Seeing as we only have a few weeks left here in beautiful Vancouver we decided to go on a mini road trip up to Whistler for the day. Now, we have been to Whistler before during the winter for a day of skiing, however this return trip was in the Spring time and we had no idea what to expect. Was there going to be snow? Do people visit Whistler in the warmer months? Is there going to be anything to do?
To answer those questions. Yes, there is still snow! Yes, we found out Whistler in the Summer can be just as busy as Whistler in the Winter. And lastly, yes, there is a lot to do when visiting Whistler in the Summer.
Here is a little guide for those planning on visiting Whistler in the Summer time.
How to get there
By car: From Vancouver you simply jump on the Sea to Sky Highway (Highway 99) and it will take you straight to Whistler. It is a scenic 2 hour drive, giving you stunning views of the Canadian wilderness.
By bus: The Pacific Coach Lines (PSL) offers daily, frequent transportation from Vancouver to Whistler. It is $55 for a ticket from downtown Vancouver with free WiFi available.
By air: From May to September you can take the Whistler Seaplane from Vancouver Harbour to Whistler. For $184 you will fly over glaciers, rugged peaks and lush alpine meadows before arriving in Whistler.
What to do
Peak to Peak 360 Experience: Open only during the warmer months, this is the longest and highest gondola ride in the world. Once you get to the top there are beautiful trails and hikes, spectacular spots to take photographs of Whistler from above and mountaintop restaurants.
Whistler Mountain Bike Park: In the Summer you wont see hundreds of people jumping onto the ski lifts with their snowboards, instead you will see hundreds jumping on with their mountain bikes! The Whistler Mountain Bike Park is known as one of the number 1 lift accessed downhill bike parks in the world.
Ziptrek Tours: If you want to do something adventurous we highly recommend checking out the ziplining!
ATV Tours: We love exploring places via ATV. In Whistler they have heaps of ATV tours available for all different abilities.
White Water Rafting: A day of rafting or canoeing would be such an amazing way to spend a super hot day in Whistler.
Glacier Skiing: Yep, you can still go skiing in the Summer time! Whistler Blackcomb boasts the longest snow season in Canada allowing you to ski up to the end of July!
Go for a hike: There are so many hiking and walking trails throughout Whistler. One of our favourites is the trail that takes you to Lost Lake, but there are so many to choose from depending on how easy or difficult you like your hikes to be. Here is a pdf map with all the summer trails in Whistler you can choose from. They also have maps available in the visitors centre at Whistler Village.
Rent a bike: In Whistler Village there are a tonne of places you can rent a bike out during the Summer. There are so many beautiful trails that are bike friendly, you could easily spend days exploring different areas of Whistler by bike.
Where to eat
Zog’s Dogs: This is our favourite place to grab a bite to eat in Whistler. They have delicious veggie dogs, along with burgers, poutine and the famous beavertail pastries!
Cow’s Whistler: For amazing ice cream on a hot summers day you have to check out Cow’s. Seriosuly, they have the best ice cream ever!
Naked Sprout: This place serves organic, delicious food. They offer vegan and gluten free options and the tastiest raw coconut cookies in the world.
Fix Cafe: For a delicious cup of coffee over looking Whistler Mountain you have to come to Fix Cafe. They also serve delicious paninis, homemade soups and amazing waffles.
Have you ever visited a ski resort in the Summer?
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