GO Fest - Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival

May 15 - 18, 2015

May is the month when summer and winter meet, where sliding on snow, golfing, bike riding and water sports can all be enjoyed on a single day. GO Fest returns on the Victoria Day Long Weekend, with four days of events to welcome warmer months and get everyone out and enjoying Whistler’s great outdoors. Be sure to book accommodation early to enjoy this fantastic long weekend.

Event Schedule* for GO Fest 2015

Returning for the second year, the festival is full of events that encourage everyone to participate or watch. Check back for more information as it becomes available.

GO Fest 2015 Events

May 15 - 17, 2015

Various Times WFF Adventure Film Series
Featuring a selection of the world's best independent outdoor adventure films from extreme sport to activism through adventure, the WFF Adventure Film Series, produced by the Whistler Film Festival, includes a 20-film lineup from five countries. The series is programmed in eight screenings over three days. Sailing, Surfing, Climbing, Mountain Climbing, Freeskiing, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Ultra Marathon Running and Paddling are among some of the series' film themes. All films are Whistler premieres, family friendly and rated G (General) or PG (Parental Guidance).
Various Times TaG CYCLING Whistler Long Course Triathlon Training Camp
Receive race specific bike training on the Whistler Long Course Triathlon Course from coaches who have competed at the highest level of cycling. Whether or not you are training for a Triathlon, this is an opportunity to ride faster and more efficiently in a fully supported camp environment.
Whistler Valley
Open Daily Sacred Headwaters - Exhibit and Artist Talks
This exhibit includes photography from landscape photographer Paul Colangelo and artwork from First Nations and BC community members. The show aims to bring people together to learn about the fight to keep resource development in the area ethical and safe. It is a visual celebration of a breathtakingly beautiful and important land – one that not only supports an intricate and rich ecology, but also provides home, life and livelihood to everyone in the area.
Millennium Place

May 15 & 16, 2015

Various Times GO FISH
Free demos and instructional session led by fly casting instructor, Aaron Goodis. Goodis is certified through the Federation of Fly Fishers and is on the pro staff for Rajeff Sports, G-Loomis and Airflo.

May 16 & 17, 2015

Various Times DiscGO Disc Golf Tournament
The Whistler Disc Golf Course will play host to DiscGO, a three-round disc golf tournament, drawing intermediate, advanced and pro level players to vie for cash prizes.
Whistler Disc Golf Course

Friday May 15, 2015

Paddle boarding and BBQ combo at the Nita Lake Lodge. Sold day of, first come, first served. Demo times will be based on demand. GO Stand Up Paddle boarding (SUP) on Nita Lake with demos and trial sessions from local SUP manufacturer, Beaver Boards. SUP is the fastest-growing water sport worldwide and Nita Lake in Whistler's Creekside is perfect for both recreational waterwalkers and adventure SUP racers. All participants who GO SUP will also enjoy a delicious lakeside BBQ from Nita Lake Lodge.
Nita Lake, Creekside
Time TBC GO Fest Concert Experience
Because there's no better way to end a day in the mountains than with a free concert right in the middle of town.
Whistler Village Square

Saturday May 16, 2015

8:00 AM GO Enduro
This mountain bike race features three timed downhill stages in Whistler Mountain Bike Park as well as two liaison stages of uphill or cross country sections GO Enduro will challenge riders' technical bike handling skills and test their endurance.
Whistler Bike Trails
Time TBC GO Sail Regatta
There is no better backdrop to the perfect wind than the towering mountains surrounding Whistler's Alta Lake. Presented by the Whistler Sailing Association, we hope you'll join us for a one-of-a-kind regatta in one of Whistler's most beautiful venues!
Alta Lake
Time TBC GO Fest Concert Experience
Because there's no better way to end a day in the mountains than with a free concert right in the middle of town.
Whistler Village Square

Sunday May 17, 2015

Time TBC The Great Snow-Earth-Water Race
This multisport, team relay features six timed stages starting with ski/snowboard touring and downhill skiing/snowboarding on Whistler Blackcomb, downhill mountain biking in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park from the snow line to the valley, running, canoeing through the River of Golden Dreams, and finishing with cross country biking.
Around Whistler
Opening 10 AM The Whistler Farmers' Market Street Party
The markets are having a party to celebrate the first market of the season! Featuring Upper Village shops, artists, strolling musicians and street entertainers. Lots of fun and activities for families and children! Check out artisan foods, live cooking demos by Whistler chefs, local artists, musicians and face painting.
Upper Village Stroll
Time TBC GO Fest Kids Daycamp
Details to be released shortly.
Myrtle Phillips School
Time TBC GO Golf
Details to be released shortly.
Whistler Golf Club Driving Range
Time TBC GO Fest Concert Experience
Because there's no better way to end a day in the mountains than with a free concert right in the middle of town.
Whistler Village Square

Monday May 18, 2015

Time TBC The Great Cheakamus River Extreme Kayak Race
The legendary Cheakamus River is synonymous with Whistler kayaking. Class 4+ above kayakers can test their skills in two stages. The first is a down river race where each kayaker is timed individually, the second stage, King of the River, will consist of "head to head" knockout races through a 100m–200m section of the hardest rapids in the river.
Cheakamus River
1:00 PM The Great Slush Cup
It wouldn't be spring at Whistler Blackcomb without some slush pit action! The Great Slush Cup will challenge competitors to dress to impress and employ all the style and skill they can muster in their attempts to clear the massive slush pit. This fun event will be free for all participants skiing and riding that day and registration will take place at the event.
Whistler Mountain
Time TBC GO Fest Concert Experience
Because there's no better way to end a day in the mountains than with a free concert right in the middle of town.
Whistler Village Square

Dates TBC

Time TBC Painting the Peaks - Whistler - Plein Air-Artist Viewings
Experience the adventurous spirit of outdoor artists, who represent a tradition going back to the historic "Group of Seven" painters. White Dog Whistler Studio Gallery artists will take their brushes, canvases, sculpting tools and easels to some of the stunning vistas around Whistler area, sharing their passion as they take you along an interactive adventure through the process of art creation. There are 3 locations to view the art making process, all free!
Nita Lake Lodge, Riverside Resort, and Scandinave Spa
Time TBC The North Face Whistler Half Marathon Run Clinic
Enjoy a professionally coached run session followed by sport specific education in the area of nutrition post run recovery. Participants of all calibres are welcome and can choose from a 21km intermediate, a 19km beginner, a 13km advanced or an 11km beginner run.
The North Face Store, Whistler Village
Time TBC Helly Hansen GO Trail Running – Comfortably Numb Training
Helly Hansen kicks off their summer season Trail Running Series for the Comfortably Numb Trail Running Race at GO Fest. This 5K training session will get the body and the mind warmed up for trail running season. The run begins at Lost Lake for a loop and back style trail run that includes a small stretch of the finish for the HH Comfortably Numb Trail Running Race. The run will take approximately 45min-1 hour, and is free to participate and open to all ability levels. Participants with their 2015 WORCA Trail Pass will be eligible to win a prize.
Lost Lake Trails

*Schedule subject to change.

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The Canoe Leg of the Great Snow Earth Water Race

Whistler's Great Snow Earth and Water Race Returns For GO Fest

One of Whistler's most beloved team events was revived for GO Fest 2014, so what better time for the Whistler Insider to look back at it's history.

Dining During Whistler Film Festival

Eating Out in Whistler
Our Dining and Restaurant Guide

Whether you're taking part or just spectating, you'll be working up an appetite in our great outdoors. Luckily, our restaurants have got you covered.

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Photos and Video of GO Fest 2014