Whistler first made its mark on the world with it's wicked ski terrain. And while American Thanksgiving in Whistler always marks the official opening of Whistler Blackcomb (the mountain often opens early if the conditions allow), there are so many other activities to do in Whistler other than skiing and riding. Here are 9 under-the-radar ideas:
1) AXE. Head to Forged Axe Throwing in Function Junction, just an 8-minute drive from town centre, to try Whistler’s newest attraction – hucking axes at a wall.
2) BOUNCE. Kids have some extra energy they need to burn off? Drop them at this indoor trampoline gym in Function Junction, aptly named Bounce.
3) BREW. Mosey on over to Whistler Brewing, conveniently located next door to Bounce, and try some local beer. Don't miss newcomer Coast Mountain Brewing. Just down the road, it's quickly becoming a locals’ favourite.
4) TREAT. Two words: Pure Bread. Bold words but every Whistlerite will agree, this is THE best bakery hands down. (My personal favourites are the Crack Bar – known for being so addictive – and the flourless brownie, for all you healthy folk. Heh.) Two locations include the main village across from Olympic Plaza and in Function Junction across from Bounce.
5) HIKE. Try Train Wreck - it is a favourite of mine. An old train derailment from the 1950’s, it's tucked back in the old growth forest and covered in cool graffiti art. It’s also an an easy, all-ages hike that’s accessible year round.
6) STROLL. Whether it’s around the village or out to one of the lakes (Lost Lake is an easy walk from the village), take advantage of the fresh mountain air and go for a run, walk, or fat bike.
7) SIP. For eclectic coffee shops with some serious local flavour, check out Gone Eatery (at the back of Armchair Books Store), Alpine Cafe (a 7-minute drive north the main village) or Pikolo Espresso Bar in the Rainbow neighbourhood.
Take it from a local, there is so much more to Whistler than just skiing and riding.
Comment below and tell me your favourite Whistler activity.