Whistler Village Stroll during summer

Where to Stay In Whistler: An Ultimate Guide For First Timers

Figuring out where to stay in Whistler can be daunting for anyone unfamiliar with the mountain town. Understanding the three main village locations in Whistler will help you decide the best location for your stay. In this guide we explore the three different base areas in Whistler. Here is everything you need to know about Whistler’s three main Villages.

Whistler’s Three Villages

Discover the unique charm of Whistler through its three captivating villages: Whistler Village, Blackcomb Village (also locally known as the Upper Village), and Creekside Village. Each village boasts its own distinctive character, creating diverse atmospheres that serve as the perfect starting points for your Whistler exploration. These hubs not only offer a range of accommodations but also provide unparalleled access to the breathtaking landscapes that define Whistler.

While accommodations can be found in various areas near these villages, our focus will be on the three main bases in Whistler. This is due to their in their strategic locations, ensuring easy access to gondolas and chairlifts. Staying close to these areas will most likely enhancing your overall Whistler experience.

Whistler Village: Where All the Action Unfolds

Everything you need to know about Whistler's three main villages

At the beating heart of Whistler, the Whistler Village stands as a vibrant hub of activity and energy. Nestled at the base of Whistler mountain, the pedestrian-only village stroll exudes a lively atmosphere with its diverse array of shops, restaurants, and entertainment options. Here, you’ll find a seamless blend of alpine charm and modern convenience, making it an ideal base for those who want to be in the midst of all the action. With easy access to the ski lifts, the bustling Whistler Village ensures that adventure is always just steps away, whether you’re hitting the slopes in winter or exploring the scenic trails in the warmer months.

Whistler Village is home to such legendary après spots at The Longhorn Saloon, Garibaldi Lift Co. and Black’s Pub. It is home to Whistler’s five nightclubs as well as the largest number & variety of food options in the entire town. Located at the base of Whistler mountain, it is home to the Whistler Gondola and Fitzsimmons Express Chairlift (for access to Whistler Mountain for skiing in the winter and mountain biking in the summer) and the Excalibur Gondola, which provides access to Blackcomb Mountain for skiing in the winter, as well as the Bubly Tube Park.

For those looking for the best location relative to the main hotspots of Whistler, the Whistler Village is where you want to be. You’ll find the best après, some of the best restaurants and plenty of shops in this area to kit up for your mountain adventure.

Blackcomb Village (AKA The Upper Village): A Tranquil Escape

For those seeking a more serene escape, Blackcomb Village, also known as the Upper Village, offers a peaceful retreat just a short stroll away from the vibrant Whistler Village. Tucked away amidst the forested slopes of Blackcomb Mountain, this area provides a quieter ambiance while still being within walking distance of the excitement. Luxury resorts, cozy chalets, and upscale dining characterize the Upper Village, creating an idyllic setting for those looking to unwind after a day of adventures. With easy access to the ski slopes and a more relaxed pace, Blackcomb Village offers a perfect balance between tranquility and proximity to Whistler’s amenities.

Blackcomb Village provides access to the mountains via the Blackcomb Gondola, with access to the mountain for skiing in the winter and sightseeing/hiking in the summer months. There are a smaller number of restaurants, as well as higher end hotels, as it is home to the Fairmont Chateau Whistler and Four Seasons Whistler. Some hotels such as the Fairmont and Four Seasons also offer complementary shuttles to the Whistler Village, reducing the need to walk. You would however need to wait for the shuttle so it may not be the most convenient.

A small number of bars and restaurant line the upper village pedestrian only walkway, but it does not have the nightlife, noise or atmosphere of the Whistler Village. Perfect for those looking for something slower paced, and it is only a short walk away from the Whistler Village (or can be accessed via the free Number 5 Bus).

Blackcomb Village is also home to some of Whistler’s more family-friendly activities in the summer months, including the Nintendo Family Adventure Zone featuring the West Coast Slide, as well as the Whistler Farmer’s Market on Sundays (and selected Saturdays on long weekends) between May and October.

Creekside Village: Where the Locals Roam

Venture a bit further south, and you’ll discover Creekside Village, a charming locale that boasts a distinct local flavor. As the original 1966 base of Whistler Mountain, Creekside has a laid-back, community-oriented vibe, making it a favorite among locals. Here, you’ll find a range of accommodation options, from slope-side lodges to cozy AirBnB apartments, all surrounded by the stunning natural beauty of the area. Creekside provides a quieter alternative to the main village areas, with its own selection of shops, restaurants, and easy access to the slopes. It’s the perfect choice for those who appreciate a more intimate setting while still enjoying the perks of proximity to Whistler’s outdoor wonders.

Creekside is home to a small number of shops – a bakery, supermarket, coffee shop, ice cream/treats plus other retail stores. It must be said however that Creekside is very much a quiet area at night. The small pedestrian-only stroll is practically deserted aside from a restaurant or two. For those looking for a lively atmosphere, the short drive or bus ride into the Whistler Village is the best option if you choose to stay in this area.

Creekside is home to the Creekside Gondola, which provides summer biking and winter skiing access to Whistler Mountain. It is also home to Dusty’s Bar & Grill next to the Gondola for all your apres needs in Creekside, though this generally shuts early in the evening. There is also no direct access to Blackcomb Mountain here – to get there, you would need to head up Whistler Mountain via the Creekside Gondola and ski down to the main Whistler village where you can take the Excalibur Gondola up to Blackcomb, or take the Peak2Peak Gondola over from Whistler to Blackcomb once you are at the top of Whistler Mountain, or alternatively catch the bus or taxi to Blackcomb Mountain from the base.

