Just in time for the weekend: Whistler Locals' Summer Secrets

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Being a Whistler local is a special thing, something many Canadians aspire to, but few achieve! Our local guide Laurie is fortunate to have spent nearly 40 years living in this stunning mountain community, where some of the world’s best hiking, biking, skiing and dining is merely steps away. Today she shares with us a few of the things you should do if you ever find yourself in her hometown on a summer’s day. (The forecast for this weekend is a perfect sunny and 24 degrees!)

First time Whistler visitors can be overwhelmed by the layout of the Whistler Village and the myriad of activities and choices that are offered for them to enjoy.

One of the best ways to enjoy Whistler Village is to pull out a map and head for the closest coffee shop for a quick cuppa while you have a chance to get your bearings and determine the types of activities on offer while you are enjoying your morning java.

Whistler Village itself offers a wide variety of locations for dining, shopping and enjoying our local arts scene. In addition, cultural facilities, such as the Whistler Museum, Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, Whistler Olympic Celebration Plaza and Whistler Library offer unique opportunities for visitors to interact with local residents.

The opening of the Whistler Olympic Celebration Plaza on the July 1 weekend was seen as a major turning point in the Village entertainment scene as a new state of the art outdoor theatre venue in addition to display areas, large open spaces and the Olympic Rings will be on display permanently, along with numerous public art pieces. This plaza will become the anchor for the Village; with large outdoor entertainment spaces that will be programmed regularly you will not want to miss viewing this special place.

Signposts lead visitors to the easy walking trails to Lost Lake, one of our many local parks, connected by the famous Valley Trail. This trail is easily accessible for wheelchair-users or easy walking and takes visitors to one of the area’s lovely spots that Whistler locals have enjoyed for many years. Lost Lake features a beautiful beach and swimming area with a lighted walking trail completely surrounding the lake, making for a nice afternoon or evening stroll. The beach features a barbecue area and washroom facilities along with a local summer concession providing food services.

One of our newest additions to Whistler is the famous Peak to Peak Gondola which provides an exhilarating experience as you travel between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. The views are unparalleled and the thrill of seeing our Whistler Valley and our many bears from a safe distance is win-win!

If you are hungry, there is truly something for everyone in Whistler: with over 90 restaurants you won’t run out of options. In addition, the Whistler Farmers Market runs on Sundays and Wednesdays and features our locally grown produce from the Pemberton Valley.

If you’d like to learn more about the history or Whistler, or perhaps start a conversation about the town’s culinary scene, you can contact Laurie here: Laurie’s Guide Page.
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