How Plan Your Whistler Elopement in 2023
Whistler, one of the most popular locations for eloping in BC, a is a mountain town located north of Vancouver most notably known for its skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports. Not only is this place magical in the winter, but in the summer, it becomes an elopement paradise. Surrounded with jagged peaks, turquoise lakes, and hiking trails, this is one of the best yet underrated places to elope in Canada.
This complete guide goes over exactly how to plan an elopement in Whistler, from lodging to locations, I’ve got you covered.
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GUIDE TO PLANNING YOUR WHISTLER ELOPEMENT
How Do You Get To Whistler?
One of the reasons I love Whistler so much is because of how easily accessible it is! It’s under 2 hours away from downtown Vancouver — and the drive there follows the Sea-to-Sky highway which is absolutely stunning! Plus on the way, you’ll pass through my other favourite mountain town, Squamish!
In Vancouver, you can also rent a private charter or take a scenic helicopter ride to Whistler. How cool is that?!
When Is the Best Time of Year to Elope in Whistler?
Although the weather here in Canada can often be unpredictable, eloping in Whistler will be beautiful regardless of the season. Here’s what you need to know about the seasons in Whistler:
The summer weather in Whistler is pretty amazing. It’s not too cold or too hot, yet you can get the best of both worlds by visiting the lakes in the morning and being able to ski in the mountains at night. All elopement locations are accessible during this time and there is so much to see and do! Though one thing to keep in mind is it does get quite a few tourists in summer.
The fall months are one of the best times to elope in Whistler. Not only is this Whistler’s off-season, meaning cheaper prices and less crowds, but this area completely bursts with colour once the leaves start to change. But like I mentioned before, the weather in the area can be pretty unpredictable, so plan for an elopement in the early fall months if you don’t want to risk the chance of snow.
Unlike most locations, winter is actually Whistler’s peak season! This is due to the fresh powder that coats the mountains. It’s known for being some of the best snow in the world! If you love cold temperatures and winter sports, winter is a great season to visit, although it requires extra planning and limits your locations due to road closures.
Like the fall, spring is another off-season in Whistler. The weather during this time is pleasant, though there is still snow on the higher peaks. This can make your elopement photos pop, but can cause some extra planning and backup plans.
7 Best Places to Elope in Whistler
Loaded with lakes, mountains, and unique activities, Whistler is packed with hidden gem locations you can only find in British Columbia! Below, I’ve compiled the best Whistler locations worthy of your unique wedding day.
Whistler Blackcomb Mountain
If you’re looking for a truly unforgettable elopement location, look no further than Whistler Blackcomb Mountain, specifically their world record-breaking gondola ride over the jagged peaks. And if you love the snow, this location is epic during the winter months!
Rent a 4×4
Canadian Wilderness is an outdoor adventure company based in Whistler, known for their epic jeep tours. It’s a great option if you want to skip hiking but still get stunning mountaintop views! You’ll be in good hands with a professional driver plus they also have the option to explore during golden hour. Need I say more?
Take a Helicopter
Blackcomb Helicopters is must-do elopement activity, especially if you’re wanting a completely private and isolated ceremony. With this company, you can visit jaw-dropping locations like Rainbow Mountain and Ipsoot Icefield.
Rent a cute Airbnb
Looking for something a bit more private? Try searching AirBnB for cute cabins! This is a great option for couples wanting something a bit more laidback. It’s also a great option for elopements with friends and family. Check out some of my favourite Airbnbs you can rent for your Whistler Elopement: Whistler A-Frame Chalet, Falcon Home, and the Wedge Mountain Retreat.
Joffre Lakes is a hike located just outside of Whistler in Pemberton. This 10.9 km roundtrip hike will take you through some of British Columbia’s most beautiful turquoise lakes. Plus, there are so many beautiful areas along the trail as well.
The Stone Circle is a beautiful private area in Whistler perfect for the ceremony portion of your elopement. It’s just steps away from a trail and is surrounded by trees and views of Alta Lake. You’ll need to submit a booking request online and pay a small fee, but on the plus side, you’ll have this location to yourselves during your booking! See more from this winter elopement here.
Alta Lake is a beautiful lake located just outside of downtown Whistler. Alta Lake is backed by beautiful views of the mountain range. This specific lake is perfect for kayaking, paddle-boarding, and so much more! It makes a great location for portraits or a ceremony. Bonus: in the winter, it completely freezes over and you can take portraits on a frozen lake! How cool is that?
Green Lake is a large and simple lake located in Green Lake Provincial Park. The lake is fed by two small creeks and is surrounded by stunning trees and about a dozen different campsites. This area is fairly popular in summer, but it’s a stunning location!
Do I Need a Permit to Elope in Whistler?
Yes, you will more than likely need to acquire a permit depending on where you decide to have your ceremony. I would strongly recommend asking your photographer whether or not you need a permit, as they will be able to point you in the right direction.
How Do I Get a Marriage License in Whistler??
In order to elope in Whistler, you’ll need to get a marriage license. To do this, you can simply just walk into the Municipal Hall anytime Monday through Friday from 8am – 4pm. Be sure to bring all the legal documents, as well as the $100 license fee. The entire process takes about 30 minutes.
To get more information about how to get a marriage license in Whistler, check out the official site here.
Do I Need an Officiant and Witness?
Yes, you will need an officiant and two witnesses. Unfortunately, a family member or friend cannot officiant your ceremony, as Canada requires all officiants to be registered with the Vital Statistics office.
Best Places to Stay in Whistler
Whistler is one of the cutest mountain towns in Canada filled with cute Airbnbs, restaurants, and outdoor activities. Known for their luxurious resorts, Airbnbs might cost you more in this area than in others. Check out some of the most unique places you can stay at in Whistler for your elopement.
- Wedge Mountain Cabin – Located between mountains, this small cabin is perfect for a short stay for the couple who wants to get away.
- Luxury Chalet – This luxurious chalet is the perfect place to unwind after a long day and is particularly beautiful in the snow.
- Whistler A-Frame – A modern and trendy a-frame cabin only available for long-term rentals.
- Falcon – This luxurious and prestigious home is tucked behind the trees and comes with everything you could think of for a comfortable and glamorous stay.
- Mountain Wedge Retreat – A clean, modern, and beautifully designed home built on the base of Mount Wedge.
Whistler Elopement Activities
- Take a helicopter ride to the top of a mountain to exchange vows
- Start the morning soaking in a hot tub
- Enjoy a bonfire at the end of the day with pizza and s’mores
- Visit Whistler Blackcomb, the famous ski resort
- Go on a snowmobile or snowshoeing tour
- Go see a huge waterfall at Brandywine Falls
- Enjoy a lakeside picnic at Lost Lake
- Walk on the Whistler Suspension Views and get a look at the views
- Go to a nearby festival or farmers market
- Check out the art museums or try a new place to eat
Whistler Elopement Packages
I’m Indy, a photographer based in British Columbia who helps couples plan adventurous elopements in beautiful places like Whistler.
All packages include photography coverage, a 80+ page elopement guide, unlimited planning assistance, and more. The best part? Travel fees are already included! To view more pricing details, check out my packages here.
All packages include the following:
- 4-hour to 12-hour to multi-day photography coverage
- 80+ page elopement planning guide
- Customized location suggestions + unique activity ideas
- Unlimited planning assistance
- Personalized timeline for your day
- High-resolution digital photos
- Private online gallery to view, download, print, and share your images
- All travel fees to Whistler included
- Starting at $3400