Whistler Backcomb's Summer Season Sizzles | Vancouver Sun

With one of the best ski seasons finished you would expect Whistler Backcomb to get quieter in the summer. You would be wrong. Home of the Peak 2 Peak Gondola, which offers incredible 360 degree views of the valley and the bustling cobblestoned village, Whistleris truly a year-round destination.

With its endless array of shops, cafés and bars, parks and outdoor artworks, restaurants and legendary après nightlife, Whistler Village is a destination unto itself. One part quaint mountain village, one part international cultural mecca, it is a pedestrian-only wonderland.

The culinary scene offers more than200 restaurants and bars to choose fromsothe range is as big as your appetite. Keep it casual at GLC or Ingrid's Village Café, or stick with establishments like Earl's and The Old Spaghetti Factory. Discover why the fresh fare from Sushi Village has a devout following, browse the internationally acclaimed wine cellar at Bearfoot Bistro, or truly indulge at Araxi, named Whistler's best restaurant.

From the heart of the resort in the main village, to the alpine seclusion of the Upper Village base of Blackcomb Mountain, to the charming and laid-back location of Creekside, each area has its own distinct feeland advantages.

Experience picture-perfect lakes and beaches, walking and biking trails, four championship golf courses, or fun at the Nintendo Family Adventure Zone. Get your adrenaline pumping with Ziptrek Ecotours, the world-famous Whistler Mountain Bike Park, white water rafting, or backcountry ATV/UTV tours.

Then relaxat the Scandinave Spa, or take in a world of culture at the Audain Art Museum.

Whistler's summer season offers something for everyone.Here are just a few of the events happening this summer.

The name is a misnomer as there are4 distances to choose from: a 21.1 km half marathon, 30 km, 10 km, 5 km, and 1 km kids run. With Whistler's natural beauty you may just keep running long after the finish line. Add to that a festival atmosphere with live music and kids activities,and it makes for a great weekend.

This is your opportunity to test ride the latest and greatest new bikes. For four days, the world's leading bike and gear manufacturers will be set up ThinkBike Whistler, formerly known as Outerbike, at the expo site at Whistler Village. Access to Whistler bike park, the lift-accessed downhill mountain bike park, as well as guided trail rides, lunches, parties and beer all included in the price of admission.

Choose from the half (8 kilometres, 13 obstacles) or the full (16-20 kilometres 20 obstacles) either way you are going to get dirty and you're going to have a good time.Tough Mudder isn't a race - it's one of the bestmud obstacle course challenges on the planet. With the help of your fellow Whistler Mudders, you'll overcome obstacles, adrenaline-pumping challenges...and the little voice in your head that says "you can't." The Whistler Children's Festival occurs each summer at Whistler Olympic Plaza for a weekend-long celebration of creativity and art for kids and families. With a diverse lineup of live performers, hands-on creative workshops, roving entertainment and free activities, this festival is the largest of its kind in the region. It is a great opportunity for families to spend some quality time together.

Yoga and music come together in the mountains for the annual Wanderlust Festival. Yogis from around the globe will be down-dogging, dancing, dining on organic delicacies and sharing their wisdom in an amazing event across the wellness community. Drawing the world's leading yoga teachers, top musical acts and DJs, renowned speakers, top chefs and winemakers, Wanderlust Whistler is an event not to be missed.

Whistler's tastiest summer event.

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