99 Things to Do

Top 10


1. See the Sights

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There’s more than your eyes can actually take in at the top of Whistler or Blackcomb. But why choose? With the Peak 2 Peak gondola, you can see it all. Eye candy for real eyes.
2. Ski and ride

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You didn’t come all this way NOT to slide down the mountain. There’s a reason why Whistler Blackcomb is consistently rated number one. See for yourself!
3. Relive Our Olympics

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There are a host of legacies left behind from Whistler’s biggest party, the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. Look beyond the five rings!
4. Sightseeing

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The record-breaking, gravity-defying PEAK 2 PEAK gondola linking Whistler and Blackcomb is a ride not to be missed. You don’t have to be a skier or a snowboarder to enjoy it. Come up in your snow boots and stay for a while.

5. Après

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If you’re not heading home in your ski boots at 10 p.m. it’s not an après. Find a patio, get settled under a heater, order beer and nachos, and relive your day.

6. Valley Trail

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Perhaps one of our proudest achievements is our Valley Trail. The two-lane trail stretches from one end of the valley to the other and makes getting about Whistler easy. Ride it. Walk it. Run it. Cruise it.

There are lots of treasures in the local shops. Take the time to explore.

Japanese, Indian, Mexican, Thai, Irish, Australian. There’s something to tempt every taste bud. From award-winning high end fare to quick grab and go’s, dining out in Whistler is an experience not to be missed.

9. Skinny Ski

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It’s not all about downhill here. There’s a huge wonderful network of cross-country trails both close to the village at Lost Lake Park, and south of town at the Olympic legacy venue in the Callaghan Valley
10. Look Around

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Take the time to stop and look around. Ponder Black Tusk. Soak up the alpenglow. It’s worth it to stop and wonder.

Olympic Top Ten


11. Callaghan Valley

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In this majestic, peaceful valley south of town you’ll find Whistler Olympic Park where the cross country skiing and skate skiing is at an Olympic caliber. Don’t be intimated. There are trails for all levels.
12. Toboggan

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Just beside the Ski Play Zone at the Callaghan you’ll find a tobogganing hill. Unleash your inner child and remember just how fun it is to toboggan. There are great views of the Olympic ski jumps too. Toboggans and helmets are available to rent at the Day Lodge.
13. Olympic Speed

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Check out the fastest sliding centre in the world at the Whistler Sliding Centre. There are self-guided interpretative tours that will teach you all about the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. Stand on the Olympic podium, sit in an Olympic sled, walk down Thunderbird Corner to the finish dock.
14. Outdoor Rink

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It’s as Canadian as maple syrup. So, when in Whistler, lace up those skates and start gliding. The skating is free, the skate rentals are cheap. And you won’t find a more beautiful setting to take a turn about the ice. It’s hard to miss it. It’s right in the heart of the village at Whistler Olympic Plaza.
15. Olympic Plaza

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Though the rink may be the main attraction at Olympic Plaza, have a stroll and soak in all the Olympic mementoes, including the Rings and the Paralympic Agitos and the Olympic cauldron.
16. Skeleton

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Or, go head first on a skeleton. It’s certainly a different vantage point, watching the sliding track rush beneath you inches from your head.
17. Bobsleigh

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If the tour is too tame, get into a bobsleigh and really feel the thrill of an Olympian. Take ten corners to the finish line, maxing out at roughly 125 kilometres per hour.
18. Point And Shoot

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Just what it says. Grab a rifle and aim for the biathlon bulls eye at Whistler Olympic Park in the Callaghan Valley.
19. Deeper into the Callaghan

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Whistler Olympic Park has introduced more people to the beauty of the deep Callaghan Valley where the cross country trails abound among 3,500 hectares of wilderness terrain.
20. Lost Lake Passivhaus

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This was the Austria Passiv House during the Games, a showcase of energy-efficient construction in Canada. Now, you can rent your cross country and snowshoe rentals for Lost Lake.

On the Mountains


21. MAX 4

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No more than four people per instructor! It doesn’t get much better than that for a group lesson. Improve. Improve. Improve. It just makes everything that much more fun!
22. Women Camp

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If you want to get better in a supportive environment, think about a women’s all star ski camps. The two-day weekend camps are for all styles and levels, with top coaches who not only know their stuff, they know how to teach it too.

