Whistler, British Columbia | A Destination For All Occasions
With an abundance of group activities and adventure options on offer, it’s hardly surprising that Whistler has become one of the ultimate wedding, honeymoon, and bachelor or bachelorette party destinations. Whether you plan to visit during the sun-drenched days of summer or snow-filled days of winter, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to putting together an itinerary. We’ve selected some of the top picks ideal before, during or after a Whistler wedding.
BEFORE THE WEDDING (Bachelor & Bachelorette Parties)
Deciding where to stay can be one of the hardest decisions when booking a destination bachelor or bachelorette party – how do you keep everyone happy? If you’re looking to stay at the heart of the action while still enjoying a little peace and quiet, the Aava is a solid choice. Modern and stylish, yet still one of the more affordable high-end options, the Aava has a fitness facility, outdoor pool and sauna, as well as complimentary GoPro camera hire so you can capture your fun along the way.
For chalet charm with upscale sophistication, check out the First Tracks Lodge. Designer suite options come complete with full-kitchen amenities alongside fitness rooms, pool and hot tubs sure to keep all members of your group happy.
Alternatively, a Whistler search on AirBnB brings up a wide range of private apartments and homes to really make yourself at home.
For the ultimate group dining experience, look no further than Bearfoot Bistro. Largely regarded as a culinary journey, executive chef Melissa Craig will take you on a sensory adventure celebrating the finest wild game and seafood British Columbia has to offer. From more intimate dinners in an underground wine cellar through to a full fine dining service or canape reception for 150, the team will happily cater to you and your group’s every need.
If you’re looking to party like a local, then Sushi Village is for you. Not only will you enjoy utterly delicious sushi, but you’ll also stand a chance of spotting a celebrity or two. With the legendary sake margaritas flowing, Friday and Saturday nights get pretty wild, and Sushi Village excels in group bookings.
No bachelor or bachelorette party to Whistler would be complete without an axe throwing competition at Forged Axe Throwing. This distinctly Canadian activity is like darts but way more fun. Oh, and with axes. After a quick safety briefing from the team, you and your group will compete in your own axe throwing tournament with the goal of hitting a bullseye and becoming a lumberjack champion! Don’t worry if you’ve never picked up (or thrown) an axe before, the team are extremely knowledgeable and friendly, so they’ll provide plenty of advice to firm up your technique in no time. Check out the group axe throwing options for parties of all sizes – you can even rent out the whole place for the ultimate axe throwing party!
For an action-packed Whistler bachelor or bachelorette party, why not roll many epic adventures into one? Spend the day climbing through trees, flying through the air or rampaging down rapids with The Adventure Group. We’d highly recommend spending one day on Cougar Mountain enjoying bungee jumping, whitewater rafting, zip lining, heli-sightseeing, snowmobiling and more!
On days when the Whistler weather brings you indoors, put your friendship bonds to the test at Escape. You’ll work your way through a series of themed puzzle rooms guaranteed to provide plenty of fun challenges along the way.
Whistler’s beer scene is booming right now. A tap house tour at Whistler Brewing is perhaps the best way to see how the many authentic craft beers are made (and taste test them on the way). New kid on the block, Coast Mountain Brewing, is also well worth a visit with a whole host of delicious seasonal taps on offer. Why not make an afternoon of it?
Be sure to check the Whistler festival calendar too to see what’s on while you’re in town. There’s a festival for everyone – from yoga to bikes!
FOR THE WEDDING (VENUES)
One of the biggest problems you’ll find when planning a destination wedding in Whistler, is choosing a venue. Why? You’ll be spoilt for choice! There are plenty of local and in-house wedding planners around too, able to offer lots of advice as you plan the big day.
If you envisage a fairytale Whistler wedding, look no further than the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. The elegant rooftop wedding chapel is truly magical during the summer months and The Chalet, complete with lanterns and fairy lights, provides a cozy winter setting.
The weddings team at Four Seasons Whistler have all bases covered when it comes to wedding planning. In-house pastry chefs, florists, beauticians, room decorators and a banqueting team will all help to make your big day run smoothly and you can be assured your big day is in good hands.
For couples who share a love of the mountains, the obvious venue choice has to be the iconic Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. With options at many elevations, access is surprisingly easy for guests too and you’ll struggle to find a more jaw-dropping backdrop to those wedding photographs.
The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre pairs some of the best catering served among the largest collection of Squamish and Lil’wat native exhibits and is a really quirky choice for the big day. Once the vows are said and done, guests can wander through the exhibits, watch the film, and learn the legends and folklore of Whistler’s First Nations people. In a similar vein, the Audain Art Museum is another memorable option for your wedding. Located in an iconic building, the facilities here include 4 function spaces and capacity for up to 250 seated guests.
The Whistler Golf Club always proves popular for couples, lured by the surrounding snow-capped mountain panoramas and the Arnold Palmer-designed golf course.
For smaller guest lists, the Stone Circle Park is one of many dreamy outdoor spaces ideal for spending the best day of your life. This particular outdoor area offers far reaching views while still somehow managing to retain a feel of privacy.
AFTER THE WEDDING (Honeymoons)
With so much to see and do at any time of year, a Whistler honeymoon is the perfect way to start married life in style. Whether hibernating by an open fire in January, or venturing on a hike in June, no two Whistler honeymoons are the same.
As Whistler’s only lakeside property, the award-winning Nita Lake Lodge & Spa offers a truly Canadian honeymoon experience, and is an ideal place to stay. Walking distance to the Creekside gondola and on the Valley Trail, you’ll be well placed to enjoy all Whistler has to offer while still enjoying a little mountain seclusion. King-size beds, double soaker tubs and glass-enclosed rain showers provide the perfect place to wind down after a day of adventure.
You’ll find no end of honeymoon activities in Whistler. Cozy up with a dog sled ride through the Whistler wilderness over at Blackcomb Dog Sled. Quintessentially romantic, each sled fits two people and you can even take turns mushing through the mountains if you’re feeling particularly adventurous!
If honeymooning during the warmer months, the Coca-Cola Tube Park is a hilarious way to spend an afternoon. Watch your partner shoot down the slopes on a big inflatable tube, creating the most instagrammable photos sure to live long in the memory (and online).
For something romantic, pick up a delicious picnic from Hunter Gather and head to one of the numerous outdoor spaces. Alternatively, take the Peak 2 Peak Gondola between the two Whistler mountains. The ride takes just 11 minutes, covering a record-breaking 4.4 kilometers. On a clear day, the snow-capped mountains, alpine lakes and coniferous forest views are outstanding. On colder days, they also have a range of delicious soups – a perfect winter warmer.
Oysters are the food of love so a Whistler honeymoon wouldn’t be complete without an intimate meal at Araxi Restaurant & Oyster Bar. Choose from an impressive selection of ocean-friendly seafood prepared by internationally renowned chef Quang Dang. Alternatively, enjoy a little Parisian romance at The Red Door Bistro where French cuisine is served with West Coast soul. The West Coast Bouillabaisse comes highly recommended, and there’s an impressive selection of desserts perfect for sharing…
Before heading home, grab a bottle of Champagne and sink into a hot tub at the Scandinave Spa. The spa’s rustic installations are nestled on the edge of the Lost Lake Park spruce and cedar forest, providing a real escape for you and your partner to start married life in style.