What To Do in Whistler

Lake Moraine

The Whistler and Blackcomb mountains form the biggest winter sports area in North America, so it has just about everything you can think of when it comes to outdoor activities. The less athletically inclined (I might be talking about myself) can enjoy relaxing in the village, eating, and even a spa. Here are a few of my favorite things to do in Whistler.

Whistler Blackcomb
Whistler Blackcomb features some of the best skiing on the continent, even better than my husband’s beloved Colorado. It features an astounding 200 runs, which is far more than you can cover even in a week. Some hotels even have ski-in access so you don’t waste any of your time in Whistler on shuttles. Whistler Blackcomb is also a great place for snowmobiling and heli-skiing, though I haven’t worked up the nerve to try that yet.

Peak 2 Peak Gondola
The Peak 2 Peak Gondola is exactly what it sounds like—an awesome ride between the two mountains. My husband is scared of heights, so I actually tackled this one on my own and loved it. It covers 4.4 kilometers in 11 minutes, so you move along at a pretty good speed. Moving over the mountains, lakes, and forest, the view is spectacular.

Squamish-Lil’wat Cultural Centre
The Whistler resort sits on the ancestral lands of the Squamish and Lil’wat First Nations peoples. The Cultural Centre is designed to preserve their culture and traditions. It features carvings, weavings, and stories about the nations, and you can even try First Nation-inspired dishes in the café. The Centre is interesting and makes a great alternative to the outdoor activities.

Banff, Canada in snow

Ice Skating at Whistler Village
I’ve loved ice skating since I was little. In the winter, the Olympic Plaza transforms into an outdoor ice skating rink, which obviously makes it one of my favorite spots. At night, it’s light up and beautiful, and there are gorgeous views of the mountains. Bonus: it’s super affordable, so you can save money for some of the other pricier activities.

Soak at a Mountaintop Scandinavian Spa
Close to Whistler Village you can visit the amazing Scandinave Spa. The hydrotherapy spa uses a sauna and different temperatures to relax and revitalize you. Looking out over the mountains, this beautiful experience is almost totally silent. It may be one of my favorite spas ever.

Whistler Tasting Tours
Whistler Tasting Tours gives the spa a run for its money when it comes to naming my favorite thing to do in Whistler. On the tours, you visit the best restaurants in your tour theme (dinner, desserts, etc.) and taste some of the very best that Canada has to offer. It’s so fun to taste the local beers and Okanagan wines, and the whole experience is just lovely.

What to Know When Visiting Toronto’s CN Tower

Toronto’s CN Tower is city landmark. A visit here is one of the things you have to do when you visit Toronto.

On our travels, we like to do a mix of the expected touristy things and things that are a bit more off the beaten path. For this trip, a ride up the CN Tower checked the “touristy” box. Here are a few of the things I learned as part of my visit.

It’s pricey
My ticket was a whopping $40, which is a lot for a relatively quick visit. Luckily, this activity is something you really only need to do once.

Online tickets are a little better
Tickets are available online at a small discount ($36), which I wish I had known before my visit. This lets you avoid the tick line, but you still need to go to Guest Services, which might actually take longer.

It can be crowded
Saturday afternoons, as you might imagine, are the worst time to visit the CN Tower. The wait can take at least an hour before you even get to security. I strongly suggest visiting at an off-peak time or at least being well-prepared for the wait, especially if you’re with children.

Not all elevators have glass floors
Six high-speed elevators zoom you to the top in less than a minute. The experience and view are excellent. However, not all elevators have a glass floor, so you may miss out on some of the experience.

You can walk on the edge
The newest attraction at the CN Tower is the most spectacular—the EdgeWalk. It looks terrifying to me, and it’s the highest outdoor walk in the world at 356 meters.

You can eat with a view
Eating dinner at the 360 Restaurant at the CN Tower is the way to go! We watched the sun set and had a spectacular view of the city below. The restaurant even revolves, which adds to the excitement.