In Whistler there are endless ways to nourish every part of your being. This post is a collection of summer tours and experiences that will inspire, educated and awaken your mind, body, and soul, for under $100.
$35 + Lift Ticket – Discover The Natural History Of Whistler Blackcomb
Book now: whistlerblackcomb.com/en/events-and-activities/activities/geology-and-ecology-tour or at the Whistler Blackcomb sales kiosks in Whistler Village.
Tour name: Whistler Blackcomb Geology & Ecology Tour
Company: Whistler Blackcomb
Essential items to take: Hiking shoes or boots, sunglasses, water, sunscreen, a light waterproof jacket, and your camera.
What not to forget: Your inner science geek and child-like wonder.
Local knowledge: As with all the alpine tours, I recommend booking on the tour between the middle of 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 in the morning and then team it up with a half-day wilderness hike with Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures, in the afternoon.
$89 – Discover Natural Herbal Remedies On Whistler’s Old Medicine Trail
Tour name: Medicine Trail Nature Hike
Company: Canadian Wilderness Adventures
Essential items to take: Sturdy hiking shoes or boots, sunglasses, water, sunscreen, a light waterproof jacket, and your camera.
What not to forget: Some way of capturing notes about all the ancient herbal remedies and medicinal teas.
Local knowledge: If you really enjoy learning about the cultural and natural heritage of Whistler, try going on the Medicine Trail tour in the morning, then visiting Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (SLCC) in the afternoon, and sign-up for the SLCC’s summer BBQ on Tuesdays.
$89 – Let Your Conscious Float Away In A Sensory Deprivation Tank
Book now: westcoastfloat.com
Activity Name: Floatation Therapy
Company: West Coast Float
Essential items to take: An entirely open mind, and the ability to lay and relax for 90 minutes.
What not to forget: Do not drink too much water, or any kind of stimulant (coffee, caffeinated tea, alcohol) before going to float. A full bladder is the last thing you want interrupting your tranquility.
Local knowledge: If it is your first time doing sensory deprivation therapy, ask for the tranquility pod. It looks like just the one in this photograph. I find the pods heat-up quicker and feel cosy and secluded, compared to the larger full-room tanks.
$85 – A Guided Scenic Whistler Valley Bike Tour
Tour name: The Scenic Valley Bike Tour
Company: Arbutus Routes
Essential items to take: Your camera, full-toes shoes (running shoes or sneakers will do), your own helmet (one can be provided if you don’t own your own), a light waterproof jacket, and a small backpack.
What not to forget: There isn’t really much to forget with this tour, Arbutus have you covered with everything from lunch and water, to comfy cruiser bikes and your own guide.
Local knowledge: As you ride past Green Lake watch for the Harbour Air sea planes flying in over head. They’ll land right next to you on the lake, and the sand spit is the perfect place to stop and watch.
$89 – 306º Sightseeing From The Peak 2 Peak Gondola
Tour name: The Peak 2 Peak Experience
Company: Whistler Blackcomb
Essential items to take: Sunscreen, sunglasses and camera. Hiking shoes, water, snacks and a map, if you plan on venturing off along the alpine hiking trails.
What not to forget: Weather in the mountains can change very quickly, so I always take a light waterproof jack with me when I’m in the alpine.
Local knowledge: Whistler Blackcomb has banned smoking on all of its property. This is not a blanket ban on Whistler Village, just the Whistler Blackcomb mountains, stores, restaurants, and offices. In the summer the ban (along with many other tactics) goes towards preventing wildfires in the dry alpine areas. For more information on the smoking ban please visit these links: whistlerblackcomb.com/about-us/smoke-free & summitlodge.com/important-over-looked-benifits-of-the-whistler-blackcomb-smoking-ban
Peak 2 Peak gondola tickets can be purchased on the day at the Whistler Blackcomb ticket booths in Whistler Village.
$20 – Mountain-side Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga
Tour name: SUP Yoga
Company: Whistler Eco Tours
Essential items to take: Comfy, stretchy clothing.
What not to forget: You’re probably not going to end up in the water, unless you want to, but I alway like to wear a swimsuit just in case I fancy a refreshing dip after.
Local knowledge: The times of SUP yoga depends on the number of guests. I recommend getting a group of you together and calling Whistler Eco Tours to arrange an early, private session in the warm morning sun.
$45 – Breathtaking Flight Over Squamish & The Coast Mountains
Tour name: Sea To Sky Air Special
Company: Sea To Sky Air
Essential items to take: This one requires nothing more than yourself and big ol’ smile.
What not to forget: If there’s one tour you’ll definitely need your camera for, this is is. This tour takes you past the massive granite cliffs of the Stawamus Chief, you’ll get a birds eye view of the new Sea to Sky Gondola, the cascading waters of Shannon Falls, and the spectacular peaks of the Tantalus range.
Local knowledge: The air temperature can get colder as the airplane climbs in altitude. Take a thin sweater just in case you get chilly. For $200 Sea To Sky Air also do an amazing beginner flight experience where you’ll learn to fly, right over the coast mountains.
$89 – A Guided Nature Walk Through The Whistler Valley
Tour name: Guided Nature Walk
Company: Whistler Eco Tours
Essential items to take: Sunscreen, sunglasses, camera, hiking shoes, sneakers, or running shoes, and water.
What not to forget: Whistler is part of an ancient rainforest. So if you do get a few droplets of moisture on your tour remember that Whistler probably wouldn’t be here without it.
Local knowledge: In the summer months it’s very likely that you’ll come across some wildlife on your tour of the valley. If you’re afraid of bumping into a bear, don’t be – they’re not naturally confrontational animals. Just remember to treat them with respect. Our friends at the Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel have a great post titled: Top 5 Safety Tips: What To Do If You See A Bear In Whistler.
That’s it for now on the top inspiring things to do in Whistler in the summer for under $100, but follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all of our latest posts.