Canoeing and Horseback riding : Fun Whistler Summer Activities

Whistler is a town north of Vancouver, British Columbia, that’s home to Whistler Blackcomb, one of the largest ski resorts in North America. Besides skiing and snowboarding, the area offers snowshoeing, tobogganing and ski jumping at the Olympic Park, a venue for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. We love spending summer in the mountains and were excited to be in the compact, chalet-style pedestrian village at the base of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.  Whistler dazzles with beautiful alpine meadows, summit glaciers and tons of activities. It was a week of Gondola rides, canoeing, horseback riding and other fun Whistler summer activities.  We took the Sea to Sky Highway and stopped at a few viewpoints on the way – Shannon Falls and Stawamus Chief Park being two favorites. The scenic ocean vistas, soaring mountains, dramatic waterfalls made the drive one the best we have done.

A baby bear crossed the road in the village. Whistler Summer Activities, Photo by Outside Suburbia

Things to do in Whistler in Summer

We loved the fresh mountain air and seeing the venues where the Winter Olympics were held.  We enjoyed a lot of summer mountain activities.

We went horseback riding to see the landscape of enjoying the fresh crisp air in Whistler. We took the peak to peak gondola to see the stunning 360-degree views of Whistler Village, mountain peaks, lakes, glaciers. Peak 2 peak connects Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. We watched the mountain bikers come down from the trails near Blackcomb and marveling at their skill.  Are you a mountain biker? We explored the unique water ecosystems of the mountains from the lake in a Canoe.  Our canoe ride on Lake Alta was utterly gorgeous.  The water was so still except for the ripples made by our oars.  We barely scratched the surface of all the wonderful things to do in the area – there are so many beautiful hikes and mountains vistas here that is reminded us of our trips to Switzerland.

See here for other hikes in the Whistler and the surrounding area.

 

Canoeing in Alta lake, Summer activities in Whistler, Canada Photo by Outside Suburbia

Canoeing in Alta lake was so serene, watching the mountains rise up against a still lake fed by the melting glaciers was probably the best experience for us in Whistler. One evening we saw a cute little black bear on the streets just casually crossing the streets.

Where to eat in Whistler

Araxi Restaurant & Oyster Bar is probably the only fine dining restaurant worth the price in Whistler. They serve thoughtful farm-to-table creations and the best cheese fondue. Bar Oso is a Spanish-style tapas place with excellent wine and small plates perfect for sharing. Pemberton potato pizza and salad at the Creekbread was one of our favorite meals we had in Whistler.  It was a thin crust pizza made with locally sourced and organic ingredients.  We sat at the patio overlooking the mountains, I still dream about this pizza!

Where to eat in Whistler, Canada

 

Where to stay in Whistler, Canada

We loved the all-suites Westin resort located in Whistler Village just yards from the gondolas servicing the slopes of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.  The resort had fireplace, flat panel television, inviting soaker tub, quality-appointed kitchen, and windows that open to the fresh mountain air. It was the host resort for downhill events at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

Outside Suburbia - Whistler

A Few photos from our trip to Whistler, Canada

Outside Suburbia - Whistler

Outside Suburbia - Whistler

Outside Suburbia - Whistler

Outside Suburbia - Whistler

 

Outside Suburbia - Whistler

Outside Suburbia - Whistler

Outside Suburbia - Whistler

Outside Suburbia - Whistler

Outside Suburbia - Whistler

 

Canoeing in Alta lake, Whistler, Canada Photo by Outside Suburbia

Outside Suburbia - Whistler

Outside Suburbia - Whistler

We walked around the Whistler Olympic village, had ice cream at Cows every night (D claims that this is one of the best ice cream he has had and has to be on everyone’s list)

Whistler Ski Village, Canada Photo by Outside Suburbia

Have you been to Whistler? Did you go in the winter for ski season or during summer? 

 

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