Alright, kids: we’ve had our first taste of summer, and dang, it tasted GOOD!
Summer in Whistler feels a lot like the summers you spent as a kid: think playing with your friends outside all day, biking to the lake, and lots and lots of grass stains. Just like those magical days of your youth, though, summer will be over before you know it. Make the most of it!
Whether this is your first Whistler summer or your 50th, here’s a nice little bucket list to get you started towards the Best Summer Ever.
Float Down the River of Golden Dreams
Make a trip down to the Squamish Wal-Mart and pick out the snazziest-looking Explorer 200 (don’t snipe a 100—rookie mistake). Fill your water bottle with some refreshments, and float, baby, float.
Make Use of Those Mountains
In case you didn’t know, we live among some pretty beautiful mountains—so go climb them. Beginners can meander the High Note Trail, those looking for a good reward for not too much work can head to Squamish and conquer the Chief, and people looking for a full day quest can hike Black Tusk or Wedge.
Enjoy those impossible starry nights on a camping trip—can be combined with “Epic Hike”.
Music Festival Life
With the Pemberton Music Festival in July and the Squamish Valley Music Festival in August, you have no excuses for missing out on a weekend of tunes, jorts and flower crowns.
Partake in GO Fest
If you haven’t yet heard of the Get Outdoors Festival, it’s time to crawl out from underneath that rock you’ve been hiding beneath. There are an outrageous number of events and activities going on during the May long weekend. Be a part of something.
Get a Hole-in-One in Frolf
You might never actually attain the elusive hole-in-one, but you should at least give it the old college try. Grab a disc and some buddies, and spend several afternoons working on your skills.
Kill it at Crankworx
Even if you’re not into downhill mountain biking, you’ll want to set aside some time to appreciate the gnarly stuff some people can do on a bike. Don’t forget to check out the Deep Summer Photo Competition under the stars.
Revive Sports Day
Combine as many awesome sports as humanly possible into one day. Combinations might include biking, skiing, golfing, wakeboarding and swimming.
Do Some Good
Branch out a little and give a little back to this community that gives you so much, and spend a day (or more!) volunteering. Between IronMan, GranFondo, GO Fest and all the other events taking place in Whistler this summer, there’s an opportunity for you to hand out cups of water or stand along a race route giving athletes a thumbs up. You’ll probably get a free t-shirt, too!
Aim to participate in one barbecue per week. Take it upon yourself to branch out beyond the traditional beef burger—perhaps a bison burger with brie and pears is a good place to start.
Okay, Whistler, help me build my own Whistler summer bucket list. If I’ve missed anything, leave it in the comments.