Recreation and Activities

Whistler and Pemberton have many things to do all year round both indoors and outdoors, and many of those cost nothing. Whatever you or your children are interested in you’re sure to find something to keep you happy. There are many sporting opportunities, but also music and art and crafts and other clubs and organizations. In this section you’ll find skiing, riding, biking, swimming, soccer, singing, dancing, yoga, gymnastics, skating, hockey, painting and lots more. You’ll never be bored!

Also, see Chapter 11: Community, Culture and Sports in the WelcomeBC Newcomers’ Guide. This section has lots of information, as well as links to Parks and Camping websites in BC.

The Great Outdoors

Fishing:  Whistler area has many lakes and rivers for fishing. It is important to know what the rules and regulations are for fishing, and you may need to purchase a Fishing licence.  See: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations/#Synopsis or ask at a local fishing shop.

Hunting:  Some locals like to hunt for deer and moose for food.  It is very important to know all the rules and regulations for hunting.  Local outdoor shops can also help.  See:  http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/wildlife/hunting/regulations/

Christmas trees – you can get a permit to go out and cut a Christmas tree beneath the BC Hydro transmission line rights-of-way over Crown land or forest road rights-of-way.  See: http://www.for.gov.bc.ca/dsq/Xmas/DSQXmastree.htm for information and to get your permit.  Make sure you take your permit with you as you can be asked to show it.

Biking:  There are many mountain bike trails for people of all abilities.  Check out whistler.com/bike_maps for maps or visit a local bike shop.

Hiking:  When the snow melts, folks still go up into the mountains. There is a multitude of hiking trails in the area.  See http://www.whistler.com/hiking/ or ask at a local outdoor shop.  There are books available for sale with hiking/backpacking information, so visit the library or Armchair books in the village.  Be sure you are prepared before you hike!

Going backcountry: never go alone, and be prepared for snowy conditions, even in summer. Know your limits.  Read “How Not To Get Lost” on the Whistler Search and Rescue website: http://www.whistlersar.com

Swimming: Be careful in lakes and rivers in spring and summer.  A lot of the water comes from melting snow and glaciers and is VERY cold, especially in Green Lake.  They are deep and if you are not a strong swimmer, have eaten recently, or been drinking do not go out of your depth. Local beaches may have sudden drop-offs into deep water, and may not have lifeguards. Swim at your own risk!