Hiking one of the many trails in Whistler's vast trail network.

Whistler boasts of many activities and sights to see, it’s no joke that endless possibilities await. A Whistler scavenger hunt is a great way to take your exploring up a notch, especially for those goal-oriented explorers. There are a few different types of scavenger hunts to pursue in Whistler, with this guide you can choose the experience and hunt that’s best for you and your crew. From finding iconic landmarks to finding the most bumping party, utilize this tool to add a scavenger hunt to your next Whistler trip or staycation.

Party Whistler Scavenger Hunt

When you’re looking for some evening excitement in the form of a Whistler scavenger hunt, look no further than Bar Hop Whistler. Start by getting yourself a Gibbons Whistler Bar Hop ticket and reading our insider’s guide to Bar Hop for the full scoop on where this party inspired Whistler scavenger hunt will take you. Along with your ticket inclusions (five drinks, express entry, no cover, and pizza!), you will get to experience the awesome time that is to be had in Whistlers club scene. The logistics of the night are all planned for you, so this is a fantastic event to add your own flare to by creating a scavenger hunt. What better way to make new friends than by having zany challenges and a variety of things to find with them? You could decide at each location what the next scavenger hunt activities will be or maybe you like to organize and have a pre-planned idea to share with everyone. Some possible Scavenger Hunt ideas to take your Whistler Bar hop experience to the next level include:

  • Find six people drinking Gibbons Après Lager (known as a six-pack) and snap a photo together.
  • Find and take a pic with something that is classicly Canadian at each venue! For example the Moose head at Garfinkles, someone wearing plaid or order a classic Canadian drink like a Caesar.
  • Find at least one bachelorette or bachelor party and take a photo with the soon to be bride or groom – if you’re feeling generous buy them a drink.
  • Tag us in your party scavenger hunt adventures for a chance to be featured on the Gibbons Whistler Instagram story – or just to give your friends a case of FOMO.

Whistler Scavenger Hunt for the Family

Whether a family day out or you have unscheduled time to explore, utilize this list of suggestions to enjoy a daytime Whistler scavenger hunt! Play is a great way to bond and bring families together. Searching out your list is a sure way to keep the youngest and little explorers engaged (think no more ‘are we there yet?’ questioning), and older family members will love the opportunity to actively engaged in their surroundings, who knows you might even get to enjoy some family bonding over directions – or you can always ask at the information kiosks. In making the ultimate Whistler scavenger hunt for your group, you are giving your crew an added boost to their expected Whistler experience that they’ll be sure to appreciate. Your list will surely to be overflowing very quickly but here are a few ideas to get it started:

  • For the wee explorers (10 and under) find the iconic and wildly fun park in the village-Adults can grab a coffee from one of the many places close by! For more play parks nearby visit the Passive Haus, Spruce Grove or Creekside.
  • Explore beautiful Alta Lake at Lakeside Park. If you have some stride in your group follow the trail west to the neighboring parks and beaches including Wayside Park and The Art Docks. Don’t pass up the incredible photo opportunities along the way.
  • Take the Peak-to-Peak Gondola; look for wildlife, glaciers, and rivers as you take in the breath-taking views.
  • Take a picnic to Lost Lake, swim, walk the trails-create your own fun scavenger hunt while here! Remember to leave no trace and keep nature in its place on your hunt here. Kiddos and adults alike will love searching for toads, minos, birds, ferns, and flowers.
  • Take the kids (6 and up) on a Ziptrek tour – there will be no shortage of “must-sees” here!

Biking to Lost Lake with friends. Photo Abby Cooper.

The Iconic Whistler Scavenger hunt

These are without a doubt the must-see places for anyone visiting (or even living), in Whistler. So, grab your buddies, family or even go solo to:

  • The Train Wreck Site and Suspension Bridge trail (near Function Junction)-find the brightest piece of artwork on one of the trains and take a photo because it won’t last forever.
  • Take a paddle (you can rent boards and boats), across Alta Lake. Find and stop at all of the public docks including Lakeside, Wayside, The Art Docks, Rainbow Park and Blueberry Docks.
  • Explore the Audain Art Museum. Take in the art and architecture of the building.
  • Stretch it out after lunch with a mellow saunter down to the Olympic rings, snag that classic picture standing in front of them.
  • Inuksuks are everywhere in Whistler – they represent the idea of “we were here.” Don’t miss one of the many opportunities to show your friends back home that you were in Whistler 😉
  • Take time to eat on the patio at Longhorn– (if you did the bar hop you will likely recognize the iconic yellow umbrellas) – the combination of bike park views and bumping music keeps this place going off all afternoon and into the evening. Pro tip, it’s not a proper trip to Longhorn with out an order of Après Lager.

Summer most definitely requires a stop at one of Whistlers iconic lakes! Photo by Abby Cooper

From bar hopping at night to playing with the kids in the park during the day- Whistler has it all! The fun part is now up to you to create your ultimate Whistler scavenger hunt. Make it extreme, mellow, over a few days or just to be done in one afternoon. Time to start planning!

Brittia Thompson