Things to do in
Whistler

Skiing, glaciers, and zip lines are just a taste of what this alpine adventure playground has to offer.

Our most recommended things to do in Whistler

Vancouver: Sea to Sky Gondola and Whistler Day Trip

1. Vancouver: Sea to Sky Gondola and Whistler Day Trip

Ride the Sea to Sky Gondola, explore Whistler Village and admire the natural wonders in between on this day trip from Vancouver. Feel in awe of the ever-changing landscapes along the Sea to Sky Highway. Ride the famous Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish, an outdoor paradise for climbers and backcountry adventurers. The gondola takes you to Habrich Ridge, where you will have 90 minutes to take in breathtaking views of the mountains, coastal rainforest, and network of inlets of Howe Sound. Pass the quaint town of Squamish and the Tantalus Glacier while continuing the journey to Whistler. Once there, enjoy free time to explore the downtown shops, cafes, the Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort, or the surrounding hiking trails. On the way back to Vancouver, enjoy a scenic stop at the 335 metre Shannon Falls and gaze out over ever-changing landscapes surrounding the Sea to Sky Highway. Join us in celebrating 40 years of sharing Vancouver, Victoria and Whistler with guests from all over. Our expertly curated guided tours offer a special and safe experience.

From Vancouver: Sea to Sky Gondola and Whistler Tour

2. From Vancouver: Sea to Sky Gondola and Whistler Tour

Set off from Vancouver aboard a luxury coach on a journey to Whistler. Take in panoramic views of the ocean, sky-high mountains, and glaciers. Enjoy the special opportunity to spot local wildlife. The first stop is Shannon Falls, the third-highest waterfall in BC, where water cascades over a series of cliffs from a height of 335 meters (1,099 feet). There are two viewing platforms for the falls just a short walk from the parking lot. The next stop is the Sea to Sky Gondola just south of Squamish. Take a short ride up to the summit (an impressive 885 meters above sea-level). Enjoy time to grab a bite to eat, hike the trails, and enjoy the sweeping views of the surrounding mountain ranges and the turquoise waters of Howe Sound. From there, continue north along the Sea to Sky highway to the world-famous Whistler Village. The charming pedestrian-only village has something to offer everyone. Take 4 hours to explore world-class restaurants and shopping or just wander through the village. Watch the sunset on your way back to Vancouver.

Whistler Zipline Experience: Ziptrek Eagle Tour

3. Whistler Zipline Experience: Ziptrek Eagle Tour

Meet your professional and fun tour guides in Whistler Village then get geared up for your adventure. This tour is accessed via the Whistler Village Gondola with a short walk to the first zipline launching at an elevation of 3,280 feet (1,000m) right on Whistler mountain. From here, your adventure continues with 5 breathtaking ziplines and 4 treetop bridges. The first zipline is side-by-side so you can zip next to a friend and the last zipline brings you right back into Whistler Village. This tour is perfect if you've ziplined before or crave an adrenaline rush!

Whistler: Glacier Helicopter Tour and Mountain Landing

4. Whistler: Glacier Helicopter Tour and Mountain Landing

Enjoy live commentary from your pilot as you take in British Colombia's mountain range from above. Pass by ancient glaciers along the way. First, lift off from the north end of the Whistler Valley. Rise into the magnificent Coast Mountains. Explore expansive glaciers, the Whistler Blackcomb ski resort, and the majestic backcountry peaks. Next, see turquoise lakes, and the incredible volcanic features of the Garibaldi Provincial Park. Land on a mountaintop, where you’ll get to stretch your legs, snap some photos, and take in the view for 15 minutes (complimentary and weather dependent). Finally, fly back to Whistler Valley and land on solid ground. Choose options for a private group for yourself and 4 others or board with other curious flyers.

