Winter days in Whistler are pretty easy to get right. Wake up early, choose a mountain to upload, ski or snowboard until you’re hungry, aprés, hot tub, sleep, repeat. With fat flakes a-plenty, and the odd bit of sunshine, snowy days in Whistler are easily filled. But what about the evenings? Even the earliest of early birds doesn’t need to go to bed with the winter sun!

Whether you want to work up a sweat, or let someone else do the work, here are some of my favourite Whistler evening activities.

1. Cross-Country Skiing

A cross-country skier glides around Lost Lake in the dark.
Cross-country skiing under the stars. PHOTO JUSTA JESKOVA

Energy Required – 5/5 beans

If night falls and you find yourself with energy to burn, Lost Lake Park has you covered. Just a short walk from the village, this network of cross-country ski trails is open until 8 PM daily (they have snowshoeing trails too, but they’re only open until dusk). Rentals are available on-site, and if you get there early enough you can watch the alpenglow from Lost Lake beach.

Be sure to bring warm layers – full zips are a good option as you will definitely heat up! A head torch is highly recommended; the trails are well signed and colour-coded, but you’ll need a personal source of light to see them! Phone torches are okay in a pinch, but remember that phone batteries deplete quickly in cold conditions.

2. Ice skating – Whistler Olympic Plaza and Meadow Park Sports Centre

People ice skating at Olympic Plaza in Whistler in the evening.
Outdoor ice skating with the mountains as your backdrop. PHOTO JUSTA JESKOVA

Energy Required – 4/5 beans

Ok, so this might be a controversial activity to put second on my high-energy list, but if you’re like me and didn’t grow up with ice, or skating, or snow, then ice skating can be a fun, but also a physically and mentally taxing, activity.

Whistler Olympic Plaza

Located in the heart of the village, skating at Olympic Plaza is both beginner-friendly and photogenic. The rink features multi-coloured hanging icicles, is set against a picturesque mountain backdrop and is surrounded by Dr. Seuss-esque LED wrapped trees. Open until 8:30 PM (closed from 5 PM to 6 PM for resurfacing) entry is only $9 per person, which includes admission, skate hire, skating aids and helmets. If you bring your own skates, entry is only $2! The rink is partially undercover and strollers are welcome on the ice.

INSIDER TIP: There is also a free snow zone adjacent to it, where little people can climb up and slide down to their heart’s content on their toboggans.

Meadow Park Sports Centre

Located on Highway 99 and easily accessed by public transit, the NHL sized ice rink at Meadow Park Sports Centre is a good option for skaters who need more space. Skate rentals are available and entry is half-price on Tuesday and Thursday nights. A skate sharpening service is also available.

3. Vallea Lumina

One of the visual displays at Vallea Lumina in Whistler.
Who said all of Whistler’s bears were asleep? PHOTO THE ADVENTURE GROUP

Energy Required – 3/5 beans

More gentle cardio than ice skating, Vallea Lumina is a stunning, multimedia, night walk. Lanterns guide the way along a twisting forest path, and into camp where thousands of coloured lights reflect off every snowy surface.

As you move deeper into the forest, intricate LED displays start to respond to your movement, until it feels as though the forest really is watching you. Most people spend about an hour moving through the trail and costumed employees discreetly follow participants to ensure everybody’s safety.

Take a read of Magic in the Mountains: Winter Vallea Lumina for more information on this experience.

4. bubly Tube Park

A young girl screams with delight as she slides down an icy track at the Whistler Tube Park.
PHOTO JUSTA JESKOVA

Required Energy – 3/5 beans

I’ll be honest, I was initially skeptical about the bubly Tube Park. Located up at Base 2 on Blackcomb Mountain, I’d snowboarded past the popular park many times and always wondered about its appeal. Just how exciting could supervised tobogganing be?

The answer, it turns out, is very.

Flying down the thrill lane, having received a very generous push from the staff at the top, I knew I wasn’t going to fly off the course. I knew it, but I couldn’t feel it. All I could feel was the wind whipping my face and my knuckles gripped tight on the handles. I was glad when multiple sets of bumpy rubber braking mats finally brought me to a stop, and then, having survived, I couldn’t wait to do it again! The magic carpet is a leg saver and a half, and there’s also a chill lane for small humans.

To get to the tube park you take the Excalibur Gondola from Skier’s Plaza at the base of Whistler Mountain (free for tube park users), and then there’s a steep, but short, wooden staircase from the gondola to the welcome area. Shoes with good grip are recommended as you’ll be walking on snow, and warm clothes and waterproof pants are a good idea.

I realise now that comparing the bubly Tube Park to tobogganing is like comparing a waterpark to a backyard slip’n’slide. You might want to do this one before dinner!

5. Escape! Whistler

Did you know there’s a pirate ship in Whistler? PHOTO ESCAPE! WHISTLER

Required Energy – 3/5 beans – inside, but your brain will burn a lot of energy

With six different escape rooms at Escape! Whistler, this is an activity you’ll want to do more than once. It’s also one of the best Whistler evening activities if you’d prefer not to drink, but still want to be indoors. Open seven days a week until 9:30 PM, each experience is an hour long, with up to 45 minutes trapped in your chosen puzzle room.

I found the beginner level Pirate Ship suitably challenging and enjoyed the temporary transportation to a warmer climate. At one point I managed to escape the ocean, only to flop belly first onto a sandy beach! The rooms are all lovingly designed by the local owners and the Yukon Gold room is wheelchair accessible.

