Fall in Whistler is truly magical. From September through November, temperatures cool down and leaves turn a spectacular array of colors. Weather is mild, making it wonderful for taking in the alpine vistas in all their glory.
Biking is among the top activities in Whistler during the fall. Pedal through the bicycle-friendly villages or hit the varied terrain of our mountain bike trails. When you’re not biking the Blackcomb Peaks area, take in one of these great fall events in Whistler and the surrounding area.
Shift into Gear
The RBC GranFondo Whistler, set Sept. 7, is a mass participation cycling event with a variety of routes. Rides range from a kid’s ride to a 55km to the 152km Forte. Everyone from competitive cyclists to weekend warriors enjoy the GranFondo. Rides are judged by the challenges they offer: steep climbs, long distances and a combination of the two.
Raise A Glass
The Whistler Village Beer Festival on Sept. 10-Sept. 15 could be just another excuse for a good party. After all, it’s a six-day festival of craft beer, tasting events, beer battles, food nights and more held in Whistler Olympic Plaza. But it’s also an opportunity for top local brewers to showcase their wares. Signature events include Tap Takeovers, food and beer pairings, Craft Cultures and Master Crafters with fun themes to be announced. The Main Event on Sept. 14-15 at Whistler Olympic Plaza features 70 breweries with more than 140 beers and ciders.
The Turkey Trot Lost on Oct. 13 is a new tradition taking place in Lost Lake Park, the crown jewel of Whistler's park system. The family-friendly event offers both 5 km and 10 km runs along some of the best trails Whistler has to offer. After you work up an appetite, chow down at the Thanksgiving Harvest Brunch or Dinner at Fairmont Chateau Whistler. With dining options offered Oct. 11-15, celebrate the tastes and the bounty of the season in The Wildflower Restaurant. Brunch is served for those enjoying a late morning breakfast or casual noon meal.
A Spooktacular Ride
Get decked out and join the WORCA Halloween Costume Ride at Lost Lake on Oct. 31. This after-dark cycling event has been held for over a decade. The ride’s not technical, but good quality lights are a must adding to the spooky atmosphere. Wear a costume that allows you to see clearly and ride safely. Only WORCA members can take part, but event memberships are available at the start. Sign-in starts at 5:30 p.m. at Whistler PassivHaus, with the ride getting under way as the sun sets at 6 p.m. Route is marked with glowing pumpkins and reflective arrows.
A Flavorful Feast
The Cornucopia Food and Drink Festival is held at various venues throughout Whistler Village on Nov. 7-Nov. 17 Cornucopia is the fall festival that celebrates the best of food and drink from Whistler and beyond. The festival offers something for everybody with winemaker dinners, themed food and drink events, interactive seminars, health and wellness events and electric after-parties. Sip and sample your way through food of all kinds, beer, wine and spirits and enjoy a fantastic social atmosphere.
Get in the Holiday Spirit
’Tis the season (almost), so get in the spirit of things with the Arts Whistler Holiday Market at the Westin Resort & Spa on Nov. 30-Dec. 1. The market features two days of hand-baked, hand-made goodness. Pick up local artwork, a cozy sweater or a delicious treat. With more than 100 local vendors, there's something for everyone on your list. Market includes live music and visits from Santa. Ski, ride your bike, or walk right on in. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
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