Sea to Sky Highway: Whistler & the Sea to Sky Gondola Tour

5. Sea to Sky Highway: Whistler & the Sea to Sky Gondola Tour

Spectacular sights and rugged wilderness is found just out of reach of Downtown Vancouver. Board your mini-coach and tour the famous Sea to Sky Highway along Howe Sound, the southernmost glacial fjord in North America. Feel the spray from British Columbia’s third-highest waterfall, Shannon Falls, while standing on the viewing platform. Next it is on to the Sea to Sky Gondola. Board the gondola and ascend 850-metres (930-yards) to the top to soak up the panoramic perspectives of Howe Sound cradled by the Coast Mountains. It’s here that you can cross the Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge and walk along forest trails to the observation platforms. Your tour then continues North to Whistler Resort where you will join a short guided walking tour of Whistler Village (optional). After learning a bit about Whistler and getting a lay of the land, there is plenty of free time to explore at your own pace. Visit the shops, stop in an art gallery, or do as the locals do and find the perfect patio along the village stroll for a moment to relax at this stunning mountain resort. Whistler Resort is renowned as an outdoor mecca, so feel free to ask about additional activities you can take part in during your free time in the village. When your time in Whistler is coming to an end, get to enjoy the scenic tour back along the Sea to Sky Highway to where your tour began.

Whistler Spectacular Glacier Tour by Seaplane

6. Whistler Spectacular Glacier Tour by Seaplane

Discover even more of Whistler's majestic mountains and glaciers as you fly high over the scenry on this 30 minutes flight.  Experience British Columbia’s supernatural beauty with this eagle’s eye flight over the majestic glaciers, rugged peaks, unique volcanic formations and lush alpine meadows that surround the turquoise waters of mile-high Garibaldi Lake. Don’t forget your camera! With currently over 50 aircraft, Harbour Air, Westcoast Air, and Whistler Air operate the largest seaplane fleet in the world. Dehavilland DHC-3 Turbine Single Otters and Twin Otter service regularly scheduled flights between the Lower Maindland, and Vancouver Island. DHC-2 Beavers service the Gulf Islands, and a Cessna 185 aircraft is available for charter. What started as a two airplane operation in 1982 to service the BC forestry sector, Harbour Air Seaplanes has grown into North America’s largest seaplane airline and only fully carbon neutral airline. With a showcase fleet of Canadian-made De Havilland aircraft, you’ll enjoy flying aboard a DHC-3 Turbine Single Otter, DHC-6 Twin Otter, or DHC-2 Beaver. Let’s fly!

Whistler: Glacier Helicopter Tour over Wedge Mountain

7. Whistler: Glacier Helicopter Tour over Wedge Mountain

Enjoy the spectacular views of the Garibaldi Mountain range on a scenic helicopter flight from Whistler. Take off and ascend to 8,000 feet in altitude to discover breathtaking scenery on a 14-minute flight. Admire the views of Wedgemount Lake - a picturesque turquoise-coloured alpine lake located in Garibaldi Provincial Park. Then, fly around Wedge Mountain, the highest summit in the Garibaldi Range. See the Wedge Glacier which descends from the mountain peaks, before flying back to Whistler. Total activity time (29 minutes) includes the mandatory safety briefing by your pilot prior to boarding. Please make sure to arrive 15 minutes prior to your tour's start time.

From Vancouver: Full-Day Whistler and Sea to Sky Gondola

8. From Vancouver: Full-Day Whistler and Sea to Sky Gondola

This 10.5-hour tour is the best way to explore the road to the 2010 Winter Olympics and the resort town of Whistler. You will begin the tour from Vancouver and travel to Whistler through the "Sea-to-Sky Highway." On the way, take a quick walk and stretch your legs to enjoy the powerful spray from third highest waterfall in British Columbia, Shannon Falls. Pass by 7,000-foot high mountains, and the second largest granite monolith in the world. Stop by the Sea to Sky Gondola. Rise 2800 feet above sea level for sweeping views of the Howe Sound fjord, luscious coastal forest, and surrounding mountains, test your fears with the Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge. Enjoy stories from your guide about the area's history and current events. Explore the majestic Whistler Village and browse through the quaint village shops. You can also hike at the base of the beautiful Shannon Falls, walk along forest trails, or just relax and enjoy the breathtaking mountain scenery.

