Whistler Mountain

Free (or Almost Free) Things to Do in Whistler

Whether you are in Whistler on a budget or simply looking for ways to make the most of your time here, check out these suggestions for creating a truly memorable visit that won't break the bank. The Village offers many free shows, entertainers and street performances throughout the year—sometimes just walking down the Village Stroll with a hot cocoa in hand can be the most entertaining part of your day!

The online Events database has a listing of free and almost free events where you can search for inexpensive entertainment during your time in Whistler.

Any Season

  • Tour the Whistler Brewery for $13.95 per person. Includes a tour of the craft brewing facility and a tasting of 4 brews.
  • The First Nation's Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre showcases stunning exhibits with educational events and workshops. Admission is $18 for adults and only $8 for children 12 years and under. Admission on Monday is by donation!
  • Whistler Public Library offers a beautiful and serene environment to kick back and relax. Enjoy on-site coffee/tea in Whistler's official "living room" or participate in one of many free events such as Games Night!
  • Head to the Core for a drop-in indoor climbing session.
  • Browse Whistler's Art Galleries. Whistler has an amazing art scene, which you can peruse for free.
  • Stretch and expand with free yoga and more on select days at Lululemon. Mats are provided, 50 people max. Call 604.938.9642 for more info.
  • Learn more about Whistler and its history at the Whistler Museum. Open 7 days a week, 11 am to 5 pm. Admission is $7 per person or $20 for a family (4-6 people).
  • Visit the Meadow Park Sports Centre and play in the indoor water park, pool and saunas, go ice-skating in the arena, or work out in the gym. All for one drop-in rate of $8 per adult, $5 per youth, $4.25 per child or $16 for the entire family.
  • Check out the Whistler Sliding Centre for self-guided tours and public sliding opportunities.
  • Spiritual and holistic workshops are held weekly at The Oracle
  • Walk a dog or cuddle with a cat from WAG (Whistler Animals Galore Shelter). Walk the Valley Trail or hang out in the cattery with these very appreciative and furry, four-legged friends!
  • Explore the 2010 Olympic venues with a tour of the ski jumping area or try your hand at shooting a biathlon rifle at Whistler Olympic Park.

Spring & Summer

  • Take a walk through the Interpretive Forest and learn about Whistler's flora and fauna.
  • Go for a stroll or ride on the Valley Trail around Whistler.
  • If you're a junior golfer, you play free at Whistler's golf courses when accompanied by a paying adult. Must book directly with golf course and some restrictions apply.
  • See Whistler in a whole new way with the Valley of Dreams Walking Tour offered by Whistler Museum. Admission is by donation and leaves from the Information Centre at 1:00 pm between June and August.
  • Practice your swing at the Whistler Golf Club Driving Range. $13 for 100 practice balls!
  • Shop for unique and local jewellery at the Whistler Farmer's Market and pick up some local fresh food for a picnic.
  • Spend an afternoon sunning and swimming at Rainbow Park on the shores of Alta Lake.
  • Whistler Disc Golf offers 27 FREE holes and is located in Lost Lake Park near Scandinave Spa.
  • Check out Whistler's Skate Park and Dirt Jumps in a huge outdoor park located between the lower and upper village. Featuring a mix of vert and street features with a snake bowl. Skate and BMX friendly...and FREE.
  • Cross-country biking in and around Lost Lake offers everything from big, wide family paths to wood bridge work and technical single-track trails. A good place for trail running too!
  • Play a game of outdoor tennis at the Whistler Tennis Club.
  • Hike the many self-guided hiking trails for all levels of hikers. Make sure you check out Cheakamus Lake, an all-round Whistler favourite for its relatively gentle climb that can be hiked, biked, or run on, and can be as long or as short as you want it to be. Cheakamus Lake is also a beautiful glacier-fed lake that is perfect for photo ops!

Winter & Fall

  • FREE daily Mountain Orientation Tours on Whistler and Blackcomb. You must have a valid lift ticket.
  • Bring the entire family to the Tube Park located at Base II on Blackcomb Mountain. Park features 1,000 feet of sliding fun. Admission ranges from $13 - $25 depending on time and age.

Call 1.800.WHISTLER (944.7853) to speak with a local travel consultant