Whistler, British Columbia is a world-famous resort municipality located in the Coast Mountains, just two hours north of Vancouver and the United States border.
Whistler is known best for skiing and mountain biking but there are nearly endless things to see and do in western Canada’s mountain playground.
Through the early-to-mid 1900s Whistler gained popularity as a logging, mining, fishing and skiing destination, renowned for its beauty. Whistler mountain was developed for skiing in the 1960s as part of an Olympic bid, opening to the public in 1966.
Fun fact: The name “Whistler” was first used by settlers to describe the distinct whistling sounds made by local marmots.
Just across the valley, Blackcomb Mountain opened as an alternative resort, gaining a reputation as a friendly place for snowboarders. Healthy competition between Whistler and Blackcomb created a flurry of progress, and when the two mountains eventually merged they formed one of the premiere resort destinations in North America.
When the Olympics finally did come to Whistler in 2010, the upgraded Sea-to-Sky Highway and the newly constructed Peak-2-Peak Gondola cemented Whistler’s reputation as a world-class ski and snowboard resort. Meanwhile, Whistler was also developing its reputation as a mecca of modern mountain biking, offering the most impressive mountain bike park in the world.
In combination with Whistler’s vibrant Village and the variety of stunning lakes and mountains closeby, Whistler has become a global year-round destination for countless events and activities. In the eyes of many who visit here, it really is paradise. Just ask any local why they moved here and many will tell you they came for a vacation and simply couldn’t leave!