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Whistler's Fall Activities and Events: What Not to Miss

As the vibrant colours of summer gradually transform into a tapestry of reds, oranges, and yellows, Whistler, British Columbia, comes alive with a different kind of energy.

The fall season in this picturesque mountain town is not just about witnessing nature's grandeur but also about celebrating life through a myriad of festivals and events.

We'll take you on a journey through Whistler's fall calendar, highlighting the exciting festivals and cultural happenings in town.

Farmers' Market (Sundays until October 8th)

Take advantage of the tail season of the Whistler Farmers' Market for a taste of local flavours and artisan products. Stroll through the stalls, sample fresh produce, handcrafted goods, and enjoy the atmosphere. It's a perfect way to experience the community's creativity and support local businesses. 

If you’re looking for a nice family day out - the Farmers’ market is an excellent activity with all the Upper Village shops, restaurants, patios and Blackcomb Adventure Zone to explore.

Valley Trail Strolls

As summer fades into the background, the Valley Trail in Whistler transforms with beautiful fall scenery. The trail winds through a breathtaking landscape of changing foliage, snow-capped mountains and lakeside views. 

This 40-kilometre trail begins near the village and follows Fitzsimmons Creek. It leads to Lost Lake, a serene oasis reflecting vibrant foliage, and Whistler Golf Course, where fairways turn golden. Continue to Green Lake, framed by snow-capped peaks and autumn forests. Additionally, Rainbow Park is a great spot to stop by that offers panoramic views of Alta Lake and the surrounding mountains. 

A walk along the valley trail is a serene escape from the daily hustle and bustle. We highly recommend taking a stroll through Whistler’s scenery this fall season, especially on a crisp sunny day!

Whistler Wine Walk (October 2023)

Art lovers will appreciate Whistler's Wine Walk, a unique and enriching way to explore the town's vibrant art scene. Taking place every Friday in October 2023, this event allows art enthusiasts and wine connoisseurs alike to embark on a journey through four of Whistler's finest galleries.

As you traverse these creative spaces, you have the opportunity to connect with gallery owners, curators, and artists and savour a delightful glass of wine at each venue, including renowned wineries like Fort Berens and Okanagan Crush Pad. 

With three different ticket options to choose from, all routes culminate at the Audain, making it convenient to explore the rich tapestry of Whistler's art and culture. Detailed instructions, schedules, maps, and walking directions are provided via email before the event, ensuring a seamless and memorable experience. 

The galleries included in the Wine Walk are as follows:

  1. Adele Campbell Fine Art Gallery

  2. Whistler Contemporary Gallery at the Hilton

  3. Mountain Galleries at the Fairmont

  4. Audain Art Museum

Don't miss the chance to indulge in this captivating fusion of art, wine, and culture in the heart of Whistler. Secure your tickets for the Whistler Wine Walk today.

Whistler Writers Festival (October 12-16, 2023)

Bookworms and aspiring authors will find their haven at the Whistler Writers Festival. Engage with renowned authors, attend writing workshops, and be inspired by literary discussions. It's an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of words amid the stunning autumn scenery.

The theme for the 2023 Writers Festival is “connecting through story”. Look forward to 20 reading events, 10 workshops, a comedy show and more. 

Click here to get tickets for this highly anticipated festival!

Cornucopia - Whistler's Celebration of Food and Drink (November 9 - 19, 2023)

Indulge your culinary senses at Cornucopia, Whistler's premier food and drink festival. Whether you're a foodie or a wine enthusiast, this event has something for everyone. Attend wine tastings and culinary demonstrations by top chefs and enjoy delectable dishes created by local culinary talents.

Over the span of 11 days, there are 100+ events to explore. It's a culinary journey you won't forget! Check out the events and tickets for Cornucopia here.

In Whistler, autumn is a season of transformation, where the landscape shifts from hiking trails to ski slopes, and the cultural scene buzzes with excitement. We hope this blog has given you some inspiration for the upcoming season. Make sure to mark your calendar for these exciting fall festivals and events in Whistler!