The snow line is creeping its way down the mountains and there’s an exciting buzz in Whistler as the resort gets ready for winter and to welcome back the visitors we’ve missed the last couple of seasons.

Whistler Blackcomb opens on November 25, but that’s not the only thing that gets going this month. Cornucopia, Whistler’s celebration of food and drink, is happening all month long, the Whistler Sliding Centre is welcoming back athletes, we have new stores and restaurants to explore, and our activity providers deftly switch from mud to snow with their adaptable adventure offerings.

Here’s what you can expect in Whistler this November.

Outdoor Adventure

You’ll find us:

  • Making our way through the mist as we head up to the snowline on Blackcomb Mountain with Canadian Wilderness Adventures. ATV tours are the perfect fall to winter adventure, as it doesn’t matter how messy you get when you’re covered from head to toe in waterproofs! Depending on the snowfall, you might even get a combo ATV and snowmobile tour!
  • Checking our gear, doing our squats and wall sits, and making sure we’re ready to roll on November 25, Whistler Blackcomb’s Opening Day. Take a read of our Insider’s Guide: Tuning Up for the Winter Season to get yourself ready too.
  • Registering for some training courses so that we’re educated and prepared for the adventures ahead. Have a read of Tips for Playing Safe in Whistler’s Backcountry to get an idea of what’s on offer in Whistler and what kind of training you need to stay safe this winter season.

 

Adventure Lite

You’ll find us:

  • At the Whistler Sliding Centre, watching the athletes take to the track (it’s free to spectate). Grab a map from Guest Services open 9 AM to 7 PM on sliding days. Check out their weekly track schedule to time your self-guided tour (note that they’re closed Nov 4 to 14). Passenger bobsleigh and public skeleton start on December 17, but if you book by November 15 then you can receive 15% off the bobsleigh experience.
  • Scanning the trees for bald eagles as we drift down the river on an eagle viewing float. Squamish is home to North America’s largest wintering population of bald eagles, although that’s not the only wildlife you’ll see, read more in Winter Eagle Viewing Float Tours From Whistler.
  • Starting the winter season right with some self-care at the Scandinave Spa. Book a massage or enjoy the baths experience, benefiting from the heating and cooling hydrotherapy cycle we suggest you go through at least three times while you’re there.

 

More ways to get outside.

Family Fun

You’ll find us:

  • Flying over the Fitzsimmons Valley between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains like an eagle! Ziptrek’s Eagle Tour includes five ziplines and four, treetop bridges – the first zipline has a lofty elevation of 1,000 meters! It’s a great tour for families looking for some flying fun, with the minimum age being six (minimum weight is 75 pounds / 34 kilograms).
  • Trundling up Blackcomb Mountain on a guided 4×4 Jeep tour. These rugged vehicles are designed to deal with the rocky, muddy and now, snowy mountain pathways.
  • Checking out the entrepreneurial savvy of Whistler’s kids at the Bratz Biz Youth Christmas Craft Market. It’s being held outside at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre on November 27 and 28 from 11 AM to 5 PM.

 

More family-friendly activities.

Arts & Culture

You’ll find us:

 

 

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More arts and culture activities.

Eating, Drinking & Shopping

You’ll find us:

  • Sipping on gin at Brickworks. They have 35 gins on their menu, 20 from British Columbia (including Montis Distilling located right here in Whistler) and 15 from across the globe.
  • Learning more about our favourite wines and liquors, and maybe opening our minds to some new top tipples at Whistler’s Cornucopia. Our Insider, who has been to 18 Cornucopias, gives us the scoop on this year’s festival in An Insider’s Tips on Whistler’s Celebration of Food + Drink: Cornucopia.
  • Grabbing a coffee and admiring the funky Keep it Wild mural at the newly opened Artigiano Whistler (in the old Starbucks Marketplace location). Doing some early festive shopping at the new Smartwool store (where Lole used to be) and making a reservation at Joe Fortes Seafood & Chophouse, now open in the old Trattoria location inside the Executive Inn.

More on Village shoppingdining and arts and culture.

Save the Date

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

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.
  • Winter parking regulations are in effect November 1 to March 31. There’s no parking in the Day Lots from 3 AM to 6 AM for snow clearing, and in Whistler neighbourhoods there’s no parking on even side Monday to Friday 9 AM to 5 PM (excluding holidays), and no parking on the odd side year round.

 

Dive into Whistler this November!

Winter in Whistler offers great value when you Stay Longer, Save More with savings of up to 30%, including a $100 Whistler Shopping Voucher when you stay 3 nights or more. If you are a BC or Washington Resident, be sure to check out Whistler Rewards for the best seasonal deals.

Author

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.