What's On in Whistler - July 2009
July in Whistler brings endless sunny days, a number of exciting events and a huge range of activities to choose from. Those into the arts can choose to perfect their artistic skills at one of the Art Workshops on the Lake or take a leisurely stroll around the Village and enjoy the 6th Annual ArtWalk. Children are in for a treat when the Whistler Children's Art Festival returns to Whistler Creekside and foodies are in for a dining delight when Outstanding in the Field takes place in Pemberton. Meanwhile adventure seekers and active types can take part in the 2nd Annual Dragon Boat Festival or the B.C. Mountain Bike Race. And of course don't forget the endless list of activities available all summer long such as biking, hiking, golfing, rafting, horseback riding or zip trekking - just to name a few!
July 1 - August 31, 2009
ArtWalk is a two-month free walking tour throughout Whistler Village showcasing the artistic talents of 72 regional artists and artisans in 40 host galleries. ArtWalk features the work of regional artists in Whistler cafés, retail outlets, commercial galleries, hotels and restaurants. Artists from Lions Bay to Lillooet showcase works of painting, photography, multi-media, pottery and jewellery. Participating venues will host opening receptions on Friday, July 3 and Friday, July 31 featuring live music, live art, walking art creations and dance. This year for the first time visitors can take part in a free tour of ArtWalk venues, tours run every Wednesday and Saturday at 1 p.m. Another new addition to ArtWalk this year is the Function Block pARTy, held at Whistler's Function Junction on July 17 and August 21. For a full list of participating venues and further details about special events visit www.whistlerartscouncil.com.
July 1 - August 26, 2009
Every Wednesday during July and August, Lunafliks presents Whistler's feisty summer outdoor film series. Listen to DJ tunes under the stars, and take in short films by local filmmakers and feature films shown on an oversized screen with a killer sound system. Bring your own seating and warm layers. In the event of rain, film screenings will be moved indoors. The film schedule, available at the end of June, can be found by visiting www.lunawhistler.com.
Whistler Art Workshops on the Lake
Various dates throughout July 2009
The Whistler Art Workshops on the Lake continue throughout July, featuring two to four day workshops from introductory to advanced level instruction in oil, acrylic and watercolour painting, as well as life drawing and sketching. The program is inspired by the beautiful mountain environment of Whistler and Alta Lake Station House, the rustic heritage home located on the picturesque waterfront area of Alta Lake. For a full list of workshops happening throughout July and for details of the costs involved visit www.whistlerartscouncil.com.
Whistler's 2nd Annual Dragon Boat Festival
July 4-5, 2009
Get ready for the 2nd Annual Whistler Dragon Boat Festival on beautiful Alta Lake. Spend the weekend in one of the most spectacular places in the world filled with beating drums, fierce paddling, cheering spectators and live entertainment. New for 2009 is a paddlers' party, event DRYfit tech shirts for participants and various awards including a team spirit award and medals. The 2009 Whistler Dragon Boat Festival is also the second race of the 2009 Water's Edge/ One Apparel Race Series. To find out more information or to sign up a team visit www.whistlerdragonboat.com.
Whistler Children's Art Festival
July 11-12, 2009
This magical, fun-filled weekend at Whistler's Creekside features workshops, music, acrobatics, theatre, dance and fun aimed at encouraging children to embrace their imagination. This year the entertainment includes Charlotte Diamond, Will Stroet, Art Napoleon, Inner Ring Circus, Cheondoong Korean Drummers, The Bhangra Footedge Dancers and more. Entertainers will play on the main stage set against the beautiful backdrop of Whistler Mountain, with free activities and zany characters filling the valley. The festival aims to introduce young people to the arts in an interactive, supportive and fun family environment where imaginations can grow. For more information visit www.whistlerartscouncil.com.
Outstanding in the Field
July 18, 2009
Join Araxi's executive chef James Walt and North Arm Farm's Jordan Sturdy for Outstanding in the Field's first event in Pemberton, 35 kilometres north of Whistler. A long, linen-draped table beckons adventurous diners to celebrate food at the source. Beginning with a tour of North Arm Farm, guests will enjoy a five-course dinner and wine pairings set between the soil and the sky. To make a reservation visit www.outstandinginthefield.com .
