The Local’s List: July 2021
This Canada Day in Whistler will be a time to reflect on all of Canada’s history, including its past and present truths about our relationship with Indigenous peoples. Whistler is located on the shared, traditional territories of the Squamish Nation and Lil’wat Nation. Celebrate Canada Day this year by developing a deeper understanding of Whistler’s first peoples through these cultural experiences:
- Watch the Spo7ez Performance Team Drum Circle at Whistler Olympic Plaza on July 1 at 10:45 AM
- Walk the path of orange hearts between the Maury Young Arts Centre and the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre in honour of the children who did not come home from residential schools
- Visit the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre which will be offering free admission on July 1, 2, 3 and 4 (in partnership with RMOW, CIBC and Whistler Blackcomb)
- Explore the self-guided Cultural Journey along the Sea to Sky Highway
- View traditional and contemporary Indigenous art at the Audain Art Museum
Take a read of Boarder X Exhibit at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre and How to Experience Indigenous Culture In and Around Whistler for more ideas.
Here’s what’s happenin’ in Whistler this July.
You’ll find us:
- Tackling some whitewater rapids on a rafting tour or jet boating experience. It’s the perfect way to stay cool on these hot, summer days, see the land and wildlife from a different perspective and get a bit of a water-induced thrill.
- Stepping out of our comfort zones and scaling the mountains in a different way with Via Ferrata. Italian for iron way, this on-mountain experience combines guided climbing (using metal ladders and fixed cables) with hiking – no experience necessary.
- Feelin’ hot, hot, hot. The sun is shining on the mountains, which is melting the snow up top so we can get out on those cooler, alpine trails on Whistler Blackcomb. Peak Chair is now open (Fri, Sat and Sun for hiking and sightseeing), the first time in two summer seasons, as is the Raven’s Eye Cliff Walk, but the Cloudraker Skybridge is still closed. Later this month we’ll see those hikes reach full, wildflower bloom, which, paired with the views, is simply breathtaking. Read more about the trails in Adventure Differently: Hike in Whistler This Summer.
You’ll find us:
- Taking a guided hiking tour with Whistler Eco Tours to find some giants. The Ancient Cedars Trail is a moderate hike just north of Whistler, which takes you to an ancient grove of towering cedar trees.
- On the Valley of Dreams Walking Tour with local historians from the Whistler Museum. You’ll uncover the early history of Alta Lake, tales behind the mountain development, and the story of Whistler’s journey to the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. The tour leaves daily at 11 AM in July, August and September from the Whistler Visitor Centre on Gateway Drive and is approximately an hour long (it’s by donation).
- Plunging into a cold pool at the Scandinave Spa and then hanging out in their hammock haven.
More ways to get outside.
You’ll find us:
- Going on a family art adventure with the Whistler Children’s Festival. Starting July 9, you can pick up a map from Maury Young Arts Centre and use it to find cool, public art around Whistler Village. Finished maps can be handed in at Nesters Market for a chance to win $1,000 in groceries!
- Feeling the rolling thunder on a Summer Bobsleigh Experience at the Whistler Sliding Centre. A pilot guides you around the twists and turns of the Olympic track in a bobsleigh on wheels! Youths aged 12 to 18 slide free with a paying adult.
- Making like monkeys on an aerial obstacle course in the trees. You navigate the forest through a network of bridges, boardwalks and platforms suspended in the canopy; conquering tightropes, planks, swinging logs, ziplines, cargo nets and ladders (minimum age is seven).
More family-friendly activities.
Arts & Culture
You’ll find us:
- Checking out the two new exhibitions at the Audain Art Museum that offer unique perspectives on the Arctic. Itee Pootoogook: Hymns to the Silence provides an intimate look at Inuit life and the landscape of Nunavut, and award-winning photographer, Louie Palu provides a window into the evolving militarization of the North American Arctic in his show Distant Early Warning.
- Lounging by Alta Lake at the Sunday Concert Series at The Point, which starts on July 4 with four-piece acoustic string band, Courageous Mountain Rangers. Buy your tickets in advance, which are $15, or $30 if you want to include an early dinner.
- You might see some funky chairlifts around Whistler Village this summer. They’re part of the LIFTing the Community project, where local artists were paired with local charities to give a retired Catskinner chair a makeover. They’re being displayed this summer before being auctioned off in the fall to raise funds for the charities and non-profits involved.
More arts and culture activities.
Eating, Drinking & Shopping
You’ll find us:
- Picking out fresh fruit and veg, grabbing a cooling brew and buying unique gifts at the Whistler Farmers’ Market on Sundays from 11 AM – 4 PM at the Whistler Racket Club.
- Hitting up the patio at Four Seasons Whistler for Braidwood Sunsets at 5 PM on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Tasty bites, local beers and cocktail flights will be flowing from the property’s newest restaurant, Braidwood Tavern and Executive Chef Eren Guryel will be cooking up special appetizers such as succulent skewers grilled right on the patio. Enjoy the talents of local musicians as you can mix and mingle with local Whistler creators displaying one-of-a-kind artworks, as well as brewers from the Sea to Sky region.
- Designing our dream gelato at Confetti Gelato, located in Creekside. They also do Italian sodas topped with whipped cream and berries, and giant ice cream sandwiches, where they place creamy, vanilla gelato in between two huge chocolate chunk cookies.
- Taking advantage of the Park Eats! program, which brings food trucks and pop-up food tents to Whistler’s parks this summer – yum!
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.
- Whistler’s Fire Danger Rating is currently extreme, which means no campfires and only propane barbecues at the parks (also no fireworks or sparklers for Canada Day). Report wildfires by calling 9-1-1.
- 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.
- Getting around Whistler – it’s now pay parking at Whistler’s most popular lakes. The RMOW has free shuttles running from the Village, transit is free on the weekends and on statutory holidays, or you can hop on a bike and get there via the Whistler Valley Trail. They also have a complimentary Bike Valet service running in Whistler Village, Rainbow Park and Lost Lake Park.
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 $109 CAD per night). You will also receive a free adventure voucher, which gets you up to $100 off a Whistler activity.