As Vancouverites and residents across B.C. begin planning their sunny season vacations, many are looking to Whistler as their escape to fun, wellness and nature. With restrictions beginning to ease and laid-back summer days on the horizon, it's the perfect excuse to book a longer stay this year, giving you plenty of time to discover everything the resort has to offer.
Visitors to Whistler will find that there are plenty of activities still available, but like any pandemic-era vacation, planning ahead is key. Make sure to do your research, consult the Doors Open Directory to see what's open and how businesses are responding to COVID-19 measures, and make reservations in advance so businesses can prepare. This is the best way for you to have a good time too.
If Whistler is on your list of dream destinations, consider taking a midweek trip. This way, you can enjoy a quieter Whistler and get to do everything you've had your eye on. Plus, you will score the best rates.
Right now, Whistler is offering four-night stays from $104 per night, and if you want to stay longer, you can opt for a seven-night stay for just $93 per night. You'll also receive an adventure voucher, ranging from $50 to $100, to put toward the Whistler activity of your dreams.
To start planning your trip, check out these must-do activities along with some tips and tricks you need to know before visiting Whistler.
Day 1: Fuel Up On Tasty Eats In Town
Nothing helps you fuel up like a good meal. Whistler has tons of restaurants to experience, and lots of fantastic outdoor patios to enjoy your meal al fresco. Be sure to make a reservation because tables go fast these days.
Whether you're with friends or your partner, you can enjoy some cocktails at the Four Seasons' Vintage Camper or sign up to take part in a Whistler Tasting Tour.
Another way to get amped up is to head off the beaten track. Try visiting areas that are less populated for the best experience. One of Whistler's cooler neighbourhoods, Function Junction, features vintage shops, cafes, breweries, and even axe throwing.
Day 2: Get Your Adrenaline Pumping
Whistler is a haven for daredevils. Take on Whistler's whitewater rafting tour at Wedge Rafting, where you can get your heart pumping and enjoy an exhilarating view of the landscape at the same time.
If you're willing to venture further, look into Canadian Wilderness Adventures E-bike tours that take you on a ride through the old-growth forests alongside Callaghan Creek and out toward the incredible Alexander Falls.
For the ultimate adrenaline-boosting experience, face your fears at Whistler Bungee, where you can take a harnessed plunge over the raging river. Locals vote this bungee bridge "the most extreme activity in Whistler."
Day 3: Adventure Deeper
Take your adventure further with the Peak 2 Peak gondola ride, where you can witness the spectacular alpine landscape with a view like no other. On your journey, you'll experience the stunning scenery between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. From ancient glaciers to coastal rainforests and sky-high volcanic peaks, this 11-minute lift is no ordinary gondola ride.
If you want to take things higher, you could hop on a local flight with Blackcomb Helicopters. Hover over Whistler and enjoy sights of the Coast Mountains from great heights.
For those who don't mind getting a little dirty, there are RZR tours. Rip through the rugged backcountry trails in an RZR, weaving through the breathtaking forest while getting the thrill you came to find.
Day 4: Try Something New
Pay a visit to the venue for the 2010 Olympic games at Whistler Olympic Park. Channel your inner Olympian with a summer bobsleigh experience. This unique attraction will see you shooting down the track used by bobsleigh, skeleton and luge athletes each winter. Driven by an experienced pilot, the wheeled sleds reach speeds of up to 90 km/h. All the proceeds from your ride go back into growing the sport, so you'll be helping out the athletes too!
If you've never had the pleasure of riding a horse, pay Copper Cayuse a visit and enjoy an exclusive horseback riding tour for a peaceful, socially distanced saunter through the wilderness.
For those who love interactive experiences, Vallea Lumina offers night-time multimedia walks through the woods that promise enchanting secrets hidden among the trees and in the shadows.
Day 5: Wind Down
After four days of adrenaline-filled activities and nonstop exploring, it's time for a little TLC. Enjoy some self-care at Scandinave Spa with a massage before relaxing in the baths.
Spending time in nature is another excellent way to relax. Take an interpretive walk with a guide on the Eco Tour in Wayside Park and connect with the environment. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own bike this summer to ride along the Valley Trail and explore Whistler on their own terms.
Bikes can be parked at the secure Bike Valet at Olympic Plaza, Rainbow Park or Lost Lake Park. Summer construction projects in Whistler may affect vehicle access, so not only will biking help reach environmental goals but ensure a smooth transportation journey.
Whistler's lakes and parks are usually busy in summer. If you're excited to spend time on the water, plan ahead so you can have a relaxing time. With limited parking it may be better to leave the car and hop on public transit (which is free on weekends and public holidays), walk, or ride your bike. Booking a guided tour is a great way to make sure you get time on the water in case the parks are at full capacity.
The Whistler Insider blog is a knowledgeable source packed with need-to-know information to help plan your trip. Just remember: when it comes to COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines, it's crucial you know before you go
To learn more about planning your summer vacation at Whistler, check out the town's website or follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or YouTube.
Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.