Whistler is known for its winters and summers, with world renowned skiing, snowboarding and mountain biking, and a huge number of year-round events.
But, as summer fades away the village enters what is fondly known as ‘Shoulder Season’, starting around September going until the mountain opens in November.
This is the time without the crowds, as the locals take a collective breath. Many choose this time to take their vacations or take advantage of the plethora of shoulder season deals offered by restaurants and businesses.
However, despite the supposed quietness of this period, there is actually a lot still going on in Whistler, no better summed up by the sheer number of events that take place in September! Here’s what’s going on:
ArtWalk has now been moved to later in the year, taking place from September 1 – November 30.
The festival sees work from the best local artists’ displayed in businesses in the form of pop-up galleries with everyone encouraged to take part by taking the art tour of the village. Our office is proud to be one of these locations.
RBC GranFondo – September 10
This incredible event sees recreational, advanced and elite cyclists take on the epic 122km Sea to Sky Highway from Vancouver to Whistler.
Breathtaking views, gruelling climbs, and endless downhills make this ride an enjoyable challenge for riders of all abilities.
Whistler Fall Classic – September 10-11
Part of the North American Enduro Series, this race sees competitors take on trails on Whistler Mountain with a chance to earn points to qualify for the Enduro World Series.
Whistler Beer Festival – September 16-18
The Whistler Beer Festival sees over 80 breweries descend on the village with 200+ beers.
The full festival covers four days with seminars, tastings, dinners and parties, with the main tasting event taking place over two days in the Olympic Plaza.
The Terry Fox Run – September 18
Walk, run, wheel or ride either 4.2 km or 7.2 km in this annual fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society. Hosted by the Four Seasons Resort Whistler, registration beings at 10:00 AM and the run starts at 11:00 AM.
BC Summer Biathlon Championships – September 23-25
Taking place at Olympic Park, The Whistler Biathlon Society hosts the 2016 BC Summer Biathlon Championships over two fun-filled days of competition.
Mudderella is a fun 8-11km obstacle course challenge, designed by women for women. With 12-15 obstacles, the course is not a race, it is about people coming together to have fun and step outside their comfort zone.
The Sea to Sky All British Rally – September 24
This incredible rally sees a huge range of British cars take on the scenic drive from North Vancouver, along the Sea to Sky Highway, to the final destination in Whistler. Here everyone is welcomed to admire and explore the beautiful vehicles.