This Month in Whistler: The Local’s List for August

Red Bull joyride at Crankworx Whistler

This Month in Whistler: The Local’s List for August

Updated monthly, to keep things fresh.

Whistler is like an onion. Start peeling off the layers of the four seasons, the big happenings and the summer activities (there’s a ton of things to do here in and out of the alpine) and you’ll find a host of ever-changing natural wonders, unique events and interesting things to do. Check out our out-of-the-box ideas for the coming month below.

August 2017

Sweet hairy marmots, are we in August already? Summer is flying by and there’s no better time to pack in those activities before the seasons change. Here is The Local’s List for August:

We’re going to the wild side:

  • Alpine wildflowers are blooming! The trails on Whistler and Blackcomb are out from the snow (including the popular High Note Trail), we’re ready to go up high and hike across alpine meadows to find the blooms.
  • To check out the tiny Western toads, migrating from the lake to the forest at Lost Lake Park. To help the little toadlets make the journey safely some changes to park usage will be in effect – hard to be mad when they are so darn cute! Look, but don’t touch – we can hurt them if we pick them up.
  • We’re keeping an eye on the Whistler skies, with the Perseid meteor shower expected to peak on August 12 – a lakeside dock being the perfect spot from which to wish upon shooting stars…
  • And we’re learning more about Whistler’s bears with resident bear expert Michael Allen, on the mountain no less.

We’re getting active and adventurous:

We’re eating and drinking:

We’re hitting the shops:

We’re expanding our horizons:

We’re trying something NEW:

  • Taking a hike on the complete Blackcomb Ascent Trail, with Little Burn, Big Burn and Heartburn now open.
  • Checking out the newly upgraded Fitzsimmons Bike Skills Park, a great place to take the kids to play on bikes to develop their balance and tech skills. Close by the dirt jumps for the older kids.
  • Zooming from yoga to BBQ with free public transit every weekend going all the way through to September 4
  • Checking our bikes into the free Bike Valet station at the Whistler Farmers’ Market – and the new  Village Bike Valet Saturday August 5, 12, 19, 26 and September 2 at the Whistler Public Library.
  • Trying a Great Canadian E-Bike Adventure with Canadian Wilderness Adventures on their private Callaghan Valley trail network. Includes axe throwing!!
  • And getting ready for Cornucopia early this year, with tickets on sale now – no last minute ticket purchases and missing out on dinners!

We’re checking out these events:

We’re definitely not forgetting:

Monday is just the start of another adventure-filled week.☀️ #OnlyInWhistler Photo: @JustaJeskova

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Well, there you have it – a short list with the flavours of the month in Whistler. There’s a ton more to discover. Get out there and giv’r.


Pip Campbell

Pip Campbell

Pip has somehow worked her way around from being a snow-and-bike bum to holding a real job while also being outdoors as much as possible. She’s collected scars, bikes for (almost) every occasion, a small trail dog and a love of craft beer plus a rudimentary understanding of skiing, snowboarding, sketching, and the art of chairlift conversations. She currently believes a combination of gravity, snow, dirt and rad people are what make Whistler tick but investigations are ongoing.