Planning a family vacation to Whistler, Canada and looking for some adventure? Here is our favorite list of things to do in Whistler this summer, Whistler hotels, and where to eat in Whistler!
Whistler Summer Activities
Whistler is more than a winter sports park. There is so much to do once the snow melts! Check out our favorite Whistler summer activities to keep the whole family busy and happy!
Canoeing the River of Golden Dreams
This canoe trip from lake to lake has been voted the #1 thing to do in Whistler by those in the know: Locals!
Canadian Wilderness Adventures leads canoe tours through the River of Golden Dreams for families or groups. A friendly, experienced guide will lead you from Alta Lake through Lilipond Lane, under bridges, and down to Meadow Park. You’ll be able to gaze at Rainbow Mountain on your way and learn everything you want to know about the area!
Some companies will allow people to rent canoes for a self-guided tour down Alta Lake, but we really suggest using a guide. The lake can get rough depending on the time of year, and a guide will help teach you to stay out of the brush and will know when or if you need to portage the canoe.
Canadian Wilderness Adventure Canoe Tour: 3 hours, $109/ Adults $39/kids
You’re bound to do a lot of intense outdoor activities while in Whistler, so this is our suggestion of how to relax!
Just outside of Whistler Village, the Scandinave Spa is a traditional Scandinavian hydrotherapy bath. Here you can sit in hot and cold pools, visit one of the many saunas and steam rooms, and relax in their public yoga studio, on a hammock, or around a fire pit.
You’re given instructions on how to use the facilities for maximum benefit: 10-15 minutes in a hot pool, then a 10-20 sec. plunge in the cold pool, followed by 10-15 minutes of relaxing. Scandinave Spa recommends repeating this cycle 2-3 times for maximum benefit, so plan an entire morning here!
Scandinave Spa’s focus is on helping relax and rejuvenate your body and spirit, so it is a cell phone- and talk-free area. No electronics allowed past the dressing rooms, and silence when you’re enjoying the pools. It takes a little while to get used to, but it’s amazing to detox!
Scandinave Spa Baths: Opens at 10:00 am, $70/Adult (+ $13 robe fee)
This is one of the main things to do in Whistler in summer! No matter where you’re staying in Whistler or Whistler Village you’ll see mountain bikers walking or riding their bikes back and forth to the bike park.
Whistler Bike Park is actually the #1 lift accessed downhill mountain bike park in the world! It features tons of different routes in varying degrees of difficulty which every skill level can enjoy and brag about.
You’ll want to spend at least one full day at Whistler Bike Park, but week and season long tickets are also available. They even rent bikes and armor if you don’t want to fly with your own, and give classes and host a kid’s camp so even novices in the family can mountain bike together!
Whistler Bike Park: Open Daily 10:00 am – 8:00 pm, Daily passes $73/ Adult $41/ Child
Canadian Wilderness Adventures leads a 2-hour ATV tour to Blackcomb Mountain for beginners and families. The ATVs can seat two, but any adult who is interested in riding can have their own. The guides take all riders (experienced or not) through a teaching course to make sure everyone involved can be safe and have fun on the trail.
After your ATV lesson the guides lead you up a manicured dirt road along Blackcomb mountain. The ride features some of the most stunning views of Whistler Village and the surrounding mountains, as well as the 2010 Winter Olympics bobsled course and the Peak 2 Peak gondola.
The Canadian Wilderness Adventures guides are all really friendly, knowledgable, and helpful. Tell them in advance if you want to stop for photos or have other special requests and they’ll do their best to accommodate!
Canadian Wilderness Adventures ATV Tours: $135/ Driver, $95/ Passenger, Kids under 12 FREE with paying adult
Peak 2 Peak Gondola
The Peak 2 Peak Gondola in Whistler is more than just a gondola ride!
You first take the Whistler Village Gondola to the Peak 2 Peak base on Whistler Mountain. From there you can take a chairlift to the saddle of two Whistler mountain peaks, which gives you access to hiking trails, lookout spots, and a death-defying walk across a suspension bridge. The bridge was set to open for the season within days of our visit, and it hurts that we barely missed it!
After visiting the Whistler peak and suspension bridge, head back down the chairlift (enjoying the most beautiful views of the mountain and Whistler on your way down) to the Peak 2 Peak base and ride the famous gondola across the canyon to Blackcomb mountain. Before getting on the gondola take advantage of their glass viewing area to check out the engineering behind the gondola!
You can choose to wait for a special glass-bottomed gondola, which gives you incredible views of the canyon and river flowing underneath you. What makes this gondola record-breaking is it’s length, and the glass-bottom cars are the best way to enjoy the breadth of space in a safe, adventurous way!
If you want to extend your day on the mountain use the gondola base access as the starting point to many fun hiking and running trails! Just bring a jacket, it can get chilly when you’re up so high!
