Five of the best experiences to enjoy in Whistler outside of winter

24 November 2019

Just over 90 minutes from Vancouver, Whistler is well-known as a winter playground for powder lovers. Snowshoeing, heli-skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling are all on offer during winter, but there are plenty of other reasons to head to Whistler outside of the ski season. Here’s what you can get up to in Whistler in spring, summer and autumn:

Heavenly hiking

Many of Whistler’s hiking trails aren’t open during winter due to being covered in heavy snowfall. If you’re keen to explore Whistler’s waterfalls, forests and meadows, then a springtime or summer visit will delight. For spectacular mountain views, ride the incredible PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, then head off on one of the nearby trails to discover nature at its finest.

Soothing spa sessions

Open all year round, Whistler’s Finnish-style open-air baths are the perfect way to relax tired muscles after a day of exploring Whistler on foot or bike. Begin your experience with a eucalyptus steam bath or head into the wood burning sauna to loosen up your muscles. If you’re brave, choose to get your circulation pumping with a quick plunge in a cold bath or Nordic waterfall. Afterwards, kick back by the outdoor fireplace or book in for a relaxing massage treatment.

Bear safaris

One of the highlights of visiting Canada outside of winter is grabbing the opportunity to see bears in the wild. Book in with a local tour operator to head off in a 4X4 in search of the black bears that call Whistler home. Running from April/May to September/October, bear season sees the famous mammals and their cubs finally emerge from their winter hibernation period. Along the way you’ll also get the chance to view other wildlife such as deer, hawks, marmot and grouse.

Beer time

Home to a flourishing craft beer scene, Whistler’s breweries, ale houses, tap rooms and pubs provide a good counterbalance to all the outdoors activities on offer in summer, spring and autumn. After a day of hiking in the sunshine in spring or summer, sit outdoors on the patio of a brewhouse with a craft lager in hand and in autumn, warm yourself by the fireplace of a cosy pub with a locally-brewed dark ale. 

Mountain biking

Whistler is a paradise for mountain bikers. Whether you want to do a quick ride or hire a bike for a full week of pedal-powered adventures, the on-site demo centre has a huge fleet of downhill bikes, trail bikes, valley bikes and even e-bikes for visitors who need a bit of electric assistance. If you’re not a confident rider or are travelling with kids, the bike school has private and group lessons for most ages and abilities, covering everything from the basics to pulling off complicated jumps and manoeuvres.


To learn more about travel experiences Canada, take a look at our Canada Destination Guide or get in touch with your local Travel Counsellor. Need a Travel Counsellor of your own? Find one by clicking HERE.

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