whistler summer activities
Summer Activities


Summer Activities: Whistler is a natural year-round playground with its crisp mountain air, crystal clear lakes and lush emerald forests. There's something to do here every day whether it's a thrilling adventure or just some quiet time listening to nature and absorbing the magnificent scenery.

Golfing Whistler:

go golf at whistlerWhistler boasts some fine golf courses, and courses that suit any level of play. With Whistler Golf Club among the courses to choose from. Designed by Arnold Palmer this course offers all that you would want with that Whistler attitude. Stand on the first tee of the Whistler Golf Club surrounded by snow-capped peaks in all directions, ancient cedars and majestic fir trees line the fairways, winding streams, nine lakes and white sand bunkers punctuate perfectly manicured greens and an occasional black bear sauntering across a fairway is not an uncommon site. \

A full service Learning and Performance Centre is located just north of the Whistler Golf Club. It includes a driving range, practice bunker and chipping and putting green. Improve your game and enroll in a lesson or clinic with a Canadian PGA Teaching Professional. And when you have finished why not celerate your round with dinner or a drink at the amazing facililties awaiting you at the 19th hole.

There is also the Big Sky course, In one of the most awe-inspiring and dramatic natural settings anywhere, the Big Sky Golf and Country Club has become everything any golfer could hope for. Just 25-minutes north of Whistler you will find the Big Sky Golf and Country Club. Bordered by an emerald Green River, seven lakes and various little meandering creeks, a day spent at Big Sky is a day that will long be remembered. fairmont chateau golf

The Fairmont Chateau course, Whistler has become one of the premier golf destinations in Canada and the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club is most certainly one of the reasons why. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. the par 72, 18-hole course offers a golf opportunity unmatched in the region. The course traverses creeks, ponds, stands of ancient Douglas fir and granite rock faces that testify to the fact that this magnificent course follows closely the natural state of the rugged terrain. Carved out of the slopes of the Coast Mountain range in British Columbia, with elevation changes of more than 400 feet overall, this magnificent golf course is generous to the eye and provides enough fun and challenge for players of all levels.

Nicklaus North course, inspired by the great golden bear himself. This par 71, 18-hole course winds along a gentle valley floor offering you a spectacular setting as your golfing skills are tested to the fullest. Just minutes from cobblestone walkways and street side cafes of the resort town of Whistler, Nicklaus North stands out as one of the great courses in North America. It's no wonder this is only one of a few rare golf courses in the world bearing Jack Nicklaus' name.

Mini Golf
- Try this 18-hole mini-golf course at the bottom of Blackcomb Mountain beside the Adventure Zone. Good fun for everyone. There is another mini-golf course located at the Riverside RV Resort & Campground.

lost lake bcLost Lake - Lost Lake is one of Whistler's favourite spots. Secluded, yet not too far from the Village, it's surrounded by lush evergreen forests and mountain views in the distance. In the summer, Lost Lake is an ideal place to spend an afternoon. Shallow waters and a sandy beach make Lost Lake perfect for outdoor swimming. At Lost Lake you will find: Washrooms, Pay phones, Picnic tables and barbecues, Sandy beaches and grassy areas, Lots of paths and trails for exploring, Concession stand serving food, drinks, snacks, dog-friendly beach named "Canine Cove" Shallow waters for swimming. Location: Walking to Lost Lake from Whistler Village takes about 30 minutes. It's good, outdoor Whistler-style exercise! Find your way with a Lost Lake map. Otherwise you can rent a mountain bike to take you there.

bald - eagleBald Eagle Viewing - Bald eagle viewing is quickly becoming one of Whistler's most popular activities. Tour buses whisk you 45 minutes south of Whistler to Brackendale - to the world's highest concentration of bald eagles. The best time to take in these birds is from November to February. The birds perch themselves on nearby trees and patiently wait for their next meal - fresh salmon swimming in the Squamish river. Then they swoop in for the catch. An awe-inspiring spectacle for all ages! Some tours include a narrated walking tour and binoculars. Dress warmly and don't forget your camera.

