Whistler Activity Ideas for the August 5th Weekend
August is in full swing and this weekends forecast has a sample of every type of weather. We’ve come up with 3 Whistler activities perfect for a mix of sun, cloud, lightening, thunder and rain. As well as our favourite places for a delicious fine dining experience in Whistler.
Whistler Mountain Bike Park (No time limit)
The Whistler Mountain Bike Park is the number 1 lift-accessed downhill bike park in the world. There is 70 hand-crafted trails spread out over four riding zones, offering something for every level of rider. There’s the Fitzsimmons Zone, Garbo Zone, Peak Zone and Creek Zone. Having opened last year the Creekside Gondola, opening up Creek Zone ending right at our back doors. The Creekside Gondola provides access to the Fitz and Garbanzo Zones. Be aware, to ride down to Creekside there are only advanced and expert trails.
If you’re new to the bike park scene, Whistler Blackcomb has bike guides available to help you with riding fundamentals and technique. They will also show you the ins and outs of the park and the trails suited for your level of riding. Taking a lesson will also boost your confidence, preparing you for all the biking adventures to come.
The bike park is not only a sunny day experience, when it's raining out the puddles make for an awesome experience.
ATVing (2 – 6 hours)
Rain or shine, ATVing is an exciting way to spend a few hours. It’s a great activity for groups, couples and solo’s. There are 2 companies that run ATV tours in Whistler. Whistler ATV and Canadian Wilderness Adventures run tours on Blackcomb Mountain and in the Callaghan Valley.
Whistler ATV provides 4 ATV tours and an UTV tour.
- Easy Rider – Perfect for beginners, a leisurely tour with spectacular scenery and gentle forest trails. – 2 hours
- Bushwacker – Suited for all skill levels, taking riders on a variety of terrain and it is also their most popular Tour – 2 hours
- Top of the World – Suites for those that have previous ATV or similar experience. Riders gain access the high alpine trails, with a total of 5000ft of elevation gain. - 3 hours
- Picnic in Paradise – Journey deep into the backcountry and end your tour with a picnic lunch by the water, great for families, groups and couples. – 3 hours
- Side by Sides UTV – Not in an ATV tour but an UTV 4x4 ride with a guide – 2 hours
Canadian Wilderness Adventures offers 4 ATV tours, 4 Jeep Tours and an Off-Road Buggy tour
- Mountain Explorer ATV Tour – Beginner Tour – Explore Blackcomb Mountain, with breathtaking views of the Whistler Valley and snowcapped peaks. A great mix of exploring, sightseeing, and adventure. – 2 hours
- Call of the Wild ATV Tour – Intermediate Tour - Explore the Callaghan Vallet, 4km of single track and tackle the rugged natural terrain through the old growth forest. – 3 hours
- Salmon Bake by ATV - Climb your ATV 6,000 ft up Blackcomb Mountain to a spectacular patio. Listen to the sweet sounds of live entertainment as your chef prepares a Pacific Coast dinner including cedar-planked, maple glazed wild BC Salmon, local vegetables, fresh salads and dessert. – 4 hours
- Wild Wild West ATV Tour – A more challenging ATV ride through the rugged terrain of the Callaghan Valley and along Whistler’s longest single track ATV trail. – 4 hours
- Off Road Buggy: Odyssey Tour – Jump aboard a 4×4 off-road buggy. A guide will teach you how to drive your own 4×4 adventure machine. You will climb rugged mountain roads and forested single track trails.
- Wild West Callaghan Jeep Tour – Climb into an open air Jeep Rubicon and your driver will lead you on a journey into the Callaghan Valley.
- Blackcomb Glacier Safari by Jeep - Take a closer look at Blackcomb Mountain on a Jeep Safari!
- Blackcomb Sunset Jeep Tour - Venture up to Whistler’s best viewing area at 6000ftt for a famous alpine sunset.
- Salmon Bake by Jeep Tour - You’ll enjoy an incredible 4×4 experience of climbing in a Jeep Rubicon, 6,000ft up Blackcomb Mountain to the Horstman Glacier.
Audain Art Museum (No time limit)
Head to the Audain Art Museum to experience the art of British Columbia, from the traditional works of the province’s First Peoples to contemporary masters.
The Audain Art Museum displays Michael Audain and his wife Yoshiko Karasawa extensive art collect. Their collection includes centuries-old Northwest Coast works, some created before European contact, and internationally renowned Vancouver photo-conceptualists of our era. It also houses one of the world’s most important collections of Northwest Coast masks and two dozen fine Emily Carr pieces. The largest collection of coastal artist E.J. Hughes cherished paintings, and art by some of Canada’s most significant post-war modernists, including Jack Shadbolt and Gordon Smith, as well as works by internationally-collected contemporary artists are on display. There are also temporary exhibition galleries with changing exhibitions. High-Class Eats:
Delicious Whistler Fine Dining Experiences:
- Rim Rock Cafe - Whistler's Place for Fish and Game
- Araxi Restaurant and Oyster Bar
- Bearfoot Bistro
- The Firerock Lounge
- Hy’s Steak House and Cocktail Bar
- Sidecut Modern Steak House and Bar
Have a great weekend in Whistler!
Photo Credit: Justa Jeskova - bike park, Audain Art Museum; Mike Crane - ATV