5 Summer Activities to Enjoy in Whistler
Whistler is a well-known ski destination (one of the world’s best), but there are plenty of fun things to do all year long, especially in the summer.
Whistler is located less than a two-hour drive north of Vancouver, Canada. Take a road trip via the Sea to Sky Highway for amazing views over the ocean, snow-capped mountains, forested islands, and waterfalls. Pull into one of the many viewpoints or stop in the mountain town of Squamish, known as the Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada for fun rock climbing adventures.
Now let’s get started with a few of the top activities in Whistler.
The Peak 2 Peak Gondola – 360 Experience
The Peak to Peak Gondola connects the Blackcomb and Whistler mountains and stretches more than 4.4 km. Some of the gondolas have a glass bottom that offers a bird’s eye view of the forest, and if you’re lucky, you might see black bears in their natural environment.
If you purchase a single day ticket, you can go back and forth on the gondola as many times as you like. During the peak of summer, you can access up to 50 km of trails, so be sure to bring good shoes, water, and a trail map. If you’re hungry, each mountain offers a variety of restaurants where you can try a comforting poutine. Make sure to get a window table, or if weather permits, sit on the patio to get the best views in town.
Tip: Purchase lift tickets online two or more days in advance.
More outdoor fun… and one of my favorites! Whistler is home to some of Canada’s best zip lines. Fly through the air, over lush forests and whitewater rapids. Choose your challenge from various exciting options. Whichever tour you choose, professional and friendly guides take care of you throughout the experience. Whether you’re a first-time zipper or an adventure seeker, there is an exciting option for everyone. You can also test your nerve on the longest zip line in Canada and the USA – spanning over 2 km long with an elevation of 7,000 ft. Tours start and end at the base of Whistler Mountain.
Tip: Some tours offer a combination of zip lining and ecological exploration called ecotours.
Whistler is well known for its famous bike park and major events like Crankworx, but it’s not just a destination for the pros. Crankworx Whistler Mountain Bike Festival takes place August 9-18, 2019 and is one of the world’s largest mountain biking festivals. This global event takes place in Austria, France, New Zealand, and the fourth stop is in Whistler for 10 days of festivities. The summer event brings together the best mountain bike athletes in a variety of disciplines such as racing and slopestyle. In the summer riders of all levels will find a variety of trails to enjoy, from downhill black diamonds to paved valley trails.
Tip: Bike rental shops are easy to find in the village.
Hiking around the Village
Hiking in Whistler is pure fun! Enjoy a hike, run, or bike ride to the peaceful and secluded Lost Lake located in Lost Lake Park. At one end of the lake, there is a beautiful sandy beach and around the lake, you will find several docks where you can swim and relax. No matter where you are on the track, the views are stunning! Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain also boast a variety of alpine trails you can access by the gondolas. While on the trails, keep your eyes open for hoary marmots, often referred to as ‘whistlers”.
Tip: Bring layers of clothing if you’re going up the mountain, and don’t forget to pack comfortable shoes!
Whistler Village is the perfect gathering place after a long day of outdoor activities. It is located at the base of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains and is pedestrian-only. The Village offers a great selection of shops, cafés, bars, and restaurants. Relax and enjoy a drink or a meal out on a beautiful patio or terrace.
Tip: Whistler is a year-round pet-friendly destination. The area offers a nice array of dog-friendly hiking trails, dog parks, and beaches!
Where to stay in Whistler
Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa is in the heart of Whistler Village near top attractions, restaurants, restaurants, golf, skiing, and Blackcomb Mountain.
Summer in Whistler is a great time for all sorts of outdoor adventures. Whether you’re visiting for a couple of days or an entire week, the trip is well worth it. With a pleasant climate and the fresh mountain air, you’ll be eager to head out and explore all of the adventures around. Now start planning your next gateway to Whistler!