Canoeing on Nita Lake on a crystal clear day.

It’s what we’ve all been waiting for – the return of summer. If you haven’t already, check out our first webisode – an epic homage to everything awesome that is summer in Whistler – in an ongoing series showcasing Whistler’s wild side.

Summer cannot simply be described in Whistler – it must be lived. Summer isn’t about checklists, but more about living in the moment and embracing all that surrounds you – which happens to be a lot of here in Whistler. We admit that we are completely spoiled by this beautiful place we call home. Itching to know about all the breathtaking spots in the video? Read on my friend, we’ll walk you through it and provide you with the ultimate inside scoop for Whistler summer fun.

The Return of Summer: Where and How

Canoeing was done on Nita Lake with a rental from Backroads Whistler. There is even a tiny island on Nita Lake if you can dock your canoe gently. Nita has amazing fishing and is one of the quietest and coldest lakes around – not the best for swimming but certainly the best for tranquility.

Nicklaus North Golf Course is home to those perfectly manicured greens we see in the video. Some of the best views of Whistler Blackcomb and Green Lake lie on the fairway of Nicklaus North. PS, they have one of Whistler’s best brunch menus.

Brandywine Falls, worth the stop. Just south of Whistler you’ll find one epic waterfall. The massive drop, the rushing water, and the fresh mist are viewed best in the morning light. An absolute must when visiting our little slice of heaven.

Riding a wooden feature on a Whistler cross country bike trail.

Bikes, bikes, bikes. It wouldn’t be summer in Whistler without some fun on two wheels.

Bikes galore! Whistler in the summer wouldn’t be the same without the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Get rowdy on A-Line, cheer on the Crankworx chaos or simply give it a go for the first time, the bike park’s always ready for riding. The dirt jumps are located in the village across from Parking Lot Four and are free, and there are plenty of free cross country trails surrounding the village. For the bike that goes brapppppp, well that was at the Pemberton MX track just down the road.

The Adventure Group, or “TAG” as we call it, is home to a collection of outdoor adrenaline-infused fun. Superfly Ziplines soar across the Cougar Mountain valley. Rip off road side-by-sides in the mud. We did it all and the results are in, they all rock.

The Callaghan is best explored via ATV. With exclusive access to this area, Canadian Wilderness Adventures can take you places you’ve only dreamed of, or maybe only seen in this video.

Lost Lake is the ultimate hanging place for slacklining, fishing, lake hangs and dock dives. Triple hammock hanging location was at Loggers Lake accessed from the Cheakamus walking trails. This once lava filled crater is a pretty cool place to go for a dip or wander.

Hiking the Cheakamus trails in Whistler valley.

Hiking aplenty. Reconnect with nature by spending the day hiking one of Whistler’s many trails.

Mellow summer hiking spots include the famous Cheakamus Lake and the not-so-known, short but rewarding hike to Rainbow Falls. Access Rainbow Falls via the Rainbow Flank Trail by sticking close to the river.

Whistler is awesome from the ground, but it’s even better from the sky. Blackcomb Helicopters gives bumps to some pretty amazing places and even offers scenic tours to boot. Check out the details on our Instagram or Facebook pages for a chance to win a heli of a time from Blackcomb Helicopters.

Amazing views of Whistler seen from the Blackcomb Helicopters tour.

The sky’s the limit. Take a tour with Blackcomb Helicopters to see Whistler from above.

Après. Après. Après. Longhorn patio is where it’s at, literally in the video that’s where it’s at, but also daily.

Whistler Bungee. Oh. So. Much. Fun.

Whistler Olympic Plaza keeps the village moving and shaking with the Outdoor Concert Series that spans the summer and into the fall. It’s possibly the best way to unwind after a big day filled with mountain adventure.

Yeah, it’s summer, but you saw a tidbit of skiing in there, didn’t you? Well, there is a wee bit of skiing that happens in early summer here in Whistler on the Blackcomb Glacier. We might just leak a little something and say that we may or may not be up there later this month for a pretty epic film project with Beacon Media Group, keep your eyes out summer shredders!

Questions? More details? Find us on social media and we’ll fill you in on what’s happening, where to be and where we’ve been going in Whistler. Oh, and did we mention that you could win a pretty epic helicopter experience from Blackcomb Helicopters? Yup, that’s on our social accounts too. What are you waiting for? Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.


Feature Image: Ryan Harris – Beacon Media Group

Abby Cooper

A lover of all things outdoors, Abby Cooper is a splitboarder, hiker, adventurer, year-round snow seeker, photographer and writer.