Although the Sea to Sky Highway is arguably one of the most stunning roads in the world, with soaring mountains on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other, it feels good when you see the bright, welcoming lights of Whistler Creekside come into view.
Creekside Village is actually the location of Whistler's original village and gondola. Back in 1960, the Garibaldi Olympic Development Agency chose the valley as the site to bring the 1968 Winter Olympics to Canada and British Columbia. The bid failed but did not dissuade the group from building a world-class ski resort and the Garibaldi Lift Company installed the first gondola-accessed ski area in North America and opened the ski resort in January 1966. Find out more Whistler history with a visit to the Whistler Museum, located behind the Whistler Public Library on Main Street.
If you're driving, park in the free, underground Creekside parking lot (the above ground parking lot has time limits), and if you caught the bus from Whistler Village jump off as it turns left off the highway. The first stop on our Creekside Festive Lights tour is Evolution, which is on London Lane near where you would have turned off the highway if travelling south from Whistler Village.