Summer is a big deal in Whistler and cycling of all kinds is the activity of choice, whether you are after road cycling, a gentle day out with children or World Cup quality downhill mountain biking in Whistler Mountain's Bike Park.
Whistler is bike mad in the summer. For road cyclists, the road from Vancouver through Whistler all the way to Pemberton offers some fantastic riding - good enough to attract the Canada Ironman to Whistler since 2013.
Lost Lake park is a destination in itself, right next to Whistler Village. It offers car-free gravel trails for families seeking a gentle ride through the forest and to the beach at the Lost Lake. It also has a network of more technical mountain bike trails for cross-country mountain biking - and those not wanting to buy a lift pass.
For keen mountain bikers, Whistler Mountain's Bike Park is a must for serious downhill mountain biking. Trails are graded like ski runs from green through to double black diamond. The Fitzsimmons and Garbanzo chairlifts and Whistler Gondola give access to the mountain meaning your arms are likely be give out before your legs. The green 'EZ does it' run is a good initiation for mountain bikers trying proper downhill for the first time, while runs like 'A Line' feature in international competitions and videos.
Bikes of all types from road to downhill machines as well as chariots (for younger children) and protective gear like full face helmets are easy to rent throughout Whistler village.
Whistler, British Columbia, Canada