Whistler: The Sea to Sky Helicopter Tour and Glacier Landing

9. Whistler: The Sea to Sky Helicopter Tour and Glacier Landing

Discover the astonishing beauty of Whistler and the surrounding area on this scenic helicopter flight. After meeting your professional pilot and getting comfy in a helicopter, get ready to take in incredible views. During your 42 minutes in the air, see the famous Whistler Blackcomb Resort, the turquoise green Cheakamus Lake, Garibaldi Lake, and fly over the spectacular mountain top with a view of Black Tusk Peak. Feel the cold icy snow with both feet as you enjoy a 15-minute landing to savor a magnificent glacier viewing, if weather conditions allow. This landing experience offers absolutely amazing views. After your scenic flight, you will return to the Whistler Heliport. Total activity time (72 minutes) includes the mandatory safety briefing by your pilot prior to boarding. Please make sure to arrive 15 minutes prior to your tour's start time.

Audio Driving Tour b/w Vancouver & Whistler | Sea to Sky Hwy

10. Audio Driving Tour b/w Vancouver & Whistler | Sea to Sky Hwy

Follow your professional audio tour guide Jefferson along Highway 99, one of the most scenic drives in the world! Start anywhere along the route between Vancouver and Whistler. The tour experience is the same in either direction. Learn about Vancouver's North Shore, Cypress Provincial Park and the early inhabitants of the area, the Coast Salish Peoples, a large grouping of many nations with numerous distinct cultures and languages. Hear about the European settlers who came after and the amazing animals and plants that call this beautiful area home. Discover the beauty of the sea and mountains as you hear about the Lions Bay Search and Rescue, the Straight of Georgia and Howe Sound, Cypress Provincial Park and BC's own temperate rainforest. Marvel at the geology of the area and learn about Fjords, Sounds & Bights, Watt's Point Volcanic Centre, Mount Garibaldi, Stratovolcanos and Stawamus Chief Mountain. Stop and be awed at Shannon Falls, the Britannia Mine Museum and the spectacular Brandywine Falls. With no time constraints, enjoy the freedom to stop anywhere and take your time exploring. See Anvil Island from the Porteau Cove Lookouts, Tantalus Lookout, Brackendale Eagle Provincial Park and even take a ride on the Sea to Sky Gondola. Along the way you'll pass through the Town of Squamish, known as an outdoor enthusiast's paradise and hear of the Squamish Estuary and Spit. Enjoy hearing the history of Whistler Mountain, it's Olympic Park, the name behind the River of Golden Dreams, and of course, the amazing and world renowned Town of Whistler. Fun audio clips will play automatically as you drive using a live GPS map. No data is used during the tour. The tour is easy to navigate and our audio guide will keep you and your family engaged along the way with trivia fun.

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Overall rating

4.7
(536 reviews)

I throughly enjoyed my day trip up to Squamish and Whistler. The tour guide, Zac, was super knowledgeable and very happy to answer all our questions. The weather wasn’t the best on our way out but luckily the sun made an appearance for our drive home and we saw some stunning scenery. Would definitely recommend as a day trip if staying in Vancouver.

Jessica was a fantastic guide. Friendly, cheerful, informative, shared an amazing amount of info. We could not have asked for a better guide. Everything was perfect and smooth.

It was an excellent day . We saw a lot of terrain and learned a lot about each area we visited as well as the tour guide was quite informative! We really enjoyed our day.

The tour guide and the driver was amazing! It was lovely eventhough the weather wasn’t great

Great trip. Well worth the money. Small group and Andrea was excellent.