Things to do in Whistler

Skiing, glaciers, and zip lines are just a taste of what this alpine adventure playground has to offer.

Our most recommended things to do in Whistler

Whistler Zipline Experience: Ziptrek Eagle Tour

1. Whistler Zipline Experience: Ziptrek Eagle Tour

Meet your professional and fun tour guides in Whistler Village then get geared up for your adventure. This tour is accessed via the Whistler Village Gondola with a short walk to the first zipline launching at an elevation of 3,280 feet (1,000m) right on Whistler mountain. From here, your adventure continues with 5 breathtaking ziplines and 4 treetop bridges. The first zipline is side-by-side so you can zip next to a friend and the last zipline brings you right back into Whistler Village. This tour is perfect if you've ziplined before or crave an adrenaline rush!

Whistler: Wedge Mountain & Glacier Helicopter Tour

2. Whistler: Wedge Mountain & Glacier Helicopter Tour

Enjoy the spectacular views of the Garibaldi Mountain range on a scenic helicopter flight from Whistler. Take off and ascend to 8,000 feet in altitude to discover breathtaking scenery on a 14-minute flight. Admire the views of Wedgemount Lake - a picturesque turquoise-coloured alpine lake located in Garibaldi Provincial Park. Then, fly around Wedge Mountain, the highest summit in the Garibaldi Range. See the Wedge Glacier which descends from the mountain peaks, before flying back to Whistler.

Vancouver: Sea to Sky Gondola and Whistler Day Trip

3. Vancouver: Sea to Sky Gondola and Whistler Day Trip

Ride the Sea to Sky Gondola, explore Whistler Village and admire the natural wonders in between on this day trip from Vancouver. Feel in awe of the ever-changing landscapes along the Sea to Sky Highway. There will be a pit stop to marvel at the 335-meter-high Shannon Falls. Ride the famous Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish, an outdoor paradise for climbers and backcountry adventurers. The gondola takes you to Habrich Ridge, where you will have 90 minutes to take in breathtaking views of the mountains, coastal rainforest, and network of inlets of Howe Sound. Pass the quaint town of Squamish and the Tantalus Glacier while continuing the journey to Whistler. Once there, enjoy free time to explore the downtown shops, cafes, the Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort, or the surrounding hiking trails.

Whistler: The Sea to Sky Helicopter Tour and Glacier Landing

4. Whistler: The Sea to Sky Helicopter Tour and Glacier Landing

Discover the astonishing beauty of Whistler and the surrounding area on this scenic helicopter flight. After meeting your professional pilot and getting comfy in a helicopter, get ready to take in incredible views. During your 42 minutes in the air, see the famous Whistler Blackcomb Resort, the turquoise green Cheakamus Lake, Garibaldi Lake, and fly over the spectacular mountain top with a view of Black Tusk Peak. Feel the cold icy snow with both feet as you enjoy a 15-minute landing to savor a magnificent glacier viewing, if weather conditions allow. This landing experience offers absolutely amazing views. After your scenic flight, you will return to the Whistler Heliport.

Whistler Valley Tour by Seaplane: 20-Minute Flight

5. Whistler Valley Tour by Seaplane: 20-Minute Flight

Venture further than the majestic mountains and valleys surrounding Whistler as you fly high over the scenery on this 20-minute seaplane flight.  Get an introduction to seaplane aviation as you depart from Green Lake, Whistler. Then, enjoy stunning vistas of the Whistler Valley, including Whistler village and monuments from the 2010 Winter Olympics. Get a bird's eye view of the Olympic Rings at Whistler Olympic Plaza, along with the Olympic Park and other Olympic venues. Fly over the spectacular cascades of Brandywine Falls and watch the water plunge into Brandywine Creek. What started as a 2 plane operation in 1982 to service the British Columbia forestry sector has now grown into North America’s largest seaplane company and only fully carbon neutral airline. With a showcase fleet of Canadian-made De Havilland aircraft, you’ll fly aboard a DHC-3 Turbine Single Otter, DHC-6 Twin Otter or DHC-2 Beaver. Let’s fly!

Whistler: The Longest ZIpline in North America

6. Whistler: The Longest ZIpline in North America

Meet your professional tour guide in Whistler. Gear up for your adventure and then ride the gondola. Hop off the gondola and take a short shuttle van to the launch area. Feel your adrenaline pumping as you zip over 2 kilometers between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. Take in the incredible views of the Fitzsimmons Valley. Finally, land on firm ground again near the mid-mountain area of Whistler. Ride the Whistler Gondola back down to the main village.

