Posted on January 12, 2021

Whistler has some of the most breathtaking views in British Columbia that also make for amazing backdrops for your Instagram photos. No matter if your feed is full of landscapes, adrenaline sports or if you are foodie, if you are looking to make your friends jealous on your next Winter holiday, here at Crystal Lodge, we have got the best Whistler Instagram spots for you to explore.

Surrounded by mountains, lakes, and rivers, it is no surprise that Winter in Whistler can provide beautiful photos. Adventuring up Whistler Blackcomb is a guaranteed photo opportunity as you can see out into the valleys surround Whistler Village. If you are not skiing or looking to find some unique Whistler photo opportunities, we recommend going to the following spots:

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The Great Outdoors

Green Lake

Being the largest lake in Whistler you can expect many stunning viewpoints around Green Lake. Located north of Whistler, on the way to Emerald, Green Lake is surrounded by Wedge Mountain and the Armchair Glacier which provide amazing snowy backdrops over the stunning aqua lake. Hidden within Nicklaus North Golf Club, the Nicklaus North Dock is a must for a unique photo opportunity. The 10+ meter dock runs out onto Green Lake and has a backdrop of Rainbow Mountain. In the colder months, Green Lake also fully freezes which is spectacular when covered with snow.

Whistler Train Wreck

For those that are not discouraged by a walk through snowy trails, the set of carriages left at the Whistler Train Wreck from a derail train in the 1950’s gives off very artistic photo opportunities in the Winter. Majority of the carriages are covered in bright colored graffiti which bounces off the white snow on a sunny day.

Rebagliatti Park

Tucked away in Whistler Upper Village and next to Fitzsimmons Creek, Rebagliatti Park makes for some beautiful photos alongside the running river. It is also home to another amazing spot as the cabin styled, wooden bridge crossing the river makes for a picturesque scene from either on the bridge or below it.

Brandywine Falls

A hot spot in the Summer, a hidden gem in the Winter. Brandywine Falls, located a 10 minutes south of the Crystal, is home to a 230 foot waterfall which is surrounded by a giant snow pillow from December until March. The trail head starts from the carpark and will lead you to an amazing lookout. If it has snowed a lot in the previous days, we recommend taking snowshoes to make the trek easier.

Active Adventures

Axe Throwing

Can you think of a more Canadian activity to show off your lumberjack roots? Forged Axe Throwing has an amazing set up that allows you to throw massive axes into a dart board carved out of a tree, the only things you need to bring is enclosed shoes and you are ready to go. We recommend plaid shirts and beards to so that you get that authentic look!


Travel deep into a real old growth forest in the Callaghan Valley with Canadian Wilderness Adventures and their snowshoeing tours. Not only will you escape the crowds, but you will also capture beautiful Winter nature shots. Their tours cater for all experience levels and supply snowshoes as well as a snack around the campfire at the end of your adventure.

Dog Sledding

Another true Canadian experience that will have your friends green with envy is Dog Sledding. Hosted by Canadian Wilderness Adventures, you will be truly running with the pack as you are guided by some of the cutest guides in Whistler. There are plenty of photo opportunities on this expedition, as well as time for you to get to know your four-legged crew.

Vallea Lumina

A unique take on outdoor exploring, the Vallea Lumina by The Adventure Group is a multimedia sensation that will leave you amazed by the twinkling forest. This self guided tour leads you through the old growth forest where you follow the tracks of two explorers searching for the ultimate adventure. The forest is literally lit up which means you will have some of the most magnificent photo backdrops to share on your feed.

Audain Art Museum

Get artsy and show off your cultured side as you enjoy a visual journey through the history of art from coastal British Columbia. The Audain Art Museum’s permeant exhibition showcases nearly 200 pieces as well as showcasing micro and special exhibitions. You will not only have some amazing pieces of art to showcase on your own Instagram feed but will definitely leave feeling inspired to create some art of your own.

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Food & Treats


Have a Swiss experience in Whistler that will make your followers jealous with Basalt’s famous cheese fondue. The pot is perfect for a couple and comes with a list of delicious list of foods to dip. One thing about fondue, it’s always better in the mountains.


Sink your teeth into Whistlers juiciest burgers and enjoy the best craft beer Whistler Village Stroll has to offer. The Beacon Eatery has one the best patio’s in Whistler year round thanks to their amazing heaters and central location. You might just have to use a wide lends to capture their portion sizes!

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Shop

Indulge your sweet tooth and show off some of the most unique treats found in Whistler. Rocky Mountain Chocolate Shop is like walking into Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, you are surrounded by delicious treats and you can even watch some of them be made right in front of you. On your way out, don’t forget to get a selfie with the biggest teddy bear you will ever see on their seat outside!

Retail Therapy

Rocks & Gems

Add some bling to Insta-game when you drop into Rocks & Gems, a Rocky Mountain rock shop specializing in Canadian and international gemstones, semi-precious stone jewellery, meteorites, and fossils.


Located in Crystal Lodge, Lululemon Whistler is your one stop shop for trending yoga apparel. Show off your newest outfit to all of your followers. There is a large section of men’s apparel as well so the boyfriends of Instagram won’t miss out!


Looking for the latest fashionable ski and winter gear? Then CanSki is the shop for you. With European and North American influenced styles and brands, you will be able to wow everyone with your latest winter outfit.

Modern Mountain Lodge

Hotel photos are the easiest photos to take advantage of if you are staying at the right hotel. We recommend staying on the Whistler Village Stroll so that you can take advantage of the mountainous views surrounding your windows and balconies. Here are some suggestions to fill your feed without venturing to far:

Snowy Pool Shot

Heated pools in the Winter are a must! When its snowing outside they set an amazing scene, if you can float and catch a snowflake on your tongue you will see the likes roll in fast!

Coffee in Bed

A classic shot is coffee in bed. Not only does it let you start your day right, but if shot right, it is very aesthetically pleasing. Not a coffee drinker? That’s ok! Puff those pillows up and snuggle up into those sheets! Let your followers feel how comfortable you are through their screens with a selfie!

Bathtub & Bubbles

At the Crystal we have deep soaker tubs that will have you relaxing instantly, add a glass of champagne and you are set for an amazing photo as well as a relaxing time.

Balcony Views

Showcase your amazing views of the Village Stroll from your balcony. If there has been snow the night before, you will be amazed as you wake up to the snow covered rooftops and Whistler Blackcomb in the background.

These are just a few suggestions of the many amazing experiences and Instagram opportunities that you can capture during Winter in Whistler. Don’t forget to upload your amazing photos to our Whistler Winter Fun Contest for your chance to win as well. We love to make everybody’s experience one that they will never forget when they stay with us at Crystal Lodge. Contact our Guest Services Team and they can assist you in finding Whistler accommodation at the best rates and offers we have at [email protected] or 1 800 667 3363.