23. The Camp

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Two long running ski camps in North America, Dave Murray and Ski Esprit, have joined together to create The Camp. Think you know all there is to know about skiing? Think again. You’ll leave this camp a better skier.

24. Take an Avalanche Awareness tour

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There’s no better place to learn how to be savvy in the backcountry. Learn to read the snow and feel confident and prepared going beyond the ropes.
25. Take a lesson

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A few hours with the pros will make you infinitely better. And… they’re really fun.

26. Park Rats

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There are six terrain parks and pipes at Whistler Blackcomb with 99 acres of park terrain from the Highest Level XL to the Big Easy Terrain Garden. Don’t miss the Superpipe and the Snowcross.

27. Racer's Ready...

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There’s nothing like a bit of competition to bring out your best skills. The GMC Race Centre offers friendly competition in a dual Giant Slalom course, for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities.
28. Tubing

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Take toboganning to a whole new level and feel the thrill of riding down a slippery slope on an inner tube. The tube park is at Base II. Follow the squeals of delight.
29. Fire and Ice

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Mixing sizzling ski and snowboard action with stone cold nerves of steel, it’s the weekly combo of fire spinners and top skiers and riders launching themselves through “a burning ring of fire”. Oh, against the backdrop of everyone’s favourite… fireworks! Every Sunday evening at 6:30 at the base of Whistler Mountain.

30. Fresh Tracks

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The best breakfast view out there. It’s worth the early wake-up to see the sunrise over the mountains. And, as the name suggests, you also get to hit the snow before anyone else.

31. Waffles

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Waffles at Crystal Hut on Blackcomb. Extreme toppings, extreme pleasure, not a speck of guilt. The on-mountain dining experience if you think whipped cream is a food group.
32. Ski Powder

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Just do it.
33. Steeps (Inside)

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At the Roundhouse Lodge atop Whistler Mountain, Steeps Grill and Wine Bar is an on-mountain dining experience not to be missed.
34. Steeps (Outside)

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After fortifying yourself at Steeps indoors, push the boundaries and try some steeps outdoors. Try a lesson with Extremely Canadian. They’ll get you to push your boundaries.
35. Ski Tour

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You’ve done the course, now thousands and thousands of untouched powder beckons beyond. Hire a guide to show you the way.
36. Magic Castle

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Tucked into the forest on Blackcomb Mountain, the Magic Castle is a simply magical place for a kid-friendly pit-stop.
37. Tree Fort

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Over on Whistler Mountain, a tree fort fuels the kids and gives parents a momentarily respite.
38. Mountain Hosts

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They’re super friendly and ready to help. And, they give free orientation tours every day. Don’t be shy. They’re a fount of all local knowledge.
39. The Glaciers

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There are three at Whistler Blackcomb. Don’t miss the short hike into the Blackcomb Glacier… it’s a fave.
40. Harmony Six

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The newest and the biggest lift at Whistler Blackcomb. Take a trip to Whistler’s alpine on this new six-seater.
41. Crystal Zone

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Whistler Blackcomb’s guests can’t all be wrong. They asked for improvements to the beloved Crystal zone. This year they get a new and improved chair and on mountain upgrades will make this a must-do on-mountain experience.
42. WB App

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The Whistler Blackcomb Mobile App gives you snow alerts, lift and alpine zone alerts and allows you to track your day with GPS. See how far you skied.
43. Peak to Creek

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Iconic Whistler Mountain run. Try it without stopping.
44. Capture Those Smiles

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It’s worth it to pay the pros to capture your Whistler memories. You’ll find Coast Mountain Photography on the mountain.