B.C. Cup Mountain Bike Race
July 19, 2009
Cheer on or take part in the first mountain bike race to be held at the spectacular Whistler Olympic and Paralympic Park. Several races take place during the day including a race for licensed riders looking to capture the BAR (Best All Round) B.C. Cup Points Series, a Citizens' Mountain Bike Race for non-licensed riders looking to test their skills, and a kids' race designed for children under 10. For more information or to register visit www.teamwhistler.ca/bc_cup_race.
Ongoing summer events and activities
Whistler Street Entertainment
May - September 2009
Whistler Street Entertainment presents free, family-friendly events, attractions and performers every weekend throughout summer. Whistler Street Entertainment animates the walkways of Whistler Village and provides interactive entertainment by performers from the Sea to Sky Corridor and touring artists from across Canada. Entertainment includes juggling acts, circus performers, musicians, bike stunt riders, dancers and acrobats. www.whistlerartscouncil.com
Valley of Dreams Walking Tours
June - August, 2009
Join a local guide as they recount the stories of Whistler's dreamseekers during a leisurely stroll through Whistler Village. Jam-packed with little known tidbits of history, this tour takes both locals and visitors on a journey that reveals the secrets behind Whistler's rise to the mecca of outdoor recreation. Tours leave from the Visitor Information Centre daily at 1:00 p.m. Tours last for one hour and admission is by donation. Private tours are also available upon request for a small fee. www.whistlermuseum.org
PEAK 2 PEAK Alpine Experience
June 6 - October 12, 2009
This summer Whistler Blackcomb's world record-setting PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola will transform the high alpine experience with new, awe-inspiring vistas as it bridges the gap between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. The PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola travels a span of 4.4 kilometres/2.73 miles giving sightseers and hikers a one-of-a-kind adventure offering breathtaking views and access to more hiking trails than ever before. The official summer sightseeing and hiking season kicks off June 27 providing access to a 50-kilometre hiking network spread over 19 trails, including six new options on Blackcomb Mountain. From easy to epic, there's something for all levels of hiking ability. Visitors can enjoy a wide range of activities including hiking an ancient glacier, viewing an abundance of wildlife and wildflowers (late July/early August) or choose from one of the many unique mountain-top dining experiences. www.whistlerblackcomb.com
Summer Glacier Skiing and Snowboarding
June 20 - July 26, 2009
Although the sun is shining and the summer activities are in full swing, the skiing and boarding season isn't quite over yet. Whistler Blackcomb enjoys the longest ski season in North America with summer skiing and snowboarding on Blackcomb Mountain from June 20 until July 26. The summer glacier experience on Horstman Glacier offers the ideal location for intermediate to advanced skiers and riders to improve their park and bump skills. For more information visit www.whistlerblackcomb.com/todo/summer/glacier.
Women's Nights at Whistler Mountain Bike Park
June 22 - September 7, 2009
Every Monday and Wednesday, Whistler Blackcomb offers women's only clinics which provide the perfect opportunity for women to experience lift-accessed downhill riding with friends in a relaxed environment. The program offers something for riders of all abilities whether it's their first or 100th time in the Bike Park. Women's Nights run every Monday and Wednesday between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Women's Nights tickets include rentals, lift tickets, bike guides, and an apres beer. www.whistlerbike.com/camps-lessons/womens_nights.
Blackcomb Base Adventure Zone
June 20 - September 7, 2009
If hiking, biking or exploring doesn't tire them out, take your family for a ride at the Adventure Zone located at the base of Blackcomb Mountain. It's huge fun for both big and little folk, and only minutes from the base of Whistler Mountain. Activities range in price and include the ever-popular Westcoaster Luge, mini golf, a climbing wall, a bungy trampoline, trail rides, a human gyroscope, a climbing web and a jumping castle and slide. For more details on all activities and the associated costs visit www.whistlerblackcomb.com/todo/summer/adventurezone
Whistler Farmers' Market
June 21 - October 11, 2009
The Whistler Farmers' Market takes over the pedestrian streets of the Upper Village (near The Fairmont Chateau Whistler) every Sunday during summer, featuring local produce from the Pemberton Valley and beyond, tasty artisan foods, live cooking demos by Whistler chefs and live music. Choose from a selection of crafts, organic and local produce, jams, honey, baked goods, jewellery and much more on offer. The market runs every Sunday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. until October 11, 2009. www.whistlerfarmersmarket.org
Mountain Top Dining
June 27 - September 7, 2009
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening, from June 27 until September 7, Whistler Blackcomb hosts an incredible alpine dining experience at the Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler Mountain. Simply ride up on the Gondola and enjoy mouth-watering food while taking in famous Whistler views at 4,000 feet above the Village. Choose from Whole Hog Friday, the Saturday Night BBQ or the Sunday Salmon Bake. Live music plays on all nights. Tickets are available by calling 1.800.766.0449 or to find our more information visit www.whistlerblackcomb.com/todo/summer/dine.
