Whistler, British Columbia, Canada: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Whistler, British Columbia, Canada? If you're planning to go to Whistler, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

Based on the climate and weather in Whistler, the best time to go is August. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Whistler, British Columbia, Canada by month

January

In January, Whistler is frosty, somewhat snowy and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 30s F (single digits C) range. At night, lows are in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C).

This is also a rainy time for Whistler, with several of the days of the month having rain. In January, humidity reaches as high as 90%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof coat
  • Umbrella
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Heavy socks
  • Heavy jacket
  • Sweaters
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Waterproof boots
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Warm pants or jeans

February

February in Whistler is cold and somewhat snowy. The rain/snow can amount to several inches/centimeters.

During this time, temperatures average in the low 30s F (single digits below 0 C) to high 30s F (single digits C), although night temperatures can dip into the single digits F (10+ below zero C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Cold weather footwear
  • Waterproof coat
  • Umbrella
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Heavy jacket
  • Heavy socks
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Waterproof boots
  • Sweaters

March

March in Whistler can be brisk and somewhat rainy. The rain/snow can amount to several inches/centimeters.

During this time, temperatures average in the 40s F (single digits C), although night temperatures can dip into the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof boots
  • Heavy socks
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Waterproof coat
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Heavy jacket
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Sweaters
  • Umbrella
  • Warm pants or jeans

April

If you go to Whistler in April, you will notice that it is brisk and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain about half of the time and snow once in a while.

Daytime temperatures are in the low 50s F (low 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Fleeces
  • Socks
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Standard footwear
  • Jacket or coat
  • Waterproof boots
  • Waterproof coat
  • Umbrella
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment

May

May in Whistler is cool and somewhat rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 30s F (single digits C).

It tends to rain about half of the time. With the colder weather comes lower humidity, which is in the 50% to 60% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Fleeces
  • Socks
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Jacket or coat
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Standard footwear

June

Traveling to Whistler in June, you will notice that it is mild and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the high 60s F (low 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Standard footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Socks
  • Umbrella
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Pants or jeans
  • Long skirts
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof footwear

July

Traveling to Whistler in July, you will notice that it is a perfect temperature and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain about a third of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Umbrella
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Rain coat
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Light footwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Skirts

August

Traveling to Whistler in August, you will notice that it is a perfect temperature and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain regularly. Daytime temperatures are in the 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Light footwear
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Umbrella
  • Sandals
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear

September

In September, Whistler is balmy and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the high 60s F (low 10s C) and about half of the time jump into the low 70s F (low 20s C) range. At night, lows are in the low 40s F (single digits C).

This is also a rainy time for Whistler, with several of the days of the month having rain. In September, humidity reaches as high as 60%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Pants or jeans
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Dresses
  • Socks
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Rain coat
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Long skirts
  • Standard footwear

October

October here is pretty cool and very rainy. Temperatures average in the low 50s F (low 10s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Jacket or coat
  • Umbrella
  • Standard footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Rain coat
  • Socks
  • Fleeces
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Light gloves or mittens

November

Traveling to Whistler in November, you will notice that it is cold, somewhat snowy and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain about half of the time and snow about a third of the time.

Daytime temperatures are in the high 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Heavy socks
  • Umbrella
  • Sweaters
  • Gloves or mittens
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Waterproof boots
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Heavy jacket
  • Waterproof coat

December

In December, Whistler is freezing and somewhat snowy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 30s F (single digits below 0 C) range. At night, lows are in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C).

This is also a rainy time for Whistler, with a few of the days of the month having rain. In December, humidity reaches as high as 90%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Heavy socks
  • Heavy jacket
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Waterproof boots
  • Umbrella
  • Cold weather footwear
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Sweaters
  • Waterproof coat
  • Warm pants or jeans

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Whistler, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types A and B
  • A SIM card that works in Whistler
  • Appropriate museum wear
  • Bicycle friendly attire, if you plan on biking anywhere

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