Now for the really kool part, Whistler may be even
more fun in the summer! This mountain resort has wicked mountain biking
and is only an hour or two from every mountain biker's dream (or
nightmare) the world famous "north shore extreme" area. The mountain
has a phenomenal bike park, which just keeps getting better. Off
mountain, you'll find more trails in the immediate area and dozens and
dozens more within an hour or two south or north of the resort.
A wide variety of trail systems for hikers and
backpackers can be found on the mountain and in the surrounding region.
HIkers can take the Gondola to the top of Whistler and hike to the
mountains glacier. Backpackers can keep going and pack into Garibaldi
Provincial Park, which provides the spectacular backdrop to the ski
resort. Campsites and a hut are available just beyond Singing Pass.
There are several other backcountry camping areas in the park as well.
There are over 3000km of other trails to explore in the surrounding Sea
to Sky corridor.
World class big wall climbing is only a stone's
throw away from Whistler at Squamish. There are well over a thousand
routes in the area. You'll also find some bouldering at the base of the
cliffs and some sport climbing areas along the highway corridor. Ice
climbers will find a number of places to try their skill in the
Lillooet area above the resort during the winter.
Rafters and whitewater enthusiasts haven't been
forgotten, with lots of nearby rapids to be run and plenty of holes to
play in. Several companies will take you rafting on many of the areas
rivers. You can even book a float trip in season to view the world
famous gathering of the Brackendale Eagles.
Whistler has a hostel available for the backpacking
traveler and once again has a campground. There are also excellent
provincial park campsites nearby. The closest is Brandywine Falls just
11km south of the resort. Alice Lake is another popular option just
above Squamish, while Nairn Falls north of the resort is another
option. Be sure to make reservations during high season. As previously
mentioned backcountry campsite are available to backpackers in the
Garibaldi Provincial Park, which provides the spectacular back drop for
Within the resort village and in the surroundings
you'll find every type of accommodation imaginable, from simple condos
to elaborate suites at the Fairmont Whistler. Finally don't forget the
mountain festivals, the races, the concerts, the restaurants and of
course the oh so incredible nightlife. Put this all together and what
have you got? A world class destination any time of year!