Bike Park Adventure Weekend*
Take advantage of fantastic stay and ride packages including three nights accommodation plus two days in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park for only $192 CAD/ $169 USD** per person.
Two-Night / Two-Round Golf Packages start at $337 CAD/ $297 USD** per person for two nights accommodation and two rounds of golf at any of the four pro-design courses.
Last Minute Deals
Throughout summer, Whistler has amazing last-minute accommodation deals. These change daily with current rates starting as low as $89 CAD/ $78 USD** per night.
Reservation agents at whistler.com can also customize a vacation package for you, taking care of flights, transportation, accommodation and activities. Call toll free 1.800.WHISTLER (1.800.944.7853) to request a no-obligation quote or visit www.whistler.com/ for more details and offers.
*Price is based per person and on two adults sharing.
**Exchange rate based on date of media release distribution.
Canadian National BBQ Championships
August 1-2, 2009
Dusty's Bar & BBQ in Creekside is home once again to the Canadian National BBQ Championships. Come along to enjoy live music and entertainment, taste some incredible food and see some of Canada's top BBQ pros battle it out to be named king of the BBQ. www.whistlerblackcomb.com
2009 World Police & Fire Games
August 4-6, 2009
Every two years the World Police & Fire Games Federation holds a spectacular international sporting event offering police officers, firefighters and customs and correction officers from around the world an opportunity to compete in over 65 sporting events. British Columbia is hosting the event this year with golf, mountain biking and orienteering events taking place in Whistler. www.2009wpfg.ca
August 8-16, 2009
One of the world's premier mountain bike festivals returns to Whistler in August for nine days of incredible, gravity-defying freeride competitions, pro riding demos, free music and entertainment and much more. www.crankworx.com/whistler
Slow Food Cycle Sunday
August 16, 2009
The Sea to Sky's signature agritourism event, Slow Food Cycle Sunday blows the fast-food drive-through away. Take a pedal-powered trip through the natural buffet that is Pemberton Meadows farmland, to meet local growers and sample produce fresh from the field. www.slowfoodcyclesunday.com
Mountain West Music Fest
August 21-23, 2009
Roll out the picnic blankets, unleash the kids and rock out to the good vibes at the first Mountain West Music Fest, a weekend of live music in Whistler. Put together by the producer of the TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival, it's the best place to see what happens when the laid-back West Coast vibe gains a little altitude. www.mountainwestmusicfest.com
5 Peaks Trail Running Series - Whistler
August 22, 2009
The B.C. 5 Peaks Trail Running Series comes to Whistler offering a range of courses from beginners to those seeking a greater challenge. It also includes the Scotiabank Children's Challenge for children up to 10 years of age. The race takes place on Whistler Mountain and includes steep climbs, sharp descents and craggy wilderness trails as well as amazing views of ancient glaciers, snowcapped peaks, dormant volcanoes and the stunning Coast Mountain Range. www.5peaks.com/schedule.asp?p=bc
The Seduction of Spirit with Dr. Deepak Chopra
August 23-29, 2009
Join Deepak, David Simon and the Chopra Centre staff for a life-changing journey of meditation, celebration and inner transformation all in the comfort of a relaxed group setting. Interweaving the Seven Spiritual Laws of Success with advanced meditation techniques, daily energy work and yoga practice, this experience creates an opening of emotional and spiritual pathways. www.whistlerwellness.com
Feast in the Mountains
August 29, 2009
This gourmet wandering picnic features the best of regional food and drink created by B.C. chefs, farmers, vintners and brewers and brings a little slow food to the heart of Whistler. www.feastinthemountains.com
