If you are looking for the best things to do in Whistler in November then you are in the right place! Whistler is one of the best resorts in North America and the number one resort in Canada. When it comes to a November visit, if you want to ski, you are going to have to make sure you plan on coming at the end of the month. If you are not a skiier and are looking for other things to do in Whistler in November then this post will help!
Whether November will be your first visit to Whistler or you come back year after year, by the time you get to the bottom of this post, your itinerary will be packed full of epic things to do in Whistler in November!
Things to do in Whistler in November
Where to Stay in Whistler in November
Below I have listed some popular properties in Whistler to stay.
Four Seasons Whistler – The Four Seasons is one of Whistler’s luxury 5 star properties. The Four Seasons Whistler has a swimming pool and hot tub. They offer a bike valet that is convenient and safe. In the winter, I love the ski valet option where you can leave your skis at the ski hill instead of having to bring them back to the hotel. Four Seasons is located in the Upper Village near the Blackcomb Gondola. If you are visiting as a family, they offer playpens or cribs and high chairs for guests. They also offer childproofing items, art class, a seasonal playroom, and little luxuries like kids bath robes.
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Delta Hotel Whistler – The Delta is mid-range price-wise and offers rooms with full kitchens. This is ideal for those who like condo style accommodation but want the convenience of a hotel. There is coin laundry on site which may be needed to dry out wet ski gear. There is a heated indoor/outdoor pool as well as a hot tub. The Delta is in Whistler Village close to everything.
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Planning a visit with your family? Check out the best Whistler hotels for families!
Opening day in Whistler
All eyes are on opening day in Whistler. Typically it aligns with the Thursday of American Thanksgiving. For 2022, opening day is planned for November 24th 2022. If the conditions arise, it can sometimes be sooner but there is a lot that goes into opening up the largest ski hill in North America! From staff to countless pieces of equipment, it is not just the flip of a switch! For those in Whistler in November, they know that it is one of the best kept secrets around. Whistler gets almost 8 feet (2.4 meters) of snow in November alone!
November also brings plenty of deals on gear, and with low visitor numbers in town, it is probably the most affordable time for accommodations and the easiest time to get restaurant reservations!
Cornucopia is Whistler’s annual fall festival and it is all about the foodies and drink lovers! It occurs November 4 – 6, 10 – 20 and 25 – 27 for the 2022 season. Made for the epicurious, uninhibited food and drink lover, Cornucopia 2022 offers opportunities to experiment with your palate, expand your knowledge, and celebrate Whistler’s world-class food and drink scene. It includes for food and drink tastings, culinary demonstrations, chef luncheons, drink seminars, winemaker dinners and more.
Signature Events at Cornucopia 2022
House Party: Best of BC
Thursday, November 10 | 6 – 9 PM
Kicking off Cornucopia with food and drink aplenty, share and celebrate at House Party: Best of BC. Join for an evening that combines live music, local foods, and of course, domestic wines, spirits and beer.
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Friday, November 11 | 8 – 11 PM
Cellar Door unlocks the gates to the world of fine wines and champagnes by uncorking top-shelf bottles (valued $35 and up) from different regions around the world. An excellent event for the connoisseur of fine wines. Appies and music will accompany the tastings.
CRUSH Grand Tasting
Saturday, November 12 | 7:30 – 11 PM
The flagship tasting event of Cornucopia, CRUSH creates a vibrant atmosphere to sip, sample and savour your way through dozens of wineries. From New World to Old World, Merlot to Champagne, there is opportunity for the attendee to discover a new favourite gem, or ten!
With a Twist
Sunday, November 13 | 8 – 11 PM
With a Twist Silent Disco is your chance to let your hair down, in your own way. Upon arrival, you’ll receive a pair of headphones, a glass and drink tokens . . . and then the rest is up to you. Tune in with your favourite DJ (each spinning live), work your way through the innovative cocktails, beers and spirits.
Taste of the World: Tapas
Friday, November 18 | 8 – 10:30 PM
Focused on delicious tapas with Spanish and Latin influence, Taste of The World allows guests to experience the magic of pairing food and drink. This flavourful culinary journey allows you to pair different wines, beers and spirits alongside a variety of delicious tapas.
Saturday, November 19 | 8 – 11 PM
The most all-encompassing drink event at Cornucopia, Poured Grand Tasting offers a world of exploration for the beverage connoisseur. Capturing drinks from scotch, gin and vodka, to expertly-crafted BC beer and ciders, and wines from across the globe, it’s a spirited night of social carousing.
