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20 Aug

Better Than a Traffic Jam: A Whistler Top 5 List

TAG: Amped-Up Adventure, Cultural Fix, Summer Fun

Posted by: Feet Banks

Who’s kidding who? Pretty much everything in Whistler beats sitting in traffic. In fact, one of the best things about the pedestrian-only village stroll is its distinct lack of traffic jams.

Standstill traffic in Whistler

As the summer winds down however, even Whistler can see a bit of highway congestion on Fridays and Sundays as the weekend warriors rush about trying to cram as much fun as possible into those last few days of golden sunshine and warm evenings.

Not that there is anything wrong with weekend warriors, I used to be one myself until I figured out the magic formula for summer success. So as the Dog Days of Summer set in why not turn Thursday into “Little Friday” or Sunday into “Second Saturday”? Carpe Diem and all that. And if you do add a day to your Whistler weekend you can skip sitting in traffic on the way back and forth from Vancouver/Seattle/Portland/anywhere and instead focus on this epic list:

Five Whistler Things That Are Way, Waaaay Better Than Weekend Traffic:

1. Mountain Top BBQ Series

Instead of eating drive-thru food while enduring bridge and border traffic Friday or Sunday nights you could be sitting atop Whistler Mountain chowing down on fresh BBQ and summer-delicious salads. Friday evenings feature Spit-Roasted Pork, Sundays are the Pacific Seafood Grill. Saturdays are Prime Rib and it’s true, dinner always tastes better at 6000ft. More info.

2. Patio Session, Anywhere

As summer winds down it’s even more important to seize those moments of beautiful summer sun by throwing down yet another epic patio session. From BBQ and beers at Dusty’s in Creekside to the oysters at Araxi in the href=”/village/” target=”_blank”Village to the day-boat scallops and lakeside views from Table Nineteen out at Nicklaus North, Whistler’s patios will always be more fun than being stuck on the highway behind a rental motorhome.

Dusk over Whistler

3. Sunset Lake Time

Whistler has 5 alpine lakes and each one of them easily beats waiting in line at the gas station. A Thursday evening lakeside BBQ is a good way to forget even a shortened work week and a Sunday night canoe or stand-up paddle board session can really help a person forget the rat race. Don’t believe it? Check out The Insider’s Whistler Waterways video from earlier this summer.

4. Bonus-Hour Tee Times

Twilight golf is always super relaxing and self-satisfying but an extra round of twilight golf after everyone goes home for the week is even better. Whistler has 4 world-class courses to try. The Whistler Golf Club and Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club both offer twilight or sunset specials and Big Sky Golf Country Club gives discounted green fees on Thursdays and Sundays. Don’t let let those evening rounds hog all the glory though, smashing balls out into the mist on the Nicklaus North Golf Course early Monday morning is also very rewarding. Way to start a work week.

mellow meets less mellow

5. Roll the Dice…

This one should be something you’ve never tried before. It could be a spa date with an equally overworked spouse or a zipline tour with a kid who thinks you’ve lost your edge. Regardless, Whistler is a place for adventures so it’s always good to try something new. Even if it scares you a bit, anything beats sitting in traffic.

Grab these last few weeks of summer by the horns—stay an extra day (or more) at If not, they have good weather and highway updates too.

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