Located just a short drive from Vancouver, British Columbia, Whistler is known as one of the largest and most beautiful ski resorts in the world. Though it boasts an average snowfall of 33 feet per year, there are many outdoor activities at Whistler that you can enjoy year-round.
Whistler’s Green Lake offers many water sports including speed-boating, swimming, and canoeing. There are hundreds of kilometers of trails in the Blackcomb Mountains for hiking, trail running, mountain biking and so much more.
Learn about the Whistler neighborhoods in our guide and discover the many appeals of this beautiful mountain getaway.
The Whistler Neighborhoods and Their Features
The Whistler resort town boasts over 14,000 permanent residents, with even more seasonal residents in many areas. The soaring peaks of the mountains and the crystalline waters of the lakes attract thousands of visitors every year. They enjoy a great selection of vacation retreats and affordable condos at any one of the beautiful Whistler neighborhoods.
The trails and beaches of Spruce Grove in the Whistler North neighborhoods appeal to outdoor enthusiasts. Up by the Lost Lake Park, there’s an impressive trail network that offers snow-shoeing and cross-country hiking in the winter. In the summer these trails offer hiking and mountain biking.
Emerald Estates overlooks Green Lake and has breath-taking views of Wedge Mountain and the Armchair Glacier. You can rent a lakeside cabin as a vacation rental in this neighborhood.
If you love golfing, you might want to check out Green Lake Estates which is positioned right next to the famous Nicklaus North Golf Course. You can find affordable condos in this area and you’re still within walking distance of some of Whistler’s fabulous Green Lake beaches.
If you want to take a floatplane tour that will circle by the glaciers and alpine lakes, this neighborhood is the place for you!
The Whistler Village neighborhood is the beating heart of Whistler’s nightlife. Located at the base of Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain, it boasts world-class restaurants, sensational shopping, museums, and parks in a pedestrian-only area.
You can start your day at Crêpe Montagne then stroll over to the Whistler Museum. You can enjoy handmade Australian pies at the Peaked Pies restaurant and take in some afternoon shopping at the many sports stores.
You have many choices of fine dining depending on your taste. There’s a choice of anything from craft beer and smoked meats at the Hinter Gather Eatery to the European flavors at Caramba, you can take your pick.
If it’s action you’re looking for, The Core Fitness and Climbing Zone is available for a rainy day. You can also hop on a rented bike and enjoy the Whistler Mountain Bike Park.
You also have a huge selection of accommodations in Whistler Village. You can opt for a weekend getaway in any of the many hotels, inns, resorts, and lodges. You can also choose a vacation rental and stay for longer.
The Upper Village now offers a brand-new 10-person Peak-2-Peak gondola that has become very popular with skiers and snowboarders. It runs year-long so if you just want a lift to the top of Blackcomb’s peak to enjoy the scenery, you can also ride it in the summer.
The neighborhood of Blackcomb Benchlands is characterized by its amazing places to stay. It can also offer a vacation package that includes accommodations with ski-in and ski-out access.
In this Whistler neighborhood, you’ll be able to find your ideal ski resort. In the summer this area has ready access to hiking and golf.
Alta Vista neighborhood is a quieter alternative for those who are looking for a hiking or skiing getaway that includes stunning lake views. You can stay here and walk to one of the best beaches in the area at Lakeside Park.
Blueberry Hill has an area zoned exclusively for tourist accommodation. It allows for nightly rentals. Some of the best golfing can be done here at the Whistler Golf Course.
Whistler Center has the doggie beach you’ve been looking for at Rainbow Park. The area is great if you’re a dog lover and take your best friend along with you on your vacation retreats. Be sure to follow all municipal rules regarding leashing and picking up waste.
Whistler Cay Heights and Whistler Cay Estates are residential areas in close proximity to an elementary school. They are also within walking distance of the Nicklaus North Golf Course.
In these Whistler neighborhoods, you have stunning views with quieter accommodations. The best feature is that you’re still close to the humming nightlife in Whistler Village.
Whistler South / Creekside
Whistler South neighborhoods are the oldest in the town since this is where the first village was established.
The Creekside neighborhood is where you can catch a ride up the mountain on the Creekside Gondola. You can ski or snowboard down the mountain or take the Big Red Express Chair up to the Peak-2-Peak Gondola.
Creekside is the hub of Whistler South and boasts Whistler’s only gas station. Kadenwood also has a private Kadenwood Gondola and offers ski-in and ski-out access to Whistler Creek.
Function Junction is the commercial hub of the town and can be found about nine kilometers south of the Village. Here you can enjoy many different events year-round including Art Walks and Block Parties.
Whistler South neighborhoods are also not far from the great outdoor adventures you expect from this lovely resort town. There are many access points to the Valley Trail system, parks, lakes, and biking trails.
Enjoy Whistler Wherever You Stay
Every one of the Whistler Neighborhoods have unique features and reasons for you to visit. All offer breathtaking views and access to parks and recreation options. No matter where you choose to stay, you won’t be disappointed.
Book your accommodation today and discover the wonders of Whistler, British Columbia!