Stay Longer: 5 Reasons to Work Remotely in Whistler

A man and woman sit in Whistler Olympic Plaza working on their laptops.

Stay Longer: 5 Reasons to Work Remotely in Whistler

Many of us are currently working from home and although the chance to do our next virtual meeting with PJ bottoms still on is tempting, how about we switch those out for bike shorts?

Whistler has free WiFi available in select areas of the resort (look for Whistler WiFi when you search for wireless connections), which means you can sit in the middle of the Olympic Plaza and attend a virtual meeting before hitting the trails – just tell the office that epic mountain scenery is the latest Zoom background.

A man and woman sit in Whistler Olympic Plaza working on their laptops.

Mountain views from the office. PHOTO JUSTA JESKOVA

Most hotels and accommodations offer free WiFi for your home away from home, so why not move your office to the mountains and enjoy having nature and adventure right on your doorstep? Here are five reasons why you should consider working from Whistler this summer.

#1 Adrenaline Breaks

A woman's face smiling as she zips across the valley with Superfly Ziplines in Whistler.

Dusting off the cobwebs before the next work task. PHOTO SUPERFLY ZIPLINES / THE ADVENTURE GROUP

There’s nothing like the mountains beckoning to encourage you to go for that early morning run or bike ride. It’ll help you start the working day with some pep in your step.

When you hit a work-related goal, you could treat yourself with a hit of adrenaline-fuelled fun. Surpassed that sales target? Raft some Class III whitewater rapids. Shot past that word count? Get some runs in at the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Nailed the product launch? Time to go off-roading in the wilderness.

Whistler Bike Park Samurai Pizza Cat

Get that heart rate up with a few laps in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. PHOTO JUSTA JESKOVA

With some adventure-based goal setting, we reckon you can get a lot done up here in the mountains!

#2 Inspiring Nature

A couple explores the base of a waterfall in Whistler.

Nature is all around you in Whistler. PHOTO JUSTA JESKOVA

Biophilia is what we call that innate connection we have to nature and the outdoors. It’s why we feel happy sitting in the sunshine next to a babbling brook, looking out over a vast mountain vista or enclosed in a shaded, tree-lined hideaway. Studies have shown that inserting elements of nature into the workplace can help reduce stress, enhance creativity and boost productivity, so our argument is; why not grab your laptop and work surrounded by it?

A couple stand up paddle board at sunrise on a lake in Whistler.

Start the day with a calming paddleboard as the sun rises. PHOTO JUSTA JESKOVA

Whistler has these spaces in abundance. Our advice is to take a pre-work stroll or bike ride to hunt out some potential spots. Whether you like to work in the calm of a shady forest (try the walking trail around Lost Lake), the bustle of a lakeside park (bike the Valley Trail around Alta Lake) or the sound of flowing water (try Rebagliati Park and Florence Peterson Park), you’ll find a work station with the sky as your ceiling.

#3 Bring the Family

A man teaches a young child to bike ride in Whistler.

Powered by Dad. PHOTO JUSTA JESKOVA

Working from home with your kids telling you they’re bored every five minutes is not conducive to a productive workday, but who can be bored in Whistler? Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures run three-day camps for active eight- to 12-year-olds who would like to spend their days climbing rocks instead of the walls.

Or, if you’re travelling with your partner you could consider the divide and conquer method and enjoy some quality time adventuring with the kids (bike the Valley Trail, hike around Lost Lake, play at the parks etc.) and then switch over to get some work time in.

In the evening, you could all come together and experience something like Vallea Lumina, a magical multi-media walk in the woods to round out the day or opt for a Night at the Museum. Ever tried an elk hot dog on a bannock bun? The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre is open late on Fridays and Saturdays with some new menu items on offer at the Thunderbird Cafe. Happy kids = happy parents.

Pack the pooch. PHOTO KARINA ERHARDT

Whistler is also a very dog-friendly place, so there’s no need to leave your furry friend at home. Take a look at Vacationing With Your Dog in Whistler for tips and tricks on bringing your pooch to Whistler.

#4 Stay Midweek and Save

Midweek room rates start at $93 CAD per night (price match guarantee and flexible cancellation policy) and if you stay for three nights or more you receive a $50 adventure voucher, good to use towards any activity or transportation product sold on Whistler.com.

Bear tours are currently on offer with Whistler.com and are a safe way to view our furry friends. PHOTO MIKE CRANE

You can also receive up to 20% off popular activities (bear viewing, ziplining, rafting, etc.) and there are dining deals and retail sales to look out for as well. If you’re from BC, consider becoming a Whistler Rewards Member (free to join), giving you access to exclusive deals and discounts.

If you’re looking for ideas for what to do on a long summer stay in Whistler, check out the Summer Sojourn itinerary on Whistler.com.

#5 Free WiFi in Whistler Village

Whistler Village in the summer.

Summer in Whistler Village. PHOTO COAST MOUNTAIN PHOTOGRAPHY

The dreaded wheel of death, the all-important attachment refusing to download and the horrifying notification telling you you’re at your data limit. Take a deep breath of fresh mountain air and connect to Whistler’s free WiFi.

Find a seat, picnic table, grassy lawn and rest assured that you’ll be able to tackle those emails without wanting to launch your laptop into the ether. Here are the spots in Whistler Village where you can access free WiFi:

  • Whistler Olympic Plaza
  • Town Plaza
  • Village Common
  • Village Square
  • The area near the Visitors Centre and new bus shelter

Find these places on the Whistler Village map.

If you come to Whistler this summer you’ll notice a slight change of pace as we navigate this new normal safely and respectfully. A few tips for coming up this summer, include booking ahead and online, making dinner reservations in advance and bringing your own reusable face covering. For the latest information on COVID-19 and what’s open in Whistler check out Whistler.com’s Doors Open Directory

Dee Raffo

Dee Raffo

You can often find Dee exploring all Whistler has to offer with her three-kid tribe in tow. Originally from the UK, Dee enjoys balancing out high-thrills adventures with down-time basking in the beauty of the wonderful place she now calls home.

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