Spring is a season of renewal and rejuvenation, and what better way to celebrate it than by immersing yourself in the great outdoors? Whistler, British Columbia, is an ideal destination for those looking to revitalize themselves in nature this spring. With its stunning mountain vistas, pristine rivers and lakes, and lush forests, Whistler offers a range of outdoor activities that are both invigorating and restorative.
Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or a bit of both, here are 5 fresh activities to explore in Whistler this spring.
With warmer temperatures and melting snow, spring is a great time to explore the local Whistler trails. While the alpine summits will still be inaccessible due to snowpack and variable weather conditions, here are some easy and picturesque valley-bottom trails you’ll be able to explore:
Extending more than 46 km, all the way from Function Junction in the south to Emerald/Cougar Mountain in the north, the Whistler Valley Trail, an extensive car-free network of trails that connects all of Whistler’s neighbourhoods, lakes and parks on a single trail. The Valley Trail is well-maintained, mainly flat and an easy way to get around while taking in the views of the surrounding mountains and diverse ecology of Whistler Valley.
For the more adventurous types, the Whistler’s Train Wreck hike is a unique attraction for anyone interested in the area’s history and culture. A short hike through the forest near the Cheakamus River, this site features boxcars that have been sitting in the surrounding forest since 1956, after they dislodged from the nearby train tracks in a winter accident. Graffiti artists from all over have taken to the boxcars as their wilderness canvas, creating a stark contrast of designs and colours amidst the surrounding greenery.
Just a 2 km roundtrip hike along the Sea to Sky Trail, immerse yourself in old-growth forests and take in the stunning views of the Cheakamus River from a suspension bridge as it meanders along the canyon bottom.
Be mindful that you’ll still need good hiking shoes and will likely run into some patches of snow or ice, although most paths should be fully clear by June.
Whistler’s reputation as a world-class mountain biking destination is well deserved, and there are plenty of trails that cater to riders of all skill levels. For beginners, the spring season is an excellent time to explore the biking trail network, as many of the lower-elevation trails are snow-free and in great condition.
The Lost Lake trails are a popular choice for beginners, with over 20 km of scenic, well-maintained trails to explore. These trails offer a variety of terrain, from easy and flat to slightly more challenging, and are easily accessible from Whistler Village. Check this webcam for current trail conditions – https://www.crosscountryconnection.ca/lost-lake/webcam/
Another great option is the Whistler Valley Trail (referenced above), which winds its way through Whistler and connects many of the area’s top attractions. With a mix of paved and unpaved sections, this trail is perfect for families or anyone looking for a leisurely ride.
If you don’t have your own bike or are travelling without one, visit our Whistler Bike Rentals page for all your Downhill, Cross-Country, and E-Bike Rentals needs. Book in advance and save on rental fees*.
Whether you’re an experienced golfer or just looking to try something new, golfing in Whistler during the spring is a fantastic way to enjoy the area’s natural beauty and outdoor activities. Whistler has several world-class golf courses that open up in the spring. Take advantage of the warmer weather and enjoy a round of golf amidst stunning mountain scenery. Golf courses are set to open after May 5th – please check in with each individual golf course for updates.
The Whistler Golf Club, designed by Arnold Palmer, is an 18-hole course that offers beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and forests. In the spring, the course is typically less crowded than during the busy summer season, allowing golfers to enjoy a leisurely round in a peaceful setting. The cooler temperatures in the spring also make for ideal golfing conditions, with comfortable weather and fewer bugs.
Nicklaus North Golf Course is one of the premier golf destinations in Whistler, designed by legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus. In the spring, the course is in its prime condition after the winter season, with fresh greens and a beautiful mountainous backdrop. Enjoy fewer crowds on the course, epic views, and be sure to pop by Table Nineteen at the end of your game for a bite at one of Whistler’s best-kept patio secrets.
For more golfing options in Whistler, be sure to check out our Whistler Activities page.
For those looking for a place to unwind and recharge in nature, the Scandinave Spa in Whistler offers a unique and unforgettable experience. Set in the tranquil forests between Whistler Village and Green Lake, the spa features a series of hot and cold baths, saunas, and relaxation areas, all designed to promote physical and mental wellness. Guests can spend hours moving between the baths, which range in temperature from icy cold to steaming hot, to stimulate blood flow and promote detoxification.
Between soaks, visitors can relax in the tranquil outdoor spaces, surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature. The spa also offers a range of massage and other treatments to complement the hydrotherapy experience. Whether you’re looking to soothe sore muscles after a day of skiing or hiking or simply seeking a peaceful and rejuvenating escape, the Scandinave Spa is an experience not to be missed.
A must-do for (almost) all levels of adventure seekers, try zip-lining with Ziptrek Ecotours through Whistler’s forests. Soar through the air and experience the thrill of flying through the forests and high above the ground on 3-5 lines that crisscross Fitzsimmons Creek from Whistler to Blackcomb Mountain (and back again).
The tour includes treetop suspension bridges, sky-high viewing platforms and guides sharing knowledge on Whistler’s old-growth forest. This activity is a Whiski Jack staff favourite!
For more inspiration on outdoor activities in Whistler this spring, visit our Whistler Activities page.
Whiski Jack will cover your 3rd-night stay for every 2 consecutive paid nights booked for arrival from April 24 to June 29. Book your stay by May 19th to claim this offer.
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