The Best Outdoor Activities to Do in Whistler, Canada

The entire family can get in on the outdoor fun in Whistler
The entire family can get in on the outdoor fun in Whistler | © Chris Cheadle / Alamy Stock Photo
In addition to skiing and hiking, Whistler is full of activities. Typically Canadian, the area is very seasonal, so as the snow melts, residents and visitors alike prepare for their next adventure. Climbers replace snowboarders, but dedicated snow enthusiasts will migrate to the glacier for some summertime winter.

There are few places like Whistler, with so many outdoor adventures available. Some are free, while others are guided or managed. Weather is always a factor in the mountains, with it changing quickly at higher elevations.

Mountain biking

Explore the Whistler Blackcomb resort via mountain bike during the summer | © mikecranephotography.com / Alamy Stock Photo

Whistler is almost as much a mountain bike destination as a ski resort. Tracks have been set throughout the area, with the marked and rated trails with direct lift access. There are lessons, rental equipment and coaches, as well as specific kids’ areas.

Mountain sightseeing

The main gondolas and Peak 2 Peak Gondola, connecting Whistler and Blackcomb, run year-round. Taking a sightseeing ride up the mountains is one of the most popular attractions in Whistler and attracts people of all ages. Because of the resort’s size, it tends not to feel crowded even on busy summer days.

Boating

Alta Lake is perfect for a family day out | © David Buzzard / Alamy Stock Photo

Small boats, kayaks and canoes are available to rent at Alta Lake, within the municipality of Whistler. The warm water is ideal for swimming, and its calmness makes it perfect for children. Summer days are long and can be very hot, making a day on the water relaxing and enjoyable.

Golf

Whistler is also a golfer’s paradise | © David Buzzard / Alamy Stock Photo

Over the years, Whistler has become a major golf destination, complete with three golf courses close to the village and another in Pemberton. Whistler hosts major tournaments, and the season stretches from late April to late October – this is especially good in a mountain region.

Disc golf

For an afternoon of fun, there are two disc-golf courses north and south of the village. The course in the Olympic Park has nine “holes” and weaves through the trees (which means looking for your disc). This fun activity is free, but if you don’t have discs (frisbees), they are available for purchase in the village.

Road biking

There are plenty of opportunities for road biking in Whistler, too | © mikecranephotography.com / Alamy Stock Photo

Some serious cyclists will bike all the way from Vancouver, but once in the resort area, there are numerous paved routes for biking. Going north of Whistler and past Pemberton offers less traffic and serious elevation gain for those who want to push harder. Families often choose to cycle around the Olympic Village area or Alta Lake.