It’s been hot this summer, like really hot! So let’s talk about the top places to cool down in Whistler so you can enjoy the summer heat! We’ve listed the best water actives and village stop-by’s to keep you cool this summer.
The beach with so much to offer! Out of all the incredible beaches in Whistler, we think Alpha is one of the greatest to cool down at. Alpha Lake in the Creekside area and a quick bike, skate or drive from the village. Alpha Lake Park has a great sandy beach with the perfect amount of afternoon sun. Picnic tables in the shaded grass area create a perfect place to set up camp for the day. When you’re not jumping off the dock or floating in the lake, relax and enjoy the gorgeous mountain view from the shore. If you have a slackline, tennis racquet or volleyball, be sure to bring them with you! Alpha Lake has designated areas for setting up slacklines, beach volleyball courts and tennis courts. You can also bring Fido along for a swim in the neighboring dog beach. For more details on Whistler’s lakes check out our post “The 411 on Whistler’s Beaches.”
Think you’re too old for ice cream? There is no such thing! Regardless of your age, it’s hard to resist the smell of fresh baking waffle cones as you walk past Cow’s any day. Let your self indulge in a refreshing treat and head over to the nearby Florence Petersen Park to relax by the wandering stream.
If you really want to earn your cool down head to Joffre Lakes! This 5.5km (one way) hike is broken up into three turquoise blue glacier feed lakes, all of which you can go for a dip in, making for a very refreshing journey! At the end of the third lake you will be beneath some pretty impressive glaciers, so if you don’t cool down in the lakes, you will at least find the view refreshing!
Thirty degrees above zero (Celsius) to thirty degrees below zero (Celsius), the ultimate cool down. There is not better day than a hot one to experience the Vodka Ice Room. Bundle up in a parka (supplied) and enjoy sampling vodkas from across the globe in this chilly environment. The temperature is sure to keep you cool, but it also enhances the taste! Located in the Barefoot Bistro.
By canoe, by kayak or by raft, enjoy the peaceful journey from Alta Lake to Green Lake on the River of Golden Dreams. Stop by the local hardware store for your own blow up raft, or head to Lakeside Park (Alta Lake) and rent a canoe or Kayak for the whole crew to cruise down the river together in. Reserve your rentals and/or guide on our Kayaking & Canoeing page.
Splash down the Cheakamus River this summer for a thrilling cool down. The class 1-2 rapids will make your heart race and the raging waters will keep your body cool. Learn about more rafting options for your summer cool down on our Whistler Whitewater Rafting page.
Beating the heat this summer can be as relaxing or adrenaline pumping as you’d like. Try something new while in Whistler that will cool you down and enjoy some of the unique things that our town has to offer!