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There is so much to do in Whistler that people who have been visiting here every year, still only know half of what exists – and that’s where this blog comes in. As locals, we have the time to dig deep into each of the tour providers to find the best hidden gems available.

In this post, I’ve compiled a list of my favourite adventurous things to do in Whistler in the summer that are priced under $100. Perfect for people on a budget, but who don’t want to miss a thing!

$89 – Half-Day Wilderness Hike In The Whistler Backcountry


Book now: mountainskillsacademy.com/trips/half-day-wilderness-hike

Tour name: Half-Day Wilderness Hike

Company: Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures (formally Whistler Alpine Guides)

Essential items to take: Sturdy hiking shoes or boots, sunglasses, suncream, lots of water, sunscreen, snacks, and a light waterproof jacket. Mountain Skills Academy and Adventures has a full equipment list for the tour at the link above.
What not to forget: Sunscreen. If there is still snow on the trails it will create a cool breeze – but don’t let that fool you. The sun is strongest between 10am and 4pm and it catches many people out. Don’t let sunburn ruin your day.
Local knowledge: There’s a three week window between late July and early August where all the alpine wildflowers are in full bloom. It’s an amazing sight, don’t forget your camera!

$59 – Swing From The Ancient Cedar Treetops

Superfly Treetop Adventure

Book now: superflyziplines.com/treetop-adventures

Tour name: Treetop Adventure

Company: Superfly

Essential items to take: Full-toe shoes that won’t fall off – sneakers, running shoes, or hiking shoes are best. Compact camera with a strap that you can use to secure it to yourself, your harness, or your clothing.
What not to forget: Make sure you visit the little girl’s or little boy’s room before starting the tour. Once you’re way up in the trees, strapped into a harness, there’s no quick way down for a washroom break – Superfly do have a washroom on site.
Local knowledge: While you’re swinging from tree to tree, keep and eye-out for signs of Whistler wildlife such as fist-sized holes in the trees created by piliated woodpeckers, and claw marks from where bears climb the trees when you’re not around.

$89 – Scramble & Hike To The Peak Of Whistler Mountain


Book now: mountainskillsacademy.com/trips/scrambling-tour

Tour name: Scrambling Tour

Company: Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures (formally Whistler Alpine Guides)

Essential items to take: Plenty of water, hiking shoes (running shoes or sneakers will not be safe), sunscreen, a hat, lunch or snacks, and a light waterproof jacket. Mountain Skills Academy and Adventures has a full equipment list for the tour at the link above.
What not to forget: Most activities in Whistler involve reaching some kind of epic view, this tour is no exception. Make sure you take along a camera. Compact cameras are best, but if you have a bag that can hold a DSLR you can bring that too – just remember you need both hands to scramble.
Local knowledge: Scrambling is adventurous hiking that involves using both your hands and feet to negotiate the terrain. I find gloves useful (just lightweight biking gloves), especially if there is snow on the trail during your tour.

$79 per hour – Western Horseback Riding In Pemberton Valley


Book now: coppercayuseoutfitters.ca/hourly-rides

Tour name: Hourly Horseback Ride

Company: Copper Cayuse Outfitters

Essential items to take: Comfy pants (tight jeans won’t give your legs enough movement in the saddle), boots with a small chunky heel, and your camera.
What not to forget: A light long sleeve waterproof jacket. Whistler is in a region called the “Pacific Coastal Temperate Rainforest”, so there is always the potential for a few drops of precipitation.
Local knowledge: These guys are real cowboys who grew-up in and around Whistler and Pemberton. They have a wealth of knowledge about the geology, ecology and heritage of the region… ask them to tell you about the old gold mine routes.

$70 – Paddle Through Whistler On The River Of Golden Dreams


Book now: canadianwilderness.com/canoe

Tour name: River Of Golden Dreams Canoe Tour

Company: Canadian Wilderness Adventures

Essential items to take: Waterproof camera, sunglasses, hat, snacks, and water.
What not to forget: Suncream is a bit of a recurring theme in these posts, but summer in the mountains gets hot and, when you’re on the river there’s nowhere to hide from the sun.
Local knowledge: It takes about 3 hours to paddle down the River of Golden Dreams and there’s no water stops on the way. Humans share the river with geese, beavers and fish, and while the water is great for swimming don’t rely on it for drinking water.

$30 per hour – Take Your Dog Paddleboarding On Alta Lake


Book now: whistlerecotours.com/tours/dog-friendly-tours

Tour name: Dog-friendly Paddleboard Rental

Company: Whistler Eco Tours

Essential items to take: Your dog, leash, poop bags, swimsuit (for you), treats, and your camera
What not to forget: Some dogs take to being on the water really quickly, and other take some coaxing. My dog was afraid of the water for the first couple of years of his life, which naturally made him a great boat dog because he didn’t want to fall in. But, remember that if this is your dog’s first time, he/she might not be as keen as you are, right away.
Local knowledge: I find Green Lake is the best place to introduce dogs to paddleboarding, kayaking or canoeing. The north end of the lake is sheltered from the wind, making the water calm and smooth for your dog’s first time. Thankfully, that’s also where you’ll find the Whistler Eco Tours Edgewater Activity Centre.

$89 – Walk Across An Ancient Glacier


Book now: mountainskillsacademy.com/trips/glacier-walk

Tour name: Glacier Walk

Company: Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures (formally Whistler Alpine Guides)

Essential items to take: Ankle height hiking boots, two pairs of socks, a warm layer, sunscreen, a small backpack, and a light waterproof jacket. Mountain Skills Academy and Adventures has a full equipment list for the tour at the link above.
What not to forget: Sunglasses. Especially if it’s sunny, the reflection off the snow can be blinding in the summer. Believe me when I say almost 3 of squinting (if you forget them) gets very uncomfortable, quickly.
Local knowledge: On the first tour I ever went on with Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures, I forgot my second pair of socks and I wore hiking shoes, not hiking boots. The main difference being that hiking shoes do not come up over the ankle. As I was chugging across the glacier, with snow piling in the tops of my boots and thinking “hmmm my feet are going to be really wet at the end of this”, I wished I’d remembered that second pair of socks.

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  1. […] with all the alpine tours, we recommend booking on the tour between mid-July and early-August when all the alpine wildflowers are in full bloom. If you’re looking to spend the whole day in the mountains, take the geology and ecology tour […]

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