Whistler features a full menu of warm-weather activities, making it one of North America’s top mountain playgrounds.
If you’ve only visited Whistler, B.C., when it’s blanketed in snow, you don’t know what you’re missing. It features a full menu of warm-weather activities — including more than 30 miles of high alpine trails at the resort and countless miles of trails surrounding it — making it one of North America’s top mountain playgrounds.
Explore the canopies of old-growth trees with adventures such as Whistler TreeTrek Tours. Via a network of bridges, boardwalks and platforms suspended above the treetops, guests can enjoy a guided ecology-based tour. Or take Superfly’s Treetop Adventure Course, traveling from tree to tree via ziplines, tight ropes and Tarzan swings.
“Via ferrata” is Italian for “iron road,” and a mountain climb by that name is an exhilarating way to view the alpine landscape. The Whistler Via Ferrata Tour takes guests on an engineered vertical pathway, using a lanyard system to climb more than 7,000 feet up the mountain. No prior experience is needed.
If you prefer your trip straight up to be a little less strenuous, the Peak 2 Peak 360 Experience connects the Whistler and Blackcomb mountains for spellbinding 360-degree views. Take the Whistler Village Gondola to the top of Whistler, and from there, a Peak 2 Peak Gondola will transport you on a breathtaking summit-to-summit trip. Two of the gondolas have glass bottoms for an even-more thrilling outlook.
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Prefer to take to the water? No problem. The snow melt makes for some exciting action off the slopes, including whitewater rafting on the Green, Lower Cheakamus, Elaho and Squamish rivers, offering Class 1-4 rapids. Or enjoy a leisurely, guided or unguided kayak or canoe tour of River of Golden Dreams, which includes old-growth forest, mountain vistas and the mesmerizing sounds of paddle meeting water to keep you company.
Whistler is a popular summer holiday for mountain bikers, as well. The Whistler Mountain Bike Park has something for every level of rider. It features banked paths through the forest, steep rock faces and root-strewn lines. The park’s indoor training facility, Air Dome, also offers wooden ramps and a huge foam pit. Or take to the sky on a heli-biking adventure. Mountain bikers are transported via helicopter to the top of Rainbow Mountain. Once you’re on the ground, gravity takes over.
New to Whistler this year are two adventures from Head-Line Mountain Holidays. The company’s five-hour heli-snowmobile adventure takes you to the top of the Pemberton Ice Cap to explore the magic of the ice fields while the three-hour heli wilderness wellness tour transports you to backcountry hot springs.
Cross into the wild and explore British Columbia. Plan your journey at HelloBC.com/tripideas