Four Days of Fun in Whistler
Four Days of Fun in Whistler
Posted on May 30, 2022
Whistler is one of the most exciting towns to visit during Summer in BC. You have biking and hiking on Whistler Blackcomb, paddleboarding on four different lakes, ATVing, fine dining, ziplining and much more. So how can you fit all these amazing experiences in on your trip? Our guide to four days of fun in Whistler will give you the perfect itinerary for your next Whistler vacation.
Four Days of Fun for a Couple
You have arrived at Whistler and checked in your bags, it’s time to kick off your amazing weekend with a delicious Cocktail at The Old Spaghetti Factory. If you are feeling hungry as well, they also provide delicious sharing plates as well as mains. Now that you are in complete holiday mode after a few cocktails and some food, indulge your sweet tooth at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Their True North boxes have an amazing assortment or if you are looking for a more traditional dessert, their ice cream is one of the best on the stroll.
We are extremely lucky to be located at the foot of the mountains as it makes for some amazing picnic spots, especially with all the lakes spread across Whistler. Take advantage of this today and contact Picnic Whistler for a pre-made picnic for you to enjoy as you enjoy the sunshine. If you prefer to earn your treats you can hike up Whistler Blackcomb from the base of Blackcomb Mountain by taking the Ascent Trail, a 6km trail that leads you to the Rendezvous Restaurant on Blackcomb Mountain. The best thing about this hike is that you can catch the Peak 2 Peak over to Whistler Mountain and download into Whistler Village.
Holidaying is all about experiencing something new, so why not try your hand at a new activity while visiting Whistler? Best known for its downhill mountain biking in the Summer, Whistler Blackcomb offers deals that include a lift pass, rentals, and a bike coach for the day. If you are looking to try something a bit more relaxing, you can get out on the water and give sailing a go. Located on Alta Lake, the Whistler Sailing Club offers courses and boat rentals for those looking to get out on the water.
You deserve to rest after a day either in the Whistler Bike Park or sailing on Alta Lake. The Scandinave Spa is Whistler’s most relaxing activity on offer. It is home to cold plunge pools, steam rooms, eucalyptus rooms, relaxation areas as well as private and couples’ massages. You can also take advantage of your hotel’s pool; the Crystal Lodge has a heated pool year-round so you can always go for a dip.
There are many waterfalls to explore in the Sea to Sky region, our favourite waterfalls to recommend are Brandywine, Nairn Falls and Alexander Falls which are easily accessible on your way home.
15 minutes south of Whistler is the amazing Brandywine Falls which you can easily access from Highway 99. From the car park, the viewing point for the waterfall is an easy 10-minute walk which is dog friendly. After taking photos here, you can continue south for another 5 minutes to Alexander Falls. The viewing point for this waterfall is at the car park, so there is no need to hike to capture your Instagram-worthy photos. If you are on your way North, Nair Falls is a must-see stop. Either pull off the Sea to Sky Highway on the way to Pemberton to see the waterfall from the road or you can park at One Mile Lake and hike in.
Four Days of Fun for Buddies
Once you have arrived in Whistler with your buddies, pull up a seat at one of the best patios on the Whistler Village Stroll, the Beacon Pub and Eatery. It is located in the center of the Whistler Village and will give you Whistler’s true local atmosphere. The pub has a flavorful menu that will fuel you and your group up, ready for a weekend of adventure.
Feel like an eagle soaring through the air as you take the plunge at the Whistler Bungee. Jumping off the bridge over the running river below, you will feel the wind in your hair as you squeal with excitement. They have a photo service as well to capture every moment, it will be an unforgettable memory with your buddies as you take on one of the most exciting experiences Whistler has.
Reward your courage at one of Whistler’s breweries on the way back into town. Our favourite is Coast Mountain Brewing, located in Function Junction with an always rotating tap and their famous stand-out beers like the Hope You’re Happy IPA.
