The Local’s List: July 2020

The Local’s List: July 2020

After our COVID-19 hiatus, it feels pretty amazing to start writing this Local’s List again, showcasing what’s happening in Whistler for the month of July.

This summer we’re learning to adventure a little differently, changing our pace to adjust to a new normal, one which requires a bit more patience and understanding. Let’s navigate these waters together.

Outdoor Adventure

You’ll find us:

  • Celebrating the fact that Whistler Blackcomb is open for sightseeing, hiking and biking. They’re taking a safe and steady approach and we’ll see more trails open up as the season progresses, but one of our favs, the Blackcomb Ascent trails, are ready to hike!
  • Hitting up Whistler’s incredible cross-country bike trails. Our Insider riders, Hailey Elise and Ollie Jones, did a great round-up of where to find them throughout Whistler Valley: Insider’s Guide: Cross-Country Biking in Whistler.
  • Feeling the wind in our hair and face masks as we take a leap over the icy waters of the Cheakamus River with Whistler Bungee (make sure your mask’s on tight).
  • Splashing through puddles, pitching off dirt hills and admiring the views out in the Callaghan Valley on an ATV (all-terrain vehicle) tour.

Adventure Lite

You’ll find us:

  • Teeing off on one of Whistler’s four championship golf courses and watching out for our furry friends who sometimes like to join us.
  • Grabbing our floaties and heading to the lake. The waters are still a little nippy, but hey, they’re mountain fresh. Remember to pack out what you pack in.
  • Heading out on walks and hikes that include epic views of rushing rivers, charging waterfalls and vast mountain vistas.

More ways to get outside.

Family Fun

You’ll find us:

  • Pulling the kids in a Chariot (essentially a stroller attached to a bike) along the Valley Trail and stopping off at a lake for a picnic and a play! You can rent a Chariot along with a bike – they’re a great way to explore farther afield and carry your picnic as well as your little ones.
  • Taking a tour with the Whistler Photo Safaris team who know where our resident black bears like to hang out. Bonus – you get to divert any “why?” kid questions to the guide.
  • Grabbing a cone of something creamy! If you’re in Whistler Village, Cows or Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory are ice cream must-dos and if you’re in Creekside, hit up Confetti Gelato.

More family-friendly activities.

Arts & Culture

You’ll find us:

  • Getting our art fill inside the 56,000 square foot Audain Art Museum (read: lots of space). They’re open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (11 AM – 6 PM) to start, with special hours on July 1 and 2 for Canada Day celebrations.
  • Checking in with the ambassadors at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, which reopened last week. Instead of their hourly tours, ambassadors will be stationed throughout the centre ready to answer questions from inquiring minds. It’s open Thursday to Sunday (10 AM – 5 PM) with new wares in the gift store and specials at the cafe!
  • Looking for the musicians and artists stationed all over Whistler for Canada Day celebrations on Wednesday, July 1. There’s free transit throughout the day, so take advantage and go explore!

More arts and culture activities.

Village Vibe

You’ll find us:

  • Giving some distanced high fives to the roving Whistler characters / performers who will be out and about on Wednesday, July 1 for Canada Day.
  • Taking the pooch for a wander along the Whistler Village Stroll and looking out for specials at our favourite shops and restaurants. If you’re wondering about any of the public art along your route, check out the Resort Municipality of Whistler’s guide for information on the artist.
  • Finding a sunny patio spot for a refreshing summer cocktail and some distanced people watching. Some bars are doing a Canada Day cocktail, so check in with your server to see if there’s anything red, white and delicious on the menu for you to try!

Eating and Drinking

You’ll find us:

  • Making sure we have a reservation for any important dinner dates. With restricted capacity in restaurants, you need to do a bit more pre-planning around mealtimes in Whistler this summer to avoid the dreaded hangry state.
  • Grabbing take-out and eating alfresco by the lake or in a park enjoying the sunshine and epic mountain views.
  • Checking out the new brunch options at Hy’s Steakhouse (11 AM – 3 PM, Saturday and Sunday only) and Hunter Gather (8 – 11:30 AM, Monday to Friday and 8 AM – 2 PM on Saturday and Sunday).

More on Village shopping, dining and arts and culture.

Don’t Forget . . .

  • Stay home if you or someone in your household or bubble is sick.
  • Practice physical distancing by staying two metres apart from people outside of your bubble.
  • Be patient, we’re all navigating this new normal together.

Summer room nights through Whistler.com start at $93 CAD and there are deals to be had on longer stays and activity bookings. For more information on what’s happening in Whistler check out Whistler.com’s Doors Open Directory – happy Canada Day everyone!