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Open Air Activities in Whistler

Image: Whiski Jack Staffer and Adventurer, Mikael

There has  been a lot of advice floating around lately about how to make the most of our current situation with COVID-19. Now that we are out of lockdown (well, most of us), Vancouver’s backyard (aka Whistler) is a hot spot for those seeking fresh air and adventure. Us British Columbians are not afraid to brave the elements and you’ll see us adventuring outdoors whether it’s raining or sunny.

Everyone’s idea of adventure is a little bit different. While some get a big thrill from Ziplining, suspended between two mountains high over Fitzsimmons Creek or careening downhill in a hurry through perfectly carved turns in the Whistler Bike Park, others prefer a lengthy hike to an iconic Whistler vista like Black Tusk. You cannot deny how incredibly lucky we are to have these opportunities at our doorstep, ready to be conquered.

As a Whistler local, the possibilities are completely endless. It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve hopped in your car and driven up the magnificent Sea to Sky Highway, you will never tire of the mountainscapes that appear after every turn (trust me). You may have longed to see some of these peaks close up but never had the time. It seems like now is as good a time as ever to list your top ten favorite hikes and start checking them off.

Mikael has been a Whistler local for a few years now and has recently been promoted to Housekeeping Supervisor with Whiski Jack. He’s been doing a lot of hikes this summer and fall and has a few tips to share when exploring the local mountains:

  • Be prepared. Pack extra food and clothes. Let someone know where you are going and when you should be back.
  • Do your research using sites like 10adventures.com/hikes/whistler
  • Use an app like alltrails.com to read reviews and more about the trail.
  • A little first aid know-how could also be helpful.
  • Start early.
  • Go mid-week to avoid crowds. Sunny weekends are ripe with Vancouverites seeking adventure.
  • Make a reservation online here: bcparks.ca/reserve/day-use
Image: Mikael Pilon

If your destination is Whistler, Whiski Jack can help with self-contained and cozy condos to suit your adventure lifestyle. Stocked with full kitchens, in-suite laundry (in most) and access to the property’s pool and hot tub (or in some cases your own private hot tub), you’ll feel right at home. Search our properties to find the location, amenities and view that is right for you.