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Whitefish, like other towns in the Flathead Valley, offers close proximity to year-round outdoor recreation. (See the full range on our Activities page.) In summer the outdoors is alive with events such as the "Lake-to-Lake Canoe Race" down the Whitefish and Flathead Rivers, and the Olympic-style "Summer Games" with sports ranging from rugby to mountain biking. Winter celebrations include the "Christmas Stroll" with carol singing, and the "Torchlight Parade" on the Big Mountain. Fall and spring are quieter times.
Whitefish lies at the north end of the Flathead Valley in Northwest Montana along the shores of Whitefish Lake. It is just minutes from one of Montana's largest ski resorts, Whitefish Mountain Resort, and about 25 miles west of Glacier National Park.
Main routes in are US 93, US 2, MT 40. Closest Interstate is I-90 to the south.
Glacier Park International Airport is about 11 miles south, near Kalispell. Services include Big Sky Airlines, Delta Airlines, Horizon Airlines, Northwest Airlines and Holman Aviation (private charters).
Whitefish began as a fur trading center in the late 1800's. It later flourished with the logging industry and the Great Northern Railway. In 1919 the "Ding-Dong Ordinance" was made law. This 9:00 p.m. curfew for children is still in effect today, although updated to 10:00 p.m. Listen for the siren located in the tower of the City Hall!
Downtown offers many historic buildings with interesting facades. Casey's, built in 1903, is the oldest building. The Home at 328 Central, which was built in 1907, was the first brick building in Whitefish. The Bulldog Saloon was once more genteelly named the Pastime Bar. "Pastimes" included boxing matches that took place in the hall above. Make a rest-stop in the Great Northern Bar and take in its collection of historic Whitefish business signs, or, check out an old apothecary display in the rear of the Chalet City Pharmacy. On the corner of 4th and Central, Whitefish boasts one of the few buildings in Montana designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Also of general epicurean interest is the Great Northern microbrewery building where Black Star beer is made.
A ski and summer resort offering winter (skiing, snowboarding, tubing) and summer (mountain biking, hiking on the Danny On trail system) vacation packages. Live cam view.
*See also the Go Northwest! guide to the Flathead Valley
Best selection of books on the Northwest.
Portrait of Whitefish: A Portrait of People Who Shape Our Community, Whitefish, Montana (Vol 1 No 1) by Laira Fonner and David Reese. Photographs and the stories of those that helped shape the community of Whitefish, Montana. Order now...
Frommer's Montana and Wyoming, 8th Edition by Eric Peterson. From small old-west towns to the Grand Teton, Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks, this guide has the highlights, information, advice and recommendations on planning a trip to Montana. Order now...
Moon Montana, 8th Edition (Moon Handbooks) by Judy Jewell and Bill McRae. This book journeys from Yellowstone to the eastern prairies, highlighting the best of the Big Sky Country. Whether it's cross-country skiing at Glacier National Park or observing elk at Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge this book has all the information needed. Order now...
Montana Off the Beaten Path, 8th Edition: A Guide to Unique Places by Michael McCoy. This guide, different from regular guide books, uncovers hidden and unique attractions plus unusual locals in the Treasure State. Discover a different side of Montana. Order now...
Benchmark Montana Road & Recreation Atlas by Benchmark Maps. Large-scale Landscape MapsTM and a complete 30-page Recreation Guide make it the ideal planning tool for any outdoor adventure. Benchmark field-checkers drove thousands of miles to make sure the Montana Road & Recreation Atlas is the most accurate and reliable map product. Order now...
Montana Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff by Ednor Therriault. This laugh-out-loud guide will introduce readers to the offbeat people, places, and events of the Treasure State. Order now...
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