All About Whistler Village North

Whistler Village is the main hub in Whistler. For nightlife, dining, shopping, accommodation and activities, Whistler Village is the go-to area for the majority of visitors in Whistler. The Village is separated by road called the Village Gate Boulevard. To the north of this road is an area often referred to as Village North or Whistler Village North.

To the south of the Village Gate Boulevard is the Village Square and Skiers Plaza. The Village stroll connects the North and Southside of the Village and when walking around, they are effectively the same place. I have decided to separate the two here simply because there is so much in Whistler Village, that it is easier to discuss it in two halves, and also because accommodations are often described as being located in Village North.

Within Village North itself there are 5 separate areas to think about when visiting Whistler. North Lands Boulevard is a main road that has plenty of accommodation options along it. The Market Place, which as the name suggests has plenty of shops. The Olympic Plaza plays host to many events, and has a few shops and accommodations surrounding it. Main Street has shops, a couple of attractions, and some good accommodation options.  Finally the Village stroll which heads down to the South side of the Village. All areas are side by side and walk around will flow between the 5.

North Lands Boulevard is home to the Pinnacle Hotel, which does have a couple of nice restaurants below it, namely Alta Bistro. The Cascade Lodge is the closest hotel to the main Village, and both options will be comparably cheaper than staying in the Skiers Plaza, but involve a little walk to the ski lifts. Next along the road are Sunpath at Stoney Creek, The Lagoons at Stoney Creek and North Star at Stoney Creek. These 3 places have some wonderful condo’s and town houses. These are great for large family groups or people looking for a more independent vacation. Right at the very end of North Lands Boulevard you will find Twin Peaks, Valhalla and Symphony and Glaciers Reach. These accommodations often play host to long term visitors, but can provide great options if you are on a tight budget, but want to stay in Whistler Village.

Main Street comes off North Lands Boulevard and is home to the Whistler Library and as of writing this the temporary home for the Whistler Museum. There is a lively bar in the Delta suites called the Brickworks, which has live music and local ales. Mount Currie coffee is a popular cafe with the locals and just next door are two very popular eateries: Splitz Burger; and Peaked Pies. Both great options if you are in the mood for something quick, easy and not too expensive, hence their popularity with locals. Equally convenient but a bit more upmarket and probably a healthier option, is Pasta Lupino where you can eat in, take away, or by fresh pasta and sauce to cook and home. For accommodation on Main Street the Summit Lodge is a boutique and pet friendly hotel, or Alpen Glow is home to some reasonably priced condos.

The Market Place has one main accommodation option, the aptly named Market Place Lodge. This is one of the best value locations in the Village, and is incredibly convenient. Appart form the short walk to the lifts, everything else is right outside your door. Marketplace is home to banks, a liquor store, pharmacy, grocery store, 7-11, some fast food chains, shops and some wonderful eateries. la Cantina is a great place to grab some tacos and enjoy a beer with friends, while the Green Moustache serves up healthy organic food and drinks.

The Olympic Plaza has a village green and large stage. In the summer there is often live music and even movie screenings here. There is a great kids play area, and in winter a small ice rink. This is surrounded by cafes and shops, most notably Purebread, which is a must-try and wonderful treat while in Whistler. The Brewhouse is a great local bar and restaurant serving ales brewed in-house and hearty food. The bar in the Brewhouse is a great place to relax with friends and play a little pool. The main accommodation for the Olympic Plaza is Tyndalstone Lodge. Due to the nearby amenities this is a good option for families with young kids.

The Village Stroll runs through the whole Village, but the section in Village North has the Deer, Eagle and Bear lodges alongside it. There are also a few shops here and the infamous Garfinkles nightclub if you feel like partying!

In summary Whistler Village North is a vibrant area with a local charm. There is value to be had if you choose your accommodation here, and some real treats if you eat or drink in Village North.

Whistler in the fall

Whistler Basics

Want to know about Whistler? Then our Whistler Basics is a great place to start! This page is aimed to help new and potential visitors to Whistler understand the core facts about Whistler and how our town operates.

Hopefully this page will help you with the early decision-making when planning a vacation in Whistler.

