The Perfect 5 Day Whistler Fall Itinerary

Your Itinerary to an Unforgettable Five Days in Whistler this Fall

An Introduction To Whistler

Whistler is famous for our sun-soaked summers and powder-filled winters, but if you have never experienced a Whistler fall, you have been missing out. Locals absolutely love this ‘in-between’ season. It’s a time to slow down, connect with nature and family, and recharge. Whether it’s for a quick weekend escape, or to explore deeper with a week in Whistler, make this the year you discover the wonders of a Whistler fall.

Location: Whistler, British Columbia, Canada.
Nearest City & Airport: Vancouver is the nearest major city, and Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is the closest airport to Whistler.
Transportation to/ from Whistler: car rentals, shuttle buses, or private car services. Learn more.

Lost Lake reflection I Tal Vardi
reflection of fall trees in lost lake

Five Days in Whistler – Fall

Day One

Morning:  Sea to Sky Drive
Afternoon:  Hotel R&R
Evening: Village Strolling, Shopping and Fall Dining Deals Devouring

Morning

As you arrive at the Vancouver International Airport, make your way to the Fairmont Chateau Whistler by taking the scenic Sea to Sky Highway. This picturesque drive takes you along the coast, past towering mountains and through charming coastal towns. Keep your camera available as you won’t want to miss the stunning views along the way, including the breathtaking Shannon Falls and the majestic Stawamus Chief. Upon arrival at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, check-in and take a moment to appreciate the grandeur of the hotel and the picturesque views of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.

Afternoon

After a long journey, it’s time to indulge in some well-deserved rest and relaxation. Take advantage of the hotel’s world-class Health Club amenities, including the pool, hot tub, and cedar sauna with a cocktail in hand while enjoying the stunning mountain views.

Evening

If you still have some energy left, take a leisurely stroll through Whistler Village. This is the perfect time of the year to go for a stroll, but make sure you pack both your warm layers and your sunglasses, as you never quite know what Mother Nature will throw your way in the mountains.

Also, Whistler is a shopper’s paradise. You could spend your evening browsing the shops in the Village and the hotel itself for fine artwork and fashion, jewelry, the latest outdoor sportswear, equipment, gifts, and luxury items. Discover the variety of Whistler shopping outlets conveniently located on the concourse level at Fairmont Chateau Whistler.

And last but not least, Whistler is famous for its vibrant culinary scene. Whistler’s fall dining deals are an opportunity to enjoy some of the finest cuisines, from haute cuisine to hidden gems and exotic flavors. With so many options to choose from, it can be overwhelming. Let our knowledgeable Concierge team assist you with your dining reservations.

Whistler Olympic Plaza
olympic rings in front of fall trees
Fairmont Chateau Whistler | Tal Vardi Photography
The hotel at sunset in the Fall
Whistler Village I Tourism Whistler Justa Jeskova
A couple shopping outdoors in Whistler during fall

Day Two

Morning: Breakfast Buffet at The Wildflower
Afternoon: Mountain Buggy
Evening: Massage & Mallard Lounge Après

Morning

Fuel up for a day on the slopes with the Wildflower’s breakfast buffet, a feast of delicious breakfast options including made-to-order omelets, waffles, and pancakes.

Afternoon

For an afternoon thrilling and adventurous outdoor activity, may we suggest a muddy puddle adventure. While it may seem like child’s play, splashing through mud can be a truly exhilarating experience for all ages. And what better way to up the ante than by tearing through the mud in a side x side, off-road ATV, or mountain buggy? The goal is to get as muddy and wet as possible! Fall is an especially perfect time to try this activity as you can enjoy the beautiful autumn scenery while dressed head to toe in waterproof gear provided by the tour operator. So go ahead, embrace your inner child, and splash around in some muddy puddles! Our knowledgeable Concierge team is always happy to hear about your preferences and help you plan & book.

Evening

After a day of working hard on the hill, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler is just steps away from the base of Blackcomb Mountain, a few laps in the Fairmont’s 60-foot outdoor heated pool will help release any tension built up on the slopes or go for a soak in the hotel’s four whirlpools (one indoors and three outdoors). May we suggest combining it with an après massage at Vida Spa. Located in the hotel, this luxurious spa offers a range of treatments to rejuvenate and refresh your body and mind and why not top it off with a sip of your favourite cocktail at the Mallard Lounge.

