As the weather turns frosty every November, ski lovers escape to Whistler, British Columbia to make their tracks down the resort’s world famous slopes. Though known for its winter sports, Whistler is actually home to a number of other exciting activities and attractions. Take a day off and rejuvenate in a Scandinavian bath, or learn more about the region’s original inhabitants, the Squamish and Lil Wat Nations. We’ve rounded up the top things to do in Whistler this November, whether you’re an avid ski snowboarder or simply looking to enjoy the wintry beauty of this region.
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Ski or snowboard
If you’re heading to Whistler, chances are you’re planning on skiing or snowboarding. With two mountains and over 200 runs, Whistler Blackcomb is the largest ski resort in North America and attracts nearly 2 million tourists a year. For beginner skiers, try the Whistler Blackcomb Snow School, which is known for its world class instructors. Though the Whistler Blackcomb resort owns the region’s main runs for beginner, intermediate, and advanced skiers, there are a number of back roads trails if you’re feeling adventurous.
Have a spa day
Rejuvenate after a day of outdoor activities at Whistler’s Scandinave Spa. The spa is located in the middle of nature, surrounded by a forest on the edge of Lost Lake. This oasis of relaxation boasts a number of Scandinavian baths, along with saunas and steam rooms. The Scandinave Spa boasts a variety of types of massages, from a full body Swedish massage to healing Thai Yoga. In order to allow guests to fully disconnect, the spa doesn’t allow cell phones or even talking in their famous baths.
Ride a record-breaking gondola
The Peak 2 Peak is a gondola that links Whistler Mountain with Blackcomb Mountain. This engineering marvel holds three world records, and was inspired by Swiss ski lifts. Though its purpose is to transport skiers from one mountain to another, many tourists choose to take the ride simply to take in the beautiful sights along the way. During the winter, visitors can catch awe-inspiring views of the snow covered trees and valleys from 1430 feet up.
Engage with the Squamish and Lil Wat Nations
If you’re looking to take in some culture on your fall getaway, consider a visit to the Squamish Lil Wat Cultural Centre. This attraction showcases the heritage and culture of the Squamish and Lil Wat people, two nations who have always coexisted peacefully. Along with museums and exhibits, the centre holds singing and drumming performances, craft workshops and presentations of Indigenous cuisine. The Squamish Lil Wat Cultural Centre is also home to an art gallery showcasing Squamish and Lil Wat works which are available for purchase.