Peak 2 Peak Gondola: $58/ Adults, $51/ Youth, $29/ Child, 6 and under FREE
The Tree Top tour from ZipTrek is one everyone in the whole family can enjoy. It’s a low-key activity that involved walking from platform to platform around the canopy of the Western Coastal Rain forest.
While walking through the rain forest an experienced guide will tell you tons of interesting facts about the British Columbia rain forest, and you also get to watch ZipTrek zip lining tours take off around you!
If you’re crew is old enough to enjoy more adrenaline activities, consider booking your own zip lining adventure with ZipTrek, instead! ZipTrek is the only company which offers trips across Sasquatch, the longest zip line in Canada or the USA!
Whistler ZipTrek TreeTrek Tour: $49/ Adult $39/ Youth
RAZR Tour with TAG Whistler
This is our top pick if you’re looking for adventure! No experience necessary, but it definitely helps!
A bus will drive you 10 minutes away to TAG Whistler’s base camp on Cougar Mountain. From there you get outfitted with helmets and goggles, as well as optional pants, boots, and jackets (to protect your own clothes and shoes). A guide will lead you through a moderately technical RZR trail for 1.5 hours, including a couple of scenic stops for pictures.
While this ride can be done as a beginner, just know that it gets intense and you’re exposed to the elements on your drive (it was raining and cold for us!) Enter with caution, but be prepared for an amazing, wild ride!
TAG Whistler RZR Tour: $229/RZR
Escape Room with Escape! Whistler
Escape! Whistler offers four different escape rooms with varying levels of general success for all age groups.
We tried the Pirate Ship escape room with our 5-year-old, which turned out to be the highlight of his week! The room was really convincingly decorated and the clues were decently challenging. We solved the room in just over their allotted 45 minutes, which they said we should still be proud of!
We had never been to an escape room before, but now we’re addicted. It was a great, unusual family activity while on vacation!
Escape! Whistler: $30/ participant
There are a lot of hotels in Whistler, Canada with different amenities and benefits, but we have 2 favorites we know you’ll love, too!
Sundial Boutique Hotel Whistler
The Sundial is your best option to play hard and relax hard. It’s the closest Whistler hotel to the Whistler Bike Park, and only steps away from the Whistler adventure tours booking hub. Room TVs are equipped with a live feed from the Whistler Bike Park loading zone, you can rent a GoPro for free, and your reservation even includes a bike rental!
Not only does the Sundial Hotel fit your adventure needs, it also offers premium relaxation services. Aveda skin care products and heated floors make for a rejuvenating shower, valet parking and bike storage is available, and book one of their rooftop suites to access a PRIVATE hot tub with views of the mountains and bike park!
Crystal Lodge and Suites
In the heart of Whistler Village, the Crystal Lodge and Suites is perfect for the whole family. The hotel offers loft suites which include a full kitchen and pull-out couch on the main level with stairs leading up to a private bedroom and separate bathroom on the upper level. If you’re bringing the whole brood to Whistler Crystal Lodge is a great place to be able to spread out!
The Crystal Lodge offers many direct exits into Whistler Village. You can visit the shops and restaurants available really easily, and have stunning views of the buildings and crowds from the room balcony.
If you’re interested in experiencing Whistler Village up close and personal you’ll love staying at the Crystal Lodge and Suites!
If you’re considering a stay at the Crystal Lodge and Suites read our thorough review of the hotel, shops, and restaurants >HERE<
Where to Eat in Whistler this Summer
No vacation village would be complete without incredible food. I’ll be honest, Whistler restaurants are some of the best we’ve ever been to! If you’re looking for even more places to eat in Whistler, check out our in-depth article on food in Whistler >HERE<!
Hot Buns Bakery
If you’re looking to get out right away head to Hot Buns Bakery for breakfast. The fresh croissants are amazing, and the crepes are made to order with a combination of white and buckwheat flour, which give them an incredible flavor.
My favorite pick for where to eat in Whistler is Basalt. Located off the street in Whistler Village, be sure to get a table outside on the patio. Don’t worry if it’s a cold night- they provide blankets and overhead heaters to stay cozy!
Start with a team-arranged cheese plate and move on to any of their entrees (I like the lamb confit) for a wonderful evening of eating, relaxing, and people-watching!
The Mexican Corner
If you’re looking for a fun summer vibe go for the Mexican Corner! Located on the outside of the Sundial Hotel, the Mexican Corner was started by a native Mexican. He brought his favorite dishes and colorful Mexican artwork to Whistler!
At the Mexican Corner you’ll find classic dishes with a modern twist. We tried a ton of different items and loved them all! And definitely go for desert. House-made churros are amazing!
There is so much to do in Whistler in summer, it’s become one of our favorite family travel vacation spots! We hope you come to enjoy it as much as we do!