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Whistler Introduction


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A picturesque alpine ski resort in the heart of British Columbia's backcountry wilderness, Whistler lies a mere 73 mi/118 km from Vancouver, making it a popular weekend retreat for busy urbanites. The absence of cars and abundance of cozy cafes, boutiques and gourmet restaurants give Whistler the look and feel of an idyllic European mountain village.   Click here to see the full Whistler travel guide on Travel42 »

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Whistler Geography


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Divided into four small, interlinked sections, Whistler was planned as a pedestrian-friendly paradise from its inception. Central Whistler Village, nestled at the base of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, features what locals refer to as the Village Stroll—a bustling, cobblestoned promenade lined with popular Canadian clothing chains, souvenir shops, sports-gear outlets, arts-and-crafts boutiques, coffee shops and a number of unique restaurants and pubs.   Click here to see the full Whistler travel guide on Travel42 »

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Whistler History


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Home to pioneers and early adventurers in the late 1800s, Alta Lake was the original name of the region's main settlement. Trappers and fur traders unofficially named the area Whistler after the shrill sound made by the groundhog-sized western hoary marmots that live among the rocks in the area.   Click here to see the full Whistler travel guide on Travel42 »

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Whistler Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Most visitors go to Whistler for the sports and outdoor activities, but there are additional sightseeing highlights beyond snow and woods. The picturesque Village itself is a major draw for many, combining opportune photo backdrops with leisurely shopping spots. Summer brings out the more casual side of Whistler: A variety of buskers and colorful street entertainers strut their stuff in the town square, creating all the more reason to relax and enjoy the alpine ambience.  Click here to see the full Whistler travel guide on Travel42 »

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Whistler Nightlife


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After a muscle-wrenching day of outdoor activity, most visitors in Whistler prefer to soak in their hotel's hot tub and turn in early. But those with greater stamina can find plenty to keep busy after the sun goes down.  Click here to see the full Whistler travel guide on Travel42 »

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Whistler Restaurants & Dining


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As you might expect from a resort town, Whistler is full of pricey, high-quality restaurants that increasingly serve local ingredients. Depending on your budget, we recommend sampling at least one luxury meal at one of the town's specialty West Coast-style restaurants. But you'll also find a variety of additional dining options—and prices. No matter which type of restaurant you choose, try to find one that offers panoramic views of the snowy wilderness in winter or a casual patio table in summer.   Click here to see the full Whistler travel guide on Travel42 »

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