One thing to note: there is a second gondola is located at the base of Creekside and visible on maps, named the Kadenwood Gondola. This gondola provides no ski or biking access and can only be used by residents of the exclusive luxury Kadenwood Housing Estate part-way up the mountain. A special pass is required to utilize this residential lift.

Weighing Up The Pros and Cons

Now that you have some understanding of the three main base areas, you might be asking what is best for you? Let’s briefly discuss the pros and cons of each area to help you decide.

Whistler Village


  1. Centre of Activity: Whistler Village is the bustling heart of the resort town, offering immediate access to a variety of shops and restaurants. If you thrive on a lively atmosphere and want to be in the thick of the action, Whistler Village is the perfect base.
  2. Proximity to Ski Lifts: With the ski lifts just a short walk away, staying in Whistler Village ensures swift access to both Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. This is a significant advantage for avid skiers and snowboarders who want to maximize their time on the slopes.
  3. Diverse Accommodation Options: From luxury resorts to charming boutique hotels, Whistler Village provides a wide range of accommodation choices, catering to different preferences and budgets.


  1. Higher Prices: Being the central hub, accommodations in Whistler Village tend to be pricier compared to those in other village areas.
  2. Crowded During Peak Seasons: The popularity of Whistler Village means it can get crowded, especially during peak seasons. If you prefer a quieter ambiance, this might not be the ideal base for you.
  3. Limited Seclusion: If you’re seeking a more secluded and tranquil setting, the vibrancy of Whistler Village might feel a bit too energetic for your taste.

Blackcomb Village


  1. Tranquil Atmosphere: Blackcomb Village offers a quieter and more serene environment compared to the bustling Whistler Village. It’s an ideal choice for those who prefer a more laid-back atmosphere.
  2. Luxurious Accommodations: The Upper Village is home to some of Whistler’s most luxurious resorts and accommodations, providing a high-end experience for those seeking a touch of sophistication.
  3. Close to Nature: Surrounded by the scenic beauty of Blackcomb Mountain, this village base allows for a more immersive experience in nature, with easy access to hiking trails and outdoor activities.


  1. Limited Dining and Shopping Options: While there are excellent dining choices, the selection in the Upper Village is more limited compared to Whistler Village.
  2. Slightly Removed from Main Attractions: Though still close to the action, Blackcomb Village requires a short walk or shuttle ride to reach the core of Whistler’s attractions.
  3. Less Lively Atmosphere: For those who enjoy the vibrant energy of a bustling village, the Upper Village may feel a bit too tranquil.
  4. More Expensive: The Upper Village does have its own liquor store and small market however selections at the market are limited and prices at both are more expensive than some of the other stores in Whistler Village.

Creekside Village


  1. Local Charm: Creekside Village is favored for its authentic, local feel. It provides a genuine community atmosphere, making visitors feel more connected to the essence of Whistler.
  2. Historical Significance: As the original base of Whistler Mountain, Creekside carries historical significance, offering a glimpse into the roots of the resort town.
  3. Access to the Slopes: With its own gondola, Creekside provides convenient access to the slopes. It’s a great choice for those who want a more relaxed experience without compromising on skiing or snowboarding opportunities.
  4. Easy Grocery and Liquor Shopping: Creekside Market and BC Liquor are two of the main tenants of the Creekside Village, with decent selections and prices for both.
  5. Free Parking: One of the last remaining free public parking areas in Whistler


  1. Fewer Entertainment Options: While Creekside has its share of dining and shopping, the entertainment options are fewer compared to the more bustling villages.
  2. Limited Nightlife: If you’re looking for vibrant nightlife right on your doorstep, best to look elsewhere. Nightlife in Creekside is almost non-existent.
  3. Less Variety in Accommodations: While there are accommodation options, the variety in Creekside is not as extensive as in Whistler Village or Blackcomb Village.
  4. Slightly Less Convenient Access: Although Creekside Village has its own ski lifts, the convenience and variety of options for accessing the mountains may not match those in Whistler Village or Blackcomb Village.
  5. Requires Extra Transportation: You need to take a bus, taxi or drive to Whistler Village. Walking is possible but can take up to an hour in summer (or longer in winter)

Our Recommendations On Where TO Stay In Whistler

When you’re picking where to stay in Whistler, we really recommend Whistler Village, especially for first timers. It has the best location, lots of different restaurants, and plenty of places to stay.

Apart from the tasty food and lots of places to stay, Whistler Village is also the most convenient if you love outdoor activities. It’s right at the bottom Whistler mountain and the only place with direct access to both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, making it a handy starting point for skiing, hiking, and mountain biking. You can easily get up either of these amazing mountain views without any hassle.

Whistler Village also just has a special vibe that makes it feel like a perfect place for a vacation. The village is easy to walk around, and there’s a lively atmosphere, especially after a day of skiing. You can relax at a cozy pub or sit on a patio and watch the world go by. Whether you prefer a chill evening or want to dive into the lively party scene, Whistler Village has the perfect vibe for a genuine Whistler experience. Choosing to stay here isn’t just about finding a place to sleep; it’s about adding something special to your Whistler adventure and making memories in this unique mountain town.

Best Hotels To Stay In Whistler

Now that you’ve decided which base area to call home during your visit, you might also be wondering what are the best hotels to stay at? Check out our guide here on the best hotels in Whistler in each of these areas, from the basic to the bougee.

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