If you are looking for the best things to do in Whistler in July then you are in the right place! Whistler is one of the best resorts in North America and the number one resort in Canada. But it is not just a ski resort. It actually receives more visitors in the summer months than in the ski season in the winter! In the summer, visitors take advantage of dozens of Whistler summer activities. Hiking, biking, paddling, golfing, swimming, and dining are just some of the reasons why Whistler is so popular in July!
Whistler offers stunning glacier-fed lakes, its old-growth forest walking, hiking and biking trails, golf courses, and West Coast beauty, as well as the jagged mountain alpine on Whistler and Blackcomb. These are connected at mid-mountain by the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola and meet at the bottom in Whistler Village.
I have visited Whistler at all times of the year and I still cannot decide if I like it more in the winter or the summer. But I am honestly leaning towards the summer months! There is nothing better than being able to bike all over town, enjoy the alpine lakes and take in the European vibe of this wonderful place.
Whether it is your first visit to Whistler in July or you come back year after year, by the time you get to the bottom of this post, your itinerary will be packed full of epic things to do in Whistler this July!
Things to do in Whistler in July
Important Dates and Events:
July 1st – Canada Day
July 21-30th 2023 – Whistler Crankworx
Whistler Summer Concert Series July 2023 Lineup
From classical music and indie pop to chilled-out beats, R&B and rock bands, Whistler Olympic Plaza is the place to be for free, outdoor concerts all summer long. Bring your picnic blanket and grab a spot on the great lawn or dance up at the stage to live DJ sets before the headlining performers begin at 7:30.
Dates: July 1, 6, 7, 13, 14,
Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza
Notes: Complimentary, secured bike valet is available on site.
Whistler in July: Ride the Peak to Peak Gondola
Whistler Blackcomb’s world record-setting PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola transforms the high alpine experience with new, awe-inspiring vistas as it bridges the gap between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. It is one of the perfect things to do in Whistler in July because of the stunning views and warm and pleasant weather.
The PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, as part of the world’s longest continuous lift system, introduces summer guests to unprecedented access to Whistler Blackcomb’s high alpine for sightseeing, hiking, and mountain-top dining. The PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola travels a span of 4.4 kilometers/2.73 miles in about 10 minutes.
While on Whistler or Blackcomb, there are dozens of alpine hikes to take advantage of. Plan for at least two hours just to get up the mountain, ride across and ride back down. I suggest while you are on one of the mountains, grab something to eat or take a short hike.
Location: On Whistler or Blackcomb. Access via Blackcomb Gondola or Whistler Village Gondola.
Ticket Prices for 2023: Adults $90, Teen (13-18) $80, Child (7-12) $45, Tot (3-6) FREE, Seniors (65+) $80.
Notes: Pack a water bottle and bug spray!
A world-famous festival celebrating the heart and soul of gravity-fuelled mountain biking, Crankworx Whistler brings together the best riders and biggest bike fans in the world for 10 days of racing, slopestyle competitions, Kidsworx events, and bike demos.
10am daily – Demos and Expos in the Village as well as day lots 1 and 2
Get the full Crankworx schedule here
Ziplining in Whistler in July
Ziplining in Whistler in July is perfect for the adrenaline junkie. It is actually available all year long! You can zipline from the village or you can go to nearby Cougar Mountain.
You can book here for Ziptrek and book here for Superfly. I have done Superfly and it is amazing (and very high!!!) Both actually operate all year round, but in July the weather is wonderful! Wear layers and bug spray!
Take A Food Tour
Take a break from biking and hiking the alpine forest to indulge in some fine British Columbia cuisine. Food tours are popular in almost every city and Whistler is no exception. You can take an early evening food tour with an expert foodie when you visit Whistler in July.
This luxury experience also has a wine add-on and ends early enough in the evening to have a nightcap.
Book Online in advance: here
Whistler’s Farmers Market
Farmer’s Markets attract more than just locals. If you are spending the summer at Whistler, pop into the Whistler Farmers Market happening every Sunday in July! The market showcases a wide variety of products including fruit, produce, meat, seafood, and honey, as well as hot and artisan foods, cold drinks, liquor, and a wide range of artistic creators. If you are looking for one of the free things to do in Whistler in July, this is a great option and the perfect way to support locals.
