Top 6 things to do in Whistler in the Summer
There’s nothing quite like your very first time in Whistler
. The mountains, forests, lakes, rivers and Village that fill this valley are legendary, and summer is a great time to experience them. With Whistler only a 1 hour 40 minute drive away from Vancouver, or accessible by float plane, it’s an ideal add on if you’re already looking at staying in Vancouver. To help you make the most of your time here, here’s our Top 6 things to do in Whistler in the Summer.
Journey up to the peaks
There really is no experience quite like riding the Peak Chair and unloading on what feels like the top of the world. Whilst there might be no snow in summer, there is plenty of activities to do once you’re up there. Such as the new Cloudraker Skybridge and Raven’s Eye Cliff Walk which offer amazing views and isn’t open during the winter months. As an added bonus, you can take the Peak to Peak Gondola to discover the different outdoor activities available at each peak!
Take the kids
Whistler is full of learning experiences and memorable moments for children and many of their walks and experiences can easily be done by children. Whether they’re with you on a hiking trail, joining you in a museum visit or simply sampling the local ice-cream with you at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory after a long day outdoors, Whistler is a great location for families. If there is one thing that children can take away from it all, is a beginning to a meaningful and lifelong connection with nature.
Relax by the lake
Lost Lake Park is a short proximity to the Village and is a stunning walk to get there. The temperate coastal rainforest is one of the Whistler area’s unsung heroes of beauty and the easily marked, well maintained trails to Lost Lake Park are a great way to get into nature. The lake at the end is pretty extraordinary too, with sandy shores, great swimming, and a dog beach. There’s also free transit if you aren’t up for the stroll.
Discover the local culture
Whistler’s Cultural Connector (a succession of museums, art galleries and the library) packs a lot of culture into one easy-to-follow route. Though the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre is a gorgeous facility featuring the art, history and culture of the Squamish and Lil’wat First Nations, whose traditional territories share the lands that are present-day Whistler.
Experience the outdoors
In the winter, Whistler is well known for its skiing and snowboarding. However, in the warmer months, hiking is a great way to experience the solitude and magnificence of the Whistler area. Stop in at the Whistler Visitor Centre for solid advice and up-to-date trail information. Though if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, zip-lining, mountain biking and white water rafting are also available in the Whistler area.
Indulge in a Guided Adventure
There are so many ways to explore the mountains in the summer (ATV, Side-by-Side, mountain bike, horseback, e-bike, even 4×4 Porsche!) that it might be better to take advantage of the summer heat and get wet. River rafting or jet boating are a great way to beat the heat and see stretches of the surrounding wilderness that you’d never see otherwise.
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