Words by Carlie Tucker
Most travellers turn their sights to Whistler in the summer when the slopes are white with freshly fallen snow. But this famed ski destination should not be overlooked when the weather starts to warm up. Offering just as much fun and adventure through the summer, Whistler is a destination for year-round enjoyment.
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Without the cold temperatures and blanket of snow holding you back, Whistler is open for exploration. This mountain escape is made up of astoundingly beautiful scenery with trails criss-crossing its expanses. Take in the views, marvel at the forests and see if you can spot the local wildlife as you hike, mountain bike, horseback ride, zipline or 4x4 your way around.
Though it can be hard to choose just how to spend your days, one particular point of interest is the Peak 2 Peak Gondola. Normally utilised to whisk skiers from slope to slope, it remains open through the summer to allow visitors the chance to catch incredible 360 degree views across Whistler Village, its mountain peaks, lakes, glaciers and forests.
Tickets are required and include access to the other various open-air chairlifts and gondolas, a behind the scenes look at the machinery of the Peak 2 Peak and admission to the Samsung Alpine Theatre.
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Do Something Different
If traversing mountain trails by foot or bike isn't your thing, not to worry. Whistler is full of sightseeing opportunities that are a little bit different. Sign yourself up for a bear viewing tour to spot Whistler's famous black bears, or set afloat on a white water rafting trip. You can even feel the wind in your hair as you race down the mountain on the 'Rolling Thunder' Bobsleigh on Wheels experience!
If your travel style is a little less thrill and a little more chill, you'll be covered as well. Rejuvenate those tired muscles with a soak in the Scandinavian Baths at the Scandinave Spa Whistler. Follow it up with a massage to ensure those batteries are fully recharged. Alternatively, pull up a towel at a clear mountain lake to bask in the sun and the incredible views. Picnics or BBQs are highly recommended.
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A Taste Of The City
Village life ensures that any summer holiday in this part of the world isn't without a touch of culture, nightlife and fine food fun. Galleries and museums abound. Retail therapy is a reality. And Tasting tours can be arranged.
When it comes time to retire to the comfort of your hotel room, your staying options are just as abundant as your playing options! All of those luxury hotels, condos, lodges, townhomes, homes and chalets that host skiers and snowboarders through the winter months are open for business right through the summer.
If money is no object, the likes of the Fairmont Chateau Whistler and Four Seasons Resort Whistler provide impeccable 5-star luxury and service. For those that want all the amenities for a little less, Westin Resort & Spa and Pan Pacific Village Centre are top choices. And, for those that want to save the majority of their travel budget for shopping, dining and activities, Crystal Lodge will suit your style and your hip pocket.