Set up for a day at Rainbow Park, a local favourite spot in summer to hang out by the lake. The park has a large grass area for you to set up on as well as three full-size beach volleyball courts free for the public to use. Rainbow Park leads onto Alta Lake making it the perfect spot to launch your Stand-up-paddle from. It is also the start of the River of Golden Dreams, a slow-moving river that leads out to Green Lake. Alta Lake is fed from the Glacier on Whistler Blackcomb which is why the water gives off such a beautiful greeny blue reflection when the sun hits it just right.
Located a 50-minute drive north of the Crystal Lodge, Joffre Lakes is one of the most picturesque lakes in BC. It is made up of three different lakes that have their own characteristics and beauty surrounded by epic glaciers. The hike from the car park joins all the viewpoints together and is a relatively easy hike, however, we recommend enclosed shoes, water and snacks as it can get very hot when visiting in the Summer.
If you are feeling hungry after your hike, stop in at Mile One Eating House in Pemberton. A small local restaurant that only uses local and organic ingredients to make one of the best burgers in all of the Sea to Sky Region.
If you are a keen golfer, you must play Nicklaus North Golf Course. The course design comes from legend golfer Jack Nicklaus which will put your skills to the test. It is also home to one of the best patios in all of Whistler, Table Nineteen. We know that sometimes the weather doesn’t always agree with us up in the mountains, so if you are looking for an indoor activity to do with your friends on the last day, Forged Axe Throwing is a great experience, especially for those who have never thrown an axe before.
Four Days of Fun for Families
There are a lot of local shops on the Whistler Village Stroll, we recommend exploring around Whistler Village first so you can orientate yourself with where all the amazing restaurants and activities are. One of the must-see specialty shops is Purebred, an amazing bakery that started in Whistler making bread and now has a large selection of pastries and sweets. COWS ice cream shop is also a great option in summer. All kids that visit COWS love it, especially Moonicorn which is one of the most popular flavours for children big and small.
You can’t visit Whistler without taking the gondola up Whistler Blackcomb. The Peak 2 Peak holds the Guinness World Record for the longest unsupported span for a lift of this kind. The unique gondola-styled lift runs between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain and is lifted 436 meters above the valley floor at its highest point. Take in thrilling and beautiful views from the silver gondola that has a glass floor, don’t worry if you can’t get into this one as all of the gondolas offer 360 panoramic views of the valley. The Peak Chair is the highest chair lift on Whistler Blackcomb, it also gives you access to the Cloudraker Skybridge, a suspension-style bridge that boasts views of the snow-covered mountain tops surrounding Whistler.
Take advantage of the beautiful coastal rainforest that surrounds us here in Whistler. Ziptrek Eco Tours is a good choice to get lost in the rainforest without actually getting lost. It is one of the best activities for families as it has a few choices for different adventures. They offer an Eagle Tour that has longer and faster zip lines and a Bear Tour that is more suitable for those with younger families or those who are taking this adrenaline-fueled activity slowly. Lost Lake Loop is another option if you and your family would like to keep your feet on the ground. It is a short 5km round trip hiking trail that is easy to hike with Kids and loops around the very popular Lost Lake.
Whistler has four beautiful lakes that are suitable for water activities such as canoeing and stand-up paddleboarding. Our pick for families is Lakeside Park which leads into Alta lake. There is a rental shop that offers hourly rentals for paddleboards, canoes and kayaks as well as selling drinks and ice blocks. There is parking available at Lakeside Park, however, it is small, so we do recommend biking or walking down the Valley Trail to save yourself the hassle of finding a park.
During your time visiting Whistler, you might be lucky enough to see some of the native wildlife such as black bears, bobcats, and deer. If you want to have the best chance of seeing a bear, there are bear-watching tours available that will take you to some great spots for finding bears. Horseback Riding is an amazing experience, especially for kids who have never ridden a horse before. Activities like this are so special to Whistler as they allow you and your family to spend time with wildlife that you wouldn’t usually see in the city.
We hope you enjoyed our recommendations and are inspired to come and experience Whistler. Our friendly Reservations Team are experts in helping our guests create memories that will last a lifetime with the best seasonal promotions. Contact our Reservations Team at [email protected] or 1 800 667 3363 to book your next stay.