Cheap Things to Do in Whistler

Stretch your budget by combining nature and culture in one of British Columbia’s premiere mountain destinations.

Where to Stay

Summit Lodge

Outdoor gazebo, photograph courtesy of Tourism Whistler.

The forest views from the hot tub alone are worth the stay at this resort. But a long list of other perks (balconies in all rooms, lobby snacks—from wine to candy—and more) make it a great value. There’s also a communal barbecue available—just bring your own food for a poolside cookout.

Rates from $190,

Where to Eat

Pasta Lupino

A make-your-own plate featuring various styles of homemade pasta, plus your choice of sauce (meaty bolognese, light tomato and basil, and more) all for $16 is not a bad deal in this mountain town.

What to Do

Valley of Dreams Walking Tour

Streets of Whistler, photograph by miroslav_1/iStock.

This by-donation excursion around the village (offered by Whistler Museum during the summer season) gives you a comprehensive lay of the land: historic tales, behind-the-scene stories about the 2010 Olympic Games and more.

Whistler Public Library

The best thing about this literary venue is its curated calendar of (mostly complimentary) events that are geared to appeal to everyone in the family, including evening meditation, film screenings, children’s chorus and iPhone photography classes.

Outdoor Adventures

Glacier tours, photograph by Visual Communications/iStock.

More awe-inspiring outdoor adventures and activities to do in Whistler

Whistler Train Wreck Hike
Beach at Rainbow Park
Explore Green Lake

Vallea Lumina Multimedia Night Walk
Stand-up paddleboard yoga with Whistler Eco Tours
Mountain bike Whistler Olympic Park

Glacier Tour with Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures
Bear Safari with Whistler Photo Safaris Ltd.
Zipline Tour with Ziptrek Ecotours

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[This story appears in the July 2019 edition of WestJet Magazine.]