Wildflower Breakfast
breakfast items on a plate
The Adventure Group RZR Tour
Vida Spa Massage
Happy woman receiving a beauty treatment

Day Three

Morning: Breakfast at Portobello
Afternoon: Zipline Adventure
Evening: Vallea Lumina Nighttime Magic

Morning

Start your day with a breakfast from Portobello, a local’s favourite cozy cafe that serves delicious breakfast sandwiches, pastries, and coffee. As a local tip, bring your own mug and get a discounted price on your coffee. May we suggest the Waffles with your favourite toppings.

Afternoon

Another way to see Whistler’s fall colours is from a birds-eye-view. Experience an epic zipline adventure through BC’s stunning coastal mountains. Located just north of Whistler on Cougar Mountain, Superfly Ziplines is your one-stop-shop for the ultimate Whistler adventure day. Explore old-growth forests and soar high above the treetops for an unrivaled view of Whistler’s surrounding mountains. With the longest of the four zip lines spanning well over one kilometer in length and sitting 200 meters high, ‘thrilling’ may be a bit of an understatement. Please contact our knowledgeable Concierge team if you need assistance with reservations.

Evening

For an enchanting artistic experience, don’t miss Vallea Lumina, a multimedia show set in the forest where a story is told using images, light, and sound projected onto the trees. It takes about an hour to stroll the one-kilometer path also at the base of Cougar Mountain, and the tale unravels as you go.

Portobello | Kevin Clark
a display of baked goods
P: THE ADVENTURE GROUP
POV shot of ziplining across Whistler mountains
Vallea Lumina I Tourism Whistler
Vallea Lumina light show at night

Day Four

Morning:  Sleep in
Afternoon: E-bike Whistler’s Valley Trail
Evening: Dinner at The Grill Room

Morning

After a busy few days exploring the mountains and surrounding areas, it’s time for some pampering and relaxation. Take the morning to sleep in and enjoy some in-room dining while taking in the stunning mountain views. Order your Fairmont Fit kit included in your Resort Experience Fee to do some stretching and yoga or head to our Yoga Room for a guided session. It’s the perfect way to start the day feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Afternoon

For a fun and exciting afternoon exploring Whistler, rent an e-biking and head to the Valley Trail. The trail takes you on a scenic journey through the heart of the town and along the most stunning lakes, with plenty of opportunities to stop and take in beautiful views along the way. With e-bikes, you can cover more ground, and enjoy a longer ride without getting too tired. One highlight of the route is Creekside Village, where you can find great food and drinks to refuel. And if you are up for more adventure, Function Junction offers breweries and bakeries for you to explore. As you make your way around Alta Lake, be sure to check out Rainbow Park, which was one of Whistler’s first tourism initiatives. Join our Whistler Experience Guides in one of these bucket-list outings!

Evening

As the evening rolls around, indulge in a fine dining experience at The Grill Room. With warm, inviting service, the Grill Room is the ideal Whistler restaurant for a night out with friends or a romantic dinner for two. Feast on exceptional locally grown regional cuisine paired with the finest BC wines at our AAA/CAA Four Diamond-rated destination for delectable chops, steak, and seafood.

In-Room Dining
Family with kids in white robes eating breakfast in hotel room
Destination BC I Hubert Kang
The Grill Room
people drinking wine and eating dinner

Day Five

Morning: Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre
Afternoon: Escape! Whistler
Evening: Dinner at The Wildflower

Morning

On your last day in Whistler, take a guided cultural outing with the Whistler Experience Guides at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre. Learn about the history and culture of the First Nations people who have lived in this area for thousands of years. The center offers interactive exhibits and traditional storytelling sessions, providing a unique opportunity to connect with the local community.

Afternoon

Spend your afternoon at Escape! Whistler. This is a unique indoor activity located beneath Skiers Plaza in Whistler Village. It’s not every day you get the chance to explore a pirate ship, an underwater lair, a gold mine, and a buried cabin, all while solving puzzles and riddles to escape within 45 minutes. It’s a great experience for groups of two to six people and is perfect for family bonding or a fun date night. Escape! Whistler is a little-known gem that’s definitely worth checking out on your next trip to Whistler, especially if you’re looking for something to do on a rainy day.

Evening

In the evening, head to The Wildflower showcasing locally inspired dishes and innovative classics in a family-friendly restaurant setting. Sip and savour from its extensive wine list and signature cocktails.

P: Squamish Lil'Wat Cultural Centre, SLCC
Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre
Whistler Escape Room
The Wildflower Restaurant
Octopus in the Wildflower restaurant Whistler

A five-day fall itinerary in Whistler offers a diverse range of activities for every type of traveler. From adrenaline-pumping adventures on the slopes to cultural experiences and indulgent fine dining, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in this magical village. And with the Fairmont Chateau Whistler as your home base, you can expect top-notch amenities and personalized service throughout your stay.

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