Adventure Zone - The Adventure Zone is a favourite place in Whistler for kids, families and the young at heart. Located in the Upper Village at the foot of Blackcomb Mountain, you can horseback ride, play mini-golf, ride a luge or bounce on a trampoline. Dates of Operation: Early summer in June until the first weekend in September. There’s more than enough to do to occupy your entire afternoon for families and people of all ages! Even just watching can be hilarious. adventure zone whistler bcThere are also lots of restaurants and the Farmers' Market (on Sundays) located nearby. The Adventure Zone consists of: Little Mountain Golf: Putt on meticulous golf greens while admiring the spectacular views of Whistler Mountain. Westcoaster Luge: Zoom past the muddy mountain bikers as you ride down the mountain on your very own summer sled. Banking curves, screaming straightaways, for 1.4 km. Weather permitting. Amazen Maze: Find the four checkpoints and the exit, beat the clock and win great prizes. Kiss the Sky Trampoline: You can jump 25 feet in the air! Try flips or other acrobatic manoeuvres in absolute safety. Spin Cycle Human Gyroscope: Take a spin on the coolest and most exhilarating ride in the Adventure Zone. The human gyro is used by NASA to give astronauts the feeling of being in space and it's true - this ride is out of this world! All-Canadian Trapeze: Run off and join the circus (for a day). Swing, fly, and catch your friend. Or not. A completely enclosed safety net is just metres below. Phew! Balloon Slide & Castle: Sorry parents, this one is for kids only. Jump and slide on this huge inflated castle as often as you like. Bouncy, bouncy!

Aerial Sightseeing - Aerial sightseeing is one of Whistler's most spectacular and magical experiences. You'll see every mountain range, glacier, valley, river, lake, and settlement - and have a better understanding of this amazing landscape. Sightseeing tours can be as brief as 9 minutes or as long as a full day.

bearsBackcountry Tours - Whistler, British Columbia is the base for unlimited backcountry experiences all year round. It's not uncommon to see a group of backcountry explorers trekking up the mountain in the snow ready to discover untouched, remote mountain wilderness. If you're curious to know what's beyond the borders of Whistler - and get away from the crowds - then this is just for you. Tours Include: Summer rock climbing, Glacier treks and hikes, Wilderness tours, Alpine hikes, Mountaineering, Whistler guides are extremely knowledgeable and take you where you want to go. Prices range on activity and duration. Nature Tours - Whistler's history, geography, flora, and wildlife are all outside your door. Go on a bear viewing tour and learn about Whistler's precious nature balance. Participate on a casual walk, bike, canoe, or kayak with a local guide and understand Whistler and the precious eco-system we are actively preserving.

Glacier Tours - Glacier Walk: Take a walk on the glacier snow and ice atop Whistler Mountain. You will learn how to walk using glacier equipment and take a tour around Whistler Glacier. Learn about the formation of glaciers and crevasses and have a chance to play on the ice and snow. This tour is great for people of all ages and abilities. No experience is necessary. Involves uphill walking for approximately 25 minutes. Glacier Hike: One of the most popular tours! Outfitted with boots, crampons, ice axe, harness and rope, your guide will lead you onto the glacier snow and ice atop Whistler Mountain. You will be educated on glaciology and use of equipment in order to ascend the glacier like a mountaineer. Involves uphill walking for approximately 45 minutes. This tour is suitable for people of most ages and abilities, families with children 12 years and up.

All Terrain Vehicle - Hit the back roads and kick up some dirt on these professionally guided All-Terrain Adventure Tours. These ""ATV""s are four wheel drive marvels that are simple to operate and easy to master. No experience necessary! These safety-checked and modern ATVs give everyone access to dirt roads, backcountry areas and miles of trails and vast open play areas. Get ready to explore - rain or shine!

mountain bikingMountain Biking - Whistler is world famous for its mountain biking. There are hundreds of mountain bike trails throughout the Whistler valley area. Some have a technical edge while others offer forested views and mountain scenery that are stunning. More than 160 kilometres / 100 miles of singletrack trails, More than 80 kilometres / 50 miles of doubletrack trails, trails are available to everyone and absolutely FREE! The Valley Trail is Whistler's 30 km paved pedestrian/bicycle route. It links parks, beaches, neighbourhoods, and playgrounds all to Whistler Village. It's popular with cyclists, strollers, walkers, dogs, families, and even healthy enviro-friendly commuters. If you are a beginner (or haven't been on a bike in a while), The Valley Trail is the perfect place to start. There is also Whistler Mountain Bike Park - Park Particulars: Vertical 1,500 m / 5,000 ft (guided bike tours from the Peak) Vertical 1,175 m / 3,855 ft (unguided from top of the Whistler Village Gondola) 45+ trails Over 200 km of lift-serviced, gravity-fed, adrenaline-fueled descending trails, for every level of rider: 17% Beginner Terrain - gentle banked cruisers through the Coastal forest; 23% Intermediate Terrain - tight and twisty single track; and 60% Expert Terrain - steep rock faces, gnarly root-strewn lines and drop offs of all descriptions. 3 Skills Centres, each designed for different ability levels: Green - built close to the ground for riders just learning to clear obstacles and ride planks; Blue - increases the difficulty by raising, narrowing and tightening all the constructed elements; and Double black diamond - for expert riders only, with a dazzling display of North Shore style obstacles.

