Your How to Summer in Whistler Guide
June 10, 2017 by Pete Oprsal
Longer days, warmer nights and a plethora of activities
Summer in Whistler is without a doubt one of the best times to visit us. Yes, skiing in the winter is phenomenal, but summers provide a whole new unique experience for you and your family to delight in. There is no shortage of activities to take part in, lakes to cool off in, playgrounds to explore, and restaurants to satisfy your hunger, quench your thirst and fine cuisine that will tantalize your palate and awaken your senses. And to cap it all off, there are free outdoor concerts to enjoy as the sun goes down. The following is just a sampling of the variety on offer for any age and lifestyle to explore. To get the full scoop on summer in Whistler, download our free comprehensive guide filled with over 70 pages of inspiring adventures, family-friendly activities, entertainment options, and insider information.
Summer Whistler Activities
This list may seem endless, with so many options to choose from the dilemma will be how to fit it all in. Let’s begin by listing the popular and moving on from there
PEAK 2 PEAK: No visit to Whistler would be complete without a ride on the world famous gondola, which spans over three kilometres and is the highest lift of its kind at 415 metres / 1,361 feet. On a clear day, the views are out of this world, connecting Whistler to Blackcomb Mountain.
Golf: Whistler boasts four championship golf courses. With glacier fed lakes, towering mountains, ancient cedar trees, winding creeks and majestic views, it is easy to see why Golf Digest named Whistler Canada’s Number One Golf Destination.
Sightseeing / Hiking: Whistler is bursting with trails, hikes, and secret pathways that can take you into a pristine natural wonderland. Some routes are minutes from the Whistler Village, while others take you up to the peaks of snow-capped mountains.
Whistler Bike Park: The Whistler Mountain Bike Park is the ultimate riding experience with more than 200 kilometres of lift-accessed trails, ranging from beginner to expert.
RZR Tours: RZR Tours weave unforgettable natural wilderness and the pleasure of off-roading into one seamless journey, where the scenery at each stop rivals the power of the impressive vehicles.
Bear Viewing Tours: Experience Whistler like you never thought possible with a Whistler Bear Viewing Tour. Walk among towering old-growth hemlocks, pristine alpine meadows, and stunning glacial peaks in search of Whistler’s true locals.
Whistler’s Lakes and Beaches
Beach volleyball at Rainbow Park, water skiing on Green Lake, sunbathing at Lost Lake, the options are abound. Whistler’s lakes and beaches are perfect on a hot summer day. Work on your tan, play in the water, float on a dingy or enjoy a lakeside BBQ. With five lakes to choose from, it’s up to you to find your favourite.
Whistler takes its playgrounds seriously, offering up some pretty awesome spots to let the kids loose. The following listing provides the secret gems, along with the most popular located throughout Whistler.
- Olympic Plaza Playground – Village North
- Tangled Tree playground in Creekside
- Skate park and mini bike park
- Alpha Lake Playground with ‘Owl’s Nest’ Playhouse
- Free Water Park at Meadow Park Sports Centre
Whistler is home to some of the finest dining in North America. With over 90 restaurants and bars, Whistler Resort has a wonderful variety of restaurants to suit every palate and budget. Here is a short sampling of our favourite restaurant choices; for the full list click here or download our free comprehensive Summer in Whistler Guide.
Araxi restaurant and oyster bar holds an international reputation for excellence in food, wine and hospitality, including award for ‘Best Restaurant in Whistler’ by Vancouver magazine for an unprecedented nine consecutive years.
Offerings from the Bearfoot Bistro kitchen are best defined as ‘Modern Canadian Cuisine’. You can enjoy dishes such as Wild Arctic Caribou Chop and Vancouver Island Black Cod. Recently, their executive chef won gold at the Canadian Culinary Championships. But, what really sets them apart from any other restaurant in Whistler is their unmatched wine and champagne selection. The Bearfoot Bistro is one of 150 places in the world that house Dom Perignon.
Whistler’s place for fish and game’ the Rim Rock is well known for it’s pleasant atmosphere, excellent service and amazing eating experience. The Rim Rock is constantly receiving awards, from ‘best of’ in the local paper to international recognition.
Come in and renew your spirit at Creekbread. Relax and enjoy a natural pizza baked in a primitive wood fired oven. This is a great option for families.
Enjoy warm-hearted Irish hospitality, delicious pub fare and a heated, outdoor patio and firepit. It’s a favourite of locals and visitors alike.
Delicious authentic Mexican food and the best Margaritas in town! This restaurant is a local’s favourite and is operated by experienced Mexican chefs and staff.
Craving a meat pie? This is the place to go! Peaked Pies offers a wide selection of savoury gourmet Australian meat pies that can be peaked with mashed potatoes and mushy peas. Enjoy a sweet treat and coffee afterwards.
Whistler Presents FREE Outdoor Concerts
Each summer, the Resort Municipality of Whistler organizes the free outdoor concert series where a full slate of celebrated Canadian and international artists perform right in the village on the Great Lawn at Olympic Plaza. View the summer’s lineup here.
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