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Whistler Destination Guide: Explore off the Slopes and Beyond the Village

The Yervana Staycation Series is your guide to staying local but keeping your travel spirits high! Throughout this series we will be bringing you staycation inspiration, guides to must-see destinations in Alberta and BC, road trip and weekend itineraries to help you plan, and chances for you to win a staycation of your own!

Whistler is known as a mountain biking and skiing paradise but there is a lot more adventure to be found amongst the snow capped peaks and evergreen valleys. From fishing, to climbing, hiking, wildlife viewing, and indigenous experience – Whistler is sure to have an adventure suited for every type of explorer!

Located in the heart of nature, Whistler makes it easy to venture into the wilderness in no time. Spend your time exploring the local flora and fauna, breathing in the fresh alpine air, and discovering the unbelievable adventure opportunities awaiting you just outside of the village.

This summer, venture off the beaten path and get to know Whistler beyond the village!

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Credit: Sofie Agger | Half Day Walk and Wade Salmon Fishing Tour

6 Ways to Adventure Beyond the Village in Whistler

1. Have a reel-y fun time learning to cast
Spend the day wading in a stream, perfecting your cast, and becoming one with nature. For salmon and trout, Whistler offers some of the greatest fly-fishing in the world. Even if you don’t catch the Big One, you’ll still have a great time taking in the beautiful backdrop and experiencing the sport of fly-fishing!

Looking to head out with an experienced local? Connect with Yervana Locals Melissa and Brad!

2. Climb to the peaks

There’s no denying that Whistler is an unbelievably beautiful location, with its magnificent peaks and close proximity to the ocean, one of the best ways to take in all the sights is climbing to the highest peak!

Whether you’re an avid climber or you’re looking to learn the sport, connect with a Yervana Local to experience the best climbing routes in Whistler.

Never been climbing but want to experience the rush? Give the Whistler Via Ferrata a try! You’ll climb the “Iron Way” to the top of Whistler’s peak. Clamber up a designed steep stairway of metal rung ladders along Whistler Mountain’s cliffside while clipping and unclipping along the way.

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Bear Safari Adventure in Whistler Olympic Park

3. Meet the wildlife
Whistler’s backcountry is home to cascading waterfalls, black bears, and breathtaking scenery. Yervana Local, Sherry is your go-to to journey in a comfy 4×4 vehicle to where the bears graze and immerse yourself in breathtaking vistas of surrounding peaks high in the alpine.

Yervana insider: Sherry will take you out at dawn to catch the sunrise or dusk for the sunset!

4. Hike your way around Whistler

Whistler is surrounded by hikes from scenic strolls to scrambling peaks, a few of our favourites are the versatility of the Lost Lake trails where you can choose-your-own adventure level, Wedgemount Lake trail for a full-day expedition, or exploring from the gondola on the High Note Trail.

Looking for a guided hiking experience? Head out with Yervana Local, Ollie, he’ll help you decide on which hike is suitable for you!

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5. Learn the rich Indigenous culture
From traditional drum songs, interpretive forest walks, and tea and bannock tastings, spend some time with a knowledgeable Cultural Ambassador who will provide you with insight into the local flora and fauna and give you glimpse into how the First Nations lived and their intimate connection with the land.

6. Explore the neighboring towns
Not far from Whistler is the quiant town of Pemberton. There you will find a weekly farmers market, local artisans, incredible eats, and adventure at every turn. From hiking the ever popular Joffre Lakes to jet boating down the Green River – Pemberton is a great place to visit during your Whistler stay.

Finer Things Dinner Tour

Where to Dine

Whistler Village is filled with every type of cuisine imaginable so why not eat your way through the village? Try the best restaurants and learn the history of the Village on a Finer Things Dinner Tour.

How to Get There
Whistler is located along the scenic Sea-to-Sky highway. You can arrive by car, bus, helicopter charter, or float plane. 

Ready to explore Whistler?
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Where to next?
Thinking of doing a little exploring in British Columbia? Whistler is close to other popular destinations in the province, including Vancouver Island, Squamish, and Vancouver.

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