Did you know there are actually five neighbourhoods within the resort town of Whistler? Each of which, has a distinctly different feel and perks?
Whether you prefer to see trees and birds outside your window or you’d rather be right in the action, Whistler has the perfect spot for you. You just have to find it.
One thing to consider: Whistler was designed as a pedestrian village, which means it’s very possible you won’t need a car to get around.
Of course, where you stay in the village determines how much walking you do. Keep in mind that walking means you’ll be at the mercy of the weather gods, so if your outdoor gear is good, you’re good to go! Unless of course it is summer then walking around Whistler is a little slice of heaven!
Whistler Village, the Upper Village, and Village North are all within walking distance of the lifts and on the municipal bus route. You’ll find a good selection of restaurants, coffee shops, nightlife, and shopping in any one of these Whistler neighbourhoods. Whistler Creek offers some ski-in/ski-out lodging, but you may at some point during your stay, want to drive to Whistler Village. Nicklaus North isn’t within walking distance of Whistler Village, but it’s on the bus route and offers green-side lodging for golf season.
Below is a very brief snippet of info on each Whistler neighbourhood to help you narrow down your search. Once you have read through that, make sure to take a look at the Whistler Accommodation Maps & Guide. It will help familiarize you with the Whistler area and what each neighbourhood has to offer.
Nestled at the base of Whistler Mountain, Whistler Village is the perfect choice if you like to be in the heart of the action. Whistler Village also offers easy access to all the main attractions, including Whistler Mountain, which is accessible via the Fitzsimmons Express chairlift and the Whistler Mountain Gondola; Blackcomb Mountain, which is accessible via the Excalibur Gondola; and the Palmer-designed Whistler Golf Club and Driving Range, which is adjacent to Whistler Village.
You will find many owner-direct rentals like the ones listed on www.ResortAc.com. You’ll also find numerous restaurants, nightclubs, clothing stores, coffee shops, grocery stores, liquor stores, rental facilities, and more—all within walking distance of your accommodations.
Upper Village sits adjacent to Whistler Village, at the base of Blackcomb Mountain. You can access Blackcomb Mountain directly via the Magic Chair or Wizard Express chairlifts, and it’s just a short walk to Lost Lake Park and the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club.
Upper Village has a number of ski-in, ski-out owner-direct vacation rentals options as well as in Glacier Lodge, Treeline, and other resort developments.
North of Whistler, you’ll find Village North. Village North doesn’t offer slope-side lodging, but the lifts are still pretty close. You can either walk to them or take a free shuttle bus. The Lost Lake trail system is nearby, as are many restaurants and stores. The shopping center known as Whistler’s Marketplace, for example, has a sushi bar, McDonald’s, Starbucks, liquor store, sporting goods store, and several grocery stores.
Village North has a number of lodging options at various price points. Developments like Marketplace Lodge are more budget-friendly, while the Montebello development boasts extra space and luxury.
Whistler Creek is located four kilometers (2.5 miles) south of Whistler Village, along Highway 99. The neighbourhood is a good option if you want easy access to the slopes, but prefer to stay in a quiet area. There are plenty of restaurants and retails stores in this area, including Dusty’s—our favourite place to go for a cold beer and barbecue beef sandwich.
There are several private chalets and ski-in/ski-out condos in Whistler Creek, and you can access Whistler Mountain via the Creekside Gondola. When you’re ready to head back to your rental, simply take the Dave Murray downhill racecourse. It’s a great end to a full day of skiing.
Check out this video, compliments of Destination BC, for a twist on a typical Whistler vacation:
Located on Highway 99 4.1 km north of Whistler Village, Nicklaus North is as far as you can get from the slopes and still be in Whistler. While this can be a turn-off in the winter, the area offers plenty to do in the summer, and it’s only a short bus or $10 taxi ride to the village.
Also known as Green Lake Estates, Nicklaus North boasts incredible views of the mountains and Green Lake, plenty of sun, and proximity to the Lost Lake trail network. Nicklaus North is also a great place to stay if you love to golf, lodging on the course itself caters to those looking for luxurious, custom built, chalets, with all the very best of amenities.
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