Fishing is a year round sport in Whistler - The Squamish/Whistler area is one of the best and most favourable places to fish on the West Coast. You can catch rainbow trout, Dolly Varden char, cutthroat trout, steelhead, and five species of salmon all in the Whistler area. Fly Fishing: Fly fishing is a very popular sport in Whistler. The fall months is the best time because of the huge salmon runs. Fishing Guides: Choosing a fishing guide is the best way to get started. Fishing guides can organize everything so you don't have to worry about all details (like fishing licences, the best place to go, etc.). Simply contact one of the outfitters listed on the left and you are that much closer to catching your prize fish. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned fisherperson, Whistler fishing guides are dedicated to providing the best fishing experience. Choose from river fly fishing, remote alpine lakes, or just toss a line at nearby Green Lake. You can also charter an aircraft to take you far beyond Whistler to fish in remote areas - a secret area that only you, your guide, and the fish know about. Enquire about these trips today!

Sailing - Whistler's lakes provide the perfect opportunity to rent a windsurfer, sailboat, or catamaran. Good fun on the lakes. Lessons are available for those eager to learn. There is nothing quite feeling the power of the wind as you glide across a glacier lake at speeds of up to 15 knots looking up at the ski hills. User-friendly sailboats are availoable to hire, anyone can sail within minutes.

kayakingCanoeing/Kayaking - Dip your paddle into the serenity of Whistler's countless rivers and lakes and drift away. Most of Whistler's lakeside parks provide canoe and kayak rentals for all day or just an hour during the summer. Otherwise plenty of guided tours from adventure companies are readily available to bring you to secluded areas no one knows about - except Mother Nature. Take advantage of canoeing or kayaking down Whistler's River of Golden Dreams. Whistler's River of Golden Dreams watershed area runs from the north end of Alta Lake to the south end of Green Lake. It is a very popular Whistler canoeing and kayaking route under a lush canopy of trees and greenery that reconnects one with nature - almost immediately. Paddle softly, keep your voice down and eyes open. Animals, reptiles, and birds are plentiful in this area. The opportunity to reconnect with nature and see local Whistler wildlife is endless. Rafting - Whistler has some of the best rafting in Canada? There are several rafting companies in Whistler that have been operating the nearby white water rivers for years. Expertly trained and saftey certified, you can be sure to have a fun and safe trip. Scenery: The scenery is sensational. Expect to see mountain peaks, glistening glaciers, cascading waterfalls, thick BC forests and local wildlife. Your trip can finish up with a beach side lunch or dinner before heading home. Choose a two hour trip down the Elaho or Squamish Rivers, a full day, or multi-day trip.

Jet Boating - Looking for a thrilling adventure? Twin-engine aluminum jet boats will manoeuver through, over, and beyond Whistler's whitewater rivers at breathtaking speed. They're all fully guided trips ranging from a few hours to all day long.

Mountaineering - The Whistler area has some of the best, classic alpine routes in the area. Some mountain summits are attained with pure alpine rock climbing and others involve a mix of glacier travel, snow and ice climbing. Local guides and courses from beginner to advanced are available to the thrill-seeking mountain adventurer. Popular climbs are Wedge Mountain at 2904 metres, Mt. Matier at 2770 metres and Blackcomb Peak at 2346 metres. via ferrataIntroduced in 2005, join Whistler Alpine Guides in an exciting adventure to the top of Blackcomb Mountain via the classic Blackcomb Buttress route. The tour departs daily and can be booked directly through Whistler Alpine Guides. Rock Climbing - In the summer, the Whistler area has some of the best rock climbing in the world - most famous are the long, multi pitch routes on the 650 metre / 2145 feet high granite massif called "The Chief". You may have seen it near Squamish on your drive to Whistler. In the summer, keep your eyes sharp for people actually climbing it. Whether scaling sheer rock faces or just learning the basics, there are plenty of opportunities to learn from Whistler's local rock climbing tour companies.

