While the 2010 Winter Olympic Games are already more than a decade old, you can still experience them with a visit to Whistler as the spirit of The Games continues to live on. You can follow in the footsteps of Olympians on your own, or take a guided sightseeing tour that provides great insight while letting someone else do the driving.
Either way, you’re sure to catch Whistler fever after discovering how much it has to offer. There’s a good chance you’ll be planning a return trip before you even leave, or you might even start searching through the real estate for sale in Whistler to find that perfect vacation home or even a year-round residence.
For an independent look at the famous Olympic sites, here’s where to start your self-guided tour.
Olympic Thrills at Whistler Sliding Centre
A former site of The Games, Whistler Sliding Centre is located on the slopes of Blackcomb Mountain above Whistler Village. During the warmer months of the year, you can experience the heart-pounding thrill of riding in a wheeled bobsled.
A visit in the winter brings the chance to check a passenger bobsleigh or public skeleton ride off your bucket list. Unlike those Olympics there’s no challenging training involved, anyone can slide like an Olympian.
The venue continues to be a national training center and all profits from activities like these go toward supporting the athletes and growing the sport.
Whistler Olympic Park
Just south of Whistler village in the scenic Callaghan Valley, Whistler Olympic Park was the very first to feature all three Nordic sports stadiums in one place: ski jumping, cross-country skiing, and biathlon. Wintertime visitors can experience them too, trying out snowshoeing, cross-country, tobogganing, and the biathlon.
There are cross-country lessons for everyone from beginners to the highly experienced along with guided snowshoe tours, an amazing experience gliding across the powder-covered trails that meander on paths that wind among old-growth forest, alongside Olympic monuments, and up to stunning overlooks.
The Olympic landmarks include interpretive signs revealing more about Whistler Olympic Park’s athletes and sports. There’s also a cafe to get your hot cocoa fix and much more, along with a rental and retail shop.
In the summertime, you can immerse yourself in the Olympic legacy and its sports by joining a walking tour led by a guide or exploring on your own by taking one of multiple hikes. A disc golf course can be found here too. The park is non-profit, with all proceeds from recreational activities and other sales going directly to support Nordic athletes.
Whistler Olympic Plaza
This popular four-season outdoor space is a hub of activity. It’s also a great place to add to your Instagram feed, snapping a photo of the Olympic Rings or Cauldron, along with installations that honor medal winners and all athletes.
There’s a vast lawn for picnics, performance areas, cafes, restaurants, shops, and an outdoor winter ice skating rink. Located in the heart of Whistler Village, the mountain views are breathtaking. Adjacent to the rink is the Snow Zone Play Area where you can slide down snow features in a sled or build a snowman.
The warmer months are when the free outdoor concerts take place, with many visitors bringing a picnic (and sweaters) to take advantage of live music under a canopy of stars on long summer nights.