6. Festive Light Walks

The Whistler Village Stroll lit up with festive lights.
Walking in a winter wonderland. PHOTO MITCH WINTON

Required Energy – 2/5 beans

Free and open all night, up to 350,000 individual LED bulbs on 6,500 strands of lights span Whistler Village from end-to-end and beyond. A lot of the best light displays are enroute to the activities mentioned in this post, particularly around Olympic Plaza, however the lights of the Fitzsimmons Creek Bridge and Rebagliati Park are worth seeking out. They’re part of the 1.2-kilometre Upper Village Festive Lights Tour, which is one of multiple self-guided walking tours available on Tourism Whistler’s new, free app – Go Whistler Tours.

The Upper Village Festive Lights Tour starts at Rebagliati Park, between Day Lots 1 and 2, on the Valley Trail towards the Upper Village (Blackcomb Base). You’ll know you’ve arrived when giant, sparkling woodland creatures are towering over you and an illuminated glacial creek gushes below.

Take a look at all of Whistler’s Festive Light Tours in Walking in a Winter Wonderland.

7. Audain Art Museum

The entrance of the Audain Art Museum in Whistler, in winter.
The works of Emily Carr,  E.J. Hughes and an outstanding collection of nineteenth century Northwest Coast masks await you inside. PHOTO MIKE CRANE

Required Energy – 1/5 beans

A great option for an early, evening activity the Audain Art Museum boasts an impressive permanent collection of British Columbian art, including several commissioned sculptures by contemporary First Nations artists and a large space for their rotating Special Exhibitions.

The art is top-notch, but as a member, it is the building itself that continually draws me in. Hidden in plain sight between the day parking lots, an elevated walkway takes you up and through the forest to an unassuming entrance. Once inside, a long, straight walkway with floor to ceiling glass connects the two gallery spaces, and makes you feel like you’re outside, walking through the trees. One day I even watched a black bear graze on the grass below, unaware and undisturbed by my presence.

A word of warning, the gift shop has many lovely, local pieces that you’ll want to take home with you. For more on the Audain, take a read of Culture Up: How to Get the Most From a Visit to the Audain.

8. Fire & Ice Show

Fire and Ice Show
The Fire and Ice Show always promises plenty of ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ for everyone. PHOTO CREDIT: MIKE CRANE

Fireworks and fire dancers spark up Sundays and special occasions through winter for the iconic Fire & Ice Show, creating a light display where skiers and snowboarders leap through flaming hoops to music. It starts at 7 PM, but aim to arrive a little early to nab a great spot.

Insider Info: Winter only. Wear warm clothes!

Required Energy – 1/5 beans

Show up, watch, enjoy.

9. Throw Some Axes

There’s something decidedly therapeutic about tossing around some axes. And it’s even better when you hear the satisfying thud of the axe sinking into its target.

Forged Axe Throwing is open nightly until 9 PM, making it one of the best Whistler evening activities whether there’s just one or two of you, or an entire group. It’s very easy to try, and your session will include demonstrations, tips, and safety protocols. Plus, the guides are always happy to help you nail some trick shots.

Insider info: Open year round. Situated right next to Whistler Brewing Company, so you can head next door for a drink after your session.

Required Energy – 3/5 beans

It’s not quite the workout of cross-country skiing, but things can get pretty heated as you chuck axes at a wall. Fortunately, you can relax and watch others in between turns, so it’s a great balance of activity and atmosphere.

10. Hit up the Whistler Racket Club

The Whistler Racket Club is something of a hidden gem. It is multi-purpose, with sporting activities such as indoor and outdoor tennis, pickleball, corn hole, axe throwing, and snowball fight zones at various times of the year.

Not to mention, the cafe and patio serve tasty snack foods and all your favourite drinks, making it a great place to spend an evening trying your hand at different activities and grabbing a bite with a few friends. It’s open until 10 PM every night, and is an easy quick walk from the Village for an extra convenient night out.

Insider info: Open year round. Visit on a Monday night for $10 entry and access to all the activities!

The Whistler Racket Club offers activities, snacks, drinks, and warmth, all a stone’s throw from the Village.

Required Energy – 4/5 beans

You could work up a sweat on the indoor courts, or you could take it easy relaxing by the fire with snacks and a beverage. This is a case of choosing your adventure, and deciding if you’d prefer to burn some pent up energy, or rest after a long day on the mountain.

11. Relax at the Spa

A night out doesn’t have to be a drain on your resources. Many of Whistler’s spas and wellness venues are open into the night, so you can spa, float or stretch out at a restorative yoga class and go to bed early for the best sleep of your life. You’ll be first in line the next day and have an excuse to laugh at the hungover strugglers.

Insider Info: Year-round. Combine with time in nature to really find your balance. Check out our DIY Retreat Guide or Learn More about Wellness options

Scandinave Spa in the evening.
The Scandinave Spa promises a relaxing, beautiful evening out any time of the year. PHOTO CREDIT: JUSTA JESKOVA

Required Energy – -1/5 beans

You don’t need energy to relax at a spa. In fact, you can arrive with less than zero energy, and walk out feeling much more relaxed and rejuvenated.

Whistler is definitely a high energy kind of place, but no matter how many beans you’re left with at the end of the day, there are plenty of Whistler evening activities to choose from.

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Author

Like a lot of locals, Kate came to Whistler for a month, seven years ago. Originally from Australia, Kate is happily stuck in the Whistler bubble, spending their free time boarding, biking and hiking among the trees. In the summer months you can find them canoe guiding on the River of Golden Dreams.