We’re in the thick of some of the hottest weather we’ve had all summer – so it’s especially hard to believe that the season is coming to a close.

It’s true: in just a few short weeks, the kids will be back in school, extra curricular activities will once again take over the calendar, and you’ll have to say goodbye to your favourite summer activities for another year.

(Although you just might be lucky enough to sneak it a few encore performances throughout sunny September weekends!)

Here are five Whistler summertime activities that you need to squeeze in before Labour Day.


It’s no surprise that golfing is my number one favourite summertime activity. With three beautiful golf courses to choose from in Whistler, my challenge to you is to make time to enjoy a round (or several) throughout the next few weeks. In my opinion, there is no better way to take advantage of a beautiful summer day than out on the links.

Alpine Hiking

We had a late start to the alpine hiking season this year, with all the extra snow that was covering the trails.

Well, they’re now operating in full force – but not for long! Before you know it, the mountains will close in preparation for the upcoming ski season. Head up the gondola now and hit the trails to take in the alpine flowers, the blues skies, and the hot summer days.

Tip: take the gondola up from Whistler Village and spend some time exploring the Whistler trails before taking the Peak2Peak across to Blackcomb. Enjoy Blackcomb’s trails for a few hours, then take Solar Coaster and the Wizard chairs back down to Upper Village for a complete day on the trails.

A Day at the Lake

There’s no better way to cool down on a hot day than a splash in the lake. Gather up beach towels, a few friends, some snacks, and a Frisbee or volleyball (if you’re headed to Alpha Lake or Rainbow Park) and spend the day at the lake. Bonus points if you arrive before 10 AM and don’t leave until the sun starts to set!

Enjoying a Patio – In Shorts

The beautiful thing about Whistler is that patio season never ends – it’s just a question of whether you’re donning shorts and a t-shirt, or a full snow suit.

Opportunities for shorts-on-the-patio days are becoming fewer and farther between as the sun sets just a little earlier each and every night. We all know nothing tastes as good on a sweltering day as a fresh, crisp pint.

A Delicious BBQ

Nothing screams summer quite like a delicious BBQ feast – just the smoky smell is enough to get anyone’s mouth watering!

You can’t beat lighting up the grill in your own backyard – but if you’re looking for a special option that involves less cooking and cleaning and more eating, I highly recommend checking out the Four Season’s weekly BBQ and Whistler Blackcomb’s Mountaintop BBQ. The former takes place on Thursday evenings in the summer and features a delectable all-you-can-eat assortment, while the latter is available on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights on Whistler Mountain with killer views.


Having trouble picking just one activity? Why not treat yourself to the ultimate summer day: a morning on the golf course, a quick dip in the lake to cool down, hitting the trails in the afternoon, grabbing a beer on top of the mountain, and finishing the day off with a feast fit for a king. This is why I love summer in Whistler!


Photo Credit: Tourism Whistler | Mike Crane