Top 5 Reasons to Visit Whistler this Summer

For everyone out there who has friends or family in the teaching profession, you’re all too aware that summer vacation is just around the corner.  And though all non-Europeans and teachers won’t get the opportunity to take 2 months off, it’s a great time of year to take your family on an adventure for a week or so.  This August CHE is offering 3 distinct opportunities for hockey fanatics to head to beautiful Whistler, BC: August 6 – 9 Adult Hockey Camp, August 6 – 9 Adult Recreational Hockey Tournament and August 10 – 14 Innovative Hockey Camp for Boy’s & Girl’s ages 8 – 14. There’s still room in all 3 programs, but here’s a list of some other reasons to head to Whistler with your family this summer.

whistler biking

  1. Seriously Adventurous Activities

You don’t have to go to New Zealand or Costa Rica to get your rush this summer.  Whether it’s summer or winter; Whistler is an adrenaline junkie’s paradise.  White water rafting, zip lining, bungee jumping, sky diving, jet boating, ATV tours, rock climbing and canopy adventures are just the tip of the iceberg for thrill seekers.  The base of the iceberg is the seemingly endless number of downhill mountain bike trails and courses that litter both Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.  There’s slow cruisers and extremely intense expert courses so anyone can give it a try and the best part is: no riding up… take the lift up!!

whistler golf

  1. Great Golf!

The Village of Whistler has some of the highest rated public golf courses in Canada offering difficult elevation changes and breathtaking views on almost every hole.  With courses designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, golfers of all skill levels will be put to the test whether you play Big Sky, Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Nicklaus North or the Whistler Golf Club.  And for all you nature lovers out there, I played Nicklaus North when I was 12 and saw a coyote, mother deer with fawns, a giant buck and a brown bear in one round.

whistler hiking

  1. Hiking & Fishing

Whistler is truly blessed with some of the world’s most accessible and picturesque natural landscapes.  Babbling brooks descend the alpine feeding beautiful rivers and lakes that dot the mountains and are teaming with rainbow trout, dolly varden, char and salmon.  What’s truly spectacular is the accessibility of these remote fishing locations by a myriad of well-maintained hiking trails that cover the entirety of both ski hills as well as the world class backcountry terrain Whistler is known for.  Start your day cruising up Blackcomb, hop on the Peak to Peak gondola for stunning mountain views and then work your way down Whistler Mountain back to the village.


  1. Skiing / Snowboarding in August

There are very few spots in the world where you can wake up and golf, go for a hike and a kayak and then grab your snow pants and skis and hit the slopes for the afternoon.  The Hortsman Glacier on Blackcomb is open from 12:00 – 3:00pm each day and though you’re probably not going to lay any fresh tracks through knee high powder, the well-groomed runs and terrain parks are more than enough to fulfill that summer skiing itch.  There’s something truly special about skiing or snowboarding in a t-shirt in mid-July; just make sure to remember your SPF 30 or racoon eyes will be the least of your worries.

Jason Mraz performing at the summer concert series at celebration plaza

Jason Mraz performing at the summer concert series at celebration plaza

  1. Music in the Mountains

The Whistler Olympic Plaza is hosting 9 free outdoor concerts from June 29 – July 27, 2013 plus the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra July 19-21, 2013. Plus there are big festivals like Wanderlust, Crankworx, BELIEVE Freedom Festival and the Squamish Valley Music Festival popping off throughout the Sea to Sky Corridor this summer. Sunshine and music go together like ice and cocktails.

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I hope this was able to convince some people to consider Whistler as a destination this summer, and if you’re interested in any hockey camp/tournament information you can find more details and or give us a call at 1-800-461-2161.

Graydon Crowley

Canadian Hockey Enterprises