Hiking the High Note Trail on top of Whistler Mountain

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Whistler Outdoor Adventures

From mountain biking to river rafting, hiking to alpine climbing, Whistler is a top destination for outdoor adventure. Here are a few ways to explore the spectacular surroundings of Whistler and experience the wilds of the Coast Mountains.

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Hiking in Whistler

Lace up your boots and head for the alpine. Soar like an eagle on the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola. This... Read more engineering marvel links Blackcomb and Whistler mountains, offering an awe-inspiring ride across the valley. For an additional thrill, try to grab a silver gondola with a glass-bottomed floor. Explore more than 50km/30mi of alpine hiking trails and just try to keep your jaw from dropping on the High Note Trail (think wildflowers, snow peaks and turquoise lakes).

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The High Note Trail, Whistler Mountain

Ride the Peak Chair to the top of Whistler Mountain and be awed by the scenery on the High Note Trail. Stride through alpine meadows filled with wildflowers, and take postcard pictures of surrounding peaks. Return by the Musical Bumps trail to complete a 9km/6mi loop to Whistler’s Roundhouse Lodge; finish the day with an après snack in the alpine air.
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Whistler Alpine Guides

Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures offers amazing outdoor adventures in the breathtaking mountains of the Whistler and Squamish area. Our adventures include rock and ice climbing, backcountry ski tours, Via Ferrata tours, glacier tours, hiking, ...
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Garibaldi Lake/Black Tusk Trail

Extinct volcanoes, glaciers, and wildflower meadows are some of the draws on the Garibaldi Lake/Black Tusk Trail, a scenic wonder in Garibaldi Provincial Park, between Squamish and Whistler. Get an early start to day hike the 7 to 8 hour Garibaldi Lake trail, or pack a tent and trek to Black Tusk and surrounding trails.

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Biking in Whistler

Summer means trading in skis for a bike in Whistler. To get a taste of the town’s gravity... Read more addiction, strap on a helmet and check out the flowing downhill runs and adrenaline-inducing drops, features and natural lines at the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, home to more than 50 lift-accessed runs. If you’d rather earn your descent, ride some of the 200km/124 mi of trails surrounding Whistler Village. For something mellower, pedal the paved and level Valley Trail as it winds past parks and lakes. Or try the indoor Air Dome to watch budding bikers work on stunts and wipe out in a pit full of foam cubes.

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Crankworx Mountain Biking Festival

Elite mountain bikers from around the world wow audiences at the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. This event is one of the top mountain bike festivals in North America and draws top riders and crowds from around the world. 

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Whistler Blackcomb Resort: Bike Park

Spanning the distance between Whistler & Blackcomb Mountains, the world record-breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola is breathtaking. The journey between the two mountains provides a 360-degree window into Whistler Blackcomb's alpine environment, its surro...
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Tough Mudder Whistler

Are you tough enough? Find out at Tough Mudder, a military style obstacle course (think freezing water, barbed wire and human pyramids), set for Whistler Olympic Park in June. Get a team together or go it alone. It’s great for team building, confidence boosting, and some serious bragging rights.
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Water Activities in Whistler

In the warmth of summer, spend some time on the water. Take a rafting trip through the tumbling... Read more rapids of the Elaho River, or paddle a canoe along the  gently-flowing  River of Golden Dreams. Go on a fishing trip to cast for trout, char or salmon. These, or just about any Whistler outdoor activity, can be booked with one call to Tourism Whistler. In Squamish, the waters of the Squamish Spit offer ideal winds for windsurfing and kiteboarding.

Fishing in Whistler

Cast for trout, salmon, char and steelhead in the alpine lakes and glacial-fed rivers around... Read more Whistler. Outfitters in the village can supply the gear – including float tubes, two-handed flyfishing rods and spey lines – and always know where the fish are biting.

Pemberton Fish Finder

We provide a safe, fun, educational & rewarding fishing adventure for all ages & abilities. We are a family owned & operated business. Our guides combined have over 100 years fishing knowledge of the local lakes & streams in Whistler, Pemberton & ...
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Canoeing in Whistler

Canoe on the serene waters of Alta Lake and be wowed by the spectacular views of mountains and... Read more glaciers. Or, paddle along the River of Golden Dreams, a short and relaxing canoe trip where wildlife abounds. Backroads Whistler can rent you all the gear, and even provide guides.

