Get your brew on in the mountains this October, as it’s Whistler Craft Beer Month; check out our post Raise a Pint, which covers some of the hop-focused 40+ events. It’s also your last chance to ride the Whistler Mountain Bike Park (last day October 11) and tee off on Whistler’s golf courses (last day October 10), but don’t think that means it’s the end of the mountain thrills.

There are still hundreds of miles of cross-country bike trails to be explored, muddy puddles to splash through, race events, dining specials, gear deals and Canadian Thanksgiving. Here’s what you can expect in Whistler this October.

Outdoor Adventure

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Adventure Lite

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  • Trotting. You might not quite be up for a half marathon, but how about a Turkey Trot? You can do a 5-kilometre or 10-kilometre route that takes you around the beautiful shores of Lost Lake.
  • Cheering on the athletes at the Whistler Sliding Centre when they start to hit the ice on October 18. It’s free to sightsee and you can check online for what’s happening on the track.
  • Soaking at the Scandinave Spa, which sits on the edges of Lost Lake. There’s something magical about being in the water while it’s raining and misty.


More ways to get outside.

Family Fun

You’ll find us:

  • Looking for bears with Whistler Photo Safaris. Tours typically wrap up by the end of October as the bears head off for their winter nap after gorging on berries. Want to know what happens to a bear during this time? Take a read of What Happens to a Bear When it Hibernates.
  • Carving our pumpkin to add to Arts Whistler’s Tour de Pumpkins community walking tour of art-carved pumpkins in Florence Petersen Park (behind the Whistler Public Library) on October 30.
  • Taking the kids to the pump track in Whistler Village, which is close to the Day Lots and Audain Art Museum. There are a few track options in this area with picnic tables for those much-needed snack breaks (may we suggest a pre-biking trip to purebread?).


More family-friendly activities.

Arts & Culture

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More arts and culture activities.

Eating, Drinking & Shopping

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More on Village shoppingdining and arts and culture.

Save the Date

Whistler happenings to put in your calendar for the month ahead.

  • 25th Annual Cornucopia Whistler | Thursdays to Sundays, November 4 – 28, 2021
  • Whistler Blackcomb Opening Day | November 25, 2021
  • Whistler Film Festival December 1 – 31, 2021
  • Whistler Pride and Ski Festival | January 23 – 30, 2022

Find more event information on our events calendar.

Don’t Forget . . .

  • Please remember that COVID-19 isn’t on vacation, stay home if you have any symptoms, however mild, and get tested if your symptoms are consistent with COVID-19
  • Practise physical distancing
  • Wear a mask in indoor public settings
  • Wash your hands often
  • Winter tires and chains are required on the Sea to Sky highway between October 1 to March 31.
  • Please make sure you are bear-aware and have your dog on a leash at all times unless you’re in a designated off-leash area.
  • It’s now nonpeak season parking in the Day Lots (Lot 4 & 5 are free), and pay parking is finished for the season at Whistler’s parks and lakes.


For the best rates on accommodation for the late spring and summer, plan a longer stay or consider staying midweek. Stay 3+ nights to receive a free $100 Activity Voucher and up to 25% off. It's easy to book your vacation when you have the freedom of's Flexible Cancellation options backed by their Book With Confidence program.

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.