Updated April 2022

The perfect Whistler escape means something different to everyone. For the on-the-go parent, it might be two hours of “me time” during the annual family vacation. For someone at the pinnacle of their career, it could mean an entire “think week” to come up with their next big idea. But there is one thing everyone has in common – a dislike of decision fatigue.

A woman meditates at the end of a dock over looking a lake in Whistler.
Lakeside, sunrise meditations. PHOTO JUSTA JESKOVA

To make the planning stages of your getaway fun, we’ve highlighted a few of our favourite ways to relax and rejuvenate, based on your personal retreat style. If you’re a never-fits-in-the-box kinda person, don’t worry, we welcome you to pick through all three recipes for inspiration.

For the Busy Body

You lead a full life, which you love, but you also need your rest. Slow it right down here in Whistler. Whether you travel solo or with the family, it’s the perfect place to make time for yourself to recharge. We know you don’t like to slow it down too much (lest you get bored!) so rest assured there is lots to do in Whistler to keep you engaged.

Two bikers ride the Valley Trail in Whistler.
Take a morning ride on the Valley Trail. PHOTO JUSTA JESKOVA

Your Retreat Recipe

Mix and match on the day to create your perfect itinerary.

Treat yourself

Move Mindfully

A man and woman trail run in the alpine in Whistler.
Trail run in the high alpine. PHOTO JUSTA JESKOVA

Reset and Rejuvenate

The nicest part of staying at a hotel? Not having to go far to relax, and being able to get there in your robe. Most hotels in Whistler boast luxurious pools and hot tubs. The Pan Pacific pool features a view of all the action at the base of Whistler Mountain and the Fairmont Chateau has the most adorable sauna.

Have an Adventure

  • Another kind of hydrotherapy, paddle peacefully down the River of Golden Dreams on a guided tour with Backroads Whistler or Whistler Eco Tours
  • Take to the trees and try an aerial obstacle course or make it more mellow and opt for a guided, ecology-focused tour.
Two people canoe on a lake in Whistler in the morning sunshine.
Float on a mirror. PHOTO JUSTA JESKOVA

Dine Out

Whistler is home to many restaurants that bridge the good-for-you with the indulgent, perfectly. Take yourself (or your travel partner) on a date night at Alta Bistro, Il Caminetto or The Raven Room. When you need to grab-and-go, The Green Moustache, Naked Sprout, Freshii and Hundo-P The Smoothie Bar will have the delicious and nutritious options you’re looking for.

For the Fit-cationer

You like to get a jumpstart on things; mornings, vacation planning and especially, summer. This is the season you can do all the things you love, often in the same day.

You’re here to experience Whistler but stay on track, you travel often and know how important it is to stick to your wellness plan. Whistler has your needs covered and will provide the excitement you crave.

Two bike riders rest on a mossy rock looking out over the lake in Whistler.
Savour every pedal stroke. PHOTO JUSTA JESKOVA

Retreat Recipe

Mix and match on the day to create your perfect itinerary.

Treat yourself

Move Mindfully

A woman stands under a cold waterfall at the Scandinave Spa Whistler.
Brave the invigorating waterfalls. PHOTO JUSTA JESKOVA

Reset and Rejuvenate

The Scandinave Spa is where you’ll find an immersive (and silent) spa experience. The benefits of the hot / cold therapy favour the bold, so it’s right up your alley. Set in the forest and complete with hammocks, a steam room, sauna and a nutritious cafe, it’s relaxation at its finest.

The baths at Scandinave Spa IN Whistler
Spend the day at the Scandinave Spa. PHOTO CHAD CHOMLACK

Have an Adventure

Dine Out

Whistler has a very health-conscious community. Because of this, you’ll find most restaurants have keto, paleo, or other nutrition plan friendly menu items. Find your lean protein, fresh from the coast, at renowned seafood restaurants like Araxi, Bearfoot Bistro and Sushi Village.

A couple enjoy dinner on the Araxi patio in Whistler.
Dine on a sunny patio. PHOTO JUSTA JESKOVA

For the Blissful

You are intuned with your body, mind and soul and what you’re intuiting is that you need time and space to connect. It’s the time of year to celebrate new growth and longer, light-filled days, what better place to do that than in nature-abundant Whistler.

While this place does offer high-octane adventure, there’s a slower, quieter undercurrent that draws people here. Whistler has always been a place for those seeking their own path, where will it take you?

Woman meditating at a lake in Whistler
A perfect place to meditate. PHOTO MIKE CRANE

Treat Yourself

  • Get an aura tune-up with a Reiki session at YogaCara
  • The spa at Whistler uses electrical pulses and sound waves to drive active Vitamin A, C and E into the skin in their facials to help repair damage from sun, cold and exposure.
  • Restore your entire nervous system with a kundalini massage; a combination of essential oils, chakra healing and massage techniques offered at The Spa at Nita Lake Lodge
A woman gets a massage at Nita Lake Lodge in Whistler.
Float away during a massage. PHOTO JUSTA JESKOVA

Mindful Movement

  • Practice yoga at a studio or in the great outdoors
  • Rise with the sun and paddleboard across a still, misty lake as you take in the mountain views
  • Take in incredible artwork as you move through the galleries at the Audain Art Museum

Reset and Rejuvenate

Meditate solo lakeside or join a guided meditation at Yogacara or the Whistler Public Library. With the fresh mountain air, we highly recommend taking your pranayama practice outside. 

Indigenous dancers perform a the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre in Whistler.
Expand your mind at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre. PHOTO SLCC / LOGAN SWAYZE

Have an Adventure

Dine Out

Whether you’re flexitarian, vegan or somewhere in-between, available options are not something you need to worry about. Almost everywhere has at least one dish catering to vegan and veggies, see our Insider’s Guide: Vegan and Vegetarian Eats to find the restaurants that go above and beyond.

For fresh, local produce you should also take a trip to the Whistler Farmers’ Market which is held on Sundays every week starting in may.

Fruit smoothies lined up at The Green Moustache
When they all look this good, it’s hard to choose. PHOTO THE GREEN MOUSTACHE

Now that you’re inspired, it’s time to pick dates and start planning on Whistler.com.

Spring in Whistler offers great value with a three-night stay starting from $127 per night. Planning to come in June? Book 3+ nights and receive a free $100 wellness voucher. If you are a BC or Washington resident, be sure to check out Whistler Rewards for the best seasonal deals. You can also win a trip to Whistler by entering the Summer Recharge Contest, which includes return flights, accommodation and a whole host of incredible Whistler activities.

Author

Nikkey got her start in Whistler as an outdoor guide and the habit of talking about the place has clearly stuck. Whistler’s general laid-back lifestyle and immediate access to fun is what’s kept her around. When not hanging out on the Whistler Insider team Nikkey works as a freelance creative for outdoor and wellness brands. Nikkey’s favourite Whistler animal is the marmot- she just wants to pinch those fluffy cheeks! (but never would because she respects wildlife and really likes having her fingers attached to her hands.)