summer in Whistler

Whistler is synonymous with world-class skiing— it’s a natural playground of breathtaking landscapes, snow-topped mountains and vibrant après ski culture. However, locals will attest that Whistler’s charm is anything but seasonal. Whether you are keen to partake in the region’s multitude of outdoor adventures or you’d prefer to take a more leisurely route by indulging in outdoor spas and shaded patios, Whistler is a bustling community rich in variety and ready to explore. 

Here are just some of our favourite ways to enjoy Whistler this summer:

Alta Bistro
Whistler Village is filled with fantastic restaurants, and Alta Bistro ranks highly on the list of its best. Find innovative French cuisine made with local farm-sourced ingredients in a cozy dining room. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the tasting menu, but if you’re looking for something more laid-back, order the cheeseburger— you won’t be disappointed, no matter which route you take. 

While this Whistler institution has multiple Vancouver outposts, there’s a distinct charm to its flagship location. Long queues spill out onto the street, filled with hungry locals and visitors alike who are eager to feast on this bakery’s freshly-made treats. With muffins and scones pilled high atop the counter, your eyes might be bigger than your stomach when it comes time to make a decision, so be ready to share with your group should you order more than necessary.  

On a summer afternoon, there’s nothing like a trip to the Araxi patio. Located in the heart of Whistler Village, it’s the perfect place for people-watching as you drink a frosty cocktail with a plate of kushi oysters and a side of crispy french fries. With an extensive wine list and an upscale menu of delicious coastal fare, Araxi is booked solid year-round for good reason, but the summer is when it truly shines. 

Il Caminetto
Owned by the same restaurant group as Araxi, Il Caminetto is one of Whistler’s most reliable Italian restaurants. With its family-friendly menu —after all, spaghetti pomodoro is a favourite amongst people of all ages— and sophisticated atmosphere, Il Caminetto is a great destination for families of all sizes. For larger parties, the private room provides an intimate environment to connect over pasta and wine. 

Splitz Grill
On the casual end of the dining spectrum, Splitz Grill is a longstanding burger joint famed for its charbroiled buns and liberal use of barbecue sauce. Order ahead to pick up a bag of burgers on your way home for an afternoon hike, or take your dining tray out back to its lush garden and enjoy your meal in the sun. 

% Arabica
Although it’s not yet open to the public, % Arabica will surely be a mainstay for Whistler coffee lovers once it is. Hailing from Kyoto, Japan, this futuristic coffee shop celebrates coffee through a distinctly global lens. Using Hawaiian beans, a special Japanese roaster, and a famous espresso machine, % Arabica shops are popping up around the globe, inviting customers to “see the world through coffee.”

Southside Diner
This Creekside diner has been serving up classic breakfast staples for twenty years. Praised for its strong coffee and no-fuss attitude, Southside is a must-visit for anyone in search of a big, satisfying breakfast. On a quirkier note, there’s a laundromat upstairs. The diner will make change for you if needed, and you can grab something to eat while you wait for your wash cycle to end. 

Scandinave Spa
Escape from daily life at this serene outdoor spa, only a short drive from Whistler Village. Purchase a day pass to cycle through the hot/cold circuit of steams, saunas, and plunge pools, and bring a book to bask in a hammock or lounge chair as you wait for your massage appointment. Since there’s no talking allowed on-site, Scandinave is a perfect solo mission for anyone in need of some “me” time. 

The Docks at Alta Lake 
Whistler’s countless lakes offer refuge from the summer heat, each with its own distinct vibe and, in many cases, climate. For example, Green Lake is not for the faint of heart. Fed by glacial runoff, it’s notoriously chilly year-round. Alta Lake, however, is wonderful, especially if you visit its Blueberry Hill docks. After a short walk through the wooded part of this residential neighbourhood, you’ll find half a dozen or so long docks ready to claim for a peaceful summer afternoon on the water. Pack an inflatable raft if you want to paddle leisurely down the River of Golden Dreams, a lazy river that connects to the lake. 

Whistler Sasquatch Zipline
While there are endless ways to appreciate the region’s natural beauty, Whistler Zipline is one of the most thrilling. As the longest zipline in Canada, you’ll soar above the trees as you descend 7000 feet over Blackcomb Mountain’s forests, lakes, and peaks. Those with a fear of heights might prefer to stay with their feet planted firmly on the ground, but for adventure-seekers, this is a riveting way to see Whistler from up above. 

These are just some of the many ways to discover this exciting mountain town. If you’re ready to make Whistler your weekend escape or forever home, contact a rennie advisor to learn more about homes for sale in the area.