Despite not being the most outdoorsy girl around, I think there is something for everyone in Whistler during the summer months. Sure, the snow may be gone, but the town turns attractions on their heads to offer up another view of the breathtaking terrain that surrounds it.
Riding your bike down a mountain and visiting a spa for a little R&R are both great options, but these are my favourite things to do in Whistler during the summer!
1. Take in the sights from the top of Whistler Mountain
You can always do this more than once, it’s that beautiful. Buy your ticket at the base of Whistler Mountain for the enclosed gondola that will take you right up the side to views of spectacular scenery.
The top has a few nice lookout points, as well as a massive restaurant and outdoor seating area. It’s a bit jazzy for being on the top of a mountain, but great if you get chilly and want a cup of tea.
2. Ride the Peak 2 Peak Gondola
This one isn’t cheap; it’ll cost you $48.95 for a day pass during summer, but it’s worth it. In my opinion, this is the thing to do if you’re around town in the warmer months.
The Peak 2 Peak is has a record-breaking span, with the cable running for about 3km unsupported. That’s not bad for a trip that is 4.4km long! I’m not the best with heights, and this is pretty high, but I survived. The cable dips quite far down between the mountains, so you aren’t suspended at peak height for the entire length of the trip. Thank goodness!
The views are fantastic. And if you’re feeling very daring, you can wait in the longer line to get a cabin with a class bottom!
Seasoned hikers will tell you that this was a piece of cake. While I was never climbing the face of a cliff, for an inexperienced hiker it’s a workout! But it was still enjoyable (read: feasible) for those of us who are, well, less inclined to partake in hiking on our own. All in all, I had a fun time! If I can do it, so can you.
All the alpine hiking routes are available on their website, or you can pick up a brochure when you purchase your ticket. They have options from mostly-flat beginner routes to hikes that will take the better part of a day, both options offering up the best scenery in the world.
There is nothing like mixing a little nature with some exercise, and of course, a beautiful view.