Why May is the Ultimate Month in Whistler

May in Whistler is the ultimate month. You can enjoy an array of fun activities from golf to skiing to seeing a bear. Here is how you can keep yourself entertained this Spring.


While April may bring with it showers, May is the time the sun comes to shine. You can lavish in average May temperatures of 17 degrees. The warmer weather means the bears are coming out of hibernation and taking leisurely strolls around the Golf Course and Whistler Mountain.

Remember to keep your distance from our loveable friends (our bears are coming out of hibernation). Make sure to not get closer than 100 meters and do not keep your garbage outside or anywhere they can access it – keep our bears safe!

Long Weekend

If you think having a long weekend in Whistler isn’t good enough, GO FEST will ensure you stay entertained. The Great Outdoors festival runs from May 17-20 and includes a variety of family fun. You can delight in live music, arts, sports and culture in a fun outdoor setting. (Sadly, GO FEST is no longer happening as of 2020).

In 2022, the Whistler Children’s Festival returned, but now resides in May! Offering two weekends of family fun, Victoria day (Canadian) and Memorial Day (US) long Weekends.


Any bike enthusiast will know, Whistler is home to the best bike park in the world. You can stretch your limits (or simply cruise the green runs,) from mid-May. If the bike park isn’t your jam, rent a cruiser bike and bike the valley trails or visit Lost Lake on a mountain bike, for countless trails for all abilities.


May is the time when activities are open. In addition to biking ,you can go White Water Rafting, go hiking in the Alpine, play golf or even try out a bear viewing tour. And if you think that’s not enough, check out the spring skiing, open on Blackcomb Mountain until June! You just can’t beat going for a leisurely ski in the morning, biking to the lake and then going for a swim, all in one day.

Lake Life

You’ve got it right, the lakes have (likely) all melted! All the snow covering the body of water all winter has dissolved away to reveal a beautiful lake, filled with numerous water opportunities. You can rent a paddle board or canoe and explore and relax on one of Whistler’s favourite summer spots. If you’re feeling more adventurous, take a Float Plane tour from Green Lake with Harbour Air. You can sore up into the clouds, see glaciers close up and get a new perspective of Whistler.


You may be thinking that this month can’t get any better but you are wrong. May is still an off-peak season so not only do you get to delight in fewer crowds but you get to take advantage of some of the best accommodation deals around. To top things off, many restaurants in the village, put on their shoulder season menu, allowing you to enjoy 3-course meals for a fraction of the price.

Don’t miss out on the best time to visit Whistler!