If you thought of Whistler as just a Ski destination, think again, in the summer months it is a true adventure paradise with a fun and bustling atmosphere to match! Being an easy 90 minute drive from Vancouver along the beautifully scenic Sea to Sky Highway, Whistler is so accessible and easy to add into any British Columbia itinerary! Here are some great reasons to visit Whistler in the summer:
Peak to Peak Gondola
Not just any gondola, this one broke records for being the longest and highest gondola in the world, spanning 2.73 miles over 1,400 feet from the valley floor. Enjoy the breath-taking views as you ride from the peaks of Blackcomb Mountain to Whistler Mountain! Make a day of it and enjoy some alpine hiking trails and some mountain dining.
Whether you are a beginner or a more experienced adrenaline junkie, Whistler has a rafting experience to suit. The melt water from the mountains provides a fast and fun rafting experience on the Green, Lower Cheakamus, Elaho and Squamish Rivers, you really are spoiled for choice!
Whistler is so famous for it’s mountain biking that bikers travel here from all over the world. Head up the mountain to enjoy the famous Bike Park or take a gentle ride along part of the Valley Trail, stretching for 40km.
Suitable for the whole family, with various ziplines ranging from 200’ to over 2000’ in length zip your way through the old growth forests of Whistler, you can even rent a GoPro to capture the fun!
Seek Out Bears
Whistler provides a great opportunity to see the famous black bear in the wild. Many Black Bear call Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains home. Head up the mountain in a jeep with a knowledgeable guide at dawn or dusk in search of these amazing animals. If you are visiting in May and June you may be lucky enough to see a mum with her cubs. Towards the end of August and into September you will likely catch them tucking into berries in preparation for the winter spent in their dens.