Ultimate Guide of Things to Do in Whistler This Summer (2019)

You will never run out of things to do in Whistler. You can try, but we’re convinced it’s impossible. In fact, the only trouble you should have finding an activity is choosing between all your options.

To guide your fun-having, we’ve compiled the “ultimate guide” of things to do in Whistler this summer, with insider tips throughout.

If an event or activity interests you, just click on the title to view more information.

Enjoy!

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Whistler Summer Recreation

Tourism Whistler / Justa Jeskova
Summer Skiing and Snowboarding
Tourism Whistler / Mike Crane

Summer skiing and snowboarding on the Horstman Glacier (Blackcomb Mountain) is open June 8 – July 14, 2019 from 11am – 3pm daily. Passes are sold through Guest Services at Whistler Blackomb (1.800.766.0449). Recommended for intermediate and advanced riders only.

Hiking

Lace up your hikers and hit the trail. Take a stroll around Lost Lake or make the multi-hour trek to stunning views at Garibaldi Lake. Whistler Hiatus is our favourite resource to browse Whistler’s vast hiking options. Additionally, an impressive alpine trail network can be accessed as part of the PEAK 2 PEAK Sightseeing Experience.

Camping

There are a number of scenic campgrounds in and around Whistler. Riverside RV Resort and Campground is an easy-access campground situated alongside the Fitzsimmons Creek, within walking distance of the Village. For the adventurous, some of Whistler’s most scenic and demanding hikes offer hut and platform camping, one example being Wedgemount Lake. Due to high demand, reservations are required year-round for all overnight stays in Garibaldi Provincial Park. Click here to learn more.

Swimming
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Alta Lake, Lost Lake, and other Whistler lakes typically reach comfortable swimming temperatures in late May/June. Glacial lakes such as Green Lake and Garibaldi Lake are frigid and not recommended for swimming, although sweaty hikers can often be seen plunging into the cold waters for refreshment after a strenuous voyage.

Floating
Morning at Rainbow park. Photo by Justa Jeskova.

There are many ways to float in Whistler, some leisurely, some not-so-leisurely. The infamous “Explorer” inflatable boats can be seen daily on Whistler lakes and the River of Golden Dreams, alongside stand up paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, and other floatation devices. Rentals are available from Backroads Whistler at Lakeside Park (Alta Lake).

Golfing
Tourism Whistler / Justa Jeskova

Whistler, Squamish and Pemberton are home to world-class golf at courses including Big Sky Golf Club, Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club, Nicklaus North Golf Course, Whistler Golf Club, and more. Nicklaus North boasts “Whistler’s Best Patio” with lake and fairway views at their restaurant, Table Nineteen.

Wiffle Golfing

For a quaint, inexpensive alternative to traditional golf, grab an iron and some practice balls and go for a round at one of Whistler’s hidden wiffle golf courses. These forested miniature golf courses involve hitting practice (or “wiffle”) golf balls from platform to platform, earning points for hitting the “green” or getting a hole-in-one.

Biking

Grab a bike from Cycle Whistler at the Summit Lodge hotel and hit the valley trail, an expansive trail network connecting all of Whistler’s neighbourhoods. If you’re an avid mountain biker, you already know that Whistler is home to an epic trail network as well as the world’s best mountain bike park.

Fishing

Whistler’s lakes and rivers provide great fishing year-round. Fly fishing is the method of choice and the most common species is trout, although steelhead and salmon can be caught at certain locations. We recommend booking a tour with a local guide to guarantee the best results. Our guide of choice is Matt from Whistler Year-Round Fishing.

ATVing

For a rugged off-road experience, book an ATV tour with Canadian Wilderness Adventures. They also offer off-road buggy and Jeep 4×4 tours. Most tours are suitable for beginners and families.

Bungee Jumping

Take an exhilarating leap from a 50 meter bridge over the Cheakamus river. Check out Whistler Bungee for more information.

Horseback Riding

Gallop through spectacular landscapes on a guided horseback tour. We recommend Copper Cayuse Outfitters.

Rock Climbing

About 45 minutes south of Whistler, Squamish is known as the “Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada” and offers some of the best climbing on earth. Whistler offers great climbing as well, including the Via Ferrata intro to rock climbing tour.

Tennis
Tourism Whistler / Mike Crane

The Whistler Racquet Club provides indoor and outdoor tennis and is open to the public year round. Some village hotels also offer tennis courts.

Ziplining

Ziptrek Ecotours operates an impressive network of ziplines overhanging the Fitzsimmons Valley between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, including the longest zipline in North America. Superfly Ziplines is located about ten minutes north of the Village on Cougar Mountain and offers a novel backcountry experience, as well as side-by-side ziplining.

