Updated April 2022 with current dates.

Summer, that glorious time of year when we become lake-worshippers, alpine hikers and at one with our bikes. No two months of summer are the same, the outdoor offerings are ruled by the rate of the snowmelt and the rotating roster of events changes the Village vibe from one week to the next. Whatever your dream summer vacation entails you can find it in Whistler, the key is knowing when. Here’s your ultimate planning guide to summer in Whistler:


JUNE

If May is when we squeeze out the last drops of winter fun while welcoming spring, then June is when we fully embrace summer. It’s also a great time to have a bit of a self-care check-in and put wellness on the radar. Your much-needed mountain retreat could start with an early-morning run or walk around a glittering lake, paddle boarding, mountain biking or hiking in the sunshine and end with a trip to the spa, yoga studio or farm-to-table restaurant choice. With school still in session, early June is on the quiet side and the perfect time to plan a DIY retreat.

June in Whistler Infographic

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INSIDER TIP: This is a great month for early-season deals and accommodation options.   


JULY

Peaks, picnics and patios are all top of mind in July. The alpine hiking and biking trails are clearing and just about every outdoor activity from glacier glissading to whitewater rafting is open for booking. We also celebrate our local producers and artisans at the Whistler Farmers’ Market

July in Whistler Infographic

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INSIDER TIP: If you have Whistler waterfalls on your must-see list, this is when they’re pumping from the snowmelt coming out of the alpine.


AUGUST

The warmest month of the summer is also the liveliest. Summer is at its peak and so are the activities and events. Whistler revs up into an all-things-mountain-biking for Crankworx and adrenaline junkies get their running shoes out for the 5 Peaks Trail Running Series. It’s also a beautiful time to do your daily yoga routine on one of the floating, lake docks. 

August in Whistler Infographic

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INSIDER TIP: Being the liveliest month of the summer, it’s best to visit mid-week if you like to keep things on the quiet side.


SEPTEMBER

As summer winds down things get a touch quieter, making this the perfect time to relish in the tranquility of the outdoors or plan a couples getaway. Hiking trails are clear and the temperatures are lower which for the heat-averse, can mean a more pleasant hiking experience. The already robust craft beer scene expands as the Whistler Village Beer Festival and breweries from all over BC (and beyond) roll into town. A trip to Whistler is the ultimate way to cap off your summer.

September in Whistler Infographic

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INSIDER TIP: Whistler can experience a “second summer” right before fall begins in earnest, check out mid to late  September for late-season deals on accommodation.

Whistler truly has something for everyone in summer. If you still have questions about when you should visit or how to plan your ultimate vacation, Whistler.com travel agents are ready to chat when you are. See you at the lake!

Stay longer and save this summer with 4-night stays from $189 per night plus a free $100 Adventure Voucher. If you are a BC or Washington resident, be sure to check out Whistler Rewards for the best seasonal deals and perks. You can also win a trip to Whistler by entering the Summer Recharge Contest, which includes return flights, accommodation and a whole host of incredible Whistler activities.

Author

Nikkey got her start in Whistler as an outdoor guide and the habit of talking about the place has clearly stuck. Whistler’s general laid-back lifestyle and immediate access to fun is what’s kept her around. When not hanging out on the Whistler Insider team Nikkey works as a freelance creative for outdoor and wellness brands. Nikkey’s favourite Whistler animal is the marmot- she just wants to pinch those fluffy cheeks! (but never would because she respects wildlife and really likes having her fingers attached to her hands.)