If you haven’t experienced Summer in Whistler, what are you waiting for?! The summer months are an incredible time to visit the resort. Abundant nature and wide-open spaces are certainly a huge attraction and there’s plenty to do, too! Whether you want a relaxing retreat or an adrenaline-fuelled adventure, Whistler has something for everyone. Here are our top 5 things to do in Whistler in summer…
Whistler Mountain Bike Park
Explore North America’s largest ski resort on two wheels this summer in Whistler! Whistler Mountain Bike Park offers the most terrain of any bike park in North America and is typically open from May to September. Trails are all lift-accessed and designed for all abilities (rated green, blue, and black). At the time of publishing this post, a single-day adult ticket is $83 with season passes also available. There are five “zones” to explore: Fitzsimmons, Creek, Garbanzo, Peak, and GMC Dual Slalom. We recommend an orientation for new and first-time bike park riders. Specialty bikes and helmets are required.
Relax On The Water
The best way to cool off during a hot summer in Whistler is at the lake. Whistler has five lakes in the immediate vicinity (with many more a short drive/ride away!) Lakes Alta, Alpha, Lost, and Green, attract many visitors with Nita Lake offering a tranquil respite from its busier counterparts. In fact, guests of Nita Lake Lodge enjoy free access to lake toys! Another great option is the River Of Golden Dreams, which peacefully meanders from Alta Lake, through the Whistler Wetlands, and down a scenic glacial river to Green Lake. Paddle with Whistler Eco Tours for $99.99 per person.
Things To Do In Summer in Whistler – Frolf
Take the classic sport of golf, mix it with the high-octane thrill of frisbees and what do you get? FROLF, of course! Whistler’s disc golf course is located amongst the trees at the edge of Lost Lake Park (directions here). It’s free and a fantastic way to spend time outdoors away from the hustle and bustle of the Village – just bring your discs! The aim is to launch your disc from the tee pad with the end goal of landing in one of the metal baskets. If you’re keeping score, each hole on the Whistler course has a 3-par rating.
Find A Patio
Summer season means patio time and Whistler has plenty of stunners to choose from. If we’re looking for a lively party scene then Longhorns is where it’s at. The Longhorn Saloon is synonymous in Whistler with shotskis, DJs, and big mountain après. For a more relaxed vibe and a beautiful lakeside setting, consider Cure Lounge & Patio in Whistler Creekside. Cure’s combination of craft cocktails and local beers along with casual share plates creates a wonderfully familiar and comforting palette of flavours. It really is Whistler at its best.
Things To Do In Summer in Whistler – Alpine Hiking
Whether winter or summer in Whistler, we love to escape the Village and explore the alpine. A network of stunning hiking trails is accessible via gondola in the summer months. Choose from child-friendly jaunts (such as the 1.2km Spearhead Loop) to more advanced adventures (such as the 9.4km High Note Trail). If you want to get your pulse racing, consider Little Burn/Big Burn/Heart Burn, which will take you from valley bottom to mountain top with 1,200m elevation gain in 6.2km! Treat yourself to a beer at the top and ride the gondola down (tickets may be purchased from Guest Services in the Village).
Free Things To do In Whistler in Summer!
You may well be pleasantly surprised at the many free things to do in Whistler. Geared at both children and adults, there’s plenty to keep you occupied indoors and out. Here are our favourite ways to explore Whistler without splashing the cash.