Depending on the season, Whistler Village is either located at the base of North America’s biggest ski resort or mountain bike park. No matter the season, it’s the heart of Whistler, British Columbia, and it’s bustling with people looking to enjoy the area’s vibrant mountain culture.
Built around a pedestrian street called the Village Stroll, Whistler Village is bookended by a pair of public squares. Skiers Plaza, from which both the Whistler and Blackcomb gondolas depart, doubles as an outdoor sound stage during the World Ski and Snowboard Festival, transforms into a spectator-friendly finishing area for the gravity defying Crankworx Festival and acts as a general meeting point for locals setting out for a night on the town. The Olympic rings still stand in Olympic Plaza, which lies on the opposite end of the village, where medal ceremonies for all Whistler-based sports during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics took place.
Between the two plazas, patio restaurants and cafes are mixed intermittently with shops selling the latest fashions in both haute couture and high mountain culture. Hotels are mixed in, too, making it easy to stay close to the resort’s famous nightlife; after dark, Whistler Village’s party scene comes to life and a number of pumping nightclubs and ski-town pubs keep their doors open until the wee hours of morning.
Whistler, British Columbia is located 147 km north of the Vancouver International Airport on the Sea-to-Sky Highway. Public transport is available with the Perimeter Express, YVR Whistler SkyLynx shuttle and Whistler Limousine.