The Local’s List: August 2018
Your guide to what’s up, what’s new and what’s on in Whistler for the month of August.
Wow! August already? Summer is in full swing and this month brings copious wildflowers high in the alpine, ten days of the world-famous Crankworx Mountain Bike Festival (send it!), and some awesome, new adventures to try. Um, did we mention there’s a long weekend in there too? What are we up to for the month of August in Whistler? Check out our locally gathered ideas below:
- With all of Whistler’s mountaintop hikes now snow-free and open, it’s literally the ideal time to run to the hills, then stop and smell the wildflowers.
- Our Insider Hiking Guides are the perfect resource for helping you to explore the many hikes available throughout the valley and in the alpine and get up close to those glorious blooms.
- Introduce nature and the environment to young children with Discover Nature tours at Lost Lake Park, Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 AM to 4 PM. There are touch tables, demonstrations and various activities tailored to kids.
- Make way for western toads at Lost Lake Park! Each summer thousands migrate from the shores of Lost Lake to the surrounding forest so access to the park may be restricted in some areas. Keep your eyes out for the little guys and remember to avoid touching toadlets or tadpoles – they are extremely sensitive.
- Visit the incredibly scenic Whistler Olympic Park in the Callaghan Valley and sightsee, hike, ride e-bikes, or try your hand at the summer biathlon.
- Brave Cloudraker Skybridge, the new suspension bridge accessible via Whistler Mountain’s Peak Express chairlift. Save on PEAK 2 PEAK 360 Experience packages or tickets when you book online in advance. Your ticket gives you access the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola and over 50 kilometres of trails (and blooms).
- NEW: Sky Walk Guided Hiking Tour is now open and it’s not your regular hike! The guided, roped-in hiking tour takes you up and along the edge of Whistler Mountain on a series of suspension bridges – a heart-pounding experience for sure.
- NEW: Vallea Lumina, a magical light show set deep in the forest of Cougar Mountain is now open.
- For the gravity-fuelled, the Top of the World trail in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park is now open.
- Lord of the Squirrels and Dark Crystal are now open for cross country riders looking to check out these favourite and challenging local trails.
- Drop into the Whistler Visitor Centre for a copy of a uniquely Whistler Scavenger Hunt or download it here. It’s a great way to get kids active and interacting with the environment.
- Take part in the annual LEGO building competition open to all children ages 3 and up. This year’s theme is “What’s your favourite thing to do in Whistler?” The event sells out in advance, so stop by the museum, or give the Whistler Museum a call to book your spot.
- Veer wagon rentals are available at The Circle Kids and are a great way for families to adventure off-road. The two-child wagons can easily navigate rocks and sand, and let you explore the outdoors in comfort and with less whining (you can always dream!).
- Go fishing! It’s the classic Canadian summer activity that kids love. Go with a local guide to find secret fishing holes in the wilderness. Trips include everything you need – fishing gear, flies, lures, a guide, transportation to and from Whistler and lunch on full day trips.
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Flavours of the Month
- When the barometer rises, there’s nothing better than treats on snow, so take the kids to the Whistler Farmers’ Markets for snowcones by Frostbites Syrup Co. and maple treats on snow by Maples Sugar Shack. Mmmmm.
- Beer flights and sliders go a long way in satiating appetites after a day of fun. Whistler Tasting Tours will show you how it’s done.
- And on the topic of beer, The Brewhouse has free tours in the Village on Thursdays and Saturdays at 3 PM. See what it takes to make great beer!
- S’mores lip balm. Enough said. Pop by every kid’s favourite store, the Great Glass Elevator Candy Shop.
The Village Vibe
- Wanderlust is in town from August 2 – 5. This blissful festival of exploration brings together celebrated instructors, musicians, speakers, chefs and fellow yogis. See why you need to be here.
- Athletes and fans alike can’t wait for Crankworx to descend on Whistler for ten days of gravity-defying, awe-inspiring competitions and celebrations. View the Spectator Schedule and start planning your days now.
- Whistler street entertainment happens throughout the Village with fun, free and family-friendly animation. Different performers and artists are in the Village each week and are sure to get you and your kids smiling.
- The Whistler Presents: Outdoor Summer Concert Series continues for August at Whistler Olympic Plaza. Bring a blanket and kick back on the great lawn for free concerts by artists Orgone, MarchFourth, Samuel J, Nick Mulvey, Geoffroy, DJ Drez, Stars and many more.
- Plan ahead for fall. Cornucopia is back and now’s the time to get your tickets for 11 days of the best food and drink from BC. Whistler.com has exclusive rates on packages including event tickets and accommodation.
- Free transit continues on weekends through summer, with a bike valet at the Farmers’ Markets and the FREE Lost Lake Shuttle is available to get to the lake.
- New lifts mean some changes to sightseeing and the availability of hiking trails – check out our FAQ here.
- Tune in and hang out with the essential Whistler playlist for summer, featuring acts playing at the Outdoor Concert Series.
Events this Month
August 2 – 4: Whistler Presents Outdoor Concert Series
August 2 – 5: Wanderlust Whistler
August 3 – 5: Bulleit Bourbon Canadian National BBQ Championships
August 4 – 6: BC Day Long Weekend
August 10 – 12: Flag Stop Theatre & Arts Festival
August 10 – 19: Crankworx Whistler
August 20: WFF Summer Cinema Series – The Sandlot
August 24 – 25 & 31: Whistler Presents Outdoor Concert Series
Well, there you are – a list with the flavours of the month in Whistler. There’s a ton more to discover so don’t limit yourself, get out there and giv’r.