There are so many fun and exciting Whistler summer activities. I was surprised too – it’s not just a place to ski! We visited Whistler in June as part of our epic family adventure in Canada.
We may have two mini-explorers (9 months old and two years old at the time), but thankfully that doesn’t mean that we’re confined to soft play and museums. Whether you’re visiting Whistler with kids or without, there are loads of amazing things to do.
Whistler Summer Activities
We went on a three-hour jeep safari with Canadian Wilderness Adventures. We drove past glacier fed rivers and drove up rocky hills and mountains, keeping an eye out for bears and enjoying the incredible views.
We stopped every now and then to play in the snow that was left from winter, to skim stones and to admire the local falls.
Kit slept through a large chunk of it and Nova eventually gave in to the rhythmic rocking too! Although we didn’t spy any bears, we did see some other cute wildlife.
PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola
Not going to lie, this was way scarier than I imagined! We rode the Whistler Gondola as high as we could and then changed over to the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola. It’s a world record-breaking gondola and as the name suggests, goes from one mountain peak to another.
The views are incredible and so beautiful, but wow, is it high! It takes 11 minutes to get from one side to the other. We visited in June and both ways had the gondola carriage to ourselves. If you’re feeling really brave you can opt for a carriage that has a glass floor.
Once you get to the other peak you’ll probably be able to see a marmot. We went in June and there was still lots of snow to play about in too, so it’s especially fun for little ones. There’s a restaurant that offers really good views (obviously depending on whether the clouds are rolling in), so it’s a great chance for a break from the heights.
The Train Wrecks
In the woods in Whistler lie overturned and crushed train wrecks. They’re covered in graffiti and both completely cool and creepy. There’s a chill in the atmosphere and it feels surreal to see such beastly carriages thrown across the ground. Rumour has it they’ve been there since the 1950s.
You’ll need to walk about 30/45minutes to reach them and depending which route you choose, you’ll need to cross a suspension bridge. You probably could take a buggy, but I’d recommend using a baby carrier if you’re travelling with a little one. My two-year old managed the walk on the way there, but needed a carry for part of the walk back.
You can walk round Lost Lake in no time at all. We went around twice and were pushing a double buggy. It’s a pretty area that wasn’t too busy when we went in June. You’ll find a jetty at one end, so if lake swimming is your thing go for it.
Nova was more than happy to spend his time splashing in puddles, skimming stones and chasing the geese.
Parking can be a bit tricky, so if you’re staying near by leave the car.
The snow may leave the mountains, but the fun doesn’t! In the summer in Whistler you can bike down the ski tracks. There are routes for experienced bikers, newbies and even little toddlers! You can easily hire bikes and equipment from Whistler village (Whistler Village Map).
We stayed in Evolution in Whistler Creekside for our trip and it was such good value for the size of our family apartment. Creekside is the original base of Whistler Mountain and site of the first gondola. It’s a laid-back place situated 7 kilometres south of Whistler Village. Accommodation is often a little cheaper in Creekside and it has its own little hub of restaurants. Try Southside Diner for tasty comfort food and Creekbread for fresh pizzas with good service.
If you have a bit more time to play with or you want a stop to break your journey up, Shannon Falls are worth a look. It’s a very easy 10-minute walk from the car park, so perfect for a quick stretch or if like us you’ve got young ones. Brandywine Falls are another similar option.