In your online searches, you may struggle to find a short answer to the question ‘What is there to do in Whistler this summer?’. The truth is, Whistler is blessed with an enormous outdoor playground, and an endless list of outdoor activities to accompany it. This means that if you’re only here for a limited amount of time it can be hard to narrow down what you want to do. Whether you’re looking to relax and immerse yourself in the beautiful scenery, or you’re hoping for an adrenaline-inducing adventure, here are our picks of the best things Whistler has to offer this summer.
Whistler is a bikers dream, and bikers flock from all over the world to explore over 80km of trail. Teeter in the trees and roots of the Garbano Zone, stick to the OG Fitzsimmons Zone to improve your shred, or try out the new Creek Zone that serves as a second base to access the park from. If you just fancy a leisurely ride, the village has acres of valley trail to explore. Whether you’re a long time pro, or just getting started, there’s something out there for all biking abilities.
This is an obvious must do. Ride up the Whistler Village Gondola and then look down (if you dare) at some spectacular views on the jaw-dropping PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola. Once you’ve made it safely across, you can get in a full day of hiking or biking before heading to the incredible Mountain Top Summer Feast. Tuck into some tasty food, fresh salads, and delicious desserts against an absolutely stunning mountain backdrop.
If the previous activity doesn’t satisfy your thirst for heights, how about flying through Whistler’s alpine jungle? The Ziptrek Ecotours is a must-do for families and thrill-seekers, and will make for some great GoPro footage. See Whistler from a whole new angle as you fly through the trees on five different zip lines. You’ll get an amazing aerial view, and an added bonus of learning about the forest and coastal mountains that you are exploring.
The bears that inhabit the mountains with us have gained somewhat of an iconic celebrity status. If you want to spot a furry local, try booking a bear tour. Ride around the mountains in a 4×4, checking out all their favourite spots and sleeping dens, and you might just get lucky. It’s also not uncommon to come across a bear on your own adventures, so make sure you keep your distance and remain respectful.
Do as the locals do and hang out at one of the many lakes accessible from the Valley floor. Rainbow Park is great for little ones, or if you fancy a barbecue blend in with local workers on their days off at Lost Lake. Alta Lake is also a notorious water sports spot; take in the spectacular scenery while kayaking, paddle boarding, and even sailing. Just be warned, the water may look warmer than it is!
If you’re hoping to escape from everyday stress, the Scandinave Spa is a must-visit. Bask in the sun in the outdoor hot pools, or cool off in the Nordic showers. Enjoy some silence and treat yourself to some true relaxation and rejuvenation, because isn’t that what summer is all about?
It can be easy to get swept away by all that Whistler has to offer in terms of the great outdoors, but our village also boasts an impressive list of shops and restaurants. Stroll down the charming walkway, kit yourself out with the latest outdoor gear, and chill out at one of the patio bars. The Farmer’s Market that comes every Sunday in summer is also great for souvenirs. Pick up some amazingly sweet treats or handmade jewellery to remind you of your trip.
Living in Whistler, we are constantly reminded of how lucky we are and we love to share everything this place has to offer with as many people as possible. If you’re looking for a place to stay this summer, Whiski Jack offers Condominiums and Townhouses that will suit all your needs. You can take a look at all of our properties here.