The Local’s List: June 2018

The Local’s List: June 2018

Your guide to what’s up, what’s new and what’s on in Whistler for the month of June.

We’re getting into late spring now, which is really early summer, one of our favourite times of year. Quiet trails and greens, cooler temperatures and lots of daylight for adventures. Here’s a selection of what’s on our list to hit this month, starting with…

New for Summer: Vallea Lumina

Hot off the press! The Adventure Group Whistler is launching a new, multimedia night walk this summer called Vallea Lumina. The show will start running July 18, and will be unlike anything we’ve seen in Whistler before – we’ll add more info as it is released.

Nature First

  • With all the ecosystems around Whistler in spring mode, there’s plenty of new growth and the forest and wetlands are alive with birds. Nothing like taking a pedal along the Valley Trail to see the changes around the valley.
  • If you want to see what an entire winter of snow looks like, now is the time to head up sightseeing on Whistler Mountain, while the snow walls are at their finest. Check out our Insider’s guide to hiking the snow walls here.
  • With the spring runoff in full swing, there’s plenty of water in the River of Golden Dreams for paddling – just be aware that the water is flowing fast! A canoe or kayak tour with a knowledgeable guide is a great way to see the river, learn more about the wetland ecosystem and get a few tips on paddling.
  • There’s been quite a few bears with cubs spotted from the Whistler Village Gondola and bike park chairlifts, with the occasional sighting from the Valley Trail. We’re giving these wild animals plenty of space – do you know what to do if you come across a bear to ensure they aren’t affected by your presence? Learn what to do if you see a bear here.
  • And last but not least, however you are adventuring here’s a reminder to respect the trails, and leave no trace so that others can enjoy nature after you.

Adventures

  • It’s all about maximizing those extra long days this month, in the lead up to the summer solstice on June 21. We’ve put together a few ideas for celebrating the longest day of the year here, or you can just pick and mix your adventures fast or chill from the huge range of activities on offer.
  • Ready for bike season? Read our spring bike trail report here and get out there. Don’t forget the Whistler Bike Park is now open with extended play hours kicking in already. The trails are in the best condition of the season right now, don’t miss out.
  • Early season golf conditions are also all time – if you’ve never thought about playing a round in Whistler this is a great month to do it. Check out our golfer’s guide to the greens, complete with photos from this spring.
  • The floatplanes are back on Green Lake. There’s plenty of flightseeing tours available from short sightseeing trips to longer loops with lake landings – it’s well worth a trip through the skies to see the Coast Mountains from the air.
  • Whistler Creekside is the new place to kick off your adventures this summer, with sightseeing and bike park access opening mid June, with access for both all the way to the Roundhouse via Big Red Express. Note that sightseeing is not available from Blackcomb Mountain this year while Whistler Blackcomb constructs a new gondola.

Family Fun

  • Both the Riverside Greens and the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Mini Golf courses are open and good to go! If your kid likes golf, it’s worth checking out the kids and junior golf programs at Whistler’s golf courses as well.
  • Meadow Park Waterpark is now open, for a bit of splash and fun time on hot days.
  • If your kids are a bit older, you can head to Lakeside Park at Alta Lake and rent watercraft from Backroads Whistler and let them play around while you get into that much-needed book.
  • The jump park and skills park has had a refresh, time to get the kids out there on their bikes. If your little ones are into 20-inch wheels, check out the Whistler BMX track as well.
  • Check out the kids camps and workshops run by Arts Whistler, there’s always something happening in town.

Flavours of the Month

  • We’re sampling local beers, wines and chocolates – check out our Insider’s guide to tasting menus aka Flights of Fancy
  • We’re hitting Handlebar for their Wednesday special, which involves top shelf whiskey. Take that, hump day.
  • We’re heading to the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre for a First Nations Feast and Tour: The Story of the Hunters and Gatherers. It’s a full evening of entertainment complete with a tour, performances and delicious buffet dinner (bannock, maple glazed salmon, buffalo smokies, warm berry crumble sound good?)
  • Ever dined in the alpine? It’s a meal to remember. The Mountain Top Summer Feast starts June 22 on Whistler Mountain.
  • If you’re a caffeine fiend, it’s worth a stop by Moguls for coffee, their new machine is pulling a fine cup right now.

Sip and savour our flights of gin and tonics! Cheers! #OSOWhistler 📷: @dianetheadventurer

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Retail Therapy

  • We’re poking our nose into the golf pro shops for a new outfit for the season. It’s amazing what a sharp new look can do for your swing!
  • The Troy Lee Designs shop is snow open in the Hilton. Stop by to check out this seasons’ kit.
  • Cross Country Connection is now open at the entrance to the Lost Lake Trails, a great spot to grab a rental bike, pick up a bike tour, and grab a snack at the café.
  • Don’t forget the Whistler Farmers’ Markets are now on Sundays, with fresh fruit and veggies available in the coming weeks.

Arts and Culture Adventures

  • Last chance to catch the rotating exhibition at the Audain Art Museum. Beau Dick: Revolutionary Spirit finishes June 11. They are doing a special Third Thursday event for National Indigenous Peoples Day, with a tour focusing on First Nation artists.
  • The Whistler Museum will be running their Valley of Dreams walking tours in June, July and August 2018. Tours meet outside the Whistler Visitor Centre at 11 AM daily.
  • Check out an exhibition featuring local legends Isobel and Don Maclaurin at the Maury Young Arts Centre until June 10.

I have found the biggest of sticks.

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Don’t Forget…

Events this Month

June 2: North Face Half Marathon

June 3: Dog Jog

June 13: Winemaker Dinner at Stonesedge

June 16 – 17: Tough Mudder & Tough Mudder Half

June 21: Summer Solstice and Longest Day

June 21: National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 23: BC Cup Downhill

June 30 – July 2: Canada Day Celebrations

Plus plenty more, all here in our event calendar…

The Final Word – Calling all our Whistler friends….

We’re looking to recruit a couple of new Insiders to help us spread the word about Whistler. If you’re interested in working with us, hop on over to the Whistler Insider Collective application and have a read.

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.