For many die hard skiers and snowboarders, the Whistler Winter couldn’t come soon enough. In fact, it’s not uncommon to spot Whistler locals blowing clinging leaves off the trees, in hopes of speeding up the seasons change. If this sounds like you, be patient! As they say, “good things come to those who wait.”
While you anticipate the powder days, keep yourself busy with all there is to do this autumn in Whistler. Autumn is better known to Whistler locals as “Shoulder Season” or “Slow Season” because from Labour Day until the end of November when the ski hills open, life in Whistler completely slows down. Take advantage of the relaxed Whistler vibes, by enjoying the following “Slow Season” activities.
Not too hot, not too cold, cloud coverage, a light breeze, and you’ve got the perfect conditions for an Alpine hike. When the winter snow melts away, a variable smorgasbord of colour and wildlife emerge. Alpine meadows, sprawling glaciers and indigenous wildlife are just some of the wonders to experience on Whistler’s hiking and walking trails. Trails are less congested with holiday hikers, and the changing colours of autumn leaves and early sunsets illuminate the already breathtaking views.
In autumn, Salmon, Rainbow Trout and Dolly Vardon Char are feeding in Whistler’s rivers and lakes, and they’re not too selective about what they’ll bite. Whether you are fishing a local lake in the Whistler Valley for trout, or heli-fishing a remote river for Salmon or Steelhead, Whistler Fishing Guides has the ability to make your angling experience a memorable one.
During the fall, “shop till you drop!” With more than 200 shops in the Village alone, you’ll find everything you need or want, within steps from your accommodation. There are stores catered to Body Care, Sweet Treats, Fashion, Books, Jewellery and Outerwear and Gear. Now relaxed after a hectic summer, the local staff will help you sniff out the best deals, as stores clear their shelves to make way for this winter goodies. If you don’t mind crowds, the annual Turkey Sale, a massive flea-market of winter gear, attracts thousands. This year’s sale is from October 11 to October 14, 2013.
Eat, drink, and be merry! Whistler restaurants, après spots, pubs and nightclubs are legendary! Whistler has such a plethora of dining and evening entertainment options that you'll never be bored. A rainy fall day, won’t seem so bad when you’re enjoy a pint and a warm meal with great company, or a cup of coffee and a freshly baked cookie with a good book.
Indulge your senses and unwind your mind at the Scandinave Spa Whistler. Rejuvenate after a long hike at this 20,000 square foot outdoor spa, which is only two minutes away from Whistler Village. Kick off your clothes and enjoy a royal pampering. How about a full body massage or a Hot Rock session, maybe a manicure and pedicure, followed by a soothing facial. Whatever your whim, we have a host of idea's and Whistler spa packages to make you enjoy a zen-like experience.