Better Than a Traffic Jam: A Whistler Top 5 List

Better Than a Traffic Jam: A Whistler Top 5 List

Who’s kidding who? Pretty much everything in Whistler beats sitting in traffic. In fact, one of the best things about the pedestrian-only Village Stroll is its distinct lack of cars.

Whistler Village Square on a Summer Evening

Whistler Village Square on a summer evening. PHOTO MIKE CRANE

As a popular summer destination, even Whistler can see a bit of highway congestion on Fridays and Sundays as the weekend warriors rush about trying to cram as much fun as possible into those days of golden sunshine and warm evenings.

Not that there is anything wrong with weekend warriors, I used to be one myself until I figured out the magic formula for summer success. So as we move into summer why not turn Thursday into “Little Friday” or Sunday into “Second Saturday”? Carpe Diem and all that. And if you do add a day to your Whistler weekend (or even better, switch to a midweek getaway) you can skip sitting in traffic on the way back and forth from Vancouver/Seattle/Portland/anywhere and instead focus on this epic list:

Five Whistler Things That Are Way, Waaaay Better Than Weekend Traffic:

1. Mountain Top Summer Feast

Instead of eating drive-thru food while enduring bridge and border traffic Friday or Sunday nights you could be sitting atop Whistler Mountain chowing down on fresh food and summer-delicious salads. Dinner always tastes better at 6000 ft. More info.

2. Patio Session, Anywhere

As summer winds down it’s even more important to seize those moments of beautiful summer sun by throwing down yet another epic patio session. From BBQ and beers at Dusty’s in Creekside to the oysters at Araxi in the Village to the day-boat scallops and lakeside views from Table Nineteen out at Nicklaus North, Whistler’s patios will always be more fun than being stuck on the highway behind a rental motorhome. Happy hour indeed.

Araxi Bar + Grill, Whistler

Whistler’s Araxi, the perfect summer dining spot.

3. Sunset Lake Time

Whistler has 5 alpine lakes and each one of them easily beats waiting in line at the gas station. A Thursday evening lakeside BBQ is a good way to forget even a shortened work week and a Sunday night canoe or stand-up paddle board session can really help a person forget the rat race. Don’t believe it? Check out The Insider’s Whistler Waterways video and take your pick from all the ways you can get on the water in Whistler.

Lakeside park in spring, Whistler, BC

Lakeside park in spring, Whistler, BC. JUSTA JESKOVA PHOTO

4. Bonus-Hour Tee Times

Twilight golf is always super relaxing and self-satisfying but an extra round of golf after everyone goes home for the week is even better. Whistler has 4 world-class courses to try.  The Whistler Golf Club, Nicklaus North Golf Club and Big Sky Golf Course all offer twilight and sunset specials, while the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club offers twilight tee times after 3 PM. Don’t let let those evening rounds hog all the glory though, smashing balls out into the mist on the Nicklaus North Golf Course early Monday morning is also very rewarding. Way to start a work week.

Nicklaus North Golf Course in Whistler

Spring golfing at Nicklaus North Golf Course. JUSTA JESKOVA PHOTO

5. Roll the Dice…

This one should be something you’ve never tried before. It could be a spa date with an equally overworked spouse or a zipline tour with a kid who thinks you’ve lost your edge. Regardless, Whistler is a place for adventures so it’s always good to try something new. Even if it scares you a bit, anything beats sitting in traffic.

Superfly Ziplines Whistler

No need for directions here. Photo courtesy Superfly Ziplines / The Adventure Group Whistler.

Grab these weeks of summer by the horns—stay an extra day (or more) with delicious midweek deals on accommodation from Want to skip dealing with traffic altogether? Ditch the car and check out our Getting Here section for ideas on going car free.

Sunrise Paddle on Alta Lake in Whistler

Feet Banks

Feet Banks

Feet Banks moved to Whistler at age 12 so his parents could live the dream and ski as much as possible. He ended up living it too. After leaving home Feet did a few good stints in warmer climates and 4 years of writing school before returning to the mountains to make ski movies, hammer out a journalism career and avoid the 9-5 lifestyle as long as possible. He’s been a hay farmer, a hole digger, a magazine editor and has a jump named after him on Blackcomb Mountain, Feet’s Air. It’s tiny.