Whistler: 24-Minute Scenic Helicopter Flight

7. Whistler: 24-Minute Scenic Helicopter Flight

Board the helicopter at the Whistler Heliport and take off on a scenic 24-minute flight. Soar up to 7000 feet in the air for fantastic panoramic views. During the tour, see beautiful landscapes with accompanying onboard commentary from your pilot. Admire the views of Garibaldi Lake and Cheakamus Lake, with their turquoise green waters. Fly over Whistler Blackcomb Resort Provincial Park and be amazed by the majestic mountains mountain peaks, such as Black Tusk Peak. Then, return to the Whistler Heliport.

From Vancouver: Sea to Sky Gondola and Whistler Tour

8. From Vancouver: Sea to Sky Gondola and Whistler Tour

Set off from Vancouver aboard a luxury coach on a journey to Whistler. Take in panoramic views of the ocean, sky-high mountains, and glaciers. Enjoy the special opportunity to spot local wildlife. The first stop is Shannon Falls, the third-highest waterfall in BC, where water cascades over a series of cliffs from a height of 335 meters (1,099 feet). There are two viewing platforms for the falls just a short walk from the parking lot. The next stop is the Sea to Sky Gondola just south of Squamish. Take a short ride up to the summit (an impressive 885 meters above sea-level). Enjoy time to grab a bite to eat, hike the trails, and enjoy the sweeping views of the surrounding mountain ranges and the turquoise waters of Howe Sound. From there, continue north along the Sea to Sky highway to the world-famous Whistler Village. The charming pedestrian-only village has something to offer everyone. Take 4 hours to explore world-class restaurants and shopping or just wander through the village. Watch the sunset on your way back to Vancouver.

From Vancouver: Full-Day Whistler Tour

9. From Vancouver: Full-Day Whistler Tour

This 10.5-hour tour is the best way to explore the road to the 2010 Winter Olympics and the resort town of Whistler. You will begin the tour from Vancouver and travel to Whistler through the "Sea-to-Sky Highway." On the way, pass 7,000-foot high mountains, the third highest waterfall in British Columbia, and the second largest granite monolith in the world. Stop by the Sea to Sky Gondola. Rise 2800 feet above sea level for sweeping views of the Howe Sound fjord, luscious coastal forest, and surrounding mountains. Enjoy stories from your guide about the area's history and current events. Stop at Shannon Falls and have free time in Whistler. Explore the majestic Whistler Village and browse through the quaint village shops. You can also hike at the base of the beautiful Shannon Falls, walk along forest trails, or just relax and enjoy the breathtaking mountain scenery.

From Vancouver: Whistler and Shannon Falls Private Day Trip

10. From Vancouver: Whistler and Shannon Falls Private Day Trip

Discover the rugged landscapes of Whistler and Squamish with a private tour from Vancouver. Zip along the meandering Sea to Sky Highway and marvel at the towering mountains and lush forests. Feast your eyes on Shannon Falls, visit Brandywine Falls Provincial Park, and savor a warm lunch in Whistler. Begin your tour with a private pick-up at your Vancouver hotel. With your guide leading the way, drive along the scenic Sea to Sky Highway and watch for local wildlife like elk, deer, and bears. Stop at Shannon Falls and Brandywine Falls Park for a series of spectacular cliffs and waterfalls. Then it's time to visit Whistler, an alpine village known for its towering skyscrapers, diverse art, and eclectic restaurants. Savor a warm lunch, wander nearby trails, explore local shops, or go for a bike ride. Continue to Squamish to learn about the town's rich history of mountain biking and climbing. Walk along the Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge, a 100-meter-long bridge hanging 1,000 feet in the sky, offering 360-degree mountain views. During the summer months, feel your heart race as you ride the Sea to Sky gondola between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain, before driving back to Vancouver.

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What people are saying about Whistler

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 465 reviews

A great adventure to do while in Whistler and good way to see the beauty you are surrounded by. The team we had were very knowledgeable about the area and the animals that live on the mountains. I was pleased to hear what Ziptrek Ecotours is doing to ensure their footprint is as small as possible in the wilderness. I have done this tour before and love bring my friends to Whistler and will continue to suggest this adventure.

Great tour, Lesley was great, very informative and knowledgeable, the tour itself was well planned with plenty of time in Whistler and the sea to sky gondola

It was a great package, the tour guide Winnie was awesome.

It was a great day out , the tour guide was amazing too.

Well organised, helpful people. Sights were amazing.