It’s hard to avoid the water in Whistler, then again, why would you?! There are so many streams, rivers and beautiful lakes it should be on your to-do-list to enjoy Whistler on the water this summer and we’ve got a few ideas on how you can do that.
If you’re in search of a thrill and a cool down, whitewater rafting is the answer for you! There are a variety of whitewater rafting adventures ready to be booked by you right here in Whistler! Each trip explores a different river over a different length of time to accommodate all comfort levels. Experience the Green River tour over 2.5 hours, or explore the raging Cheakamus River for 4.5 on a guided tour where you will encounter some class 2 rapids! If you are looking for an all day event, the Elaho-Sqaumish River 8 hour trip is for you! Each option will leave you in awe of the beautiful waterways that litter our region. Shuttle service from the village to the starting river location is included.
Kayak & Canoe
Floating down the River of Golden Dreams is rated as Whistlers number one summer activity. Not only are you able to taking in the scenery from a whole new viewpoint, but it’s also a great way to stay cool in the summer and it is an activity the whole family can enjoy. Start your journey at Lakeside Park (Alta Lake) where you can choose from a guided or unguided tour with Kayak or Canoe rentals. Travel across the majestic Alta Lake to the River of Golden Dreams that will wind you through a green lush passage and eventually to the wide-open Green Lake. Set aside approx 3 hours for this classic water adventure.
Whistler Fishing Guides offer full or half day guided fishing tours. Fly fishing is a peaceful yet thrilling way to spend the day in the mountains. Guides will take you to a lake or river where you will learn to fly or spin cast from shore, float tubes, boat or by wading into the water. Catch will be season dependent as tours operate spring, summer and into the fall. All tours include transportation to the fishing site, all fishing equipment needed, instructions, lunch and of course local experts chalked full of knowledge to share!
With so many lakes to explore each with multiple beaches, it is easy to spend a day at the beach here in Whistler. If you are bringing your four-legged friend along for the beach day, Rainbow Park, Alpha Lake and Lost Lake all have dog friendly designated beach areas. Lost Lake and Alpha Lake have areas for slack lining. For a game of beach volleyball head to Rainbow Park or Alpha Lake with ball and friends in tow. Alta Lake has rentals at both Lakeside and Wayside beach areas. All of the developed beaches have beautiful shorelines, washroom facilities, docks and paved trails to get there. So grab the sunscreen, towels and company of your choice and head on down to one of the amazing beaches here in Whistler.
Nothing says summer days like soaking in a bit of sunshine on the lake or in the lake. Don’t miss out on all the fun ways to explore Whistler on the water this summer!