7 extraordinary activities you can experience this summer in Whistler, B.C.

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Whistler has long been Vancouver’s go-to destination for quick getaways from the hustle and bustle of city life…

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With a diverse array of new activities popping up in the region, there’s never been a better time to visit, especially if you’re yearning to spend some time close to nature.

With that in mind, we’ve partnered with some of the area’s best activities and destinations to provide you with the ultimate itinerary for spending your summer in Whistler. From high-adrenaline ziplining to rejuvenating spa days, summertime in Whistler offers Vancouverites a little bit of everything, including some of the most stunning scenery in the province. Enjoy!

Nita Lake Lodge Hotel

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Perfectly framed by mountain vistas and flanked by a picturesque glacier-fed lake, Nita Lake Lodge has captivated summer visitors to Whistler for the past ten years.

Unwind in the serenity of oversized suites, enjoy with boutique amenities or, should you wish to explore, Nita is only 500 metres from the base of Whistler Mountain and the Creekside gondola; vibrant Whistler Village is also just a short walk or shuttle ride away. Nita Lake Lodge also offers guests complimentary use of lake toys and outdoor gear including kayaks, canoes, stand up paddle boards and mountain bikes. Take advantage of Nita’s enviable lakeside location and enjoy this modern take on classic Whistler hospitality.

Blackcomb Helicopters

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Blackcomb Helicopters is the leading helicopter touring and utilities company in the Pacific Northwest. In operation for 30 years, Blackcomb Helicopters offers heli-tourism activities like sightseeing, hiking, glacier travel and the most incredible picnic locales you’ve ever seen!

Their 30 minute Ultimate Experience tour gives you an extraordinary bird’s eye view of the Whistler-Blackcomb Resort followed by the magnificent beauty of the Cheakamus Glacier and a unique immersion in the famous Garibaldi Provincial Park. After this stunning adventure, the helicopter will land for you to step out onto Rainbow Mountain’s 12,000-year-old glacier! Truly an experience like no other.

Wedge Rafting

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The Green River white water rafting trip takes you just north of Whistler Village, which provides the perfect combination of fun bouncy class 2-3 rapids and the picturesque scenery that first-timers will absolutely adore. This family-friendly excursion is an exciting way for every member of your family to enjoy the great outdoors together.

The Spa at Nita Lake Lodge

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Feel the tension from travel, meetings or a day of Whistler adventure melt away during your visit this award-winning, organic spa at Nita Lake Lodge.

From body scrubs and RMT to Hydrafacials and manicures, this spa provides an unforgettable experience in the serene setting of Whistler Creekside. After your treatment, truly make the most of your spa and wellness experience; kick back and bask in the mountain views from the beautiful relaxation lounge, invigorate the senses in the eucalyptus steam room or enjoy a soak in one of the rooftop hot tubs, which offers panoramic views of the stunning B.C. landscape.

Superfly Ziplines

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Want to know what it feels like to fly like a bird?

Featuring four side-by-side ziplines located in stunning mountain wilderness of Whistler, Superfly Ziplines’ aerial tour features West Coast inspired architecture and a network of paths and platforms designed to immerse you in the peace, quiet and freedom of the serene B.C. forest. Highlighted by two of Canada’s longest ziplines (measuring at over 1km long and 200m high) Superfly Ziplines reach speeds of 100km/hour. Flap those wings, it’s time to fly!

Lakeside Dining at Nita Lake Lodge

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With an 80-seat, double tier lakeside patio at their signature restaurant, Aura and second patio, Cure Lounge, Nita offers guests a range of summer dining options with views to match. Throughout this summer, Aura Restaurant has partnered with Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association (OOWA) to host monthly Savour the Sun dinners, inviting guests to taste the best of British Columbia with specially crafted menus, each paired with a leading Oliver Osoyoos winery.

Whistler Golf Club

Welcome to the Whistler Golf Club, Arnold Palmer’s first Canadian design.

While the spectacular snow capped mountain views, signature design and uncompromising course conditions are standard fare, Whistler Golf Club boasts a friendly, relaxed atmosphere that makes for a uniquely B.C. golf experience like no other. We call it “Palmer’s Design, Whistler’s Attitude”

The Range at the Whistler Golf Club is also home to the Whistler Golf Academy, the go-to place in Whistler to work on your game or hit a bucket of balls. The Academy has a wide range of lesson programs for juniors and adults – all skill levels are welcomed!

After all that is said and done, be sure to visit Palmer’s Gallery Bar and Grill. Boasting one of Whistler’s top rated patios, it’s a great spot to relax whether you were on the course, or just taking in the surroundings. Whatever the case, be sure to stop by Palmer’s and enjoy the great menu and views overlooking the 18th green.