Whistler isn't just a skiing town - there's plenty of summer fun to be had
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Whistler isn't just a skiing town - there's plenty of summer fun to be had

Don’t mistake Whistler as a winter-only destination. Head to the hills and find out just how much this world-class mountain resort rocks in the summer. We’ve highlighted the ideal weekends to hit up the top destinations close to home for the perfect quick escapes. Now simply pick a direction and go!

Tough Mudder

Tough Mudder

When: June 21-22
Where: Whistler Olympic Park, 5 Callaghan Valley Road
Cost: $179

Looking for an electrifying weekend, literally? Participate in one of the muddiest events to hit the region since the provincial election. Tough Mudder’s obstacle course isn’t for the faint of heart, with its Arctic ice baths, slippery rope swings and, yes, electric currents, but it sure will give you stories to take back to work on Monday morning.

Pemberton Music Festival
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Pemberton Music Festival

When: July 18-20
Where: Pemberton Valley, 1835 Hwy 99
Cost: $299

Anytime a reunited Outkast, ’90s legends Sound-garden and Deadmau5 – the man who made electro mainstream – are headlining the bill, you know you’re getting your money’s worth. But if you’re still having a hard time deciding which music festival to attend this year, Pemberton’s comedy chops could be the determining factor: acts include The Trailer Park Boys, Bob Saget and Norm MacDonald.

Squamish Festival
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Squamish Festival

When: August 8-10
Where: Centennial Field, Logger Sports Grounds and Hendrickson Fields in Squamish, 39641 Loggers Lane
Cost: Weekend $325, one-day $149

One of the greatest rappers alive? Check. A Super Bowl headliner? Yup. A Juno- and Grammy-Award winning band? But of course. Headliners at the fifth annual Squamish Valley Music Festival include Eminem, Bruno Mars and Arcade Fire, with additional crowd pleasers like Foster the People, The Thievery Corporation and The Roots filling out the festival schedule.

Crankworx
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Crankworx

When: August 8-17
Where: Various venues in Whistler Village
Cost: Free for spectators

If you get your kicks speeding head-first down a mountain, then you won’t want to miss the Crankworx Freeride Mountain Bike Festival, 10 days of wheeling and reeling that will have you itching to get your spokes spinning.