Dates: Sundays in July (as well as Saturday July 1st 2023)
Hours: 11am – 4pm
Location: Upper Village Stroll
Bike the Valley Trail in Whistler
One of the most popular free things to do in Whistler in July (if you are driving here locally) is to bike. There are bike-friendly paths all over town, making it one of the easiest ways to get around! If you are not local, there are bike rental shops all over! The network of paved bike paths connects all of Whistler’s neighborhoods, lakes, and local forests.
There are even e-bikes that now be rented! The Evolve Bike Share program is designed with the Whistler resident in mind but I personally think that the visitor to Whistler will get a lot more fun out of using them! The cost is .35/minute plus $1 unlock fee. If you want to keep it for more than an hour, there is a $20 surcharge (consider a day rental somewhere else if this is the case). However if you are looking to ride from the village into Rainbow Park for example, it is the perfect car-free way to get to the lake!
WhistlerEvolve E-Bike Share Locations: Whistler Olympic Plaza, Rainbow Park, Fitzsimmons Connector and Meadow Park Sports Centre
Go Rafting on the Green River
This whitewater rafting trip takes you just north of Whistler Village to the Green River, which provides the perfect combination of fun bouncy rapids and spectacular scenery surrounded by snow-capped mountains. It is the perfect choice for first-timers or for those who want a bit of excitement but not too much! The Class 2 and 3 rapids are fun and exciting for everyone and the views on Green Lake and along the Green River make for a stunning day.
This takes about 3 hours and is a ton of fun.
Location: Leaves from Cougar Mountain Base Camp, home of TAG Whistler
Book Online: Here
Try the Whistler Single Track
These trails are maintained by the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) and there is no charge to use them! Right next to Lost Lake is a perfect singletrack for those who want to get a feel for mountain biking. If you have done it before or are looking for more trails there are quite a few green, blue and black options.
You can get the singletrack map from the city of Whistler here.
One of my favorite things is to bring up our e-bikes and ride these trails!
Paddleboard Alta Lake
There are plenty of lakes to paddle board while in Whistler and it is one of the best July activities when the lakes are warm! If you do not own your own board, head over to Wayside park (off Highway 99) between Whistler Village and Whistler Creekside and grab a SUP (or kayak or canoe) rental from Whistler Eco Tours (WET). This is a popular spot as the current takes paddlers down the lake towards the other end (neat Rainbow Park and the start of the River of Golden Dreams). If you start your paddle at Wayside Park you have lots of room to enjoy the lake, just remember it will likely be a tougher paddle back against the waves!
The downside to Wayside Park is that the parking lot off Hwy 99 is quite small. But there is parking alongside the highway and there is an easy bike trail to ride from Whistler Creekside of Whistler Village if you have a bike.
Another popular place to base yourself for a paddle is on the other side of the lake at Rainbow Park. There is a huge grassy area and a shallow beach entry as well as a dock entry.
Rental Costs for a Stand-Up Paddleboard at Wayside Park: $42 / Hour $126 / Half Day (4 Hours) $210
Whistler Train Wreck Hike
Hiking in Whistler in July is one of the most popular outdoor activities you can do. There are dozens of hikes taking you around the village, to alpine meadows, waterfalls, snow walls, lakes, and gorgeous views, and all levels and abilities are welcome. One of the easier hikes (or some like to call it a walk) is the Whistler Train Wreck Hike. It is just south of the Village, at Function Junction.
Beautifully colored graffiti covers up rusty train car boxes that have been lying among the trees in the forest for close to 70 years. Over time this train wreck became more than a locals’ secret and just a few years ago a path was built, along with a suspension bridge, to give visitors access to the site (without having to illegally walk on the train tracks to get there).
The trail is suitable for all ages and is even stroller-friendly until you get up to the train car area. It is well worth a trip to the train wreck to learn about the 1950s derailment and how the box cars came to lie wedged between towering cedars and fir trees.
Paddle the River of Golden Dreams
The Whistler River of Golden Dreams is a 5 kilometre river that flows from Alta Lake to Green Lake. The river takes at least a couple of hours to complete and can be done in a canoe, kayak or stand up paddleboard. Some also attempt to float the river, but the current does make it a bit tricky as branches overhang the river most of the way. Taking a tour is a popular way to traverse the river.
