Located at the base of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, Whistler Village is the heart of this British Columbian town. Featuring a range of lodging options, over 200 shops, more than 90 bars and restaurants, legendary nightlife, and a buzzing live entertainment and arts scene, there’s plenty to see and experience at Whistler Village year-round. The Basics
Whistler Village is made up of the Village Center, Village North, and Upper Village, all connected by the Village Stroll. Dining, lodging, shopping, and entertainment options abound throughout the village. To access Whistler Mountain, head to Skier’s Plaza in the Village Center. Blackcomb Mountain is accessed from the Upper Village. Don’t miss Whistler Olympic Plaza, where Olympic rings and mementos from the 2010 games still stand. In the winter, the plaza transforms into an ice-skating rink, and in summer it plays host to a free outdoor concert series.
For those not staying in the area, Whistler Village can be visited on a full-day tour from Vancouver, many of which stop at other attractions in the area, such as Shannon Falls. Depending on the season, activities such as ziplining, snowmobiling, or ATV riding can also be included. Or join a progressive tasting tour, where you can try dishes at a number of different Whistler restaurants.
Things to Know Before You Go
How to Get There
- Whistler Village is a pedestrian-only zone.
- Free Wi-Fi is available in certain areas of Whistler Village, including the Olympic plaza and the visitor center.
- While Whistler Village is largely wheelchair accessible, not all venues within the village are.
- Full-day tours from Vancouver can last upwards of 10 hours.
Whistler Village is located at Whistler, British Columbia. From Vancouver, it’s about a 2-hour drive along Highway 99 (Sea to Sky Highway). Shuttle services are also available between Whistler Village and Vancouver and Vancouver airport. When to Get There
When to visit Whistler Village depends on what you want to do. Skiing and snowboarding are popular winter activities, while mountain biking, hiking, and golf are popular in summer. Whistler also hosts a number of festivals throughout the year, including the World Ski and Snowboard Festival, the Wanderlust Festival, and the Crankworx mountain bike festival. Whistler Creekside Village
Whistler Creekside Village, located 4.4 miles (7 kilometers) south of Whistler Village, also offers access to Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. It was the original base of Whistler Mountain and the site of the first gondola. Smaller and more laid back than Whistler Village, Creekside also offers lodging, dining, shopping, and entertainment options.