Snow blankets the landscape, starting from the top of the mountains in fall and moving to the valley
Many animals reduce activity or hibernate like the bears, some animals (like hares and ptarmigan) change colour to blend in with the snowy surroundings
People take in the winter wonderland by skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice skating and more

Snow melts in the valley first, although it may continue snowing in the alpine for many months
Bird and animal activity increases – hummingbirds arrive and bears emerge from hibernation
Plants start to bud and grow again leading to an explosion of green leaves
People continue to ski in the alpine, while hiking, biking and trail running and other activities start as soon as the trails are clear of snow

Snowmelt continues over summer exposing high altitude alpine hiking and biking trails
In late summer the alpine wildflower come into bloom, creating meadows of colour
Water temperatures are warmer, and plants and animals in wetlands become active
Warm days and long nights mean people hike, bike, go alpine sightseeing, enjoy water sports in the lakes and rivers

Temperatures start to fall and leaves on deciduous trees change colour – brilliant yellow, red, orange and gold
Animals are feeding and storing food for the winter as snow begins to dust the mountain tops
Salmon may be seen spawning in creeks and rivers
The forest is cool and damp – excellent conditions for the growth of mushrooms
Bald Eagles begin to arrive in the area south of Whistler
Bear viewing tours continue, eagle tours begin and activities like fishing, ziplining and tree top adventures in the rainforest are popular” Tourism Whistler

“Just two hours north of Vancouver by road lies Whistler, where the natural beauty and unique mountain lifestyle offers an escape like nowhere else. Visit any season of the year and you’ll be welcomed like family, swept up by the unique energy in the Village and have opportunities to go on adventures that inspire and challenge you – or simply relax and soak up the stunning scenery. However you decide to spend your time in Whistler, when you find yourself in the mountains, breathing in the wild air, you will realize there is as much to be discovered inside of you, as outside.

Whistler experiences four seasons in one year with distinct weather patterns. Animal behaviour changes with the seasons, as does the plant life. Similarly, human activities change with the seasons meaning no matter what time of year you arrive there is a new way to get outdoors.


How to get to Whistler from:

446 W 13th Ave, Vancouver
BC V5Y 1W5
Cambie Lodge B&B – click here

How to get to Whistler from:

456 W 13th Ave, Vancouver
BC V5Z 2V8
Douglas Guest House – click here

How to get to Whistler from:

325 W 11th Ave, Vancouver
BC V5Y 1T3
Windsor Guest House – click here