Most people associate Whistler as a winter destination, but truth be told, there are things to do there all year round. There are a few months left of ski season, making it a hot go-to place for locals and visitors right now. When the snow melts, an entirely different world is exposed from beneath the cool, white blanket that we love so much.
Cool down in Lost Lake and enjoy the view of Whistler Mountain — Photo courtesy of KWDesigns (Flickr)
Whistler Blackcomb's ski runs turn into downhill BMX runs after the snow has melted. Avid bikers step into their gear and fearlessly ride down the trails, sometimes showing off their skillful tricks. For those that prefer smoother rides that involve less mud and more leisure, there are many other groomed cycling trails where you can enjoy the wonderful views.
Golfing is another big thing in Whistler, and you can play a round at any of the courses in and around Whistler. There are quite a few courses to choose from, but some good ones to start with are Whistler Golf Course, Big Sky Golf and Country Club, and the luxurious Fairmont Chateau Whislter Golf Club.
British Columbia is well known for its fresh seafood and abundant salmon run, and fishing is just another thing you can add to your to-do list while you're in town. If you're feeling adventurous, you can get your own rods, buy a fishing license and take your luck along one of the rivers, but do make sure to exercise caution because the river currents can get quite strong. And, always make sure to go with people. Guided fishing tours are perhaps a better way of doing it if you're new to the Whistler area and are not an avid fisherman, or fisherwoman. Valley Fishing Guides LTD in Brackendale is a short drive away from Whistler and will lead you in the right direction and take you under their wing while you go fishing. You will actually drive right through Brackendale on your way from Vancouver to Whistler, so you could just stop there if fishing is what you're after.
River fishing around Whistler — Photo courtesy of Banspy (Flickr)
Whistler is surrounded by lakes and rivers, which is perfect for those hot summer days when you need to cool off from the scorching heat. Plan an exhilarating white water rapid adventure with Wedge Rafting. Beginners need not fear, all levels are welcome!
Whistler Blackcomb ski slopes — Photo courtesy of Radio Nederland Wereldomroep (Flickr)
After the summer has decided to pack its bags and let winter fall again, skiing isn't the only thing on the agenda in Whistler. The Coca-Cola Tube Park is fun for both kids and adults because there are eight different lanes to choose from and a special area for the little ones in your group. This isn't like the tubing you grew up doing as a kid, where walking up the hill took up most of your time, there's a conveyor belt that drags you back up the hill. After you've spent a few hours zooming down the hills, a sleigh ride with Blackcomb Sleigh Rides is s delightful way to relax. Enjoy being taken through the winter wonderland forests and warming up with a hot chocolate. Cross country skiing, snowboarding, heli-skiing and snowmobiles are just a few of the other things you can do in Whistler during those snowy months.
Next time you're in Vancouver and looking for a little reprieve from the city, jump in a car to Whistler and take advantage of the year-round activities that can be done. Another added bonus is that if you don't have a car, there are a few different bus companies that offer return and one-way rides from Vancouver to Whistler for very reasonable prices.