Leisure

Tourism Whistler / Mike Crane
PEAK 2 PEAK Sightseeing
Tourism Whistler / Mike Crane

An iconic Whistler attraction, the world-record breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola gives you access to: “Two mountains, 50+ km of hiking trails, vistas that overload the senses, free and custom guided tours in every direction, and an ever changing landscape from early summer snow walls to blooming wildflowers to ancient glaciers.”

Cloudbraker Skybridge and Raven's Eye Cliff Walk
Tourism Whistler / Justa Jeskova

For thrill seekers, the Cloudbraker Skybridge and Raven’s Eye Cliff Walk were added to the PEAK 2 PEAK 360 Experience in 2018, giving sightseers access to a 130-metre suspension bridge spanning Whistler Bowl, as well as a 360-degree viewing platform from Whistler Peak. Opens July 1, 2019 for the season.

Lounge by the Lake

The quintessential Whistler summer experience, in our opinion. Whistler’s scenic lakeside parks are the perfect way to start, end, or spend the entire day.

Patio Drinks and Dining
Tourism Whistler / Mike Crane

Everybody loves a good patio and Whistler has many to choose from. The most well-known patios are those near the Whistler Gondola such as Longhorn Saloon, The GLC, and Dubh Linn Gate, however dozens of patios can be discovered in every corner of the Main and Upper Village, so we recommend exploring until you find one that suits your mood. There are also several great patios outside of the Village, including “Whistler’s Best Patio” at Table Nineteen/Nicklaus North.

Art Galleries

Whistler is home to a number of art galleries including our favourite, the Audain Art Museum, one of Canada’s premiere fine art museums. The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (located in Whistler) showcases the art, history and culture of local First Nations. For more information on Whistler’s art scene, check out Arts Whistler.

Bear Viewing
Michael Allen

In Whistler, there’s a good chance you’ll see bears whether you mean to or not. They can often be spotted from the gondola and around the lakes, golf courses and Valley Trail. For an enhanced bear viewing experience, try an organized Bear Viewing Tour.

Plane Sightseeing

Our friends at Sea to Sky Air offer breathtaking sightseeing tours, letting you witness the Coast Mountains from a stunning new perspective. Float plane tours are also offered by Habour Air Seaplanes.

Helicopter Tours

Another way to experience the Coast Mountains from the air, Whistler Helicopter Excursions offer a novel way to navigate the region’s pristine and rugged landscapes, with access to a number of unique experiences including heli-snowmobiling and ice-cave explorations.

North Arm Farm

A picturesque 60-acre organic farm in Pemberton, offering seasonal produce and ready-made meals. Visit the North Arm Farm website to learn what’s in season.

Brewery Tastings

Whistler is home to two breweries, Whistler Brewing Company and Coast Mountain Brewing. Conveniently, they are located around the corner from each other in Function Junction and we recommend checking out both. Other local breweries include The Beer Farmers (our favourite) and Pemberton Brewing Company in Pemberton, as well as Backcountry Brewing and A-FRAME Brewing in Squamish.

Waterfall Tours

Take a self-guided Whistler waterfall tour from Whistler to Squamish, with stops at Alexander Falls, Brandywine Falls, and Shannon Falls. Brandywine and Shannon Falls are well-known tourist spots, while Alexander is a little more private. You could also venture North towards Pemberton for a visit to Nairn Falls, or take a hike to the beautiful Rainbow Falls.

Mountain Top Feast
Tourism Whistler / Mike Crane

Work up an appetite exploring alpine trails and satisfy your hunger with a mountaintop feast at Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler Mountain or Rendezvouz Lodge on Blackcomb Mountain. Seatings at 5:30, 6:00, and 6:30PM on select nights only. Sightseeing ticket included with reservation. Click here for more information and to book.

Nightlife

Whistler’s legendary party scene revolves around a number of long-running local establishments and their signature events, including but not limited to music-festival-style DJ day parties at Longhorn Saloon, Irish cheer and live music seven days a week at Duhb Linn Gate, Tuesday night karaoke at The Crystal Lounge, Tuesday night bingo at Tapley’s, and “locals nights” Monday at Maxx Fish, Tuesday at Tommys, Wednesday at Buffalo Bills, and Thursday at Garfinkel’s.

Spa

With its gorgeous outdoor network of baths, waterfalls, steam rooms and saunas, in addition to massage and other rejuvenating treatments, the Scandinave Spa is a favourite among visitors and locals alike. For a different experience, try the Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa at the Summit Lodge, North America’s only Authentic Javanese Spa.

