Just like dogs and Christmas, Whistler isn’t just for winter. While this Canadian mountain resort undoubtedly offers some of the best snow sports and apres-ski in North America, the months of summer are equally popular with visitors offering a plethora of things to do in Whistler.

The May thaw kickstarts an annual transformation, revealing miles of hiking trails and a mountain vista bursting with life. Black bears, wildflowers and bubbling rivers offer a stark contrast to the depths of winter and temperatures soar into the late twenties most days.

Located just a two-hour drive from Vancouver International Airport, getting to Whistler is easy at any time of year, and the stunning Sea to Sky Highway is a spectacular route to start your trip.

Here’s our guide to a summer of adventure and food in Whistler.

Axe Throwing

axe throwing

Axe throwing is growing in popularity around the world as a fun pastime and bona fide sport. While throwing venues have popped up everywhere from Boston to Sydney, the roots of this lumberjack sport lie in Canada.

Originally an entertainment source for those working in the forest, this elaborate alternative to darts is now a popular party idea and with a national and world federation, expect the sport to continue to grow. To give it a try, head to Forged Axe Throwing, a venue that recently picked up an award for its exemplary customer service. Being indoors, it’s also one of the best rainy day activities in Whistler, ideal for when the sun doesn’t come out to play.

Hiking in Whistler

Things to do in Whistler in the Summer

The thaw is welcomed by keen hikers ready to get out and enjoy the miles of trails on offer. There’s a trail to suit everyone ranging from challenging mountain climbs to more sedate valley trails. Don’t forget, you’re in the wilderness (and bear country) so it’s best to choose one of the many guided hikes in Whistler to benefit from local backcountry knowledge and stay safe.

RZR Tours

RZR Tours

For an exhilarating adventure you’ll never forget, go sightseeing on the back of a two- or four-seat RZR. Grab a helmet and strap yourself in for a backcountry adventure filled with speed, thrills, and sensational views. Experienced guides will be on hand to guide you through all the best dirt trails on offer, winding your way through the West Coast’s most infamous rainforest and circling glacier-fed lakes.

Mountain Biking

Things to do in Whistler in the Summer

The trails in Whistler are as great for biking as they are for hiking, and there’s even an annual Crankworx Festival where the world’s best mountain bikers come to town. No matter your level of skill, there’s a Whistler mountain biking trail to suit, with everything from leisurely to sport-level rides on offer. High-performance mountain bikes are available to hire by the hour or the day and stunning mountain views come as standard.

Helicopter Tours

Helicopter (Blackcomb Helicopters)

Got a head for heights? Take to the air and enjoy spectacular aerial views of the Coast Mountains and beyond. The mountains, lakes and volcanoes make for an out of this world helicopter trip and there’s even the option to enjoy a spot of heli-yoga, a trip to a secluded location where you can channel your inner self.

Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater Rafting (Wedge Rafting)

The rivers of Whistler burst into life during late spring and the class 1 to class 4 rapids provide the perfect challenge for any outdoor enthusiast. Prepare to be pummelled and pounded on a whitewater rafting adventure like no other, under the imposing shadow of the Whistler & Blackcomb Mountains and bypassing Whistler’s animal residents along the way. Wet suits, life jackets, and all equipment is provided – just bring an appetite for thrills.

Flights to Whistler

Various airlines including BA, Air Canada and West Jet fly from London to Vancover. From there you can catch either a bus, the train or fly (Harbour Air) to Whsitler. Trip Savvy has a guide to all your options. . Book your flight ticket via our comparison engine below.

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