What is there to do during fall in Whistler, you ask? Well, we wondered the same thing, and so posed the question to some of our lovely colleagues at the Front Desk.
With cooler temperatures and the first signs of snow hitting our peaks, here’s how the staff at Nita Lake Lodge Like To Spend Fall in Whistler.
Sam, Guest Relations Manager
“I love fall in Whistler. By the time September rolls around, I’m ready to get out my cozy jumpers and greet my first PSL. Whistler Village itself experiences a quieter spell during this time and so I like to take the opportunity to enjoy a wander on the Village Stroll.
The colours here are beautiful as the leaves begin to turn and the views of Whistler Blackcomb allow you to trace the snow line creeping lower. With the shoulder season comes lots of incredible dining offers on Whistler Village Stroll and so I take the time to try somewhere new.
Some of my favourite dining spots during the shoulder season would have to be Side Cut at Four Seasons Resort, Araxi, and Basalt. But most Whistler eateries will offer amazing value for money in the quieter fall season.
As the weather cools down, we may experience some inclement weather. If it rains I make my way to the Audain Art Museum. They have a number of exhibitions ranging from incredible First Nations art to world-class contemporary pieces. They recently had a pop-art exhibition, which highlighted famous names such as Andy Warhol and Robert Indiana – it was incredible that a small mountain town like Whistler might host such world-famous pieces!”
Nicola, Front Office Manager
“For me, fall in Whistler is all about relaxing and preparing for the ski season. I like to spend quality time with my friends and watch the seasons change with a beer in hand. I also like to hit Whistler’s more popular trails at this time of year as they’re much less busy.
A favourite of mine has to be the Trainwreck and suspension bridge. It’s located slightly south of Whistler at an area known as Cheakamus (Google maps will help you find the trail head). It’s a relatively short walk, which is perfect if you’re just looking to get out and blow the cobwebs away.
Remember to take your camera – the Trainwreck is a pretty unique experience and one that I always recommend to our guests. You’ll encounter several abandoned rail cars strewn about the forest floor, which have been emblazoned with the coolest graffiti art!
From the trail, I like to take the short walk over to Function Junction and enjoy a beer at Whistler Brewing. I find their bar super cozy and it has a chilled, local vibe. They have games and things for you to use during your visit, too, which is a nice touch.”
Joanne, Guest Service Agent
“Don’t come to Whistler in the fall – it’s terrible! Oh, who am I kidding? Fall in Whistler is the best. I like to watch the seasons change and so I’m still outdoors a lot at this time of year. A great way to experience the area is on the Valley Trail.
But first things first, I need coffee. Fix Café at Nita Lake Lodge is a great option but on my days off I like to support other local businesses. I’d recommend Bred by Ed in Creekside Village. They’re a bakery first and foremost but their coffee is also up there as some of my favourite (and if you sneak in a cheeky cinnamon bun, too, then so be it!)
From Creekside Village, you have easy access to the Valley Trail either by foot or by bike. One recommendation that I make to hotel guests is to either take a complimentary Nita Lake Lodge bicycle out onto the trail, or to rent an e-Bike. There are several options in Whistler and an e-Bike opens up miles more terrain for you to cover.
After your day of Whistler adventures, take it down a notch at The Spa At Nita Lake Lodge. My top tip would be to ask about their monthly special, which offers amazing value on their massages and beauty treatments. Plus, you get access to their amazing rooftop hot tubs – it’s the perfect way to wind down.”
Megan, Front Office Supervisor
“One of my first recommendations to guests experiencing fall in Whistler is to visit the Upper Village. I find it’s a much slower pace than the main Village area and the vibe is so relaxing. You could easily spend a day exploring the stores, cafés, bars and restaurants there – as well as the trails, and Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre.
Whistler Farmers Market is held in the Upper Village, too. Here, you’ll find lots of fresh, local produce as well as art and crafts from local artisans. It’s a great opportunity to treat yourself or to perhaps start your Christmas shopping. Find it throughout Fall in Whistler right up until Thanksgiving.
The Upper Village is also home to it’s own gondola, which was newly opened for the 2018/19 ski season. It makes accessing Whistler Blackcomb really easy and links up nicely to the PEAK 2 PEAK 360 experience – a must-do for anyone visiting town! Fall is a great time to do this as it will be much quieter at the ticket booths.
Back down in the Upper Village, be sure to find time to explore Lost Lake Park. It has to be one of my favourite places during fall in Whistler – it’s just beautiful. On a sunny day, I like to take a magazine and some lunch and sit on the lawn beside the lake. I find it really peaceful and the perfect place to relax.”
Fall in Love With Fall In Whistler
There you have it – fall is the perfect time to enjoy a mountain getaway in Whistler, BC. As the adventure-filled summer tapers off, Whistler enjoys a brief respite before gearing up for ski season.
You’ve seen how we like to spend the shoulder season. If you need any more convincing, be sure to check out our post: Fall in Love With Fall in Whistler.