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Top 5 Summer Activities in Whistler

Dreaming of Summer in Whistler? We are too, and it’s just around the corner! Whistler has always been known for its epic winters and skiing, but Whistler has rightfully earned its spot as a world-class summer destination. With so much to do, we’ve narrowed down our favourite activities to share and help you plan your best summer in Whistler!

Hiking

Alpine flowers, epic mountain peaks, and glacial lakes make up some of the jaw-dropping scenery you’ll take in while hiking in Whistler. If you want to get the most out of your time in the alpine, we highly recommend getting a sightseeing pass from Whistler Blackcomb. Being able to take the Whistler and Blackcomb Gondolas to the top ensures you spend most of your time hiking in the alpine, as opposed to getting there. If you’d prefer to put in the work yourself, Singing Pass on Whistler and the Ascent Trail on Blackcomb Mountain are the preferred access points to the Garibaldi Range from their respective villages. To find out more about hiking trails all over the Whistler Valley and Alpine, you can check out this website to learn more!

Lakes

A favourite Whistler activity everyone can enjoy is hanging out lakeside by any of the incredible lakes of Whistler. If you’re staying in one of our Creekside locations, you’ll be within walking distance to Alpha Lake Park where you can take a picnic and enjoy the gorgeous scenery from the comfort of your blanket. The other popular lakes to spend time at are Alta, Green, and Lost Lake, each having unique attributes that make them a must-see. Alta is ideal for those looking for sand volleyball, sailing, and epic views of the Whistler Blackcomb Mountains. Green Lake is most known for its gorgeous colour, ice-cold water from glacial runoff, and the ability to drive motorboats. Last, but not least, is Lost Lake, quietly tucked away near the Upper Village at the base of Blackcomb Mountain. The water temperature is ideal for those looking to do open water swims and perfectly situated to take a post-hike dip!

Mountain Biking

Whistler is synonymous with world-class mountain biking! Whether you prefer XC mountain biking or trying your hand at downhill biking in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, there’s something for everyone! The most popular XC trails are located in the Lost Lake Network. Made of mostly beginner and intermediate trails, this is a great zone to get accustomed to the terrain in Whistler. If you’d prefer lift access, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park has over 70 expertly crafted trails, ranging from beginner to advanced. The park was built with progression in mind, so it’s a great opportunity to hire a guide and work on your skills. The park also utilizes the Whistler & Creekside Gondola, giving you easy access to the trails no matter which Whiski Jack property you’re staying in!

Golf

Whistler has been rated as the number one golf destination in Canada by Golf Digest, and it’s an honest accolade! The four designer courses in Whistler will test your skills and leave you awestruck by the views. You’ll be teeing off surrounded by pristine mountains, lush Coast Mountain forests, and towering ancient trees. If you want to stay close to the village, you can tee off at the Whistler Golf Club, Nicklaus North Golf Course, or the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club. If you don’t mind a short drive north of Whistler, try out Big Sky Golf Club, located under the towering Mount Currie in Pemberton, BC. For more information on the differences between the courses, check out our blog here.

SUP, Canoe or Kayak

If you’d prefer to be on the water, as opposed to beside the water, bring your watercraft (or rent) and enjoy the peaceful solitude of floating the lakes, streams and rivers of Whistler. Any of the lakes are ideal for Standup Paddleboards, so take your pick! If you’d prefer to float down a gentle river and take in the wildlife and views from the water, we highly recommend the River of Golden Dreams. You can rent boats or even take a guided tour from Backroads Whistler and learn more about the flora, fauna, and rich history of Whistler.

 

Need to find the perfect Whistler accommodation for your summer vacation? We are offering up to 30% summer bookings now! You can read more about our exclusive offer here. We can’t wait to host you in our beautiful mountain town!