Most visitors to Whistler are well acquainted with the Village – it’s where their hotel is, where the gondolas are, where they can find great shops, food, and souvenirs, and where they can book the bulk of their activities.
While the Village is certainly Whistler’s central hub, there are many more neighbourhoods to discover in our town.
If you’re buying a place in Whistler, there’s a good chance you’ll want to look beyond the Village – especially if you’re looking to move to town full-time. To help you get to know the town, we’ve put together a quick overview featuring our favourite attractions in some of Whistler’s neighbourhoods that aren’t the village.
From the highway, you may not know that Function Junction – the first neighbourhood on your left as you drive up to Whistler from Vancouver – is full of amenities, including the brew pub, hardware stores, auto shops, a yoga studio, restaurants, cafes, bike shops, a skateboard shop, and plenty more. Many of Whistler’s locally owned businesses are situated in this happening neighbourhood.
Home of the former Whistler Athlete’s Village, Cheakamus Crossing is a young, vibrant community with plenty of housing options – but with other perks, too, including tennis courts, a community vegetable garden, a hostel, a daycare, and other shops and amenities.
Host of Spring Creek Community School, the Whistler Community Services Society, and one of the town’s three fire halls, Spring Creek is a family-friendly neighbourhood that also happens to feature some beautiful, modern chalets.
Creekside was the “original” Village, but it’s got a unique character of its own – and a gondola of its own, too! Creekside is home to a number of hotels, delicious restaurants (check out the Red Door Bistro, Aura at Nita Lake Lodge, and the Southside Diner), a grocery store (with some of the best produce in town), and even a liquor store.
Alta Vista is where you’ll find some beautiful Whistler properties, and also one of Whistler’s best beaches: Lakeside Park. This is a local hotspot in the summer, where residents and visitors alike flock to swim, stand up paddleboard, or canoe down the River of Golden Dreams.
Upper Village and the Benchlands
There’s a lot going on in the Upper Village and in the Benchlands, near the base of Blackcomb Mountain. For one, there’s lift access to Blackcomb Mountain, plus a few hotels you may have heard of (Fairmont and the Four Seasons, anyone?). There’s a beautiful golf course and access to Whistler’s infamous Lake Lost, with hiking and biking trails aplenty. There are also some great restaurants and shops to check out, not to mention our delectable Farmers Market in the summer months.
Though primarily a residential neighbourhood, you’ll find Myrtle Philip Community School and a local daycare tucked away in Whistler Cay. Its location close to the Whistler Golf Course makes it a prime location for long dog walks with a friend.
If you love playing outside, head to Spruce Grove – home to some of Whistler’s sports field and the Spruce Grove Field House. It’s also where you’ll find an incredibly fun Frisbee golf course, and the local Whistler Waldorf school.
As the name suggests, you’ll find the Nicklaus North golf course in this neighbourhood – along with the delicious Table 19 (you don’t have a to golf there to enjoy a drink on the patio!). This is a great spot to watch float planes land and take off on Green Lake.
There’s a lot going on in Alpine Meadows – it’s got the delicious Alpine Café, a convenience store, and the local high school, but’s is also home to Meadow Park Sports Centre. Hockey, ice-skating, swimming, fitness classes, the gym, sports fields – you’ll find it all at Meadow Park!
Big things are happening right now in Rainbow, including the development of a gas station (opening any day now!), a new grocery store, and other commercial amenities. Residents living north of Whistler Village are watching this development closely!