Take A Food Tour in Whistler in November
If Cornucopia does not have your schedule entirely full you can take an early evening food tour with an expert foodie when you visit Whistler in November. This luxury experience also has a wine add on and ends early enough in the evening to have a nightcap.
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Enjoy a Weekend Getaway
November is low season at Whistler, just before the start of the ski season and just after the end of biking season. Whistler is one of the best weekend getaways in BC and for those looking to save some money, November is the time to go! Whistler’s top hotels often drastically reduce their prices to entice visitors into the city. Almost all of the pools in Whistler are heated year round. Check out the best Whistler hotel pools and grab one with a nice hot tub and pool! You can enjoy it regardless of the weather outside!
Ziplining in Whistler in November
Ziplining is a perfect November Whistler activity for the adrenaline junkie. It is actually available all year long! You can zipline from the village or you can go to nearby Cougar Mountain.
You can book here for Ziptrek and book here for Superfly. I have done Superfly and it is amazing (and very high!!!) Both actually operate all year round, so pack for the conditions and layer up!
SLCC Squamish Li’wat Cultural Centre
Open year-round, the SLCC brings together the vibrant cultures of two local Indigenous groups in one beautiful space. It offers a glimpse into the traditional life of the Indigenous people (the Squamish and the Li-wat people) who inhabited the region that Whistler is part of.
The Squamish Li’wat Cultural Centre is the perfect place to get out of the rain in Whistler in November. There is an hourly guided tour that gives you a glimpse into the Squamish and the Li-wat people who lived in this region! On the main level you can find a gift shop, perfect for local souvenir shopping, as well as a cafe.
Location: 4584 Blackcomb Way
Hours: 10am to 5pm. Tours are hourly on the hour from 10am-4pm
Prices: Adults $20.00 Students (13-18) $7.00 Children (6-12) $5.00 Family Pass $45.00 (up to 2 adults and 2 youth under 18)
Whistler Train Wreck Hike
Hiking in whistler in November is one of the most popular outdoor activities you can do. There are dozens of hikes taking you around the village, and the train wreck hike is one of those! It is one of the easier hikes (or some like to call it a walk). It is just south of the Village, at Function Junction.
Beautifully colored graffiti covers up rusty train car boxes that have been lying among the trees in the forest for close to 70 years. Over time this train wreck became more than a locals’ secret and just a few years ago a path was built, along with a suspension bridge, to give visitors access to the site (without having to illegally walk on the train tracks to get there). If you have kids, this is one of the fun things to do with kids in Whistler. The colorful graffiti and forested trees make it a fun Whistler photo spot as well!
Book a Photo Shoot!
Did you plan a girls weekend or maybe a family trip? Whatever the reason, it can be easy to book a local Whistler photoshoot when you are planning your trip! I have a whole article on making the process easy. Just click here. If you are already like, WOW, yes I know I want to do that, then book your photoshoot online here! Its quick and easy and if you use the code LINDSAY, you will get $25 off!
More Whistler Travel Resources for 2022
If you are still in the planning stages, this information will help you plan your visit to Whistler.
Start with how to get from Vancouver to Whistler. If you are from out of town, there are ways to get to Whistler without a car.
Traveling with Kids? This post has all of the best things to do in Whistler with kids! It has things for all seasons!
Shopping? Whistler Village has plenty of shopping options from clothing to gear to souvenirs. Make sure you read this post on Whistler souvenirs before your trip!
5 Things to pack for a November Whistler Trip
Make sure you have these things packed for your trip to Whistler
- Bathing Suit: Do not forget your bathing suit. All hotel pools are open year round!
- Rain Coat: Bring a rain coat, one that is properly waterproof! Whistler gets a lot of snow in November, which means a lot of rain in the village!
- Comfortable shoes: Even if you are not a hiker, there are plenty of walking trails in the village. Whistler Village is such a walkable area and with a focus on eco-experiences, park the car and walk as much as you can.
- Bikes: If you are a local, consider bringing a bike! The village trails are perfect to bike to the lakes, and all over the village. Most people will bike to dinner and places like the farmer’s market. This helps limit your car use as well! All hotels offer bike valet or bike storage for visitors.
That is far from all, read my Guide to What to wear in Whistler which has a complete packing list for visiting at any time of the year.
Lindsay Nieminen is the creator of UncoveringBC.com. She grew up and still lives in the suburbs of Vancouver with her family. She aims to inspire inform, and educate others about traveling in her home province of British Columbia. She is also the creator of carpediemourway.com which aims to show parents how to seek out adventure at home or abroad, with their children in tow!