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Summer fun in Whistler

Outdoor activities galore

Biking the Top of the World Trail in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Photo credit: Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane

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Whistler is well-known as one of the top ski resorts in North America, but it is also a great destination for a summer vacation. If you are an outdoor enthusiast, up your game with a trip to Whistler this summer and try a variety of adrenaline-packed adventures.

The Tourism Whistler Official Destination website,, has fun suggestions for activities, and you can book right on the site. Thinking about white water rafting? Search the info, and three different rafting companies come up with a variety of trips. It's a one-stop shop for everything Whistler. When a tamer experience just won't do, here are a few options to step up your game.

Whistler Mountain Bike Park
Those ski lifts turn into bike lifts in the summer, and this is your chance to try your hand at an exhilarating downhill biking experience. It's designed for all levels and abilities, with trails rated like ski trails: green through double black. If that's not enough of a rush, purchase a Peak Ticket (only 150 are available each day), and attempt the Top of the World alpine trail. It begins at the top of Whistler Mountain and descends a jaw-dropping 5,000 feet.

Whistler Via Ferrata Tour
Always wanted to rock climb or mountaineer but have no experience? Then this is the trip for you.  The Via Ferrata ("Iron Way") is an engineered vertical pathway utilizing metal rung ladders and fixed cables to climb Whistler Mountain. You don't need any skills but must be very fit as this is a rated strenuous activity. Enjoy big skies, alpine views and see snow in the summer. This is a great activity for families with a sense of adventure.

Rolling Thunder
This is a bobsleigh on wheels. The experience starts with a safety briefing, followed by a tour of the venue, which was the site of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Then you take a track walk that builds the anticipation. Next, your professional bobsleigh pilot will take you on a stomach-churning thrill ride through the corners and curves of one of the fastest bobsleigh tracks in the world:  you will reach speeds up to 56 MPH on the final "Thunderbird Corner."

Après in Whistler
In Whistler after a high-adventure day, afternoon tea just won't cut it -- you need to après ("after"), a period following an activity. In Whistler that's not just après-ski; it's year-round. This is the time of day where you sit down for a beverage and snack and relive your epic adventure experience. The key to a good après experience is finding the right outdoor patio and picking a venue that's right for your vibe.  Tourism Whistler helps by listing venues by style on its website, Categories include: Craft Beer-y, Fancy, Classic, Family, Dance-y, Sporty, and Nineteenth Hole. There truly is something for everyone.

This just scratches the surface of adrenaline-fueled activities available in Whistler. Check out the zip line article in this Summer Guide for another Whistler option.

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