When scrolling through Instagram, it’s not hard to tell the photos of Whistler apart from other mountainous towns. As a matter of fact, since it officially became British Columbia’s first Resort Municipality in 1975, Whistler has been collecting or rather becoming known for its historical landmarks. People travel from all over the world to document themselves in front of the famous points of interest that are part of Whistler’s history – A photo climbing the Olympic rings or a snap capturing the view from the Peak to Peak Gondola. In addition to the well known, there are many other landmarks that scream Whistler and are a must see when in town. Get your cameras ready, we’ve compiled a list of Whistler’s landmarks!
The Olympic Rings
The official Olympic rings sit in the village at the entrance to the Olympic Plaza but there are a few others scattered throughout the resort. Can you find them all? They serve as reminder of the time when Whistler held the Olympics and the town was brought into the eyes of the world.
Just before you enter Whistler, there is a waterfall of massive size and spectacular beauty. The origin of this falls dates back a mere 34,000 years when lava flows formed the walls for it and then 10,000 years later, the conditions for Brandywine creek arose. Add erosion in and you have the 70 metre waterfall known as Brandywine Falls. The short hike in and friendly viewing area make for a photo pit stop on your way into town.
You can’t miss the stone statue acting as a gatekeeper when you enter into Whistler village. This iconic figure was commissioned by the municipality as a symbol of the 2010 Olympic games since its meaning is openness, welcoming and strength. Historically, the stone landmark has been used by the Inuit and other peoples of the North American arctic as a means to mark travel routes. If you find yourself on top of Whistler mountain, you will be able to see the other Inukshuk overlooking the valley.
The Peak To Peak Gondola
Linking Whistler Mountain to Blackcomb Mountain, is the world record breaking Peak to Peak Gondola. You absolutely cannot come to Whistler without taking the 3km ride on it. The views are unparalleled resulting in its notoriety as an iconic Whistler experience. Make sure you have a camera in hand, you won’t want to miss out on documenting the 436m above ground trip.
Seen from many directions, this black spire of volcanic rock has become a well known sight in Whistler. Its easily recognizable shape has earned it the title of best known mountain in the Garibaldi Range of the Coast Mountains. You can easily photograph its peak from the top of Whistler Mountain but if you dare to get a bit closer, the strenuous Black Tusk hike will take you right into its surrounding lava fields.
Of course mountains, lush forests and a vibrant village surround the resort but there are a few photo worthy moments that have shaped the image of Whistler we know and love today. These points of interest are a key part of the experience and will take you through both the natural and cultural history of this mountain town. Do you have a photograph of each of these Whistler landmarks? If you don’t, better book a trip here to see them first hand!