While Whistler has many sides to offer, there’s a reason that it’s known for thrilling activities like skiing, snowboarding, and mountain biking. Plainly put, Whistler is an adrenaline junkie’s dream – it’s a one-stop shop for heart-pumping, jaw-dropping adventure.
If you’re coming to Whistler hoping to satisfy your craving for thrills, you’re going to want to map out a plan of attack—that’s how many options there are to choose from. Here are our recommendations for 6 must-try activities for lovers of all things extreme.
There’s something eerily serene about plunging off a bridge over a charging river in the middle of winter. On the one hand, jumping into the abyss is a little nerve-racking even for the bravest among us. On the other hand, you can’t help but absorb the serenity of snow-capped trees and the sounds of nature.
Bungee jumping in Whistler is an experience unlike any other in the world – you need to try to it understand it. Luckily, it’s open 365 days a year, so it’s accessible no matter when you visit.
Send It Off a Cliff
There is some deliciously gnarly (yet perfectly skiable) terrain to be found on Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains – you just have to know where to find it. We know that’s not always easy to do if you’re only in town for a few days, so we recommend signing up for an Extremely Canadian Freeskiing Clinic.
Don’t be fooled – this isn’t an intro to skiing or snowboarding lesson. These clinics are for advanced athletes who want to go steep and deep. Are you up for the challenge?
White Water Rafting
If you’re looking for a lazy river, this isn’t it. If you’re looking to charge through 16 kilometres (or 10 miles) of white water rapids, look no further.
White water rafting down the Squamish and Elaho rivers is not for the faint of heart, but it’s a must-do for thrill seekers. Not only will you get the ride of your life, but you’ll also get to do it in one of the most stunning backdrops in the world. This is a great activity if you’re heading to Whistler in the warmer months.
Just Zip It
You know what 80 km/h feels like in your car – but do you know how it feels to go that fast while soaring on a zip line? You absolutely need to experience zip lining in Whistler. Your tour kicks off with a 2,400 foot-long zip line dropping over 30 stories from start to finish, taking you from Whistler Mountain all the way across to Blackcomb Mountain—and that’s just the first line!
Zip lining in Whistler is a year-round activity. We love the panoramic views during the daytime, but you can also try the evening tours during the winter: the feeling of stepping of a platform into pure darkness will have you freaking out (in a good way!)
Take It to the Backcountry
If you’re the kind of person who feels the need for speed, then you just might want to sign up for a snowmobile tour through the Callaghan backcountry. May we recommend the Powderhound tour? This advanced-riders-only tour will have you charging through fields of powders for seven glorious hours.
This is a winter-only activity, for obvious reasons.
If you’re looking to charge it in the non-snowy months, you’re still in luck: ATVing through the slightly hairy advanced trails in the backcountry is a lot of fun.
The Wild Wild West tour will take you on a four hour long journey, allowing plenty of time to rip around. ATVing is one of those activities that’s fun no matter what the weather is: rain just means tons of puddles and mud to splash through.