It’s famous for its winter skiing, but here’s a secret: Whistler, BC, might actually be better in summer. Take to the high country and explore Whistler-Blackcomb’s spectacular alpine scenery. With over 30 miles of hiking trails, there’s plenty to choose from, but one stands out for its epic views, including a bird’s–eye vantage of a giant glacier. Get whisked to the trailhead on the Guinness World Record–breaking Peak 2 Peak Gondola—both the longest and highest in the world. A 15-minute panoramic journey is thrill enough for some! At the top of Blackcomb, head for the Overlord and Decker loop trails for a 3- to 4-hour hike that’ll have you whistling with joy. You’re starting at an elevation of 6,000 feet, so you’re already in the alpine zone. Traversing this moderate partial loop you’ll get nonstop views of snow-capped and twisting peaks as they unfurl like a massive billowing blanket across the land. Keep an eye out for the hoary marmot, a cute furry flirt whose distinct whistle inspired the name Whistler. The hike dips into Garibaldi Provincial Park, where a moderately challenging uphill section and some cairn navigation wind you around to a marquee view of ancient mountain peaks, the hulking Overlord Glacier, and the tiny Decker Tarn glacial lake. Simply span-tastic.
STAY: For something tucked away yet still close to the action, Nita Lake Lodge in nearby Creekside can’t be beat. This timber-framed beauty sits tranquilly lakeside, and the rooms are beautiful, with rock fireplaces and patios. Whistler’s paved bike trail network runs right by the lodge, which offers complimentary bike rentals for guests (pedaling to Whistler Village takes about 20 minutes). Nita Lake’s Cure Lounge has a lake-facing patio for sublime alfresco dining.
Take the Whistler Village Gondola all the way to the top. Get on the Peak 2 Peak Gondola over to Blackcomb Mountain. Follow the signs for the Alpine Walk, Overlord Trail and Decker Loop for a 3-4 hour hike. To return to the village, take the Solar Coaster Express chairlift down.