Whistler is truly one of the most beautiful places in the world. Whether you’re travelling from within Canada or coming from outside, Whistler combines breathtaking scenery and an endless array of fun activities to make this the trip of a lifetime.
Before your trip, take the time to explore the vast range of activity options so you can plan each day to the very last detail. We can help you. We offer summer courses for high school credit that help students explore all that Whistler has to offer while enriching their lives for the years to come.
Let’s review summer activities that make Whistler a top destination for travellers.
Enjoy the Peak-to-Peak Experience
The peak-to-peak gondola lift connects Whistler with the nearby mountain Blackcomb. This unforgettable ride gives you mesmerizing views of the local scenery, featuring glaciers, volcanic peaks and vast fields of wildflowers. The Peak-to-Peak Experience lays claim to the record for the highest lift of its kind, at 1,427 feet above the valley floor below.
You can also walk between the Whistler peak and the West Ridge via the Cloudraker Sky Bridge where you’ll have a birds-eye view of the Whistler bowl. It’s the perfect introduction to the transcendent beauty of the area.
Access the Country’s Finest Provincial Parks
Choosing Whistler as your summer destination gives you direct access to some of the finest provincial parks in Canada.
Brandywine Park is the perfect choice for those planning a trip this summer. The park features one of the many waterfalls in the Whistler area. And it’s conveniently located just a short drive away from the centre of town. One of the reasons so many visit Brandywine as part of their Whistler experience is the park is dog and bike-friendly, so there are many ways to experience the lush green surroundings.
Another option for Whistler visitors is Garibaldi Provincial Park, named after the nearby peak of Mount Garibaldi. You can explore the hiking trails up to the Red Heather Hut or experience the rolling meadows on your way to Elfin Lakes. For those planning an adventure trip, Garibaldi Provincial Park is in an ideal central location giving you nearby access to stunning natural attractions such as Helm Glacier, Castle Towers and Black Tusk.
A third option for a provincial park visit would be Shannon Falls Provincial Park. Standing 335 Meters tall, Shannon Falls is the third tallest waterfall in BC. The Sea to Sky Gondola (open year round) will take you 885m above sea level and offers stunning views of Howe Sound and coastal mountains. At the base of the falls you’ll find a boardwalk and trails that will allow you to explore the area. It’s also home to a popular picnic spot. The park is located by the Sea to Sky highway (north of Vancouver), just below Squamish.
Explore the Alpine Village
At the centre of Whistler is its alpine village, where you’ll find dozens of shops and restaurants. There are also numerous activities to enjoy within the area. The full range of food and activity options in Whistler is part of what makes the village so inviting to all visitors.
Go Whitewater Rafting
For the adventure sports enthusiast, whitewater rafting in Whistler represents one of the best ways to enjoy the rushing waters throughout Whistler and the surrounding regions. With its glacial runoffs and pristine mountain rivers, Whistler is a rafting dreamland. And there’s a river option for all rafters. Whether you’re new to rafting or have experience, you can select a style of activity that matches your skill levels and your preferences. The options include rafting on the Green, Lower Cheakamus, Elah and Squamish Rivers.
Day trip to Vancouver
Being the third largest city in Canada, Vancouver has a lot to offer! Even if you’re just there for one day. Between museums, art galleries, great food, and shopping districts – there’s plenty to explore. The city also hosts beautiful views of the Rocky Mountains as well as the Pacific Ocean. Some must see spots if you’re there for 24 hours include: Stanley Park, the Vancouver Aquarium, Granville Island Public Market, Vancouver Art Gallery, Gastown and the Port of Vancouver, and many more!
Turn to Global Summers Academy for Whistler Experiences
For decades, our organization has given students direct access to travel experiences that provide a foundation for success for the rest of their lives. We offer a full range of summer courses for high school credit requirements and an assortment of Whistler trip options.