River Rafting in Whistler

Looking for an adrenaline rush? Try a whitewater rafting trip down Green River in Whistler.... Read more Start the journey on placid Green Lake to learn safety and paddling procedures, then hit the 7-km/4.5-mi river, where fun-filled rapids and mountain scenery awaits. After rafting, stroll through Whistler Village, have dinner on Longhorn Saloon’s sunny patio and unwind at a great hotel such as The Fairmont Chateau Whistler.

The Adventure Group

The Adventure Group is one of Whistler's premier activity providers featuring snowmobiling, snowshoeing and ziplining in the winter months & RZR tours, ziplining, treetop adventure course, whitewater rafting, biking, canoeing, bungee jumping & mor...
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Canadian Wilderness Adventures

We have a passion for all things adventurous!

Explore Whistler's spectacular Blackcomb Mountain & the beautiful Callaghan Valley by ATV, Jeep 4x4, off road buggy, canoe or horseback. Enjoy world-famous mountain top dining at the Crystal ...

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Ziptrek Ecotours

Experience the exhilaration of flying along steel ziplines, suspended high above Fitzsimmons Creek between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Ziptrek combines extraordinary adventure with environmental education. Ten ziplines on three different tou...
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Superfly Ziplines

Soar down the world's most spectacular ziplines or float through Whistler's rainforest canopy on a Treetop Adventure Course packed with challenge & discovery.

Superfly Ziplines provides cutting edge technology & side-by-side ziplines allo...

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Insiders' Tips

Looking for something a little different? Try these one-of-a-kind Whistler summer adventures:

  • Join Whistler Jet Boating on a whitewater thrill ride through the canyons and rapids of the Green, Thompson or Chilcotin river.
  • Embrace your inner mountaineer on the Via Ferrata. Italian for "Iron Way" this vertical path of fixed cables and ladders leads from Whistler Glacier to the top of Whistler Peak, where views from the top are unforgettable.
  • Kick start a summer’s day on an Alpine Sunrise ATV tour with The Adventure Group Whistler. Ride through deep forests, past alpine lakes, and out to a breathtaking view point.
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Places to Stay

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Belle Neige Suites: Whistler

Convenient location, six minutes to Whistler Village & gondolas. Private, fully-equipped kitchen suites. Serene, non-smoking accommodation. Private studio with kitchen & patio; private 1-bedroom suite with living room, kitchen & balcony.


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Crystal Lodge & Suites

Excellent location in the centre of Whistler Village, steps from the gondolas that whisk skiers & bikers up Blackcomb & Whistler mountain. After a day on the hills, leave your skis or bike with the valet & take a dip in the heated outdoor pool or ...
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Getting Here and Around

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Getting to Whistler

The 90-minute trip on the Sea-to-Sky Highway from Vancouver to Whistle is one of the most scenic... Read more drives in the province.  Coaches and narrated tours run frequently from Vancouver and the Vancouver International Airport directly to Whistler Village. Or you can take the train: the Rocky Mountaineer’s Whistler Sea to Sky Climb leaves daily from May to September. Floatplanes are another option: Harbour Air can whisk you from downtown Vancouver to Whistler’s Green Lake in about 30 minutes. Even better, combine the train and plane for an unforgettable round trip. Once in Whistler, it’s easy to get around by foot, bus or bike.

Harbour Air

Come aboard for a scenic seaplane flight and experience an authentic west coast way of life.

See Vancouver from a new point of view with a breathtaking seaplane adventure. Enjoy a 20 minute Vancouver panorama flight featuring spectacular...

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Landsea Tours

Landsea Tours & Adventures provide half and full-day sightseeing excursions around Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler, Sea-to-Sky corridor and Vancouver's North Shore. Our highly trained, driver/guides host fun and informative tours conducted on our pr...
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Pacific Coach Lines

Pacific Coach offers daily, scheduled bus service from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) or Downtown Vancouver to Whistler Village. We also offer seasonal sightseeing tours from Vancouver to Victoria, packages, group and charter services inclu...
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Rocky Mountaineer

Rocky Mountaineer offers an unparalleled luxury experience through Western Canada. From Vancouver and Seattle, to the mountain towns of Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper, the train weaves through a mix of cities, towns, and vast landscapes. Experien...
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Whistler Air

See the beauty that British Columbia has to offer from a bird's eye view. Travel between Whistler and Vancouver or Victoria, or take a tour from each of our locations. Whistler Village, coastal islands, ancient glaciers, high alpine lakes, we have...
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