Off the Mountains


45. Dog Walks

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If you’re missing your pooch while on vacation, we have a sure cure! Come to Whistler Animals Galore (WAG) and take one of the shelter dogs for a walk.
46. Sushi Bar

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Try sushi from a different vantage point. Sit at the bar and watch our sushi chefs make their sumptuous creations from scratch.
47. Explore Beyond

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There’s a whole world beyond the village. Find out what’s in Creekside, in Function Junction, in the Upper Village.
48. Snowshoeing

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Step back in time… literally. It’s a great workout and it’s really fun too. There are lots of tours to choose from.
49. Ice Fishing

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Not just a summer sport. Ice fishing is alive and well on the local lakes once the ice comes. There’s bull trout, rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, kokanee and pike minnows.
50. Sleigh Rides

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It’s romantic. It’s fun. It’s relaxing. Experience the valley drawn behind gentle Percheron horses.
51. Chill Out

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The Belvedere Ice Room at the Bearfoot Bistro is the coldest vodka tasting room in the world. Learn about vodka at 32 below.
52. Splitz Grill

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Serving burgers in Whistler since 1997. Regularly voted as the best burgers in town.
53. Be Old-Fashioned

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Send a postcard.
54. Southside Diner

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Another Whistler staple. Check out what all the fuss is about on the south side of town.
55. TreeTrek

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If stepping off the platform onto a zipline sends fear up and down your spine, take a tour through the treetops on a series of suspension bridges and observation platforms. And learn a little about the forest while you’re at it.
56. Bungee

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Say you came to Whistler and threw yourself off a bridge over a rushing river. There’s no better place to bungee jump!
57. Bend and Stretch

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Take a yoga class. Some of the best teachers call Whistler home.
58. Ice Climbing

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Talk to the pros and find out what it takes to scale an icy wall. First time climbers will be introduced to the basic climbing techniques and safety procedures. There are tours for advanced climbers too, and private tours.
59. More than a massage

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Whistler’s spas offer a host of treatments from Shiatsu to reflexology.
60. Watch the Flow

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Take a break from strolling, find a patio and watch the world go by. There’s some great village spots to take it all in.
61. Hairfarmers

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If you really want a Whistler après, find out where the Hairfarmers are playing and go. Check out www.piquenewsmagazine.com or pick up the Pique.
62. Take In a Game

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Worried about missing your team while on vacation? One of the local pubs like Tapley’s could be showing it. Don’t miss out. We may be all about skiing and snowboarding, but we like hockey and football too.
63. Dry Out

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If you need a rainy day respite, head to the local library. It’s a beautiful refuge filled with books, magazines, and computers.
64. WSSF

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Simply Whistler’s best party of the year, the World Ski and Snowboard Festival is a 10-day celebration of mountain kulture. Music, films, photos, fashion, theatre, freakshow. April 12-21.

65. Nordic Toonies

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The Whistler Nordics host the Nordic Toonie Races for ten weeks over the winter ski season. The night includes a race at the Lost Lake Trails followed by a social. Great exercise, great way to meet fellow Nordic enthusiasts.
66. Heliskiing

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The decadent thrill of riding a helicopter to your fresh tracks.
67. BeaverTail

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A great Canadian treat to tempt that sweet tooth. And just to be clear…these are not real beaver tails! They just look like them.
68. First Nations

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Need a break from all the physical activity? Explore the Squamish and Lil’wat Cultural Centre and learn about the First Nations who lived here long before the skiers and snowboarders.
69. Jump Around

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Jump up, jump up and get down in the south end of town. Check out Bounce, the trampoline facility, or Oros, the Olympic gymnastics facility.
70. Ziplining

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See the world from up high. Soar through the air, suspended on a zip line and see why this is a must-do in Whistler.
71. Get Wet

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This is the west coast and we’re smack dab in the middle of a rainforest here. Grab your rain gear, your umbrella and don’t be afraid to get wet! Don’t wait for it to abate. What’s the worse that can happen?
72. Hot Chocolate

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A decadent cup of hot chocolate doesn’t taste any better than when it’s cupped in cold hands, your steamy breath rising around, the velvety goodness warming you to your toes. Whistler is the perfect place to indulge. Hot chocolate just tastes better here.
73. Be Current

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Tweet about us, Instagram us, Hashtag us, Facebook us. Spread the word about Whistler.
74. Work Out

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Keep the cardio up while you’re on vacation. There’s a fitness facility at the Meadow Park Sports Centre, at Creekside and in the village.
75. Dogsledding