Whistler Readers and Writers Festival
September 11-13, 2009
Whistler plays host to a variety of literary events celebrating the written word. Emerging and experienced writers will gather for various workshops and seminars that cater to diverse backgrounds and interests. www.theviciouscircle.ca
Whistler Spa Escapes
September 13 - October 31, 2009
During the fall use your Visa card at select Whistler spas and be rewarded with big savings and special offers. Indulge with a relaxing massage, aromatherapy or rejuvenating facial and feel like the million dollar view that surrounds you. www.whistler.com/spa_escapes/
September 19, 2009
A mountain bike race like no other, the Cheakamus Challenge starts at the Squamish Airport and ends at Dusty's in Whistler Creekside. Featuring more than 2,000 metres of climbing and 40 kilometres of trail, this race will test your mettle with big climbs and high speed rolling terrain. Beginning at noon the Pique Newsmagazine Cheakamus Light offers an easier course for beginners and juniors. www.cheakamuschallenge.ca
Whistler Spirit Run & Festival
September 26-27, 2009
The Whistler Spirit Run & Festival is a two-day cross-country and trail running event at Whistler Olympic and Paralympic Park. All ages and abilities are welcome with distances ranging from one to 10 kilometres. www.whistlerspiritrun.com
Alpine hiking –
Check out your Tourism Whistler map for trails. We’ve hiked most of them, and we’ll be happy to point you the right way.
ATV Tours, Snowmobile Tours –
Call Canadian All-Terrain Adventures: 604-938-1616.
(604) 932 3111 www.backroadswhistler.com
Park on beautiful
Lake offers Canoe, Kayak, Peddle Boat hire by the hour. Want to go fishing? No problem we can supply all the gear. Want to see the best views Whistler can offer? Paddle with us down the
Golden Dreams - eco-adventure, excitement, wildlife, for everyone. Guided or unguided trips available.
Golf- 7 great courses in the area. 3 championshop courses in Whistler and 4 within a 60 minute drive. Call for details.
Helicopter Tours –
Call Blackcomb Helicopters: 1-800-330-4354
Horseback Tours, ATV Tours, Fishing Adventures,HUMMER Tours –
Call Cougar Mountain Adventures: 604-932-4086
Mountain Bike Descents, Bike Park -
With over 100 kms of trails, from 6,000 feet to the valley!
Call Whistler-Blackcomb at 932-3434.
Mountain Bike, Ski and Snowboard Lessons/Learning –
Call Whistler-Blackcomb: 604-932-3434.
Mountain Bike Rentals –
Call Spicy Sports: 604-938-1111 or 604-905-2777.
Ski ¨C Board ¨C Cycle: Rentals ¨C Repairs ¨C Retail!
Top brands in Valley Trail to Bike Park Cycle equipment available!
Free Helmet, Map and Locks with Every Rental!
Complimentary First Flat Tire Replacement on Downhill Bikes!
A fun outdoor course set up at the base of Blackcomb.
Call Whistler-Blackcomb: 604-932-3434.
Paragliding Adventures. -
Soar with the eagles. Flights vary from 15 min. to over an hour.
Riverside Putting Greens –
Practice your putting skills for all ages. 18 Holes of natural grass putting 604-905-5533
Pony/Horseback rides –
Call Whistler Outdoor Experience: 604-932-3389
Rollerblade Rentals –
Many of Whistler’s trails, and much of the Valley Trail, are rollerblade-friendly.
Call The Penalty Box: 604-938-9667
Glider Flights at the Pemberton Soaring Centre -
Glacier flights, valley, ridge, and mountain flights. At the Pemberton Airport. 1-800-831-2611.
Play tennis at one of the several free outdoor courts or play and get lessons at the Whistler Golf & Tennis Club.
Westcoaster Slide –
Ride a cart down a luge-style track on Blackcomb Mountain!
Call Whistler-Blackcomb: 604-932-3434.
Whistler Kids Summer Programs (18 months to 14 years) -
Fun-filled days for the kids, and a vacation for the parents!
Call Whistler-Blackcomb at 932-3434.
Whitewater Rafting –
A number of possibilities, from tranquil to extreme!
Whistler's new community website - www.WhistlerOnline.ca .
Vancouver Coast and Mountains Tourism Region - www.vcmbc.com