In the know: What to expect in Whistler this summer!
Following BC’s summer restart program, we are able to share the beauty of Whistler once again with visitors from the province and beyond. Find out what’s different this season so you can pre plan and get the best out of your visit.
Before you arrive:
Building on the success of the safe and enjoyable summer we had last year, Tourism Whistler has increased the information available for travellers to help you plan a trip to remember. Visit their dedicated Covid-19 protocols page to read up on current health restrictions in the region as well as vital sources of information for your stay and even what businesses/restaurants are operating fully around town.
Plan and Book
Especially important this summer, ensure to pre-book accommodation for your required stay, consider staying past the weekend when the crowds disperse and the village relaxes a little. Restaurants and tours are operating at a lower occupancy than previous years so for peace of mind, pop in that dinner reservation and book that dream bear viewing tour before you arrive. It means your stay will be much more relaxing from the get-go and with flexible cancellation policies, most are easy to change.
Check..and check again!
It’s been a tough year and hopefully we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, however, things can still change quickly in accordance with public health orders. Set your expectations by checking your bookings and updates in the area you are visiting. The Doors open Directory is a great resource to check what’s happening with Whistler businesses and the protocols they have in place!
Dont forget your mask!
We’re all looking forward to the day we can put the thought of masks behind us, but right now they’re still mandatory in enclosed spaces (restaurants/shops/gondolas etc) and Whistler Bike Park (lining up and on the lifts!) . So be prepared- pack your reusable to avoid last minute stress at venues.
When you arrive:
Its time to have fun, let your dream adventure begin!
On arrival, Whistler may seem like a huge area with so much to explore..and you wouldnt be wrong! However the whole town is interconnected with 46km of beautiful trail networks for walking, running, biking, skating…you choose! You can access every lake and neighbourhood in the valley via the valley trail, meaning you can leave the car at home.
Go Green initiative
This summer the RMOW (Resort Municipality of Whistler) is running FREE secure bike valet at Whistler Olympic Plaza, Lost Lake Park and Rainbow Park as well as FREE shuttles from the village for both parks too. So consider bringing your bike along and save not only on gas but the added stress of finding and paying for parking. (Bike valets available Fri/Sat/Sun and holidays from 19th June, from summer 2021 pay parking will be implemented at most Whistler parks at $2ph)
Consider a hike or bike that is more off the beaten path. The village stroll tends to be busy so if you’re looking for a little more personal space, try exploring the Cheakamus, Function Junction and Rainbow neighbourhoods where you’ll find flowing rivers, waterfalls, old train wrecks and fantastic local businesses to fuel up at. Find maps and other great trail info all in one place here.
Looking to head up the mountain?
Unlike this Winter season, a reservation will not be needed to head up Whistler or Blackcomb mountain although stringent Covid-19 measures are still in place to keep everyone safe. Pre-book your tickets for both Whistler bike park and Whistler sightseeing to avoid disappointment. Pack lunch and water to avoid queues in Roundhouse/Rendevous, take plenty of layers (it can still get pretty chilly at the Peak even on the sunniest day!) and don’t forget your sunscreen!
We have some pretty awesome local businesses here in Whistler that cater for everyone and everything. Whether you need a new raincoat, some delicious snacks for a day at the lake or want to try some local cuisine for dinner, Whistler has you covered. Not only does this enhance the local community but you may discover a secret locals tip to enhance your own trip from these interactions!
We cant wait to welcome you back this summer, if you have some dates in mind and are looking for the perfect property as a base for your vacation, we have several properties here at Whistler Breaks that may be a fit. Contact us here.