Adventure Unlimited: Celebrate Spring in Whistler
Updated March 2020 to reflect mountain operation and event changes.
Guest Photographer: Rachel Barkman
Rachel is a travel photographer based in Vancouver, BC, who enjoys inspiring people to get outdoors and live more sustainably. She can often be found adventuring with her dog, baby and husband around the Lower Mainland.
Ahhh spring, a season of blooms, showers, sunshine and rainbows and in Whistler – unlimited adventure. We don’t mean adventure in only the outdoor sense either, spring is the time to embrace the new and revive your senses. Order something off the menu you haven’t tried before, dance at an outdoor concert to the music of a band you’ve never heard of, hike or bike that trail you’ve been wanting to check off – or, better yet, do it all. That’s the spirit of spring.
Here are a few of our favourite ways to celebrate the season:
Whistler Multisport Days
On Snow and Dirt
The two reigning elements of Whistler outdoor sports exist together in this one, magical, crossover season. Spring skiing / riding on Whistler Mountain is available until May 22, while sightseeing continues. However, the PEAK 2 PEAK is closed for maintenance from April 20 – May 22, opening on May 23 for summer sightseeing, so keep that in mind when you’re planning your mountain adventure.
The Whistler Mountain Bike Park opens on May 15 and more and more cross-country trails are ready to ride by the day. Start your day swishing on soft spring snow and then go get that tacky, spring hero-dirt in the afternoon. Or, if what you really want is to rev through the mud, an ATV or Side x Side UTV tour will hit the spot.
- Spring Mountain Biking in Whistler
- 10 Ways to Play in May: Whistler’s Spring in Whistler
- Insider’s Guide to Rainy Day Activities in Whistler
From the Lakes to the Treetops
There’s no better way to start your day than with a paddle across a lake, watching the mountain reflections ripple with each stroke. You can admire the tree line as you plot which hike to take on later in the day. Many of the shorter walks and hikes in Whistler are clear of snow and ready for exploring. Top it all off by spending time with the trees on another level, ziplining through the forest canopy. There’s a day full of Pacific Northwest fun for ya.
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Calm Greens and Extreme Blues
Have you been dreaming of golf all winter long? Don’t worry, the four award-winning golf courses in Whistler each have opening dates between the end of April and early May. Take a peaceful, early morning tee-time and amp up your afternoon with an activity of a different kind. Get the heart pumping with a 160-foot bungee jump over the aqua blues of the Cheakamus River. Or, if you’d rather get up close and personal with the river, whitewater rafting should do the trick.
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- The Need for Speed: Whistler’s Adrenaline Adventures
Spring Freshness on your Plate
From world-class seafood to locally-loved poutine, fine dining restaurants to places your kids can colour, the Whistler culinary scene has a lot to offer. We take our food seriously and know there’s an art to brunch, après, dessert and everything in between. With local chefs excited about the season, keep an eye out for new creations and special dining events. Spring also means dining specials are abundant, so you can try more – for less! Don’t miss these incredible deals being offered by some of Whistler’s top restaurants.
- Insider’s Guide: Eating with Young Kids in Whistler
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Relax and Revive
Another bonus of spring in Whistler? Its awesomeness is still somewhat of a secret. Which means you’ll find the quieter atmosphere you may be craving for a little R&R. Let any tension melt away in the sauna or hot tub while you watch the clouds weave through the trees, it’s guaranteed to put your mind on vacation mode. Take a yoga class or try the Japanese art of forest-bathing and your mind and body will thank you. We all know how busy summer gets, spring is the season to make time for you.
- Insider’s Guide to Planning your DIY Retreat
- It’s Science: 5 Ways Getting Outside Makes you Healthier
- Yoga in the Mountains: Best Places to Practice in Whistler
Events to Experience
Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival is all about getting outside and learning new things. This is the perfect event to embrace the season and dip your toe outside your comfort zone.
Biking and gourmet food are paired together, during this weekend getaway in Whistler. You’ll ride through the stunning Callaghan Valley and take your taste buds on a journey with executive chef prepared meals and mid-ride morsels, a true adventure for the senses.
Whistler is a runners paradise and with 12 events happening from spring to fall the terrain and distances run the gamut; from fun 5 KM trots to gruelling ultra marathons.
Stay Longer for Less
To take advantage of all the spring activities and offers, you’re going to want more than a weekend. This is a great time of year to extend your stay with good value to be found on everything from accommodation to dining! Start your search.