In Whistler, the fun doesn’t stop when summer draws to a close; actually it just keeps getting better! So grab your whole family and head to Whistler as the leaves change colours and we welcome the beauty that is Fall in Whistler!
1. Pumpkin Picking at North Arm Farm
One of our absolute favourite things to do as it gets closer to Thanksgiving and Halloween is to visit the North Arm Farm in Pemberton (a 20 minute drive north of Whistler) and hand pick a pumpkin for carving or baking! Prepare to be dazzled by the picturesque Mount Curry in the background of this 60-acre family-run organic farm. From feeding the farm animals & taking a wagon ride (offered on weekends), to indulging in the delicious items in the farm store and café (their breakfast is to die for), it’s the perfect family outing!
Open from May until end of October.
2. Explore Function Junction for the day
Escape the village and head down to function junction for a day of exploration. Start the morning with breakfast from Wild Wood Cafe, voted Whistler’s best breakfast spot for locals since 2002! After breaky head to the Whistler train wreck, and submerge yourself in a part of Whistler history. The train wreck is a short hiking trail that offers scenic views, a suspension bridge and of course the colorfully painted box cars in the forest where they have been since 1956. After your hike, drop-in to Forged Axe Throwing, and learn some new axe throwing skills. Right next door is Velvet Underground, the best place to pick up quality vintage clothing along with delicious baked goods! Finish the day with an incredible craft beer at Coast Mountain Brewery.
3. Whistler Farmer’s Market
Pick up some fall seasonal fruit and veggies at the Whistler farmers market. This hidden treasure is located in the upper village, where the crowds from the summer have slowly dispersed leaving it slightly quieter for you to enjoy in the fall. Experience the amazing quality of local produce and refreshing beverages whilst enjoying the live entertainment. Not one store is the same, so experience what whistler art, locals have to offer. You can even pick up a whistler made souvenir!
4. Cornucopia Food & Drink Festival
Cornucopia is THE fall event that should not be missed. The 11 day annual celebration showcases the best food and drink the whistler area and beyond has to offer. Enjoy the finer things in life with top-shelf wine tastings, exploring the world of red, whites and champagnes. Attend a luncheon, grab a friend or come solo and meet new people while opening your mind and palates. There is plenty of mingling to be done at the after parties. We recommend joining a culinary seminar where you learn the tricks of the trade, with chef lunches and demonstrations.
5. Fall for Arts
Explore your creative side with unique local exhibits, events, galleries and workshops in Whistler. The Squamish Lil’wat culture center is a great spot for learning about the rich culture of the Lil’wat nations that surrounds the Whistler area. Take a tour with a cultural ambassador and learn about these ancient traditions. After learning about the history, take a visual journey at The Audain Art Museum, as you experience the exquisite art collections that Whistler has to offer. Showcasing a large collection from renowned painter and writer Emily Carr, other collections include modernists and contemporary artists such as E.J. Huges and Jeff Wall. At the Audain Art Museum you will come across one of the world’s finest collection of Northwest Coast First Nations masks. New to the art scene of Whistler is Vallea Lumina, a multimedia spectacular. Follow the story as you walk through the forest of Cougar Mountain being submerged in lighting, sound and special effects. This truly magical experience will leave you amazed and wanting to see more. We highly recommend this for all ages and is a great family friendly activity.
6. Get your Winter Stoke On (ski movies + watch the snow line)
What better way to get hyped for the winter season then watching exhilarating ski and snowboard movies. Every year you can find a screening of the biggest names in the industry putting together the best shreds from the previous year. The 2019 feature movie was Winterland by TGR where there were tons of prizes to be won at the premier. Watching these adrenaline junkies climbing up cliffs to chase the unchartered pow, will have you on the edge of your seats!