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See Whistler from the back of a sled, tucked under cozy blankets, as beautiful dogs whisk you across the snow.
76. Stroll the Stroll

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Meander the Village Stroll, pop in and out of the local stores. We’re sure you’ll find a hidden treasure.
77. Free Shuttle

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It’ll take you around the village. For free! Doesn’t get any better than that.
78. Past Times

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Don’t despair of a rainstorm or two on holidays. It means it’s snowing up on top. Today’s washout in the valley is tomorrow’s powder day. In the meantime, while away some rainy hours in the local museum.
79. Photo Props/Ops

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While you can’t get a better backdrop than Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, find the Olympic Rings and the Inukshuk to capture your Whistler memories
80. Buy Local

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There’s a ‘Made in Whistler’ memento that will suit you to a tee, from beer to chocolate. Pack a little of Whistler home in your suitcase.
81. Hot Tub

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One of the best ways to ease those ski weary muscles. If your hotel doesn’t have one, head on over to the Meadow Park Sports Centre for a soak.

Village & Valley Things


82. Find a Fireplace

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Does it get any better getting cozy in front of the fire on your ski holiday?
83. Be Inspired

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Let the natural surroundings open your senses, free your mind. Write, paint, think, unplug, de-stress, breathe deeply, enjoy.
84. Get Bear Smarts

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While our resident black bears have all gone to sleep for the winter, it’s the perfect time to read up on Whistler’s Get Bear Smart Society and what we do here to keep our bears safe.
85. American Friends

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Connect with fellow Americans through the American Friends of Whistler and learn how they have made a difference to their second home.
86. Whistler Visitors Centre

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If you need to get more information to plan you trip, head to the Whistler Visitor Centre in the village where you can get info, book your activities, and speak to friendly locals. We’re here to help you have a vacation you won’t forget!
87. Scandinave Spa

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So hot, it’s cool. The Scandinave Spa is authentic and takes you from Eucalyptus steam bath and Finnish sauna to Nordic waterfalls and cold showers. Then relax at the solariums, terraces, outdoor fireplaces and hammocks.
88. Gallery Gazing

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Explore Whistler’s visual arts with a stroll through its art galleries from the village to Function Junction. Find watercolours, glasswork, photography, sculpture and more.
89. Discover Podcasts

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Download the Village podcast self-guided tour at www.whistler.ca and learn the ins and outs of the village to make getting about town easier.
90. Try Before you Buy

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Whistler Blackcomb has Super Demo Days at the Rendezvous Lodge and the Roundhouse Lodge. Try out a new board or a pair of skis before you buy.
91. Bizarre Bazaar

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Get the holidays off to the right start with this weekend-long artisan market, with lots of local fare. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.
92. Library Lectures

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Quest University professors pop in to Whistler’s library occasionally and help broaden the mind. There are a variety of topics.
93. First Night

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Celebrate the New Year Whistler style throughout the whole village in a family fun affair.
94. Film Fest

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Stars, movies, workshops, prizes, non-stop action, the Whistler Film Festival is for movie buffs and just people who like the movies. From Dec. 4-8.
95. NightClubs

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We’re known for our late night antics almost as much as our on mountain magnificence.
96. Adapt

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The Whistler Adaptive Sports Program offers skiing and Nordic sports to people of all ages with disabilities. The program extends to the summertime too with hiking, kayaking, swimming and more.

Arts & Culture


97. Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre

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Immerse yourself in Whistler’s first culture. Explore the rich cultural history of the Squamish and Lil’wat First Nations. Self-guided, guided or just wandering around, it’s a feast for weary eyes.
98. Whistler Public Library

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Books? Sure. Plus magazines, newspapers, DVDs, CDs, Internet, reference material, helpful, vivacious librarians, and not half-bad machine coffee. Something to offend everyone, as they say.
99. Whistler Museum

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Right behind the library, honest. Check out what was here before you. From fishing resort to four-season resort, these are our stories.
100. Wanderlust

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August 1-4 festival of yoga practice, instruction, music, speakers, chefs, natural beauty and like-minded people livin’ life mindfully. whistler.wanderlustfestival.com
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