Posted by: Feet Banks
The longest day of the year in Whistler is the same as everywhere else in the northern hemisphere: June 21, the summer solstice. The difference is, of course, Whistler has a lot more ways to celebrate all those golden hours of daylight so we are counting down ten of them.
1. Sunrise Fishing Session
Sunrise in Whistler for June 21 is set for 5:03 AM. That’s pretty early (unless you haven’t gone to bed yet) but even if you don’t quite make sunrise an early morning flyfishing session on one of Whistler’s alpine lakes is one of the most peaceful and meditative ways to kick off any summer day. Guided tours are available if you don’t have your own gear and if you don’t like to fish…. do yoga or something instead. It’s really just all about being there to experience the birth of a new day.
2. Pre-Breakfast Sweat
If 5 AM is way too early you can still enjoy the morning magic with a run/bike/rollerblade on the Valley Trail. Nothing kickstarts a good day like getting the heart rate up before breakfast (it also makes the bacon taste better). Check out these five Whistler running routes for ideas. An early morning skate park session is also amazing, you have the bowl to yourself.
3. Drink a Caesar on a Patio
June 21 is also the official start of summer and nothing says “Summer in Canada” like a breakfast Caesar on a sunny Village patio. Take note though, BC liquor laws are “interesting” so not every breakfast place can serve Caesars at 9 AM (even if the sun has been up since five). The Longhorn and La Brasserie can though! Check the Insider Caesar Video at the end of this post to your tastebuds going.
4. Take a Hike
Walk away from it all! Hiking is free, healthy and a good way to experience both the coastal rainforest and the stunning alpine scenery. Plus it’s a good way to get away from the crowds and get some time alone with your thoughts. There is zen to be found in the repetition of step after step through nature. Rainbow Mountain is a personal favourite day hike but check out this collection of Insider hiking posts for more ideas.
5 National Aboriginal Day
The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre is one of the best and most celebrated aboriginal cultural museums in the country and June 21 also happens to be National Aboriginal Day in Canada so what better time to stop in and learn about the original Sea to Sky locals. The Centre is very hands-on so alongside films and exhibits you can also beat drums, touch traditional canoes and paddles and get a real feeling for a culture that has been living in these mountains since time immemorial. (And if it feels like a museum kind of day, the Whistler Museum Archives has some epic exhibits from the last 100 years of Whistler history as well.)
6. Do Nothing (at a lake)
Nothing is perhaps the greatest thing to do any day of the year but it is even more amazing on the longest day because you can do more of it. The world is hectic these days and part of any get-away should involve some actual getting away. So find one of Whistler’s incredible lakes or beaches, turn off your phone and see how long you can just soak in the moment. (Bring sunscreen.)
7. Ice Cream
If the first day of summer isn’t the perfect day to enjoy some ice cream (or artisanal gelato) then what is? Whistler has a plethora of great ice cream/gelato joints. Since the 21 is a Sunday that means the Whistler Farmer’s Markett is running at the base of Blackcomb too: ice cream, smoothies and more.
8. 72-Hole Golf Marathon!
Whistler has three world-class courses right here in the Valley with more incredibly scenic golf just down the road to the north in Pemberton. Theoretically, if you got up early enough you could play all four area course in a single-day, 72-hole golf marathon. That would be pretty killer but also bear in mind that since sunset comes later than any other day (officially at 9:26 PM) the longest day means the longest twilight and most courses offer a twilight round deal. Get more golf info here and check out the Insider par-3 hole browser video at the bottom for an aerial look at each course.
9. Evening Patio Session
Even if you started your day on a patio this one is almost mandatory. Watching the sun sink below a mountain from a comfy outdoor patio is one of Whistler’s truest joys. The fact that sunset happens after your usual weekday bedtime only makes it better. Whistler Village has plenty of incredible patios with views of the action in the bike park or people watching along the Village Stroll. And Nita Lake Lodge in Creekside and Table Nineteen at Nicklaus North both have patios with lake views.
10. Go To Bed Early Party Like the World’s Ending!
Yes, sleep is awesome and there will be lots of daylight to be filled on the second longest day of the year too, but Whistler didn’t get to where it is by calling it a night and taking it easy. The world isn’t ending, but Spring is so live it up, go for a late-night dessert, close down a patio, hit a nightclub, take a post-dinner walk. Whatever you do, just have fun and give it your all. That’s the Whistler way. Happy Summer.
This year June 21 occurs on a Sunday so It’s probably a good idea to stay an extra night too, the longest day means the shortest night- work on Monday will suck.Find out everything you need to know about summer in Whistler, including more how-to videos, at Whistler.com?
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