If you are looking for the perfect eco-experience in Whistler in the summer, a paddle down the River of Golden Dreams is the perfect activity. Rent a canoe or kayak from Whistler Eco Tours or book a tour guide to take you on your journey!
Location: Alta Lake to Green Lake
Rentals: Whistler Eco Tours
Prices: Vary depending on rental
SLCC Squamish Li’wat Cultural Centre
Open year-round, the SLCC brings together the vibrant cultures of two local Indigenous groups in one beautiful space. It offers a glimpse into the traditional life of the Indigenous people (the Squamish and the Li-wat people) who inhabited the region that Whistler is part of.
There is an hourly guided tour that gives you a glimpse into the Squamish and the Li-wat people who lived in this region! On the main level you can find a gift shop, perfect for local souvenir shopping, as well as a cafe.
Plan for about 1 hour here.
Location: 4584 Blackcomb Way
Hours: 10am to 5pm. Tours are hourly on the hour from 10am-4pm
Prices: Adults $20.00 Students (13-18) $7.00 Children (6-12) $5.00 Family Pass $45.00 (up to 2 adults and 2 youth under 18)
More Whistler Travel Resources for 2023
If you are still in the planning stages, this information will help you plan your visit to Whistler.
Start with how to get from Vancouver to Whistler. If you are from out of town, there are ways to get to Whistler without a car.
Shopping? Whistler Village has plenty of shopping options from clothing, to gear to souvenirs. Make sure you read this post on Whistler souvenirs before your trip!
5 Things to pack for a Summer Whistler Trip
Make sure you have these things packed for your trip to Whistler
- Sunscreen and hat: With plenty of beach and pool time (and hiking time too), make sure you have a hat and sunscreen.
- Bug Spray: depending where you are, the bugs can be bad. If you are headed to the alpine lakes, you will need it for sure. At dusk it is bad on the trails around Whistler village, as well as at the skate park.
- Bathing Suit: Do not forget your bathing suit. Pools and lakes are what make Whistler so great in the warmer months
- Comfortable shoes: Even if you are not a hiker, there are plenty of walking trails in the village. Whistler Village is such a walkable area and with a focus on eco-experiences, park the car and walk as much as you can.
- Bikes: If you are a local, consider bringing a bike! The village trails are perfect to bike to the lakes, and all over the village. Most people will bike to dinner and places like the farmer’s market. This helps limit your car use as well! ALl hotels offer bike valet or bike storage for visitors.
That is far from all, read my Guide to What to wear in Whistler which has a complete packing list for visiting at any time of the year.
Where to Stay in Whistler
Below I have listed some popular properties in Whistler to stay.
Four Seasons Whistler – The Four Seasons is one of Whistler’s luxury 5 star properties. The Four Seasons Whistler has a swimming pool and hot tub. They offer a bike valet that is convenient and safe. In the winter, I love the ski valet option where you can leave your skis at the ski hill instead of having to bring them back to the hotel. Four Seasons is located in the Upper Village near the Blackcomb Gondola. If you are visiting as a family, they offer playpens or cribs and high chairs for guests. They also offer childproofing items, art class, a seasonal playroom, and little luxuries like kids bath robes.
Delta Hotel Whistler – The Delta offers rooms with full kitchens. This is ideal for those who like condo style accommodation but want the convenience of a hotel. There is coin laundry on site which may be needed to dry out wet ski gear. The Delta offers babysitting services as well. There is a heated indoor/outdoor pool as well as a hot tub. The Delta is in Whistler Village close to everything.
AirBNB‘s are another great option as they offer more space. Most are designed for 4 or more people making them perfect for families or trips with friends. You can read more about Whistler AirBNB’s or check out my go-to favorite here. One downside to AirBNB’s is that they are not all in the village.
Lindsay Nieminen is the creator of UncoveringBC.com. She grew up and still lives in the suburbs of Vancouver with her family. She aims to inspire inform, and educate others about traveling in her home province of British Columbia. She is also the creator of carpediemourway.com which aims to show parents how to seek out adventure at home or abroad, with their children in tow!