story starters

Whistler Vibe

Welcome to Tourism Whistler's monthly media newsletter, featuring what's new, what’s happening, and what makes Whistler a top year-round destination.

June 2017

Tweet Button Click to Tweet: Join the party in #Whistler for @canada150th - street entertainment, special events & free performances @VSOrchestra


ThinkBike Whistler (formerly OuterBike) | June 1-4
Arts Whistler Presents The Chili Thom Experience  | June 2-26
The North Face Whistler Half Marathon | June 3
Brickworks Public House presents Cask Night: Bridge Brewing vs. Vancouver Island  | June 8
Helly Hansen Comfortably Numb Trail Running Race  | June 10
Toughest Mudder, Tough Mudder & Tough Mudder Half Whistler | June 17-18
Whistler Downhill BC Cup  | June 24-25
Canada Day 150 Celebrations  | July 1
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Performances  | July 1-2

What's Happening

Summer Alpine Experiences

Summer Alpine Experiences

Whistler Blackcomb has announced its summer developments. Highlights include:

Completion of the Blackcomb Ascent Trails: This summer will see the completion of the Blackcomb Ascent Trails with the addition of the ‘Heart Burn’ trail. This final section completes the uphill hiking trails starting at Whistler’s valley bottom and finishing at Rendezvous Lodge on Blackcomb Mountain. Expected opening is July 1.

Announcement of Peak Suspension Bridge and West Ridge Viewpoint:  Whistler Blackcomb has confirmed construction this summer of a new suspension bridge at the top of Whistler Mountain, which will span more than 130 metres from the top of the Peak Chair to the West Ridge Viewpoint. The new lookouts signal the resort’s commitment to the Renaissance project, and will be finished in the fall and open to the public for winter 2017/18.

Mountain Top Summer Feast: Commencing on Saturday, June 17 the Mountain Top Summer Feast takes place at 1,800 metres in the Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler Mountain. Guests will enjoy a chef’s choice menu, paired with live music and mountain top views.

Hunter Gather

Whistler Cooks opening eatery and taphouse: Hunter Gather

Whistler Cooks, the largest off-site caterer in the Sea to Sky region, has announced the opening of Hunter Gather - a Village based eatery and taphouse featuring locally crafted food, and beer supplied Coast Mountain Brewing. Opening early June (date still under wraps) on Main Street, Hunter Gather is a place for authentic food made with passion.


NEW adventure tour: Glacier Glissading

Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures summer mountaintop adventures have commenced, departing above 1,800m at the top of the Whistler Gondola. New this summer is Glacier Glissading - the thrill of sliding down glacier snow combined with an interpretive discovery of a 10,000+ year old glacier.

NEW: Bike. Eat. Relax. Repeat.

NEW: Bike. Eat. Relax. Repeat.

June 29 – July 2, 2017

New in 2017, Nita Lake Lodge and Basecamp Fitness have partnered to offer a road bike and relaxation retreat over the Canada Day long weekend. Included in the three-night stay at Nita Lake Lodge are two days of guided riding that will explore Whistler and the surrounding areas by road bike, along with a farewell three course dinner with wine paring at Aura Restaurant.

Whistler Children’s Festival

Whistler Children’s Festival

July 7 – 9, 2017

The Whistler Children’s Festival is a weekend celebration of creativity and art for kids and families. With a diverse lineup of live performers, workshops, entertainment and activities, this festival is the largest of its kind in the region. Celebrating its 34th year, the festival kicks off on Friday, July 7 with a free all-ages Pyjama Party.

BC Bike Race

BC Bike Race

July 6 – 13, 2017

BC Bike Race is the brainchild of a passionate group of mountain bike and adventure race professionals based on the West Coast of British Columbia. This seven-day mountain bike stage race tours B.C.'s coast - the trails, towns and lifestyle. On Thursday, July 13th riders will cross the finish line at Rainbow Park in Whistler, followed by a celebratory banquet.

Ironman Canada

Subaru IRONMAN® Canada and Subaru IRONMAN® 70.3 Canada

July 30, 2017

One of the toughest triathlons in the world returns to Whistler for its fifth year on Sunday, July 30. More than 2,000 athletes will take on Whistler's lakes, mountain roads and Valley Trail network across two endurance events – the Subaru IRONMAN® Canada and Subaru IRONMAN® 70.3 Canada.  From the thrilling early morning start in Alta Lake to the triumphant finish adjacent to Whistler Olympic Plaza, this is an awe-inspiring day for spectators and participants alike, with special events, activities and an exciting atmosphere unique to the Subaru IRONMAN® Canada event.

James Beard House

Whistler chefs proudly represent Canada at James Beard House, NYC

On May 24, New York City’s prestigious James Beard House held a multi-course dinner showcasing the best of Canadian cuisine – part in celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial and part of their annual Flavours of Canada event. A request was issued nationally for Canadian chefs and restaurants to submit a menu that best represented their region and culinary style. Of 200 submissions, nine chefs were chosen with two hailing from Whistler! Congratulations on this significant achievement to executive sous chef Derek Bendig, Fairmont Chateau Whistler and executive sous chef Stephan Drolet, Bearfoot Bistro.
Images courtesy of the James Beard Foundation

June Events

Whistler Arts & Culture

Whistler offers a vibrant Whistler arts and culture scene with a multitude of cultural offerings from engaging art exhibitions, live music and dance performances, and international film and culinary events.

WFF Summer Cinema Series Whistler Film Festival Summer Cinema Series

The Whistler Film Festival Summer Cinema Series features four free, family friendly, outdoor movie nights, running every Wednesday from July 19 to August 9. Movies start at dusk (after 8 pm) in Creekside Village at the base of Whistler Mountain. Guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket and arrive early to enjoy a picnic - food and beverages will be available for sale.

First Nations Feast First Nations Feast at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

A truly unique First Nations experience, the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre has commenced their First Nations Feasts. Running select Tuesday and Sunday evenings until the beginning October, guests can savour traditional First Nations inspired dishes such as fresh baked bannock, cedar plank west coast salmon with maple glaze, buffalo smokies and two nation 8-spiced BBQ chicken. The feast is complemented by a cultural presentation by a world-renowned performance team and a tour to discover stories of the hunters and gatherers who traditionally inhabited the sea to sky territory.

Whistler Stories

Sally Simonds NEW local business X-treme Organics

X-treme Organics  - founded in Whistler and designed to soothe the skin of outdoor adventurists - has made its debut. Founder and ‘CXO’ Sally Simond - mother of two and a marketer through and through - recognized Whistler and the Sea to Sky Corridor as an emerging destination for health and wellness.  As a result, Simond packed up her kids and dogs and made the move from Australia to Whistler in December 2016.

Leveraging her knowledge from the international success of her infant skincare line miniOrganics - X-Treme Organics’ Biker’s Balm, Adventure Balm, Mariner’s Balm and Climber’s Balm was launched. USDA certified, food-grade organic product – X-Treme Organics consists of all natural ingredients including Certified Organic Olive, Jojoba, Coconut, Evening Primrose and Sunflower Oils with certified organic Calendula, Chamomile and Lavender Essential Oils, and Vitamin E.


Coming Soon

Save The Date

Get further information about these events at