Best known for its skiing and snowboarding in the winter, Whistler is also a phenomenal place in summer, with so much to do.

Easy to get to, Whistler is just under 2 hours drive from Vancouver on the beautiful Sea to Sky Highway, or as part of a Rocky Mountaineer holiday; the train hugs the coastline on its way from Vancouver.

Whistler in summer brings lazy days enjoying the shops and the sunshine or a huge range of activities. There are 5 championship golf courses, world class mountain biking, Zip Trekking, hiking, bear viewing, plus of course the natural beauty that comes with the mountains. Whistler in summer also has a host of water activities including white water rafting, canoeing and sailing.

Things to do in Whistler

Ziptrek Ecotours

The pioneer of zipline tours in North America! With an award winning ecological curriculum and the highest, longest, and most ziplines around, Ziptrek offers an entertaining combination of education and adventure. Ziptrek’s tour area is nestled in the spectacular valley of ancient rainforest that divides Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. Being situated just minutes above Whistler Village ensures that guests spend more time experiencing their activity than driving to get there. With vast media coverage and environmental awards, Ziptrek has earned international notoriety as Whistler’s must-do activity. Ziptrek guides take you on an interpretive adventure through the treetops between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. With ten ziplines in total, Ziptrek has five fantastic tours to choose including a Tree Trek Tour for younger or less adventurous people.

Whistler Bear Watch

Experience unforgettable views of wildlife, glacial peaks and sunsets as you travel through the deep old growth coastal hemlock-cedar forests of Whistler Blackcomb Mountains. From May throught July, bears wander along the apen ski trails grazing on clover, grass and horsetail. Later, from August though October, the feeding activities of black bears can be followed though high elevation timber-shrub forests as they feed on sugary huckleberries in preparation for hibernation. Ride in a comfortable 4X4 vehicle as it navigates the terrain on Whistler Blackcombe Mountains looking for, the up to 50 resident black bears, whom feed and den on the mountains. Travel through deep old growth coastal hemlock-ceder forests, visit active bear dens, daybeds and feeding sites. Learn about local flora and fuana from renown Whistler bear researchers who are committed to enviromental education and conservation.
Departs Daily mid-May to mid-October. Duration 3 hours.

Green River Rafting (Class II to III)

The Green River gives visitors to Whistler a great introduction to whitewater rafting. The Green’s moderate, 4.5-miles of fun-filled rapids with its panorama of stunning snowcapped peaks makes this a memorable experience. On the placid water of Green Lake, just 5 miles (8 km) from Whistler, rafters have an opportunity to practice and synchronize their paddle strokes before starting the downriver voyage.
Daily Departures: May 19-Late August at 09:30, 13:00 and 16:00. Duration 2 hours including transportation from Whistler. One hour on the water.

Elaho-Squamish Rivers Rafting (Class III to IV)

For the ultimate rafting adventure, ride the gushing rapids of Elaho and Squamish River. Be awed by ancient glaciers, waterfalls, picturesque wilderness, and a delicious riverside salmon BBQ. The Elaho-Squamish trip, which includes the last four miles (6.5 km) of the Elaho and more than 10 miles (16km) on the Squamish, features the lively Steamroller, Whitedog, Devil’s Elbow, and Cheeseball Rapids.

Daily departures mid June to September 3 at 08:30. Duration 8 hours including transportation from Whistler. 3 hours on the water.

NB – Trip starts from Squamish so you can so this trip on your way up to Whistler from Vancouver.

We have been booking our holiday to Whistler through Frontier Canada for the past 11 years. We have always been impressed with Frontier’s knowledge of British Columbia which has been of great assistance of deciding where to visit and stay!! Whistler has so many attractions especially the infamous bike park which is renowned to be the best in the world. Whistler bike park has variety of green, blue and black trails so whether you a novice or expert it has something for everyone.

Mr Lloyd-Lewis - Travelled to Whistler