Whistler may be better known for its excellent skiing in Canada, with the Coast Mountains resort in British Columbia making up part of the largest ski area in North America, but in the summer months this destination is still full of energy.
Wanderlust Whistler Festival
From July 28th, Wanderlust Whistler offers a unique experience for those looking to bring a sense of zen to their Canadian holiday in British Columbia. This five-day festival welcomes like-minded guests to the stunning Whistler resort, offering a full schedule of activities ranging from fitness to meditation. Providing a long weekend of yoga workshops, mindfulness lessons, musical performances and talks from leading speakers, the festival is sure to soothe your soul and makes for the perfect retreat after a week of sightseeing in Vancouver.
Heading straight for the mountains? Simply take your flight to Vancouver from the UK and Whistler resort is just an hour and a half away from the city’s international airport. If you fancy stopping over first, British Columbia’s capital has plenty to see and do and with several top attractions in Vancouver you may want to stay in the city for a few days.
Once you make it to the Wanderlust festival, enjoy guided hikes through the majestic landscapes of Whistler’s coastal mountains, exploring the incredible wildlife and learning more about the region. If you’re keen to try something new, why not have a go at rock climbing or even stand-up paddleboard yoga? Alternatively, the festival’s line-up of talks from expert authors and teachers should keep you engaged for hours.
In the evenings you’ll tuck into some of the freshest dishes available, with skilled chefs and farmers supplying quality sustainable ingredients to offer the most delicious food for the soul. Dance off your dinner to the nightly entertainment, featuring performances from the likes of singer José González.
Summer in Whistler
If you’re not attending the festival but want the full summertime-in-Whistler experience, you’ll find a number of world-class alpine facilities on offer. Visit the picturesque Whistler Village for that cosy chalet feel without the cold where you can relax in a café, invest in some retail therapy or explore colourful First Nations art in the area’s galleries. There are also spas, gyms and beauty salons on site to promote wellness and relaxation while you’re visiting, but perhaps the best way to blow out the cobwebs is with a morning swim at one of the lakes in the Whistler Blackcomb area.
Summer is a great time of year to visit Whistler, as this otherwise popular winter destination suddenly fills up with seasonal activities to try your hand at. Try lakeside fishing or kayaking, horseback riding on the hills or simply indulge in the Mountain Top BBQ every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening until October.
A favourite summertime activity on the Coast Mountains is biking and as the snow melts away, you’ll find plenty of cycle paths to explore on two wheels! Head to the Whistler Mountain Bike Park for equipment hire and to learn more about the bike trails. You can also take advantage of ski lifts out of the winter season, as they offer prime access for bikers in the summer too.
Whether you’re looking to enjoy the great outdoors in this attractive part of the world or learn more about leading a mindful existence, Wanderlust Whistler is your chance to revive and maybe discover a new way of thinking in the process!