The Local’s List: June 2021

The Local’s List: June 2021

Sun’s out, fun’s out. It’s officially summer, and with the careful and calculated lifting of the travel restrictions, it’s beginning to look all the brighter. In Whistler, this means the opening of Whistler Blackcomb for mountain biking and sightseeing, the return of indoor dining and our adventure activities. Giddy up summer!

Outdoor Adventure

You’ll find us:

  • On the trails with We Run Whistler, a free, community, running group that meets on Tuesday evenings each week. Check out their Facebook page for the schedule and more info on their virtual toonie runs in partnership with WORCA.
  • In the Whistler Bike Park. Yep, that’s right – it’s open! Upload via the Fitzsimmons Express from 10 AM to 8 PM daily (check our Mountain Hours of Operation page for more info).
  • Trying our hand (and wrist) at disc golf out at Lost Lake Park. Read this oldie (but goldie) for more info on how to get your disc on; Disc Golf – Whistler Style.


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Adventure Lite

You’ll find us:

  • Going to work and play via bike. It’s GoByBike Week in Whistler from May 31 to June 6, so get pedalling and register to win some fun prizes.
  • Crossing mountains on the PEAK 2 PEAK. Access is via Blackcomb Gondola from 10 AM to 5 PM, with the Whistler Village Gondola opening on June 12.
  • Hanging in a hammock at the Scandinave Spa. If I had a hammock, I’d hammock in the morning, I’d hammock in the evening, all over this land…

More ways to get outside.

Family Fun

You’ll find us:

  • Chucking the kids into the whitewater (with a paddle). Tours are now open for the summer, with options for scenic drifts all the way up to Class IV whitewater action.
  • Choosing the best cone for our ice cream. Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, located at the top end of Whistler Village by the gondolas, has some of the best waffle cones around. I think I’ll go for the rainbow sprinkles…
  • Soaring above it all in a floatplane. Wow the fam jam with a flightseeing tour of ancient glaciers, towering mountains and glistening mountain lakes.

More family-friendly activities.

Arts & Culture

You’ll find us:

  • Celebrating National Indigenous History Month at the Boarder X exhibit at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, with contemporary art by Indigenous artists from across Canada who surf, skate and snowboard. We have a Whistler Insider heading there next week, so watch out on the blog for more info coming soon.
  • Checking out the local artists featured in the Summer Spotlight series at The Gallery at the Maury Young Arts Centre. The artists featured this month are Feral Nifty with Back in a Moment (June 3 to 13), whose pieces highlight the iconic image of the rotary phone, and Chief Ian Campbell with Written in Stone (June 17 to 27), which showcases ancient Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Nation mythology linked to prominent landmarks throughout Squamish Nation territory.


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More arts and culture activities.

Eating, Drinking & Shopping

You’ll find us:

  • Under the fairy lights at the Fairmont’s Woodland Rooftop, a summer pop-up restaurant on their rooftop patio. They’re offering a family-style, three-course BBQ menu created by Executive Chef Isabel Chung that’s served on their covered and heated patio, which has stunning views out over the mountains.
  • Chowing down at one of Whistler’s parks. No need to bring a full cooler with you this summer, the Park Eats! program is up and running with food trucks, pop-up food tents and new in-park delivery service from Portobello. Local vendors will be dishing up from 11 AM to 5 PM from Friday to Monday from now to the end of June, and daily from June 26 to September 6.
  • Supping on a summer cocktail along the Village Stroll, or opting for a milkshake when we’re in Creekside Village. My milkshake brings all the…

More on Village shopping, dining and arts and culture.

Don’t Forget . . .

  • Please remember that COVID-19 isn’t on vacation – stay home if you or someone in your household is sick. Practice physical distancing by staying two metres apart from people outside of your household bubble and bring a face covering for when this isn’t possible, and finally, be patient, we’re all navigating this together.
  • You can win a trip to Whistler this summer (enter now, travel later), by checking out the Adventure Deeper Contest, which includes round-trip airfare, six nights’ accommodation and a host of summer activity fun.
  • Day Lots 4 and 5 are now complimentary until June 14, and you can park at any of the Day Lots free in the evenings and overnight from 5 PM until 8 AM the next day (24-hour maximum).

This summer, we’re learning to adventure differently. Know before you go and use our Doors Open Directory for up-to-date information about which businesses are open and how they’re upholding COVID-19 precautions for the health and safety of all.

When you book to come to Whistler, you should know that the longer you stay, the more you save with room rates dropping as you book more nights (7 nights from $93 CAD per night). You will also receive a free adventure voucher, which gets you up to $100 off a Whistler activity.