Free activities in Whistler
Whistler can be an expensive place to visit. Skiing, snowboarding, golfing, ziplining etc. are all amazing in Whistler and well worth the cost. Sometimes it is good, however, to get out and have a wonderful day without spending money. These places are all free.
The valley trail is a car-free, paved trail and boardwalk network connecting Whistler’s neighbourhoods, lakes, viewpoints and picnic spot. You can explore more than 40 km of trail by walking, running, cycling, skating or rollerblading. Get out of the car and see Whistler from a new perspective with the whole family and the dog included.
Brandywine Falls Provincial Park
Brandywine Falls (the spectacular 70 metre waterfall) is best seen from the viewpoint which also presents some marvelous views of Daisy Lake and the surrounding mountains.
This park provides opportunities for hiking, picnicking, mountain biking and viewing of the waterfall. The park was tripled in size in 2010 to include unique habitat for red-legged frogs (a provincial “blue listed” species at risk). A number of existing recreation trails were included in the expanded park as well.
Whistler Train Wreck
It’s one of Whistler’s most unique spots—a handful of mangled railway boxcars scattered like Yahtzee dice among towering cedar and fir trees lining the mighty Cheakamus River. It’s a free public art gallery, a bike playground, a one-time horror movie setting and hiking destination… And now you don’t have to break the law to get there. Its located in Function Junction.
Outdoor Summer Concerts at the Olympic Plaza
From the sweet sounds of classical music to chilled out beats and local folk bands, Whistler Olympic Plaza is the place for free outdoor concerts from May through September. Bring your picnic blanket and dancing shoes, and take free transit to the weekend concerts all summer
Whistler Farmers Market
The open air Whistler Farmers' Market happens from May to October, twice a week through summer. Its located at the Upper Village Stroll at the base of Blackcomb Mountain.
You can find fresh local produce from the Sea to Sky Corridor, food as well as local art, refreshing beverages and live entertainment. It is a a great family day out with the Upper Village shops, restaurants, patios and Blackcomb Adventure Zone to explore.
The outdoor skating rink is located in the village at Olympic Plaza and is open from mid-December until the end of April and is FREE ($5 skate rentals). The setting is beautiful, especially in the evening, but during the day it’s quieter!
Open seven days a week*: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., 3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Closed for maintenance daily: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. and 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Skating is also available as a drop in activity at Meadow Park sports centre.
Fire and Ice
The Fire and Ice Show is great entertainment for all ages, showcasing some of Whistler’s best skiers and riders jumping through rings of fire! There are fireworks and fire spinners too. Every Sunday during peak winter months, 7.30pm in Skier’s Plaza.