Whistler Weekend Travel Guide

Crystal Holiday 3Greetings from snowy Whistler! I’m feeling very relaxed after spending the Holidays in my Canadian home town in the mountains. I didn’t grow up with a snowy white Christmas in South Africa, but enjoying the Holiday season here has been a tradition since we moved to Canada 15 years ago. If you’ve visited Whistler, you know what a fantastic destination it is, all year round. Crystal Holiday 14In early December, I was invited on a ski trip with Tourism Whistler and the Crystal Lodge to celebrate the start of the winter season. The team planned a fantastic itinerary for us, complete with great food, drinks and winter activities. It was so much fun travelling with two of my favourite Vancouver Bloggers, Cindy from The Vancouverite and Samantha Sito, capturing our adventure along the way. Thanks to the fantastic location of the lodge, we were able to do so much during our stay. I’m sharing my highlights and recommendations for a weekend getaway to Whistler, even if you don’t ski!
Crystal Holiday 17Crystal Holiday 13Crystal Holiday 18Crystal Holiday 5Crystal Holiday 20WHERE TO STAY
Situated in the centre of the village, The Crystal Lodge is the ideal location for a weekend getaway. It’s so easy to walk everywhere, including the gondolas. The bath tubs are deep, and the king size bed was very comfy. Two very important factors on a winter getaway.

The Crystal Lodge is also home to three restaurants, including my favourite spot for brunch, The Wildwood Pacific Bistro. Having a delicious breakfast before hitting the slopes was the perfect way to start the day. We grabbed our gear from the lodge’s ski valet, and were on the mountain bright and early.

Crystal Holiday 1Crystal Holiday 2WINTER ACTIVITY
Truth be told, I don’t ski often but I was really excited for the opportunity to get back on the slopes. Whistler Blackcomb mountains are world renowned for the many runs and incredible views. It was a beautiful blue bird day, and I had the best day skiing (and taking photos) with Cindy.

There are lots of other ways to have fun on the mountains if don’t ski or snowboard. My favourite mountain activity is a snow shoe hike. The Callaghan Valley is one of the best places to go explore. You can also go zip lining, tubing or take trip up the mountain to ride the peak to peak gondola, and enjoy one of the restaurants up at the top.
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Our visit to The Audain Art Museum was fantastic. The gallery is a visual journey through the history of art from coastal British Columbia. There are nearly 200 pieces of art in the permanent collection including an incredible collection of work by Emily Carr. Located opposite the village, the beautiful building was designed to integrate seamlessly into its surroundings. Stopping by The Audain Art Gallery is the perfect thing to do when you need a some rest from the mountains.
Crystal Holiday 12Crystal 11DINNER, DRINKS AND APRES SKI
One of the best parts of a winter getaway is après-ski! Translation: A meal you enjoy after skiing. We enjoyed fantastic food on this trip. Basalt treated us to incredible cocktails and charcuterie boards before dinner. They have a fantastic menu, along with a cozy heated patio.

Lunch at The Beacon is exactly what you want after a day on the mountain. It has one of the best patios in Whistler and is the perfect place to grab a bite, relax and people watch. I love a good caesar cocktail, and the one at The Beacon was delicious. Bonus that it was served in a ski boot shaped glass! Crystal Holiday 4

Thank you to The Crystal Lodge and Tourism Whistler for hosting us.

Have you been to Whistler before? Let me know what’s your favourite in the comments below

  • This looks like such a fun trip! I’ve visited Whistler but never during the holiday season. I’ve always wanted to spend a NYE up there, it seems like it would be so fun! I hope you have a very happy new year!

    • Thanks Kasie! It was such a fun trip. There is SO much snow up there now.
      Hope you have a Happy New Year!

  • Ah I love Whistler so much! And what a perfect travel guide. Looked like so much fun! Happy New Year!!


    Amber | http://www.loveambervictoria.com

    • Thank you Amber! I had fun putting this travel guide together. There are so many wonderful things to do in Whistler.
      Happy New Years to you too xo

  • I haven’t been to Whistler in years, I love that outdoor spa

    Happy New Year



    • Oh you have to visit again! It’s changed so much. The Scandinave spa is Ahhh-mazing!
      Happy New Years!

  • it look amazing!! I heard of Whistler but I have never been to! The food looks incredibly tasty! Happy NYE lovely ! xx


    • Whistler is such an amazing place! Lots of great restaurants – we ate so well on this trip!
      Happy New Years to you too!

  • Courtney Hardy

    It sounds like an awesome place to visit. I should go there one day.

