know that hidden below is a phenomenal mountain mural by Jessa Gilbert? You can find it halfway between Creekside Village and Nita Lake. This easy walk is ideal for ages and abilities.
Set your sights on “the world’s largest pinecone”. Made out of stone, this sculpture on the Valley Trail near Wayside Park is a fun take on the tradition of stone cairn trail markers.
There’s no shortage of activities for the whole family in Whistler. Whether you are seeking adrenaline-fueled adventure or quality time together, these not-so-well-known activities offer fun for everyone.
The Canadian version of darts, axe throwing has become a popular activity for Whistlerites. Forged Axe Throwing in Function gives you the opportunity to try this very Canadian experience in safe and fun environment.
A true test of your problem solving and teamwork, a trip to our local escape room is a fun activity for evenings and rainy days. You can find Escape on the Village Stroll near the Whistler Village Gondola.
A SHORT HOP AWAY
Whistler’s valley is loaded with lesser-known locales to discover. So pack a picnic lunch from Portobello and spend the day discovering new Whistler gems.
Have you ever walked around the rim of an extinct volcano? Now you can with a hike on the Crater Rim trail around Loggers Lake. When the temperatures warm, you can even hop in for a swim!
Parkhurst Ghost Town
Most visitors have heard of Trail Wreak, but did you know that overlooking Green Lake we have a Ghost Town. Accessed via Lost Lake trails, this collection of old buildings and vehicles is a cool bit of Whis-tory.
The mountains may look tame, lush, and green now, but Whistler has a dramatic geological history of volcanic activity. You can still find interesting clues scattered throughout the valley. Black Tusk is the most prominent feature, but there is also a host of incredible basalt formations. You can find Sugarcube Hill on the Sea to Sky Trail between Cheakamus and Brandywine Falls. The basalt columns rise seemingly out of nowhere and create unique feature to explore. While the trails are quickly melting, it’s still worth packing a pair of winter grips for your shoes in case you encounter icy patches en route.
LOCAL KNOWLEDGEOur Whistler Experience Guides offer local insights and daily tours to many places in town. Join a tour, and they can guide you there and share local knowledge along the way.
The only way to experience all the wonder Whistler is to be here! Explore our Best Spring Offers for deep discounts on your next getaway, and if you need help planning your perfect trip our vacation experts are always just a phone call away – 1 800 606 8244