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April showers bring fun times in May (that’s the saying, right?). Once upon a time, May was known as the “shoulder season.” Over the past few years, those formative quiet times have become a really awesome time to visit Whistler. There are a lot of fun activities to do in May, which makes it the perfect place to escape to.

Here is a list of ten of our favourite things to do in Whistler during the month of May:

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Head to the Greens

Whistler is home to three diverse golf courses. Rated Canada’s number one golf destination by Golf Digest, Whistler’s golf courses provide a unique golf experience in the mountains golf. Golfers can experience Jack Nicklaus’ course design at Nicklaus North Golf Course.

You can also golf at Whistler Golf Club, which was designed by Arnold Palmer or Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. No need to imagine playing a round in paradise because right here, in Whistler, you can do just that!

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Multi-sport days

The days are longer which means there is more time to have multisport days! How about a hike in the morning and bike riding in the afternoon? You can get a few spring turns in on the mountain and then go for a canoe ride. Perhaps you want to ski, bike and raft all in one day? You can do all of those things this May! More daylight and warmer weather just means that we have more time to play.

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GO Fest

Who doesn’t love a long weekend? A few years ago The Great Outdoor’s Festival was created (also known as GO Fest) and this year it will be held on May 17 – 20, 2019. This festival is four days packed with opportunities to try various outdoor activities in and around Whistler. You can find experiences in art, music, sports and education plus the concert series is free to attend! It’s a great opportunity to try something new while being outside in the great outdoors.

Planning to come for GO Fest? Remember to book your accommodations, if you haven’t already.

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Forest Bathing

Some people might call it forest bathing when others simply call this activity hiking. There’s no better way to ground yourself and to get out in nature to breathe in the forest air. Whistler is situated amongst many beautiful walking and hiking trails that are accessible to hikes of all levels. A forest path awaits right outside our front doors and you can pick any of the trails nearby.

Get Your Float On

The ice on the lakes melting is a sure sign that winter is over but beneath that ice is water that is yearning to be enjoyed! You can take out a canoe, paddleboard or kayak. Also, you can crank up the adrenaline rush and go rafting down the river. We recommend that you book an activity with a local company so that you can be with an experienced guide. Rafting in Whistler is really fun and if you are looking for something more mellow, you could rent a SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard). The water is still chilly so please keep that in mind for when planning adventures on the water.

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Spinning your Wheels

With the snow and ice melted off of the trails, it’s the perfect opportunity to hop on a bike or skateboard. The Whistler Mountain Bike Park opens on May 17th and you can also ride your bike on the Lost Lake trails. Commuting via bicycle on the Valley Trail is also a fun way to get around Whistler. If you or your kids are into skateboarding, you should check out the skate park located between the Village and Fitzsimmons Creek.

Culinary Experiences

May in Whistler is known to have some spectacular dining specials. Restaurants in the community offer up certain deals which are enticing to both locals and visitors alike. This is a great opportunity to stray from your favourite dishes while providing your taste buds something new and tasty.

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Spread your Wings

The next best thing to growing your own wings is ziplining. That feeling of soaring amongst the treetops is exhilarating and refreshing. Whistler has a few different options for ziplining and they all offer a unique perspective of Whistler. F you want to get your mind blown, in the best possible way, we suggest trying out the Sasquatch Tour, which is 2km long!

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Shopping at the Farmer’s Market

Located in the Upper Village, at the base of Blackcomb Mountain is where you will find the Farmer’s Market. This market hosts around vendors selling fresh fruit, produce, artisan crafts and food products. You can learn more about the Whistler Farmer’s Market, including vendors and dates, on their website.

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Wildlife Viewing

Bears and birds and fish, oh my! In May the bears are out of hibernation and it’s not uncommon to spot them strolling around the trails and beside the highway. Although bears can look friendly, it’s important to not go near them. It’s also very important to not feed the bears. The best way to view bears is to go on a professional bear viewing tour. This is a safe and exciting way to learn more about our furry friends.

The weather can change quite fast in May so it’s best to pack a mixture of clothes to wear when it rains along with clothing for warm weather. The days can be hot but the nights can be chilly. May can also bring some more rain so having waterproof outerwear is always a great idea. A good tip to remember is that it’s always easy to take layers off if you get warm. However, if you are underprepared and aren’t wearing enough clothing, it may be harder to warm up if you get chilly.

If you’re looking for a getaway this May, Whistler should be your top choice. There’s something for everyone to do and is great for individuals, couples, groups of friends and families. Your days can be full of fun and diverse activities and we are always the perfect spot to come home to at the end of an action-packed filled day.

Book your room now and we'll see you this May!