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How will you spend Canada Day in Whistler?
Canada Day long weekend (or Independence Day long weekend for our American friends) is the official kick off to summer here in Whistler. The kids are out of school, summer sports are in full effect and the summer events schedule is in full swing. There is lots to do in Whistler over Canada Day Long weekend for families, couples, groups and adventure-seekers. Here are some ideas on how you can spend your Canada Day in Whistler either on the mountain, in the Village or at the lake (or all three!).
On the Mountain
The long weekend is full of events on the mountain whether you are biking, site-seeing or spectating. The Whistler Mountain Bike Park is open in full force for some epic down-hill and cross-country riding. Canada Day long weekend will be an excellent weekend to check out the legendary Peak 2 Peak- the longest and highest single supported span gondola in North America. Those with tickets to the Peak 2 Peak get free admission to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra concert at the Roundhouse Lodge on Canada Day. Also on the mountain is the Whistler Longboard Festival. Located at the Whistler Sliding Centre, watch international and local athletes carve down the mountain in one of the most hair-raising sports on the planet.
In the Village
Whistler Village will be bumping all weekend with Canada Day and long weekend festivities. Start July 1st with a Pancake Breakfast in Florence Peterson Park. The Canada Day parade kicks off at noon and the parade meanders down the Village Stroll and finishes at Whistler Olympic Plaza. There will be a cake cutting and free gelato to celebrate the big day. Throughout the Village there will be events and activities all weekend including live music and entertainment, crafts, a Lego station, face painting, balloon art, the game zone, Circus Fungus and more. Families may be interested in heading to the Westin Resort & Spa for a fun-filled Canada Day of crafts, face-painting a bouncy castle and more. Whistler Transit will be offering free bus rides throughout the weekend so there is no excuse not to visit the Village.
At the Lake
The sun will be shining all weekend long and the lake is an obvious choice to spend your Canada Day long weekend. Take your pick from five lakes right in Whistler, you can’t go wrong with any of them! Alpha Lake in Creekside has a sandy beach, kid’s playground and an awesome volleyball court for a Canada Day beach volleyball tournament. Nita Lake is quiet and serene and is a great spot for a stroll or a flick of the fishing line. Rent a kayak or canoe and hit Alta Lake for a day in the sun. Lost Lake, right outside Whistler Village, is sure to be bustling with sun-bathing bodies and families cooling off from the heat. Finally, Green lake is the place to go for water sports, and will surely be full of wake-boarders and water-skiers throughout the weekend.
Whether it’s the mountain, village or lake (or all three) that is calling to you this Canada Day long weekend, Whistler truly has it all for summer time fun. If you’re looking for accommodation or tours while in Whistler, make sure to contact the friendly local staff at Whistler Reservations who will be happy to assist you with your booking. Happy Canada Day!