    • I hope you’re able to visit one day too! It’s such a fun and beautiful place
      Happy New Years!

  • YES, we love Whistler!! We used to go a little more, pre-fur babes, and always loved staying at the Fairmont. Although, I’ve heard so many great things about Crystal Lodge as well… might be the perfect destination for our next Whistler adventure! And you look absolutely darling in all these photos, totally killing it, in the cozy / snowy style department. Happy almost New Year babe!! xo


    • Thank you Veronika! I’m really embracing the chilly weather this season.
      Whistler is the perfect place for a weekend getaway when you live in Vancouver! I think you guys would really enjoy The Crystal, its so close to everything, you can valet your car and pick it up on your way home. Hope you can make it up for a visit again soon.

      Happy New Years!! xo

  • Beautiful winter wonderland. Looks like a great time!
    Have a happy new years.
    Xx Caroline

    • It’s definitely a winter wonderland! Thanks for stopping by Style Calling Caroline.
      Happy New Years!

  • I know so many people who went to Whistler this month! I definitely want to go after seeing yours and everyone else’s beautiful photos. 🙂

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

    • Whistler certainly is popular in the winter! You should come visit if you can. It’s SO beautiful, all year round.
      The lakes in the summer time are amazing too.
      Happy New Years to you Emily!

  • What a dreamplace !
    Nice pics too 🙂
    HAPPY NEW YEAR !!! 😀
    Olivia Poncelet <3

    • Thanks Olivia. Whistler is pretty dreamy!
      Happy New Years to you too

  • Zorica

    Omg this place is so amazing.
    Great photo selection.
    Happy New Year..

    • Thank you Zorica! Whistler is very photogenic
      Happy New Year!

  • How fun! I love all your photos! =)
    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

    • Thanks Cielo! Happy New Year to you xo

  • Ferbena Makeup & Fashion

    Such a great pictures

    Keep it up the good work.

    Happy new year!
    Alexandra | Perfect Pair Of Thigh-High Boots During This Winter

    • Thank you Alexandra! Hope you have a Happy start to 2018!

  • This looks fun! Love your travel photos dear. Keep them coming!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    • Thanks Jessica! Happy New Years to you xo

  • Such a lovely place! Happy New Year!

    Gemma x

    • It really is! Happy New Year Gemma

  • This looks so amazing! What great photos.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Thank you Amy Ann! It sure is a magical place.
      Happy New Years!

  • I’m going to Whistler at the end of the month and I can’t wait! Looks like you had such a great time 🙂

    xx, mel

    • Oh you’re going to have such a great time! They’ve had so much snow the last week. It really is Winter Wonderland.
      Thanks for stopping by Style Calling. Happy New Years!

  • Missy May

    I haven’t heard nor been here before, but wouldn’t mind visiting at all. Looks like a great lodge and place. Lucky you!!


  • Oh my gosh, such beautiful mountains. The true definition of winter wonderland! Wow, how I wish I was there right now in my thermals, haha. Your photos are stunning, and I can imagine how cosy it must have been dipping into the art gallery to warm up in between hitting the slopes. Happy 2018!!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • Thanks Gabrielle! It truly is a winter wonderland.
      Happy New Years to you! Hope you have a wonderful start to 2018

  • Oh what a fun trip! How lucky you got to enjoy and see it all! We don’t have snow here in Queensland, although there are a few ski resorts in NSW I’d love to take the boys to one day when they are bigger 🙂

    Happy new year! Hope that 2018 has started nicely for you! Mine has been so enjoyable as I’m still on leave from work so I’m taking the opportunity to relax!

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • Thanks for stopping by Style Calling Mica! Whistler truly is a winter wonderland.
      Enjoy the rest of your Holidays. I get to work from home this week which I’m very grateful for!!
      Happy New Years to you too 🙂

  • Diana Maria

    Ah Whistler, such a beautiful town that I miss so much! The Crystal was my favorite spot to grab drinks after work and play pool, this post makes me want to head back there for another visit. It’s such vibrant and busy town all year round, the Beacon is so good and such a lovely spot for apres! xx

    Sending light & love your way,

    My Lovelier Days

    • Ah I bet you miss Whistler! They have SO much snow at the moment. Winter Wonderland.
      The Crystal is such a good spot, and I was very impressed with the food at the Beacon. Writing this reply makes me want to go back again this weekend. Hope you’re having a great start to 2018 Diana!

  • Sounds like a great experience, dear. Love all the photos!

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