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An Insider’s Guide to Whistler Inside

By CHELSEY ALLEN

Renowned for its spectacular all-season playground, Whistler also brims with indoor activities, come rain, shine or snow. Here are some of our favourite ways to explore the great indoors

Scandinave Spa. (Photo: Chad Chomlack/Tourism Whistler)

Scandinave Spa. (Photo: Chad Chomlack/Tourism Whistler)

RELAX

If you want to unwind in a tranquil setting, look no further than Scandinave Spa Whistler. Relax with a Swedish or hot-stone massage followed by a eucalyptus steam and a dip in the world-class Scandinavian hydrotherapy baths. Thanks to the spa’s breathtaking scenery and an invigorating ambience year-round, you may never want to leave.

Scandinave Spa Whistler, 8010 Mons Rd., 604-935-2424, scandinave.com
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DINE

Indulge your appetite on a culinary journey to the area’s best restaurants with Whistler Tasting Tours. During a guided walking tour, experience the ultimate dining locales. Tour itineraries vary from hidden gems to fine dining to custom itineraries for small groups or families.

Whistler Tasting Tours, 604-902-8687, whistlertastingtours.com
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STRETCH

Seeking some rejuvenation in a warm and welcoming space? Stretch out at YYoga NeoWhistler in Function Junction. This spacious studio offers daily hot, power, flow and yin classes, as well as showers and change-room facilities. Drop-in passes are available. If you already hold a membership at one of YYoga’s other locations, your pass is transferrable.

YYoga NeoWhistler, 9A-1005 Alpha Lake Rd., 604-935-9642, yyoga.ca
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Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre. (Photo: Gary Fiegehen/Tourism Whistler)

Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre. (Photo: Gary Fiegehen/Tourism Whistler)

DISCOVER NATIVE CULTURE

For an informative and enriching First Nations experience, visit the Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre in the Upper Village. Whistler’s award-winning Aboriginal cultural centre offers a stunning venue for guests to take a tour, meet an ambassador or artist, try on regalia, create a traditional craft or play a musical instrument. General admission includes a welcome song, guided tour, film viewing and craft activity.

Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre, 4584 Blackcomb Way, 1-866-441-7522, slcc.ca
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EXERCISE

To stay active no matter what the forecast has in store, Meadow Park Sports Centre is your go-to for resort recreation under one roof. It offers a fully equipped fitness centre, squash courts, six-lane lap pool, children’s pool, sauna, steam room, hot tub and indoor ice rink with public skate hours.

Meadow Park Sports Centre, 8625 Hwy 99, 604-935-7529, whistler.ca
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WATCH A SHOW

Whistler is a thriving hub for gifted artists and performers. If a creative workshop, live theatre or music performance piques your interest, check out the full listing of events at Maurice Young Millennium Place.

Maurice Young Millennium Place, 4335 Blackcomb Way, 604-935-8410, artswhistler.com
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LEARN ABOUT HISTORY

Discover the town’s fascinating heritage with historical archives and image collections at the Whistler Museum. Exhibits range from the 2010 Winter Games all the way back to the first pioneer settlers. You’ll find a compelling range of histories that have come to shape Whistler as it is today.

Whistler Museum, 4333 Main St., 604-932-2019, whistlermuseum.org
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The Core. (Photo: Steve Rogers/Tourism Whistler)

The Core. (Photo: Steve Rogers/Tourism Whistler)

CLIMB

Heading up the slopes of Whistler Blackcomb is one way to gain elevation, but you can also reach new heights inside at The Core, with its 511-sq-m (5,500-sq-ft) indoor rock climbing wall. Both beginner and intermediate climbers are welcome to practice. The facility offers belay lessons as well as workshops and courses throughout the year. With a central location, it also features a health club and fitness classes.

• The Core, 4010 Whistler Way, 604-905-7625, whistlercore.com
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SEE A MOVIE

Did you know there’s a full-service movie theatre hidden in the heart of Whistler’s main village? If you’re in the mood for a mellow date night, grab a bite in the village and catch a show at Village 8 Cinema. Check the website for current listings and show times.

Village 8 Cinema, 4295 Blackcomb Way, 604-932-5833, metrotheatres.com
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