There are few Canadian destinations as dramatic as Whistler, B.C., whose twin mountains (Whistler and Blackcomb) tower above the village as beacons, luring in outdoor adventurers who come for the skiing, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, rock climbing or kayaking. And the only time of year when you can do all of these things in one visit is spring. With wintry conditions high in the alpine and patio weather warming the village below, a spring trip to Whistler is hard to pack for (think ski gear, plus golf attire), but the variety of outdoor pursuits available makes it worth the effort. Skiing runs through May, golfers tee up earlier that month, and mountain biking begins as soon as the snow melts from valley trails.
After the spring break crowds go home, lift ticket, hotel and restaurant deals abound in this ski town. Skiing between April 18 and May 22 is basically half price, with a two-day lift ticket falling from around $278 in peak season to around $140. With Indulge in Whistler, a promotion during May, most restaurants offer discounts to lure in diners.
GO Fest, Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival, takes place every Victoria Day weekend and celebrates the bridge between winter and summer. The focus is on trying different outdoor activities, from sailing to trail running. Entertainment, kids’ events and free nightly outdoor concerts round out the festival.
Average spring temperature: Expect daytime highs of 11°C in April and 17°C in May.
Getting there: WestJet flies to Vancouver 62 times a day from 15 Canadian, eight U.S. and four international cities.
Why to Visit Montreal in the Winter
Montreal isn't afraid of winter—it embraces it with twinkling street lights, sleek skating rinks and great outdoor events. So take a winter getaway to this historic city where you can play in the snow, carb-load during Poutine Week, dance at Igloofest and enjoy savings at various restaurants and museums.