Summer in Whistler, BC is unlike any other. From stunning outdoor excursions to lounging by the lakes and soaking up some rays, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in Canada’s adventure capital.
This year is no exception – there are tons of activities going on for both adventure seekers and those who prefer to take a more relaxed approach to their summer itinerary.
Here are our top suggestions for things to check out in Whistler this June!
1. Tough Mudder Whistler, June 15-16
Who’s ready for the ultimate team challenge?! Tough Mudder Whistler’s legendary obstacle course promises to push you to your limits as you overcome a series of physical challenges – all with the help of your Tough Mudder teammates, that is! Completing this competitive race promises to earn you your finisher swag, action photos and ultimately bragging rights. Plus, like, it’s super fun.
Happening June 15–16 at Whistler Olympic Park just south of Whistler Village, this event attracts participants from all over, resulting in a high-energy vibe with lots of camaraderie. Whether you’re a newcomer to the Tough Mudder scene or a championed obstacle course veteran, there’s a Tough Mudder challenge that’s perfect for you. Two options are available on both days: Tough Mudder Classic (13 – 16 km with 25 obstacles) and Tough Mudder 5K (5 km with 13 obstacles). After victoriously crossing the finish line, join your support crew and teammates at the all new Mudder Village Festival featuring live entertainment, local eats, lawn games, mudderized challenges and more.
Coming from out of town? No sweat. Book 2+ nights in Whistler through Whistler.com and receive $25 to put towards your stay. Getting to and from the event is easy with shuttles going between Whistler Village and Whistler Olympic Park. Make sure to extend your stay a few extra days – there’s tons more to do and explore in Whistler once you ace the race!
2. Alpine Sightseeing
Take in all the best views of magnificent Whistler with a high-up gondola ride! This Peak 2 Peak Experience will lift you up for 360º views of Whistler Village, mountain peaks, lakes, glaciers, and forests. This ain’t no ordinary gondola, either; it’s a feat of engineering offering the highest elevation of its kind at 436 meters above the valley floor.
3. Summer Ziplining
You’re in Whistler – you’ve gotta experience your surroundings to the fullest. What cooler way to spend an afternoon than by zooming through the lush forests of BC on a zipline tour? It’s the ultimate way to feel free, yet safe. This exhilarating experience flies you over beautiful creeks and mystical trees that are seemingly old as time. There’s no better way to learn about Whistler’s ecosystem than by gliding over it and seeing its majesty firsthand!
4. Whitewater Rafting
June offers prime conditions for Whitewater Rafting in Whistler. Whether you prefer a softer drift down the river or you’re looking for a fast-paced water adventure, there are plenty of different excursions to choose from. Whichever you choose, the fun awaits around every riverbend!
Boasting some of the most picturesque trails in the world, biking in Whistler is a dream, whatever your level. This biking mecca has plenty of features to check out, from the gentle paved Valley Trail network to the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, which is renowned as the ultimate downhill biking experience. No bike? No problem. Rent a bicycle to tackle the best downhill slopes, recreational runs, or cross-country trails that Whistler offers.
6. Hit the Spa
Alright, after all of that physical exertion, it’s safe to say that you deserve a little self-care spa time. Whistler’s esteemed Scandinave Spa is the ultimate haven of wellness and relaxation. This Finnish-style spa encourages a movement through the hot and cold baths, eucalyptus steam room and wood burning sauna. The Scandinave is tucked away in a secluded setting, making it the perfect place for deep relaxation.
Need a little extra TLC? Their massage treatments are top of the line and will get you nice and loose before you hit your next outdoor adventure.
7. Happy Hour Après
Cheers to your Tough Mudder victory and settle in with your comrades for an après session the Whistler way! Soak up the Whistler Village vibe on a sunny patio while sipping local craft beers, handcrafted cocktails or B.C. wines. Check out Whistler’s après scene here.
8. Bear Viewing
A visit to Whistler isn’t complete until you’ve checked spotting one of Canada’s most iconic creatures off of your list. You’ll get the chance to see Whistler’s famous black bears and cubs in their natural habitat on your guided Bear Viewing Tour. Just don’t feed them!
9. Hit the Beach
If you’re looking for a more relaxed activity, head to one of Whistler’s lakes or beaches. Lounging by one of the mountain lakes is the perfect way to spend a day post-Tough Mudder. Bask in the fresh air and take in unbeatable mountain views either on the beach itself, or rent a couple of kayaks, canoes, or paddleboards to explore the waterfront for a few hours. There’s no better way to recharge than by being out on the water!
10. Forged Axe Throwing
It’s like darts, but more Canadian! That’s right, Whistler has a venue where you and your buddies can unleash your inner lumberjack in a healthy (and safe!) round of axe throwing. Your hosts will give you all the technique tips required to hit the bullseye. Afterward, you can pop by the brewery next door for celebratory cheers!
11. Whistler Farmers' Market
What better way to enjoy the local culture and explore a little than by meandering around a farmers’ market? Whistler’s Farmers’ Market pops up every Wednesday and Sunday in Whistler’s Upper Village, at the base of Blackcomb Mountain. Here you can purchase fresh local produce, indulge in some of Whistler’s culinary treats and bevvies, browse local art, and enjoy some live entertainment as you walk around. It’s a great way to get a little taste of Whistler’s local culture!