Firstly, know that Whistler is located in the coastal mountains of British Columbia, Canada. It is a couple of hours drive north of Vancouver, about one hour drive north of Squamish and 30 minutes drive south of Pemberton. Being in the coastal mountains means that winters are generally milder than the interior mountains. Conversely the summers are also a little less dry than the interior. This climate creates lush temperate rain forests and allows a variety of wildlife to thrive.

Most visitors will arrive from the South, so that is how I will describe the layout of Whistler.

The most southerly and first point of reference that lets you know you are in Whistler, is the Whistler RV Park.  Beyond that,  what I would consider to be the first real zone of Whistler, is Function Junction. There is a little bit accommodation in this area, but it is primarily known as an industrial area with warehouses and factories. Function Junction is however a hub for locally owned and operated businesses in Whistler, including some great eateries, shops, and activity providers.

Continue driving north of Function and you will pass several accommodation areas such as Bayshore’s, before you reach Creekside. Creekside is the first area that you reach, from where you can take a Gondola up the mountain in Winter. Creekside has a mixed bag of clientage, with accommodation ranging from cheap seasonal to luxury lake-side lodges. There are some real hidden gems in Creekside and either biking in summer or skiing in winter, from the Peak to Creekside is an incredible experience. On the southern side of Creekside you have Alpha lake, and northside Nita Lake. Both beautiful.

Keep heading North and Alta lake will come into view and accommodation areas such as Nordic and Blueberry will pass by. Eventually the first of two main entrances to the main zone, Whistler Village, will come into view. If you want to find the main parking lots the second of the Whistler Village entrances is the best one to take.

Whistler Village is the busiest area of Whistler, and is home to a plethora of shops, eateries, hotels and condos. The heart of Whistler village is the Village Stroll, which is a pedestrianized street leading from the Marketplace, past the Olympic Plaza, to the Village Square, and ending up at the Skiers Plaza. The Skiers Plaza is where Gondolas will take you up either Blackcomb or Whistler Mountain. The Fitzsimmons Chairlift is also great access to Whistler Mountain from the Skiers plaza, and in Summer is the main lift for the famous Whistler Bike Park.  In summer the Gondolas are mainly for sightseeing and hiking access, in the Winter they take hoards of skiers and snowboarders to their paradise.

Village Gate Boulevard is a road that dissects Whistler Village. The Skiers Plaza and Village Square are the real focal points in Whistler Village and are to the South side of the Village Gate Boulevard. Consequently anything to the north of Village Gate Boulevard sometimes gets referred to as “Village North”.

The main car parks to which I referred earlier are located in-between Whistler Village and the Upper Village, which is also known as Blackcomb because it sits at the foot of Blackcomb Mountain. The Wizard and Magic chairlifts are alternate access points to Blackcomb Mountain and are both in the Upper Village. The Upper Village has a few shops and eateries, and ski rental stores. However it is distinct because of its many ski-in/ski-out accommodation options.

Many of the ski-in/ski-out accommodations in the higher elevations are in an Upper Village area known as the Benchlands. The Benchlands are also home to the main entrance to the popular Lost Lake. Lost Lake boasts a great cross-country bike park in the Summer and cross-country skiing in Winter. The Upper Village also has a pedestrianized stroll, home to a great market in summer.

If you go back to the highway and keep heading North you will pass Nester’s which is a little shopping complex. Also just north of Whistler Village is Spruce Grove which is home to another RV park and gorgeous spa.

Further North still is Alpine. Alpine is home to many season-long visitors, but also boasts some charming Lodges and Bed and Breakfasts. Alpine also boarders Green Lake and Wedge Park.

Any further North than Alpine is stretching the boundaries of what can really be considered Whistler, however the entrance to Cougar Mountain and an area called Emerald do sit on the northern boundaries of Whistler.

In terms of atmosphere and character, Whistler Village is definitely the busiest and more vibrant area. The Upper Village is a little more sedate and probably on par with Creekside in terms of how busy they are. Creekside feels more like a traditional North American mountain village, and has a locals feel. Alpine is a great place to stay if you want to avoid the crowds and enjoy a forested setting.

We will cover the individual areas in more detail in separate articles, but hopefully for now, this page has given you a good insight into the layout and nature of Whistler.