Shopping
Tourism Whistler / Mike Crane

Shopping is a great way to spend the day in Whistler Village. Choose from local boutiques such as 3 singing birds or well-known retailers such as lululemon.

Vallea Lumina

A dazzling nighttime forest walk, combining an enchanting story and light show in a surreal atmosphere. A free shuttle takes you from the village to “Base Camp”, so all you have to do is enjoy yourself. Vallea Lumina has been getting rave reviews since its opening in 2018.

Festivals and Events

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Whistler Farmers' Market

Every Sunday and select Wednesdays and Saturdays

Tourism Whistler / Mike Crane

Visit the Whistler Farmers’ Market to connect with local merchants and farmers and choose from the best the Sea to Sky has to offer. Runs 11am – 4pm every Sunday from May 19th – October 13th. Market also runs 2pm – 7pm every Wednesday from July 3rd – August 28th, and 11am – 4pm on select holiday Saturdays: June 30th, August 4th, September 1st and October 6th.

Outdoor Summer Concert Series
Tourism Whistler / Mike Crane

The Outdoor Summer Concert Series brings world-class talent to Whistler Olympic Plaza, with the following scheduled performances:

Monday, July 1

Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza
Time: 8 PM
Artist: The Tenors

Friday, July 12

Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza
Time: 7:30 PM
Artist: Sloan

Saturday, July 13

Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza
Time: 7:30 PM
Artist: Whitehorse

Friday, July 19

Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza
Time: 7:30 PM
Artist: The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer

Saturday, July 20

Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza
Time: 7:30 PM
Artist: The Sheepdogs

Friday, August 2

Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza
Time: 7 PM
Artist: Broken Social Scene

Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza
Time: 10:30 PM
Artist: The Sound Off Silent Disco with Various DJs

Saturday, August 3

Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza
Time: 7 PM
Artist: Nahko and Medicine for the People

Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza
Time: 10:30 PM
Artist: The Sound Off Silent Disco with Various DJs

Friday, August 23

Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza
Time: 7:30 PM
Artist: Quinta Kalavera

Saturday, August 24

Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza
Time: 7:30 PM
Artist: Buffy Sainte-Marie

Friday, August 30

Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza
Time: 7:30 PM
Artist: Choir! Choir! Choir!

Saturday, August 31

Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza
Time: 7:30 PM
Artist: The Family Stone featuring Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and original founding member of Sly & The Family Stone, Jerry Martini and also featuring Phunne Stone

Saturday, September 7

Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza
Time: 1:45 PM
Artist: Famous Players

Whistler Children's Festival
Tourism Whistler / Mike Crane

July 5th – 7th

A long-running annual tradition, the Whistler Children’s Festival brings hands-on arts and crafts, theatre, dance, music and magical performances to Whistler Olympic Plaza.

Red Bull 400
Tourism Whistler / Mike Crane

July 13th

A simple yet brutally difficult race from the bottom of a ski jump to the top, 400m long on a 37 degree incline. The Red Bull 400 tests both speed and endurance.

Squamish Constellation Festival

July 26th – 28th

Filling the void left by the departure of Pemberton Music Festival in 2017, the inaugural Squamish Constellation Festival is scheduled for late July with performances from Serena Ryder, Dear Rouge, A Tribe Called Red, Shad, Bahamas, Half Moon Run, and many more.

Subaru IRONMAN Canada

July 28th

Participants swim, bike and run through gorgeous mountain scenery at the Subaru IRONMAN Canada triathlon.

Wanderlust Whistler
Tourism Whistler / Mike Crane

August 1st – 4th

Wanderlust Whistler promises to help you “find your true north”. The travelling festival arrives in Whistler August 1st – 4th with a multi-faceted itinerary of experiences related to yoga, mindfulness, health, and personal growth.

Crankworx Whistler
Tourism Whistler / Mike Crane

August 9th – 18th

Crankworx is the biggest mountain bike festival on earth and it all started in Whistler. For ten days in August, the world’s best mountain bikers flock to Whistler to test the limits of what’s possible. It’s “The defining celebration of mountain biking,” and arguably Whistler’s most prestigious and exciting annual event.

RBC GranFondo Whistler
Tourism Whistler / Justa Jeskova

September 7th

4500 riders cycle from Vancouver to Whistler along the gorgeous Sea-to-Sky Highway. It’s North America’s largest GranFondo and it returns this year on September 7th.

Whistler Village Beer Festival
Tourism Whistler / Justa Jeskova

September 10th – 15th

Beer takes over Whistler Village with six days of events, culminating in the signature main event September 14th and 15th at Olympic Plaza, featuring over 140 beers and ciders from 70 breweries. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Complete Events Listings https://www.whistler.com/events/calendar/

 

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