Whitefish (pop 5500) is the quintessential mountain town, sitting on the shores of pristine Whitefish Lake and at the southern toe of the Whitefish Mountain Range. The rolling farmlands of Flathead Valley, framed by mountain ranges on all sides, give way to Whitefish's quaint tree lined streets with personable homes and an 'old west style' downtown area complete with facaded storefronts.
Built in the late 1800's, the townsite of Whitefish was so heavily forested that it took over 6 years to clear the trees from the site; stumps littered the dirt roadways for so long afterwards that Whitefish was hence nicknamed 'Stumptown'. Whitefish offers year-round sporting activities, an active artist community whose work can be viewed in the many galleries of the downtown area, and a multitude of restaurants with delicious and well thought out cuisine. During the winter Whitefish is a bustling ski town, sitting at the foot of the Big Mountain Ski Resort, Montana's third largest. During the summer months Whitefish is well known for its golf courses and mountain biking trails.
Anytime of the year visitors can find a multitude of sporting events, cultural festivals and concerts to attend. Whitefish is a 20 minute drive from Glacier Park International Airport and is within a one hour drive of both the Canadian border into British Columbia and Majestic Glacier National Park. Without a doubt, Whitefish should be included in any northwest Montana trip itinerary.