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Make a Splash This Summer

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

From relaxing lakeside to tackling white water on a rafting tour, here’s how to test Whistler’s waters

Playtime on the beach at Lost Lake Park. (Photo: Robin O’Neill/Tourism Whistler)

Playtime on the beach at Lost Lake Park. (Photo: Robin O’Neill/Tourism Whistler)

Best way to beat the heat? By soaking up the area’s spectacular scenery at one of the many lakes surrounding Whistler. Some folks lay their towels on the shore, but others prefer to make a splash at secluded Lost Lake and bustling Rainbow Park—furry companions included. These areas come equipped with concessions, kids’ play areas and gorgeous mountain views. Bonus: the sandy beaches are perfect for both sandcastle building and lakeside lounging.

Relaxing while navigating the waters is easy, so long as someone else takes the helm. Try a guided tour with Whistler Eco Tours, where canoe, kayak and paddle board tours come with interpretive guides and history on the local flora and fauna. Or cast off with Whistler Fishing Guides to catch the big one: hook, line and sinker. To completely unwind, soak in the restorative baths and waterfalls at Scandinave Spa or a soothing Vichy shower at The Spa.

Water activities with a side of adventure can be found aboard a thrilling white water rafting tour. Sunwolf and Wedge Rafting offer exhilarating rides that whisk rafters past pristine wilderness. Expect to get wet: these tours come with ample splash zones. For even more heart-racing adventures, try the 53-m (160-ft) plunge over the Cheakamus River with Whistler Bungee. It’s Whistler’s breathtaking scenery as you’ve never seen it—we promise.

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