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5 Reasons the Whistler Film Festival is the Perfect Winter Getaway

From cutting edge film to a vibrant après ski scene, your winter escape awaits.

November 6, 2017

By Katherine Joyce

Every year, what’s touted as ‘Canada’s Coolest Film Festival’, descends upon Whistler, BC. Nestled high in the mountains, it’s a festival location unlike any other, where you can experience film, food and the great outdoors all in one unique setting. Over the course of 5 days, take in this year’s festival programming which brings you 87 films from over 13 countries. But believe us when we say that film is only a small portion of what will keep you busy. Check out our list of the top 5 reasons why the Whistler Film Festival is the perfect Winter Getaway.

Photo by: Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane

1. Strolling Through the Village

Close your eyes and imagine for a moment – fresh fallen snow, magical twinkle lights, people laughing, sipping coffee and hot cocoa, all casually taking in the sights. There’s no doubt Whistler is the ultimate winter wonderland and wandering through its pedestrian-only village stroll is reason enough to take the trip up North.

Photo by: Scandinave Spa/Chad Chomlack

2. The Activities

From delicious dining to lively après ski to galas, industry events and more, there are so many different activities to choose from while attending the festival. Want to relax to the max between film screenings? Make sure to book at least 2 nights accommodation through the website for 2 free passes to the Scandinave Spa.

Photo by: Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane

3. The Films

We know there’s a lot to do, but don’t forget about the main event! With 87 films to choose from, you’re sure to find something that appeals to your inner film buff. Don’t miss the highly anticipated The Disaster Artist from James Franco, or watch Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding in the dark comedy/thriller, ‘I, Tonya’.

Photo by: Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane

4. Skiing/Snowboarding on the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains

There’s a serious advantage to a film festival being held in a beautiful winter resort town – skiing and snowboarding! It’s the perfect time of year to get in your first run of the season . So take a break from the hustle and bustle of festival life and zen out on the mountain.

Photo by: Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane

5. Celebrity Sightings

Whistler Film Festival attracts lots of stars to their intimate, gorgeous surroundings. Keep your eyes peeled when walking through the village or attending festival events, you never know who you might meet.


The 17th Annual Whistler Film Festival runs Nov 29 – Dec 3, 2017. For more information and details, head to

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