Via Ferrata - a unique and exhilarating climbing excursion to the summit of Whistler Peak "Via Ferrata" is Italian for "Iron Way" and is an engineered vertical pathway with permanently fixed cables for protection and metal ladder rungs. The first and only via ferrata in Canada provides stunning views and a vertical perspective you may not have thought possible. Climbing a via ferrata does not require any special skills or prior experience. Route: moderate tour combining glacier hiking with mountain climbing. Negotiate your way across Whistler glacier then climb the rock headwall using a series of iron ladder rungs and cables leading you to the summit of Whistler Peak.

the aussie rappelBungee Jumping - Bungee jumping is not just for the extreme daredevil anymore, moms, dads, kids and even grandparents are all willing to take the leap! Take advantage of this thrilling once-in-a-lifetime opportunity while in Whistler Location: 8 km south of Function Junction (a Whistler neighbourhood on the south end of town). It's a magnificent sight. You jump from a 300 foot long pedestrian bridge that spans an awesome canyon while a whitewater river flows underneath. It's a 160-foot free fall to the bottom.

Rap Jumping - You can literally jump off the top of Whistler Mountain. Rap Jumping is face-forward, free-fall rappelling and is the latest exhilarating adventure to hit Whistler. Known as the "Aussie Rappel" because of the introdction of the sport by the Australian Army.Located 5000 feet above the valley floor in full view of the newly opened Peak Chair on Whistler Mountain, involving a harness, ropes and a breaking device enabling participants to descend under their own control, rap jumping is not for the faint of heart. For those participants less inclined to face their fear, traditional rappelling is also offered.

Fly-In Hiking - In Whistler there are several tour companies that offer fly-in hiking experiences. Book a one day hike with a picnic or a multi-day adventure. All you have to do is call them and they arrange the rest. Choose a hike according to your ability. Expect wildlife, wildflowers, remote lakes, and epic vistas!

Outdoor Swimming - Lakeside Park is located on Lakeside Road where you'll find a small beach. Rainbow Park is located on the west side of Whistler Valley and is a pleasant 20 minute bike ride along the Valley Trail from the Village. It is well worth the time to get there! Just off Alta Lake Road, Rainbow Park has: A sandy beach and shallow waters perfect for kids and families. Wayside Park has a small beach with kayak rentals, BBQs, and picnic tables. Alpha Lake Park is at the southern end of the valley in the Creekside neighbourhood. Finally, Lost Lake Park has a popular sandy beach, BBQs, washrooms, a concession stand, kids area, picnic tables, and a concession stand.

Paintball - Paintball is a safe and exciting combination of Hide 'n Seek and Tag. Over the past 10 years the sport has grown rapidly. Everyone is trying it from teenagers to seniors! Beginners are always welcome.come and learn to paintball! Paintball is an all-weather activity Great for rainy days. Individuals and groups welcome! All the gear provided. Whistler Paintball is located only 5 minutes from Whistler Village. An excellent activity for groups or individuals! Great idea for Stags, Staff parties, Birthday parties, Family outings, Corporate events and Summer Camps etc. Skateboarding - Whistler's outdoor skateboard and BMX park is near the village on the other side of Parking Lot 2 near Fitzsimmons Creek and Rebagliati Park. And it's free. Ride over the rails and coast through cemented pits. This park is always popular and worth a visit even if you aren't a skateboarder.

Horseback Riding - Saddle up and gallop off into Whistler's wilderness area, there area horseback riding opportunities for all levels of rider, all horses are trained and used to human contact. Helpful guides make this good, old-fashioned fun for all. Treetrek - Journey on a series of suspension bridges in the treetops of Whistler's ancient forests. Located right between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, Treetrek will take you into some of the rarest rainforest on earth. Treetrek provides a contemporary and in-depth opportunity to explore the forest while walking in the treetops. A spectacular network of suspension bridges, boardwalks and trails take you from the forest floor to the upper reaches of the forest canopy Touch the tips of 10 story high trees and search for the dark forest floor through the branches Douglas-fir, Western Red Cedar, Western Hemlock and other trees host you on your expedition.

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