Northern Lights (Whistler)

Hotels & Destinations

In summer, outdoor sports reign supreme. A 75-mile drive northeast of Vancouver, the pedestrians-only village is tucked into the magnificent Coast Mountains. And with 150,000 sq. ft. of meeting space spread over multiple venues, it’s a perfect place to meet.

Whistler has 115 hotels and more than 5,400 guest rooms that can accommodate over 24,000 visitors, so it’s a safe bet that every planner will find what they need here. Whistler’s more than 90 restaurants and bars include an array of award-winning dining establishments.

The TELUS Whistler Conference Centre (  offers 65,000 sq. ft., accommodating 2,000 attendees. One of its ballrooms has a capacity of 2,000 people in 16,500 sq. ft. of space. The dramatic Grand Foyer pre-function area can host 4,258, while 14 breakout rooms can host 1,000. Other offerings at TELUS include a 300-seat amphitheater and a 740-square-foot business center. The center features sustainable building materials and practices throughout.

Aside from the winter sports selections, the area offers white-water rafting, golf, horseback riding and hiking in the summer. But planners who really want to give their group an experience to remember should be thankful that Ziptrek ( exists. Excellent for team-building or just some good old-fashioned fun, this is an incredible journey during which visitors are strapped into a harness, then are attached to suspension cables where they slide across hundreds of feet above Fitzsimmons Creek and the forest floor. More than a mere ropes course, Ziptrek gives the sensation of gliding over Whistler’s natural spectacles.