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We have been blessed with another extended summer where the sunny days just kept on coming right through till October. That said, even when the skies open up, Whistler is still a pretty magical place with an abundance of things to do and see during your vacation. If you are wondering how to fill your day after a peaceful sleep-in listening to the pitter-patter of raindrops, we have plenty of fun-filled rainy day activities that will help maximize your time in Whistler and get you out exploring our beautiful mountain town.
Check Out a Museum or an Art Gallery
Whistler has a dozen or so art galleries that you can spend hours exploring. The Audain Art Museum, Maury Young Arts Centre, Adele Campbell Fine Art Gallery, Fathom Stone Art Gallery, Mark Richards Gallery, Mountain Galleries at the Fairmont, Suzanne Johnston Studio Gallery, and The Plaza Galleries to name just a few. You may even want to take part in the Whistler Wine Walk that takes place on Friday evenings. If this sounds like your kind of Friday evening, check back on our Whistler Wine Walk blog.
Forged Axe Throwing
Your competitive edge and inner lumberjack will swing into overdrive when learning the art of Axe throwing. The friendly and experienced staff at Forged Axe Throwing will ensure you have the most fun possible with a variety of different challenges. Use two hands, one hand and then once you have mastered the art of Axe Throwing try two axes at once. This activity is available for guests 10 years+ and requires 4 or more guests to group together. Flannel attire is optional.
Gather your family or friends and head to Escape! Whistler. Choose from 4 different themed adventures and levels of difficulty, Pirate Ship, Buried Cabin, Pinball Machine, or Rabbit Hole. Make your way through multiple rooms solving puzzles and challenges along the way. As you only have an allotted amount of time, there is helpful staff on hand to give you clues via a walkie-talkie should you need them.
Check out a Brewery in Function
Function Junction is Whistler’s secret hang out, just past Creekside village on the south side of Whistler. Here you can find two of Whistler’s favourite Breweries with local handcrafted brews to enjoy friends.
Whistler Brewing – 100% BC owned brewery offers a wide range of beers including lager, IPA, and their seasonal chestnut Ale. They also offer a great selection of pub grub and have a lovely patio area with umbrellas plus, super friendly staff to look after you.
Coast Mountain Brewing is the newer kid on the block and has been welcoming locals and visitors alike since the summer of 2016. They brew a range of flavourful and complex beers that can be found in restaurants and hotels throughout Whistler. They also have a tasting room with sour ales and curate a modest oak barrel program with releases throughout the year.
Catch a Movie
Get ready for a fun-filled night of action, adventure, drama, horror, or comedy! Conveniently located in Whistler Village, Village 8 Cinemas features top new release films every day as well as some old classics and is one of the cheapest activities you can do in Whistler at only $12 an adult and $9 per child aged 13 and under. Stop in, grab some popcorn, pick a flick, and zone out while the stars entertain you.
Local Tip: Cheap Tuesday’s are still a thing at only $8 a movie!
Take Advantage of the Fall specials
It’s that time of year again. If you have dreamt of a romantic dinner at Araxi, fantasized about the flavors of Rimrock, or want to fiesta at The Mexican Corner, now you can! Right through from mid-September until late November you can take advantage of the fall specials that tantalize your taste buds. Indulge in two, three, or four-course menus and maybe match it with a wine pairing. Whistler’s restaurant scene offers amazing Mediterranean, Mexican, Japanese, Tapas, Seafood, Italian, and more. Brunch specials are also easy to find as well as happy hour drink specials galore.
Local Tip: Head to Whistler Bites for a list of daily specials throughout Whistler or grab a copy of the free Pique magazine which can be found along the village stroll.
If your one of those people that would rather dance in the rain than wait out the storm, check out the below fun-filled activities which will get you outside and exploring and you will realize just how beautiful Whistler can be on a rainy day.
ATV or RZR Tour
Canadian Wilderness Adventures offer the perfect outdoor rainy day activity. Get kitted up in waterproof attire and expect to get MUDDY on one of their ATV or off-road buggy tours. Now that the lifts have closed for the summer, this is a great way to explore Blackcomb mountain. Canadian Wilderness offers both 2-seater and 4-seater off-road buggies so you can bring the whole family. They also have both beginner ATV tours so the kids can be a passenger or intermediate and more challenging adventures for single riders only. A valid driver’s license is needed and mandatory collision coverage is required per driver.
Local Tip: Don’t slow down for the puddles and bring clothing you don’t mind getting dirty.
Book a home with a Hot Tub
Harmony Whistler Vacations have a large selection of homes with both private and shared hot tub facilities you can take advantage of during rainy days. If you are going to get wet anyway, why not relax, unwind and feel the stresses of life melt away while listening to the beautiful sound of the rain falling around you.
Go Bungee Jumping
Three, Two, One, BUNGEE! If adrenalin was on your list for things to do in Whistler, don’t let the rain stop you from bungee jumping. About 10 minutes south of Whistler is where you will find Whistler Bungee. You may need some words of encouragement to jump off a 50m bridge above the beautiful glacier-fed Cheakamus River. Jump solo or convince a friend to jump with you. After the bouncing stops, it really is an amazing feeling being hoisted back up knowing that you actually did it.
Local Tip: If you’re as scared as I was, just step off backward so you can’t see how high you actually are.
Take a Hike
One of the best ways to de-stress and soothe your soul is to be amongst nature. With many hiking trails in the forest being sheltered by trees, why not go for a hike in the rain? The smells are intensified and the colours just pop during a downfall. Make sure you wear waterproof shoes and bring your rain jacket then find yourself some shelter along the way to stop for a picnic.
Local Tip: Visit Whistler Hiatus to choose your adventure and head to Ghost Town, Train Wreck, Ancient Cedars, or a number of other stunning trails.